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Alder Keith Furman

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Council President

Alder Keith Furman,
Council President

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Madison, WI 53703
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Office Hours Reminder, Yard Waste, Food Scraps and Drop-Off Sites Info

May 6, 2020 11:09 AM

A reminder that I will be hosting virtual office hours tomorrow morning (Thursday) at 7:30 am to 9:30 am. 

Learn more about my May office hours here.

If you have a question, concern, or topic of interest that you would like to discuss, but my scheduled open office hours don't work for you, you can e-mail me.

Some news from the Streets Division: 

The 2020 Spring Yard Waste Collection Is Complete

Curbside collection of yard waste will resume in the fall.

On Monday, May 4, Streets Division collection crews completed the spring yard waste collection rounds.

Residents should not place yard waste to the curb at this time.

Rather than placing yard waste to the curb, residents can take the material to one of the Streets Division drop-off sites. Residents may also want to try composting or mulching grass clippings into their lawn.

The drop-off sites for yard waste are located at 1501 W. Badger Rd, 4602 Sycamore Ave, and 402 South Point Rd.

Due to the pandemic, the drop-off sites are open new hours and there are additional restrictions.

The sites are open Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm. Residents are expected to have their vehicles unloaded and then exit from the facility by the closing time. In order to achieve this, the last vehicle will be let into the site 10 minutes before the posted closing time. Others will be asked to return another day.

Only two vehicles will be allowed into the unloading area at a single time. This is to help residents maintain appropriate social distance from each other and Streets Division staff.

As a result, residents using the sites should anticipate long lines and wait times.

The start of the fall curbside yard waste collection period is weather dependent and will be announced when that date is known.

Additional information about yard waste, including the difference between yard waste and brush, can be found on the Streets Division's website.


Food Scraps Recycling Available at Drop-off Sites

For the first time in Madison, food scraps recycling will be available at all three of the Streets Division drop-off sites.

This is a special voluntary recycling program available only at the drop-off sites.

This program will begin accept appropriate food scraps today, May 4, 2020. The program is scheduled to last until October 31, 2020.

What food scraps can be recycled at the drop-off sites?
Residents who wish to participate should follow the rules outlined on the food scraps recycling guide PDF  available at the Streets Division's website and available for pickup at the Streets Division's drop-off sites.

Residents choosing to participate must bring in the correct food scraps without contamination to be recycled.

Staff will monitor the food scraps containers. The ones that contain the wrong material will instead be dumped into a trash truck and hauled to the landfill.

The food scraps program will only be able to succeed if the correct material is delivered to the processor.

What is banned from food scraps recycling?
There are two useful tools to use when determining what can and cannot be recycled in this program.

You can consult the food scraps recycling guide PDF  available for download on the Streets Division's website and paper copies are available at the drop-off sites.

And you can use the Betterbin web app Betterbin  allows you to search for food scraps to learn if it can be placed into the cart or not.

Below are some of the items not allowed in the food scraps program:

  • Food packaging is banned – including packaging that advertises itself as compostable.
  • Cups, take-out boxes, cutlery, or any similar item, even if they are labeled as compostable, are not allowed.
  • Plastic, metal, glass, or any other non-compostable material are not allowed. This includes produce stickers, rubber bands, plastic wrap, twist ties, and similar items.
  • Pet waste from any pet, including backyard chickens, is not allowed.
  • Diapers are not allowed.
  • Egg shells, bones, corn cobs, corn husks, and similar material that is hard or fibrous cannot be placed into the food scraps cart.

How do I participate in this program?
Take the appropriate food scraps to one of the drop-off sites and empty the food scraps from your container into the orange-lidded wasted food carts at the drop-off sites.

What happens to the food scraps after I drop them off?
They will be hauled to a dairy manure anaerobic biodigester where they will be processed to produce electricity and compost.

Why is keeping out contamination so important?
Just like traditional recycling, the food scraps system only works when the appropriate material is placed into the cart for processing.

The wrong material in the cart can damage or clog the processing equipment at the biodigester.

If the food scraps delivered to the processor is too contaminated, they may no longer accept the scraps we collect. And that will cause the program to stop.

Where to get more information?
Residents can use the Betterbin web app .

Residents can also sign up for email alerts for information regarding this program.

The Streets Division also has a dedicated Food Scraps website where additional information can be found. The website is


Tips for Using the Streets Division Drop-off Sites

Wait times have been very long this week. Here's how to help.

The Streets Division drop-off sites are open, and they have been experiencing very long lines this week.

Residents have experienced wait times of an hour or more before entering the unloading area of the sites.

Here are some tips on using the drop-off sites that may help reduce the time in line.

Arrive Early
The final vehicle is allowed into the drop-off sites 10 minutes before the posted closing time. All others waiting in line will be directed to use the site on another day.

Drop-off site users must be unloaded and exited from the facility by the closing times.

By arriving later in the afternoon, residents may miss their opportunity to use the site, especially if the line is long.

Use Curbside Collections
Many items that can be dropped off will be collected from the curb and do not need to be delivered to a drop-off site.

Curbside brush collection is ongoing and will continue until the fall.

Recycling crews will collect properly prepared bundles of excess cardboard from the curb. Just be sure to follow the guidelines.

Excess trash and large items are also picked up from the curb on the scheduled collection days.

Use the Site Only for What Needs to be Dropped Off
By limiting trips to the drop-off site to only what is necessary be dropped off, residents will help reduce the amount of traffic through the sites and shorten the wait times.
The drop-off only material includes:

Only Have Yard Waste or Food Scraps? Try South Point
The drop-off site at 402 South Point Rd only accepts yard waste and food scraps.

Since less material can be dropped off there, it sees less traffic than the Badger Rd. or Sycamore Ave. locations. While it may be a longer drive, the wait times have been much shorter and may result in a shorter overall trip.

Consider Composting at Home
Many trips to the drop-off sites are residents bringing in yard waste they have raked or pulled from their gardens and lawns.

In many cases, this material can be composted in backyard bins or containers.

Be Ready & Be Organized
Here are other ways residents can help reduce the wait times at the drop-off sites.

  • Have identification ready to prove residency within the City of Madison. Only City of Madison residents can use the drop-off sites.
  • Have the appropriate recycling fee sticker already purchased and stuck onto the items that require one.
  • Have the material being hauled for disposal organized to help speed up unloading times. City staff cannot help with unloading vehicles.
  • Only bring what can be dropped off at the Streets Division drop-off sites. A chart of what each drop-off site accepts can be found on the Streets Division's website.

Thank You for Your Patience
The Streets Division greatly appreciates the patience residents are showing while waiting in these long lines at the drop-off sites. We will continue to work to move vehicles through the sites efficiently as we can while maintaining social distance.

Additional Information
More information about the drop-off sites and other Streets Division services can be found at or by contacting the Streets Division office that services your home.


As always, if there is anything I can do to help, feel free to reach out:

-Keith F

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