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UPDATE (5/23):

Curbside yard waste collection has ended for the spring. Do not put yard waste to the curb for pickup at this time.

Crews will not collect yard waste from the curb again until the fall.

Madison residents should take yard waste to a drop-off site.

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

Yard waste includes:

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

Piles of brush and yard waste mixed together will not be collected.

Brush and yard waste are separate collections with different processing. Keep yard waste & leaves separate from brush.


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:



It's perfect for a quick reference on ways you can help protect our lakes.


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.