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schedule your large item collection



Questions about the new work order system?

Visit the FAQ page to learn more about how this new work order system will work.


Large Item Collection Basics

You must submit a work order to have your large item picked up.

Set large items out on the set-out date you selected in the work order. Do not set the item out too early as that creates clutter and do not set it out late because you may miss your pickup opportunity.

Crews will collect the material as soon as possible during the work week following the set-out date you chose. Severe weather and holidays may cause a delay.


Large items are items considered too large to fit into the refuse cart. 

    • This includes appliances, pianos, furniture, carpets, bicycles, swing sets, etc.

Large items are not oversized cardboard boxes or extra household trash that cannot fit into an overstuffed refuse cart.

Certain appliances and other large items require a recycling fee sticker.


About televisions:

Do not place televisions, computers, or computer peripherals (like printers) at the curb as a large item.

They are banned from curbside collection and must be taken to a drop-off site.


Use your tan trash cart:

Smaller trash items that do not require a fee and can fit into the collection cart should be placed inside.

You can break up or cut up items like lumber, drywall, toilets, and plumbing fixtures so they fit inside.

Remember, the material in your cart cannot weigh more than 100 pounds or stick out more then 18" above the top of the cart.

large item collection rules

Large items should be stacked neatly on the terrace (or road edge).

    • The more organized the piles, the faster and safer our crews can work

Large items must be out on the date you scheduled to set them out for your home.

The would be placed free from obstruction.

Items out late or inaccessible will not be collected.

Many large items are collected with a truck-mounted crane. Avoid overhead obstructions, too, like low wires or tree branches.


Truck mounted crane carefully lifting two mattresses that were a little too close to the terrace tree.

The truck-mounted crane, or clam, lifting two mattresses.



Large item collection may experience delays on holiday weeks, fall leaf collection, winter snow plowing, or other notable events (such as while clean-up for a severe weather event is ongoing).


consider donating!

Before you put an item out for collection consider donating reusable items to a charity or give away or sell via online person-to-person exchanges. There are many, many online options, including popular neighborhood social media websites.

For donation options, you can find a list of secondhand stores on the Streets Division's Reuse It! webpage.

If you have a usable item you would like to give away, don't set it at the curb with a "free" sign. Rain or snow can ruin the item, and Streets Division crews may collect it before a person who needs it can arrive. .

Please contact one of the many thrift stores in the area about the item you wish to give away. Many of them offer home pickup, too.

Special Information


  • Refrigerators and freezers:
    • Doors must be removed.


  • Automobile Tires:
    • A fee is charged for tire collection. Tire collection is limited to residential units only.
      • Just have a rim/wheel? These will be collected if removed from tires.





  • Carpet/Carpet Padding:
    • Roll up and bind the rolls with rope or duct tape..
    • If the rolls are over 8 feet in length, you can cut them down, or fold them over and tie off with rope or use duct tape.
    • Carpet and padding may be rolled together.


  • Furniture:
    • Place at the curb separate from regular trash.
    • Do not pile trash on furniture.
    • Try to donate it before throwing it into the landfill.


  • Fuel Oil and Gasoline Tanks:
    • Will be collected if empty and drained.


  • Gas Grills:
    • A fee is charged. No fee for charcoal grills.



  • Lawn Mowers, Tillers, Snow Throwers:
    • A fee is charged.


  • Mattresses and Box Springs:
    • Place at the curb separate from regular trash.
    • Do not pile trash on bedding.
    • Mattresses and box springs are recycled. There is no longer a fee for this service.


  • Metal and wood poles:
    • Poles will be collected if concrete bases are removed. Ones filled with concrete will not be picked up.
    • The concrete will not be collected by the Streets Division. It must be taken to the Dane County Landfill.


  • Propane Tanks:
    • Five gallon tanks will be accepted at drop off sites ONLY.
    • Tanks must be completely empty and brought to the site with all valves open. Tanks with propane should be taken back to propane dealers.


  • Sofa Sleepers:
    • If possible, separate the metal bed frame from the rest of the unit. This will allow us to recycle the metal. Place the frame next to the rest of the sofa for collection.


  • Windows:
    • Tape glass to prevent breakage.

The Following Items Will NOT be Collected

Try the Dane County Recycling & Disposal Directory for options with these items.

  • Concrete
  • Concrete blocks
  • Bricks
  • Rocks, etc.
  • Shingles
  • Chemical containers or drums.
  • Pressurized gas containers.
  • 55 and 30 gallon barrels or drums.
  • Items longer than 8 feet.


quick reference

Large item rules and regulations for downloading or printing: