Downtown Apartment Move Out Refuse/Recycling News


The Madison Streets Division is conducting special pick-ups in the downtown area in advance of the annual mass turnover of apartment leases downtown over the next several days ("Hippie Christmas"). Crews will be collecting refuse, recycling, and large items throughout each weekday until Friday, August 18. Collection service will be suspended this Friday at 3:00 p.m. for the weekend. Special refuse and recycling services will resume downtown on Monday, August 14 at 4:00 a.m. Crews will be emptying refuse and recycling carts downtown each weekday between now and Friday, August 18.

Please fill up your carts according to the guidelines below and roll them to the curb anytime next week. Crews will empty your carts so you can fill them up again. You may fill up your refuse and recycling carts and roll them out as often as you like until the morning of Friday, August 18. Using your carts for refuse and recycling is easier than lugging lots of bags or loose material to the curb. It will keep our neighborhood cleaner.


Hundreds of tons of trash and recyclables will make its way to the curb during this period. The Streets Division needs your help to make this year's move out as orderly as possible. Please follow these guidelines when placing trash and recycling at the curb during the move out:

Do not put trash in cardboard boxes. Boxes must be flattened and bundled for recycling.
Keep refuse and large items separate when placed at the curb.
Put nothing but recycling in green recycling carts. Do not put recycling in tan refuse carts.
Put all recycling at the curb in the green recycling carts or clear plastic bags. No loose piles of recycling.
Do not pile bagged trash or large items around recycling or refuse carts.
Put all refuse at the curb in tan refuse carts or trash bags. No loose piles of trash/garbage.
Do not pile bagged trash or recyclables on top of furniture or appliances.
Keep larger metal items separate from other material so that it can be recycled.
Most appliances, including microwave ovens, require a fee for collection.
Do not place computers, monitors or televisions at the curb. They should be brought to a drop-off site for recycling.
Do not take recycling or refuse carts. The carts belong to the City and must remain behind when you move.


Please call the Streets Division at (608) 246-4532.

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Alder Juliana Bennet

Alder Juliana Bennett

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