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UPDATE (5/17) Final round ongoing. Several neighborhoods have received their final pickup for the spring already.

Click the Pickup Schedule button below to learn if you should place out yard waste for pickup either for the current round or the upcoming final round.

If your neighborhood is marked "Pending" then yes, you should put out yard waste and crews will be around soon.

If your neighborhood is marked "Crews Working" it is not recommended that you place out yard waste, and should instead take it to a drop-off site..

If your neighborhood is marked "Season Over" do not put out yard waste. Crews will not pickup yard waste again in your neighborhood until the fall.

Madison residents with yard waste can take it to a drop-off site instead of placing it to the curb.

When is my yard waste pickup?

Pickup Schedule





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.

Pile leaves & yard waste at the street edge for collection.

Covering & Bagging Leaves

You are not required to bag or cover your leaves. They can be left loose at the curb for collection.

If you elect to bag or cover them to keep leaves from the street, see below for bagging and covering options

  • Compostable Paper Leaf Bags (Recommended) : Please leave bags open at the top so we can see what is inside.
    • Plastic bags should be left open at the top as well. Be advised bags will be left loose on the terrace. Some bags may need to be cut open.
  • 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.

Yard Waste vs. Brush

Please separate yard waste & leaves from brush.

Yard waste includes:

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

Brush includes:

  • Tree and shrub trimmings over 18" in length.


Crews will complete at least three rounds in the Fall, and two rounds in the Spring, dependent on weather.

The start date of the Spring and Fall rounds will be announced when the date is known.

Drop-Off Sites

Residents may also bring yard waste to a drop-off site.


Click here for yard waste pickup schedule.



Yard waste rules and regulations for downloading or printing:


Leave the Leaf

When rain falls on curbside leaf piles, the water pulls nutrients from the leaves and drains them into our lakes. These excess nutrients contribute to the algae blooms we see in the summer.

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.



You can learn even more about what you can do to protect our lakes and streams on the Ripple Effects website. Ripple Effects is maintained by the Madison Area Municipal Stormwater Partnership (MAMSWaP) and the Dane County Land & Water Resources Department.