City of
Madison

Collection Schedule

Curbside leaf and yard waste collection is ongoing.

The fall period of leaf and yard waste collection began on October 1.

Residents can also take yard waste to a drop-off site.

When is my yard waste pickup?

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Yard Waste vs. Brush

Please separate yard waste & leaves from brush. We will not collect mixed piles.

What is Yard Waste?

Yard waste includes:

  • Leaves, weeds, garden trimmings, and other plant debris.
  • Twigs less than 18" long.
  • Pumpkins, crab apples, pine cones, etc.

What is Brush?

Brush is a separate collection. Brush includes:

  • Woody material trimmed from trees, shrubs or bushes.
  • Tree and shrub trimmings over 18" in length.

How to Prepare Yard Waste for Pickup

Yard Waste Placement

  • Pile your leaves & yard waste at the street edge.
    • Do not put leaves in the street. Leaves in the street or gutter are washed into our lakes, where the nutrients contribute to algae growth.
  • Keep piles four feet from obstructions.
  • Separate yard waste & leaves from brush.

Covering & Bagging Leaves

Compostable Paper Leaf Bags: Please leave bags open at the top so we can see what is inside.

Plastic Bags: Please leave bags open at the top. Bags will be slit open and either left on the terrace or put in refuse cart.

Tarp or Plastic Sheet Cover: You may also cover your leaf piles with a tarp or other plastic sheeting to prevent them from blowing away.

Rounds

Crews will complete at least three rounds in the Fall, and two rounds in the Spring, depending on weather. We'll announce start dates before each season.

You can also bring yard waste to a drop-off site.

Protect Our Lakes

When rain falls on leaf piles in the street, nutrients drain into storm drains, which reach our lakes. These nutrients contribute to toxic algae blooms, murky water, and weeds. You can protect our lakes by managing your yard waste.

Following these steps will help protect our lakes:

Leave the Leaf

Consider using your leaves as mulch or compost. By reducing the nutrients drained into our lakes, you can keep those nutrients in your property and improve your lawn and soil quality.

Learn about how to repurpose leaves and yard waste to benefit the environment and your own home.

Ripple Effects

Learn more about what you can do to protect our lakes and streams with Ripple Effects. Ripple Effects is maintained by the Madison Area Municipal Stormwater Partnership and the Dane County Land & Water Resources Department.

Yard Waste Survey

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Your feedback will help us better provide our services.

Fact Sheets

Yard waste rules and regulations for downloading or printing: