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Alder Erik Paulson

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Alder Erik Paulson

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Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Paulson’s Updates

Winter Storm - Friday 23rd trash pickup rescheduled, dropoffs closed, and more

December 21, 2022 3:05 PM

As the big storm rolls in there's going to be a lot of disruptions and cancellations - one big one is that Friday the 23rd trash pickup is going to be changed to the following Monday. 

Some winter resources:

The City of Madison Winter page -

Call the Winter Parking Hotline: (608) 261-9111 | Winter Text Alerts | Winter Email Lists | RSS Feeds | Winter Facebook | Winter Twitter

Please stay safe - the winds and bitter cold are a dangerous combination and be very careful if you're going to be outside for very long. Remember to keep your pets safe too. And, thanks in advance to all of the City crews who will be working long and cold hours during the holidays to keep our City safe and open. 


Trash & Recycling Collection Suspended for Friday, December 23, 2022

Make-up Collection Will Occur on Monday, December 26, 2022

Due to the extreme winds forecast for Friday and the snowstorm clean-up operations anticipated to also occur, trash and recycling collection will be suspended for Friday, December 23, 2022.

Residents who have a scheduled collection day for Friday, December 23, 2022 should instead place their carts out for pickup by 6:30am on Monday, December 26, 2022. Do not place your carts out on Friday. The extreme wind could blow carts around the neighborhood, and perhaps even scatter recyclables.  

If you have a Thursday pickup day – secure your carts somewhere safe after they are emptied (preferably inside).  The high overnight winds could scatter empty carts around Madison.  

On December 26, 2022 the priority operations will be to continue with snow clean-up operations, but staff will also be deployed to make up the trash and recycling pickup.

No Change for Residents with a Normally Scheduled Monday Collection

If your normal scheduled pickup day is Monday, you should still plan on having your cart emptied on Tuesday, December 27 as previously announced.

There is no change to the previously announced and published schedule for residents with a regularly scheduled Monday collection day.

More information regarding Streets Division services can be found on the Streets Division's website,

Streets Division Drop-off Sites Closed December 22, 2022 and December 23, 2022

Sites will reopen Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Due to the inclement weather, the Streets Division drop-off sites at 402 South Point Rd and 4602 Sycamore Ave will be closed on Thursday, December 2022 and Friday, December 23, 2022. Staff assigned to drop-off site operations will instead be used in response to the snowstorm.

The drop-off sites will reopen during their posted hours on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 following the Christmas holiday. (Since Christmas falls on a Sunday, the holiday is observed by City operations on following Monday.)

Drop-off Sites Open on Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Due to the weather-related closures, the drop-off sites at 402 South Point Rd and 4602 Sycamore Ave will be open on Wednesday, December 28, 2022.

The sites will be open from 7:30am to 2:30pm on this day.

The Wednesday operations on December 28, 2022 is a one-off event related to the severe weather this week.

Residents should anticipate the drop-off site being closed on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 and every subsequent Wednesday as per the posted drop-off site operating hours that can be found at

Additional Details
More details about drop-off site rules, regulations, and items accepted can be found at

ReadyWisconsin encourages people to prepare ahead of major winter storm 

With a significant winter storm forecasted to impact much of Wisconsin this week, everyone in the state is encouraged to take steps now to ensure they are prepared.

The National Weather Service is forecasting several states in the Midwest will be impacted by a winter storm beginning on Wednesday evening and lasting through Saturday, which will be capable of producing strong winds, significant snowfall totals and blizzard-like conditions. In addition, dangerously cold wind chills are expected into the weekend. The storm could result in hazardous travel conditions and power outages throughout the region, which is of particular concern during the busy holiday travel weekend.

"While the impact of this storm could vary widely across the state, it's still important for everyone to treat this situation seriously and take steps now to protect themselves and their loved ones," advised Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Greg Engle. "Get your emergency kits ready and have a plan for what you will do to remain safe if you lose power or are unable to leave home for a couple of days. With Thursday and Friday likely to lead to dangerous conditions on the roads, reconsider or delay and travel plans you may have on those days."

ReadyWisconsin encourages you to prepare before the storm by doing the following:

  • Make sure you have food, water, and other supplies in a home emergency supply kit. It should also include a battery-operated or hand-crank radio and extra flashlights and batteries.
  • Keep cell phones and other electronic devices fully charged in case you lose power.
  • If you don't already have one, create an emergency supply kit for your vehicle. Include jumper cables, sand, a snow shovel, a flashlight and spare batteries, warm clothes, blankets, bottled, water and nonperishable snacks. Make sure you have a full tank of gas.
  • If you have travel plans for Thursday and Friday, consider delaying them or leave before the storm. During a winter storm, stay off the roads if possible. If you must be on the road, check 511 Wisconsin for updates on major routes. It is available online at or through the 511wi mobile app.

During and after the storm, stay safe with the following tips:

  • High winds combined with snow could result in homes losing power and delay the ability of utility crews to repair damaged lines. Have a plan on what to do if you lose power. Identify family or friends you may be able to stay with, along with contact information for your utility to report an outage and to receive updates on restoration times.
  • If your heat goes out, close off any unneeded rooms. Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors. Close blinds or curtains to retain heat in your home. Remember to eat or drink, because food provides your body with energy to produce its own heat. Open your faucets to a steady drip so water pipes don't freeze.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. If a power outage does occur and you use a generator, place it outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows, doors, and attached garages. Never bring a grill or outdoor heating device into your home.
  • If you are traveling and become stranded, call for help and stay with your vehicle. Run the motor about 10 minutes every hour for heat. Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Make your vehicle visible to rescuers by leaving a dome light on while the car is running and tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna.
  • High winds could result in dangerous conditions along shoreline areas and cause branches to fall from trees.
  • With frigid temperatures and windchills, limit your time outdoors and watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Reduce the risk of a heart attack by avoiding overexertion when shoveling snow and walking in the snow.
  • Check on friends, family, and neighbors who may need assistance.
  • Protect you pets from winter weather by bringing them indoors or making sure they have adequate shelter outdoors.

For the latest forecast information about the storm, check in with your local National Weather Service office. Find them at

For more winter storm preparedness information, including a list of emergency supplies for your home and vehicle, check out You can also follow ReadyWisconsin on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for storm updates and safety tips.


(Thanks to Council President Furman and Vice President Currie for pulling together the info for this blog post)

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