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Drop-off entry rules & hours

Only two vehicles will be allowed into the unloading area of the drop-off sites at one time.

    • This will help residents achieve social distancing from each other and the drop-off site staff.
    • Residents must expect lines and long wait times before being able to unload their vehicle.

 

Hours of Operation:

Drop-off sites will be closed on December 5, 2020 and winter hours begin on December 7, 2020.

The below hours will be in effect until close of business Friday, December 4, 2020.

     
    • Monday - 7:30am to 2:50pm
    • Tuesday - 7:30am to 2:50pm
    • Wednesday - 7:30am to 2:50pm
    • Thursday - 7:30am to 2:50pm
    • Friday - 7:30am to 2:50pm
    • Saturday - 9:00am to 4:00pm (Closed December 5, 2020)
    • Sunday - Closed.
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    • When the sites are closed, no one may enter to drop off material.
     
    • If you are waiting in line to enter the facility when the sites close, you will not be allowed to enter and unload material. You will need to return another day.
     
    • During days when the lines to enter the facility are long, some vehicles may be turned away earlier than posted closing time because they will not be able to enter and unload before closing.

 

Please note that the drop-off site hours differ from the office hours.

 

Why do the drop-off sites have reduced hours?

who can use the drop-off sites?

Sites can be utilized ONLY by City of Madison residents and property owners.

Proof of residency and/or property ownership is required in order to use the facilities.

Contractors are not allowed to use the self-help drop-off sites.

 

drop-off site RESTRICTIONS

  • Streets Division staff CANNOT provide unloading assistance.

Residents and taxpayers can bring the equivalent of one pick-up and/or small trailer load of material each day (this is approximately 5' x 8').

  • If you have more material, you are welcome to return on another day or take large items and refuse to the Dane County Landfill.
  • This load limit applies to all material.

Volumes of brush larger than what is outlined above, and brush cut by a contractor, are not accepted at the drop-off sites. These must be taken to our Brush Processing Center.

Please note that our curbside limit of 4 95-gallon carts or their equivalent per week applies to the drop off sites as well. Customers with large volumes of material to dispose of may want to consider hauling it to the Dane County Landfill.

 

Locations & material accepted

Use the below chart to determine the drop-off site closest to you and the material each site accepts.

Contact us to clarify any questions about materials or fee.

 

(open year-round)

(open year-round)

402 South Point Rd

(closes on 12/4/20)

Yard waste
Yes
Yes
Yes
Food scraps
Brush
Yes
Yes
No
Batteries (AA, AAA, etc)
Yes
Yes
No
Batteries (Lead acid)
Yes
Yes
No
Cooking oil
Yes
Yes
No
Recyclables (cardboard, etc.)
Yes
Yes
No
No
Large items
Yes
Yes
No
Appliances
Yes
Yes
No
Electronics (televisions, etc.)
Yes
Yes
No
Scrap metal
Yes
Yes
No
Styrofoam
Yes
Yes
No
Excess trash
Yes
Yes
No
Mixed rigid plastics
No
Clothing
Yes
Yes
No
Motor oil
No
No
No
Hazardous waste & paint
No
No
No
No
No
No

 

  • Building materials must follow building material regulations.
  • No 55 or 30 gallon drums or barrels.
  • Propane tanks will be accepted if completely empty and brought to the site with all valves completely open.
  • No medical waste is accepted at the sites.

 

Brush processing center & mulch

The Brush Processing Center is located at 121 E. Olin Avenue. This processing center has different hours and restrictions than the other drop-off sites. Please visit the Brush Processing page for more information.

 

Hours of Operation - Drop-off Site

Standard Hours

In effect until close of business on Friday, December 4, 2020.

All three drop-off sites open

  • Monday - 7:30am to 2:50pm
  • Tuesday - 7:30am to 2:50pm
  • Wednesday - 7:30am to 2:50pm
  • Thursday - 7:30am to 2:50pm
  • Friday - 7:30am to 2:50pm
  • Saturday - 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Sunday - Closed.

 

Winter Hours

In effect from December 7, 2020 to April 5, 2021

Only Badger Rd and Sycamore Ave sites open. South Point closed during winter hours.

  • Monday - 7:30am to 2:30pm
  • Tuesday - 7:30am to 2:30pm
  • Wednesday - Closed
  • Thursday - 7:30am to 2:30pm
  • Friday - 7:30am to 2:30pm
  • Saturday - Closed
  • Sunday - Closed

 

Holiday Closings - Operations Closed
The City of Madison self-help drop off sites will be closed on the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving & the Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Holiday Schedule - Half Days

  • Christmas Eve - sites close at 11 a.m.
  • New Year's Eve - sites close at 11 a.m.