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Get the collection calendar for your home to learn when the scheduled large item day.

Large Item Collection

    • Large items are items considered too large to fit into the refuse cart. 
    • Large items include appliances, furniture, carpets, bicycles, swing sets, etc.
    • 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
    • Smaller trash items that do not require a fee sticker and can fit into the collection cart should be placed inside.
    • Large items must be out prior to 7am and be placed free from obstruction. Items out late or inaccessible will not be collected.
      • Many large items are collected with a truck-mounted crane, so be mindful of overhead obstructions, too, like low wires or tree branches.
    • Large items are collected every other week on the week we do not collect your recycling. Consult your collection calendar to be sure of the dates for your neighborhood.
    • Large item collection is not guaranteed to occur on your scheduled day during holiday weeks, fall leaf collection, winter snow plowing, or other notable events (such as while clean-up for a severe weather event is ongoing). Staff will attempt to work back to make up for lost days when personnel becomes available.


The collection schedule may vary due to weather or holidays. If possible, avoid putting out large items on weeks with a City holiday.

  • East Side information call (608) 246-4532
  • West Side information call (608) 266-4681


quick reference

Large item rules and regulations for downloading or printing:



Large items are appliances, furniture, carpeting, mattresses, box springs, plumbing fixtures (toilets, sinks, etc.) and other items too large to be safely lifted by a single person or too big for the collection cart.

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. You can find a list of some potential secondhand store options on the Streets Division's Moving Days website.

The tan refuse collection cart is not just for kitchen garbage. Many bigger items do not require collection fees can be placed in your tan refuse cart. Please put items such as lamps, vacuum cleaners, and small furniture. You may also want to break up or cut up items like lumber, drywall, 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.

items on the terrrace will be collected

By placing an item on the terrace or road edge, and it is your large item collection day, Streets Division crews will collect these items (provided they meet other collection rules, of course).  This includes items like bicycles or items with "free" signs placed on them.

If you have items you do not want the Streets Division to collect, do not place them onto the terrace/right-of-way on the large item collection day.

If you have an item you would like to give away, do not just set it at the curb. Rain or snow can ruin the item, and Streets Division crews may collect it so it goes to the landfill. 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
  • Appliances: Collected by a separate unit. A fee is charged for selected appliances.
  • 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.
  • Boats A fee is charged for of boats
  • Bricks, Concrete, Concrete Blocks, Garden Pavers, Rocks, Stone are not collected. They must be taken to the Dane County Landfill
  • Building Material
  • Carpet/Carpet Padding: Roll up and bind the rolls closed. If the rolls are over 8 feet in length, you can cut them down to size, 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.
  • Fuel Oil and Gasoline Tanks: Will be collected if empty and drained.
  • Gas Grills: A fee is charged. No fee for charcoal grills.
  • Hot Tubs : A fee is charged for hot tubs
  • 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 now recycled. There is no longer a fee for this service.
  • Metal and wood poles: Poles will be collected if concrete bases are removed. The concrete will not be collected. 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
  • 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.