The Streets Division’s springtime yard waste collection begins the week of April 16, 2023 for certain neighborhoods.

All residents will receive two collection opportunities this spring.

You will have one set-out date in April and another set-out date in May.

When can you sent out yard waste for curbside collection?
You can learn the exact dates when you should set your yard waste for pickup by visiting the Streets Division website,

Once on the page, enter your address into the form.

Next, you will then see both of the springtime yard waste set out dates.

By placing yard waste out for pickup on the dates on the website, you will not miss your collection opportunities.

For certain neighborhoods, the first set-out Sunday for yard waste is April 16, 2023.

What will yard waste collect crews collect?
They will be collecting the leaves, weeds, and other plant debris you have raked or pulled from your lawn or garden.

Yard waste is not the same as brush. These are separate operations with separate collection schedules.

Why are all the dates on the website Sundays?
The date given on the website is the day when you should set out yard waste for pickup. This is not the date when your yard waste will be picked up.

Crews will be collecting yard waste from your neighborhood sometime during the normal work week following the set-out dates you see on the site.

By placing the yard waste out on the date given on the website, your material will be out on time and will only sit on the terrace for one week at most.

If you choose to place material out after your set-out date, you may miss your collection opportunity.

How many collection opportunities will there be?
Madison residents get two curbside collection opportunities for yard waste in the spring.

After the second collection opportunity passes, curbside yard waste collection stops for the season.

There is no curbside yard waste pickup during the summer months as the personnel is needed for other duties.

Curbside yard waste pickup will also occur in the fall. The start of the fall leaf collection season will be announced at a later time.

How do you set out yard waste for collection?
Place the leaves and yard waste at the street edge or on the terrace. Do not place yard waste into the street.

Keep the material at least four feet from obstructions where possible. Obstructions like street signs, utility poles, mailboxes, trees, and parked cars hinder collection.

If you choose to bag your yard waste, please choose compostable paper leaf and lawn bags, and keep them open so crews can see what is inside. If you choose to use other bags, that is acceptable. You will also need to keep them open, but keep in mind that crews may need to rip or slice open these bags to get the yard waste out, and they will need to leave the split bags behind at the curb.

Drop-off Sites
The Streets Division drop-off sites will also accept yard waste.

Drop-off site locations are different again this year.

Verify the location and the hours for the site you want to use before loading your vehicle at

More Information
You can view our short how-to video about yard waste collection on the City of Madison YouTube page.

Additional information about Streets Division services can also be found at