City of
Madison

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Drop-off rules & hours

The Streets Division drop-off sites are open with new restrictions and new hours.

1. 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.

2. The sites will be open for new hours.

    • The new hours are as follows:
      • 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.
    • 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 the facility and unload on time.

All other drop-off site rules remain in place.

Streets Division offices remain closed for customer service.  The brush processing site at 121 E. Olin Ave. also remains closed to the public.

SELF HELP DROP OFF SITE Information

The City of Madison operates two self-service drop-off sites that accepts excess cardboard, general recyclables, large items, refuse, electronics, cooking oil, yard waste, and brush.

Streets Division staff CANNOT provide unloading assistance.

The Streets Division also operates one seasonally available yard waste only drop-off site.

Sites can be utilized ONLY by City of Madison residents and property owners. Contractors are not allowed to use the self-help drop-off sites.

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

Before you put an item out for collection, or dropping it at our sites, consider donating reusable items, or posting them to give away or sell at any online marketplace or person-to-person exchange.

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

 

Locations

 


Hours of Operation - Drop-off Site

New Modified Hours - Currently observing. These hours will remain in effect until further notice.

  • 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.

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.

 


LOAD RESTRICTIONS AT DROP-OFF SITES

The City of Madison drop off sites are not designed to handle large volume customers, and some materials, such as building material and sod, have specific limits.  Contractors are not allowed to use the drop-off sites.

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.

material accepted

Use the below chart to determine if the drop-off site accepts the material you need for disposal.

Contact us to clarify any questions about materials or fee.

 
1501 Badger Rd
4602 Sycamore Ave
402 South Point Rd
Yard waste
Yes
Yes
Yes
Food scraps
Yes
Yes
Yes
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
Yes
Yes
No
Clothing
Yes
Yes
No
Motor oil
No
No
No
Hazardous waste & paint
No
No
No
No
No
No

 

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.

 

Other Notable Site Regulations

  • Building materials must follow building material regulations.
  • No hazardous materials or waste oil.
  • 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 or sharps is accepted at the sites.