brush processing site updates
City of Madison residents can get a small amount of mulch for free. The process for obtaining the mulch has changed from years past. Scroll down to the Wood Mulch section for additional information.
Brush processing and mulch sales are also available. Only credit card payments will be accepted at this time.
For additional details about the brush processing center please call at 608-266-4911
brush processing center information
Brush Processing Center is located at 121 E. Olin Avenue.
Monday to Friday: 7:30am to 2:30pm
Closed weekends all city holidays.
Who Can Use the Site:
To purchase wood mulch:
- There is no residency requirement to purchase wood mulch at the below stated rates.
For brush processing:
- Contractors who cut brush from parcels within the city of Madison can bring the brush cut from those city parcels here to be processed for a fee. It should be noted that contractors are barred from using the other city-operated drop off sites.
- Residents or taxpayers of the city of Madison with more brush than what can be accepted at the brush drop off sites may also bring their material here for the below stated fees.
Users of the brush processing site will need to prove the brush comes from a City of Madison parcel. Contractors will need to show a copy of the receipt that contains the address from where the material was cut. Madison residents & taxpayers will need to prove their status to use the site as well.
Cash, or Check (Checks Payable to City Treasurer)
*Due to pandemic concerns, only credit card payments will be accepted*
brush processing fees:
|$40 per ton, charged in $20 increments|
|$20 minimum charge|
|$20 per ton, charged in $10 increments|
|$10 minimum charge|
Updated: April 22, 2021
Mulch supply is currently limited.
Problems with equipment paired with less brush presently available to process as Forestry crews work on the spring planting have reduced the overall volume of wood mulch available. Supply will be made available, but delays are likely, especially for larger volumes.
Wood Mulch Information
ALL LOADS MUST BE COVERED
All loads of mulch received from the transfer station must be covered or enclosed in a vehicle so it can be safely transported.
Mulch service will be denied if you do not have the ability to cover or otherwise contain the mulch to prevent it from blowing out of your vehicle during your trip away from the mulch facility.
You can choose to cover the loads a tarp or other options, like in the back of an SUV.
FREE WOOD MULCH:
Beginning after April 5, 2021, small quantities of wood mulch will be available for Madison residents only and lasting through the year until the winter snows return.
Free wood mulch will only be found at 121 E. Olin Ave.
When entering the facility, free mulch for residents will be located to the left along the fence.
Follow the cones and signs to form the line so not to obstruct the heavy equipment utilizing other functions of the facility.
Do not approach the booth near the scale.
Do not enter the processing area beyond the booth.
The supply of mulch remains limited and is not guaranteed to be available for residents when they arrive. The pile of mulch for residents will be restocked when possible.
Please note that other mulch at the site is reserved for other city processes, such as keeping trees alive while they await planting in the fall, and also for bulk purchasers, like area farmers.
Mulch sales for all quantities of mulch have resumed.
MasterCard and Visa are the only forms of payment accepted at this time.
No cash or check transactions will be accepted.
Contact the processing facility for additional information.
GENERAL MULCH INFORMATION
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection has certified our brush processing site for safe shredding of ash trees. This means that mulch coming from our site will be free of the emerald ash borer. You can be assured that our mulch will not transmit the emerald ash borer to your property and our mulch can be moved anywhere in the State of Wisconsin.
All material sold as is. All sales final. No refunds or exchanges.
WOOD MULCH FEES
Delivery fees and bulk purchase discounts may apply.
- 1 to 3 yards of mulch: $20
- 1 loader bucket full of mulch: $20/loader bucket
- Semi-load pick-up: $250/semi load
- Semi-load delivery for Bulk Customers: $250/semi-load plus delivery fee
- Semi-load delivered for non-Bulk Customers: $275/semi-load plus delivery fee
We do not make free deliveries of mulch and we only deliver large, semi-truck loads - nothing smaller.
Delivery Fees for Mulch
The starting point for the mileage will be the brush processing center at 121 E. Olin Ave.
- 0 to 30 miles: $25
- 31 to 40 miles: $50
- 41 to 50 miles: $75
Loads of mulch will not be delivered to locations more than 50 miles away from the brush processing center.
How to Become a Bulk Customer
To become a bulk customer and qualify for the lower delivered semi-load of mulch price, you must pre-pay for a minimum of 20 semi-loads at the bulk rate.
Contact the Brush Processing Center for additional details on becoming a bulk customer.
7:30am - 2:30pm Monday-Friday. Closed weekends and City Holidays.
For additional information on the Brush Processing Center call (608) 266-4911.