Large items are items that are too large to fit in your refuse cart. This includes furniture, appliances, mattresses, carpets, bicycles, swing sets, etc. Large items do not include large cardboard boxes or extra trash that cannot fit into a full refuse cart.
Schedule a large item pickup and pay recycling fees by filling out a work order. You should also use the work order form to pay fees for items that you are taking to the drop-off site.
Questions about the new work order system? Visit the Work Order FAQ page to learn more.
Put your large items on the curb on your set-out date. You will choose this date when you fill out the work order. Our crews will collect your item in the following week.
- Keep your large items separate from your carts and other refuse.
- Keep your large items away from trees, utility poles and wires, mailboxes, fire hydrants, and other obstructions.
- Items that are out late or are not accessible will not be collected.
- You do not need a recycling fee sticker for any items you are setting on the curb.
Large item collection may be delayed due to holiday weeks, fall leaf collection, winter snow plowing, severe weather clean-up, or other notable events. We will come to your neighborhood as soon as we can.
For any items you are bringing to a drop-off site, we will mail you a recycling fee sticker after you fill out the work order.
The item must have the sticker before we can accept it at a drop-off site.
Some items, including televisions, computers, and other electronics, are banned from the landfill. You must take these items to a drop-off site. Do not place these items on the curb for pickup.
Items & Fees
Some large items require a recycling fee.
Items that are shaded gray must be taken to a drop-off site.
View the Recyclopedia for more information about how to dispose of specific items.
|Carpet and carpet padding||None||Roll up and bind the rolls with rope or duct tape. If the rolls are over 8 feet long, cut them down or fold them over and secure with rope or duct tape. Carpet and padding may be rolled together.|
|Computers and computer towers||$0||Drop-off only. This fee stopped on February 20, 2023. These will be accepted at no charge for the remainder of 2023.|
|Copy machines, office sized||$35|
|Fluorescent light fixtures||$15||Remove bulbs|
|Furniture||None||Put on the curb separate from your carts. Do not pile trash on furniture.|
|Gasoline and fuel oil tanks||None||Empty and drain tanks|
|Laptops||$0||Drop-off only. This fee stopped on February 20, 2023. These will be accepted at no charge for the remainder of 2023.|
|Large commercial appliances||$35|
|Large medical devices||$35|
|Mattresses and box springs||None||Put on the curb separate from your carts. Do not pile trash on matresses.|
|Monitors||$0||Drop-off only. This fee stopped on February 20, 2023. These will be accepted at no charge for the remainder of 2023.|
|Radios||None||Put in your refuse cart, or take to a drop-off site for recycling.|
|Refrigerators, full size||$35||Remove doors|
|Refrigerators, mini or dorm||$15|
|Sofa sleepers||None||Separate the metal bed frame from the rest of the sofa|
|Stereo equipment||None||Put in your refuse cart, or take to a drop-off site for recycling|
|Tanning beds||$35||Remove bulbs|
|Televisions, all sizes||$0||Drop-off only. This fee stopped on February 20, 2023. These will be accepted at no charge for the remainder of 2023.|
|Tires, large truck||$10|
|Tires, on the rim||$10|
|Tires, small vehicle, off the rim||$5|
|Toasters and toaster ovens||None|
|Weed whackers and string trimmers||None|
|Windows||None||Tape glass to prevent it from breaking|
No Collection Available
The following items cannot be collected or taken to a drop-off site. Try the Dane County Recycling & Disposal Directory for options with these items.
- Concrete blocks
- Rocks, etc.
- Chemical containers or drums.
- Pressurized gas containers.
- 55 and 30 gallon barrels or drums.
- Items longer than 8 feet.
Consider donating reusable items to a charity! You can find a list of secondhand stores on the Streets Division's Reuse It! webpage. You can also 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.
You can also give or sell items in online person-to-person exchanges. There are many online options, including popular neighborhood social media websites.
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.
Retailers & Dealers
Many area appliance dealers will haul away old appliances from customers. Several will haul them for a fee. When purchasing a new appliance, ask the retailer about their policy on removing old appliances.
There are also several scrap dealers in town who will accept most old appliances, some charge a fee. Call dealers first for prices and conditions of disposal.
Dealers that accept appliances include:
- All Metal Recycling: 1802 S. Park St. (608) 255-0960
- Kruser Recycling : 6421 Edna Taylor Parkway (608) 223-9220
- Resource Solutions: 5493 Express Cir. (608) 244-5451
- Alter Recycling: 4400 Sycamore Ave. (608) 241-1571
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