Final Sandbag Collection Opportunity Begins September 9
Friday, August 30, 2019 - 7:58am
The final opportunity for curbside sandbag collection will begin on Monday, September 9, 2019.
In order for residents to have their sandbags collected efficiently, residents must first visit the City of Madison Flooding website to find out if they live in the “Flood Zone” or “Request Pickup” areas.
Steps for Curbside Collection for Residents in the Flood Zone
Residents with homes that fall within the Flood Zone should place their sandbags on the terrace or road edge.
Collection crews will be circling the Flood Zone areas beginning on Monday, September 9. Residents in the Flood Zone must get their bags to the curb or terrace prior to Sunday, September 22 to ensure collection. Sandbags placed to the curb after September 22 will not be picked up.
When placing sandbags out for collection, do not put them in the street or gutter. Also, do not cover sandbags with brush, leaves, or yard waste. Please note that sandbag collection crews will not go on private property to remove bags.
Steps for Curbside Collection for Residents in the Request Pickup Areas
Residents with homes that fall within the Request Pickup areas should place their sandbags on the terrace or road edge. Collection of these bags will begin on September 9.
After residents in the Request Pickup areas place their sandbags to the curb, they must submit a request for sandbag collection. Upon receipt of the request, the City will send a crew to collect the bags as soon as possible.
Residents in the Request Pickup area have until September 22 to get their sandbags to the road edge and submit their collection request. Sandbags placed out to the curb after September 22 will not be picked up.
Residents can request sandbag collection in two ways:
- Submit the Request Sandbag Collection form online.
- Call the sandbag collection hotline at (608) 242-6001 and follow the recorded directions.
When placing sandbags out for collection, do not put them in the street or gutter. Also, do not cover sandbags with leaves or other yard waste while awaiting collection. Sandbag collection crews will not go on private property to remove bags.
Haul Sandbags to a Drop-off Site
Madison residents can also haul their sandbags themselves to the sandbag drop-off site at 4602 Sycamore Ave.
Sandbags that are hauled to this site should be placed in the public sandbag drop-off area.
What Happens to the Sandbags
After crews collect sandbags, they will be hauled to 4602 Sycamore Ave.
A loader with a special attachment will scoop the sandbags into a hopper. Once in the hopper, a series of blades will rip the bags open and the sand will filter out.
The empty sandbag husks will be hauled to the landfill.
The remaining sand will be stored for future use as fill material in various city projects.
Additional information about the flooding in Madison can be found on the City of Madison flooding website, www.cityofmadison.com/flooding.