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Appliances, Furniture, and More

The annual August moving days ritual in downtown Madison will begin soon. On top of packing, hauling, and saying goodbyes, movers need to decide just what to do with all their unwanted stuff.

Over the next few days, the Streets Division will be sending out multiple reminders so folks will know how to manage all these items and materials and get them handled safely and recycled appropriately.

Previous Student Move Information Announcements:

About Appliance Collection
Appliances like microwaves and refrigerators require a recycling fee sticker be placed on the item prior to collection.

A list of items that require a fee sticker can be found in the Recyclopedia and on the Streets Division website.

About Furniture & Other Large Items
The Streets Division uses a truck-mounted crane to collect most large items. It is important to keep your furniture and other bulky material away from obstructions such as low hanging wires and street signs in order for the crane to work safely and efficiently.

Other Guidelines for Furniture, Appliances, and Other Large Items

  • Do not pile bagged trash or recyclables on top of large items furniture or appliances set out for collection.
  • Keep larger metal items, such as filing cabinets or bed frames, separate from other material so they can be easily collected and recycled.

Streets Division Operations
Residents in the downtown moving area with appliances, furniture, and other large items meant for collection are encouraged to begin placing them out for pickup starting on August 1. Streets Division crews will begin collecting material on that day, and will continue collection each day until August 15.  

The Drop-off Sites
The Streets Division offers drop-off site services for all residents of the City of Madison.

Appliances, furniture, and other large items can be taken to a drop-off site as well.

Residents can bring one load a day of large items to either the 1501 W. Badger Rd. or the 4602 Sycamore Ave drop-off site. The single load cannot be larger than what would fit into a standard pick-up truck bed or small single-axle trailer. Loads larger than those guidelines will be denied access to the site.

Individuals wanting to use the drop-off site will need to provide proof of their City of Madison residency.

The sites are open 8:30am to 4:30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The sites are open 8:30am to 8:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Items that require a recycling fee sticker still require one prior to dropping off the item at the sites.

Recycling Fee Sticker Sales
Recycling fee stickers can be purchased at the Streets Division offices at 1501 W. Badger Rd. and 4602 Sycamore Ave. between the hours of 7:30am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday.

Stickers can also be purchased at any city of Madison public library and the Treasurer’s office in the City-County Building, Room 107.

Stickers can also be purchased online at , but stickers will need to be mailed to you after purchase.

Additional Information
If there are questions, all residents are encouraged to contact the Streets Division.

Residents who live east of S. Park Street, and that includes the isthmus, should call 608-246-4532.

Residents west of S. Park Street, and that includes the neighborhoods around Camp Randall, should call 608-266-4681.

Additional information can also be found on the Streets Division’s Moving Days website, the Streets Division’s electronics recycling website, and the Recyclopedia.

Don’t forget to watch and share the Streets Division’s YouTube video on how to have a fast and safe move out.