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The City of Madison has two Self Help Sites which accept large items, recycling, refuse, rigid plastics, electronics, cooking oil and brush.

Before you put an item out for collection consider donating reusable items to a charity or give away or sell them at Madison Stuff Exchange.

The sites also accept yard waste from April through November.

The Streets Division's self help drop off sites will be closed on Thursday November 26th and Friday November 27 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. They will reopen at 8:30 on Saturday November 28th.

The sites will end extended hours at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday December 6th. The South Point RD site will close for the season at that time. The other sites will start Winter hours M-F 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Monday December 7th.



Hours of Operation

Summer hours beginning Saturday March 28, 2015

  • Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Tuesday 8:30am - 8:00pm
  • Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Thursday 8:30am - 8:00pm
  • Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Saturday 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Sunday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Winter Hours starting Monday December 7, 2015 through March 26, 2016

  • Monday through Friday 7:30am - 3pm

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

  • January 18th , Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
  • May 25th, Memorial Day
  • July 4th, Independence Day
  • September 7th, Labor Day
  • November 26th & 27th, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 24th, Christmas Eve the sites close at 11 a.m.
  • December 25th, Christmas Day
  • December 31st, New Year's Eve the sites close at 11 a.m.
  • January 1st, New Year's Day

Material Accepted
Note: While we make every effort to serve our customers, the City of Madison drop off sites are not designed to handle large volume customers. Some materials, such as building material and sod have specific limits (see below).

The sites are not able to handle large loads of brush, refuse, or large items. There is a limit of one pick-up and/or small trailer load of material each day. If you have more material, you are welcome to return on another day, place the material at the curb for collection, or take large items and refuse to the Dane County Landfill. Large volumes of brush can be taken to our Brush Processing Center. See below for details and fees.

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

Materials Accepted

  • Brush (There is a limit of one pick up truck loads or trailer load of brush per day.)
  • Building Materials. The regulations for curbside collection of building material also apply to material brought to the drop off site. This includes the limit of six 30 gallon containers or their equivalent in volume.
  • Cooking Oil
  • Recyclables
  • Appliances
  • Computers & Electronics (Includes Holiday Lights)
  • Vehicle Batteries, cars, truck, motorcycles, etc.
  • Scrap Metal for recycling
  • Mixed Rigid Plastic
  • Large items: Including furniture, carpeting, tires without rims, and small tree stumps.
  • Refuse
  • Styrofoam

Note: A fee is charged for disposal of appliances at the Self Help Sites. (See Appliance Collection for details).

Yard waste is accepted from mid March through the first week of December.

Self Help Site Regulations
  • City of Madison residents and property owners ONLY. Bring proof of residency or ownership.
  • No contractors. Contractors call East: (608) 246-4532 or West: (608) 266-4681 for information.
  • No building material. Go to 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.