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Three Cart Sizes
       35 gal.               65 Gal.                  95 Gal.

The Streets Division provides residents with one refuse and one recycling cart. Green carts are for recycling. Tan carts for refuse.

There are two cart sizes for refuse and recycling carts. Only the 65 and 95 gallon containers are available.  The 35 gallon cart size shown here has been phased out. The information about the 35-gallon cart remains on this page for reference for those looking to exchange their 35 gallon carts for a larger, more useful size.

Residents can exchange a cart for a larger size at no cost by using the report-a-problem system or by contacting the the Streets Division office that services their home.

Missing and damaged carts can also be replaced or repaired. Use the report-a-problem form or contact the Streets Division to set up the replacement or repair.

Some circumstances may require that the resident is charged for the cart replacement if it is damaged due to negligent use, such as if the cart is melted by dumping hot coals into it.

You will need to know the serial number of the cart(s) prior making an exchange or replacement. Scroll down to learn where the serial number is on your cart.

Additional carts can also be purchased if necessary to meet your needs. However, having more than 4 refuse carts per unit triggers an additional fee. There is no additional fee for more than 4 recycling carts.


For more questions about collection carts, please contact the Streets Division office that service your neighborhood. East side residents, which are people who live east of S. Park Street (including the isthmus), should call 608-246-4532. West side residents, which are people who live west of S. Park Street, should call 608-266-4681.  Cart exchange, repair, and replacement requests can also be made online through the report-a-problem system.



  35 Gallon 65 Gallon 95 Gallon
Height w/Lid 39.13" 40.58" 45.13"
Width 20.20" 26.70" 28.50"
Depth 22.98" 28.11" 33.73"


Cart Serial Number

The serial number is located on the body of the cart on the front side that should face the street when out for collection.  They are in large white numbers. (See picture to the left for an example.)

You can determine the size of your cart by looking at this number. The first two digits indicate the year in which the cart was made. In this photo, the numbers 08 indicate the cart was made in 2008.

The third digit will be either a 3, 6, or 9. That will tell you the size of your cart. A 3 indicates a 35-gallon cart, a 6 indicates a 65-gallon cart and a 9 indicates a 95-gallon cart. In this photo the number 9 indicates it is a 95-gallon cart.




cart purchase prices & fees

If you need to purchase an additional cart for the excess trash & recycling produced at your home, here are the prices:

  • 65 gallon carts - $60
  • 95 gallon carts - $65

The above stated fees are one-time-only purchase fees.  However, you have have more than 4 refuse carts per unit an additional yearly fee is required.

For the fifth refuse cart, and each subsequent cart, there is an $80 yearly fee.

(For example, if you have seven refuse carts at your home, you will have a $240 yearly fee - that's 4 refuse carts at no additional fee, and then an $80 yearly fee for each of the fifth, sixth, and seventh carts)