Milwaukee, WI Garbage Pickup Schedule and Rules

If you’ve just moved to Milwaukee, WI, it’s important to know the garbage pickup schedule and rules. Luckily, we’re here to bring you up to speed. Here’s a quick rundown on how and when to have put your trash out week after week.

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What Day Is Your Trash Pickup?

The city of Milwaukee makes it easy to know what day you should put out your trash. Simply enter your address into their online form, and your pickup day will be revealed in a matter of moments. Once you’re aware of your pickup day, make a note of it and plan to have your trash out each morning on that day of the week (other than holidays, noted below).

Trash Put-Out Rules

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If you’re moving to Milwaukee, WI from another big city, you’ll be happy to know that the put-out rules aren’t very different from what you’re used to. As long as you obey the few rules below, you should be in good shape:

  • On your pickup day, make sure all carts and bins are put out for collection by 7:00 a.m.
  • Keep other objects at least three feet away from your bins to allow for hassle-free collection.
  • Provide a clear path to your cart. During the winter, make sure there’s a path which is free from snow and ice so that the container can be easily accessed.
  • Once your trash has been collected, be sure to put the cart away by 10:00 p.m. that evening
  • The garbage placed in your bins should be bagged

As long as you put your trash cart out in a timely manner, place it in the right spot, and put it away again that evening, you should be good to go. You can view the full list of Milwaukee trash put out rules here.

Trash Pickup Holidays

A number of days throughout the year are recognized as holidays with regard to garbage collection. Residents of Milwaukee should not expect garbage pickup on the following days.

  • New Year’s Eve
  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

Missed Garbage Pickup

As you settle into life in Milwaukee, you’ll find that your garbage collection will be extremely reliable. However, it’s possible that an occasional pickup will be missed, so it’s helpful to know how to proceed when this occurs. All you need to do is fill out an online form on the city of Milwaukee’s website, providing as much information as possible to help them rectify the missed collection.

Other Important Points

Most items you throw away will be harmless and can safely be placed in your garbage cart without a second thought. However, from time to time, you may find yourself needing to discard something that should not be placed within your regular trash can. Such an item may be too large to fit in the bin, or it may be dangerous/hazardous in some way.

The following items have unique discard requirements in Milwaukee:

  • Leaves/brush. During the spring and fall seasons, you may have leaves and other natural debris to discard. These should not go in with your regular garbage bin. Instead, a special pickup can be requested from April to November.
  • Electronics. When you’re done with a piece of electronic equipment, do not simply throw it in the garbage. Instead, take these kinds of items to a nearby drop off center so they can be handled properly.
  • Hazardous waste. A variety of waste can fall under the hazardous designation, including things like antifreeze and gasoline. These should not make their way into your garbage container but should instead be handled separately through the MMSD.
  • Appliances. Often too large for garbage carts, even smaller appliances should be taken to drop off centers rather than being placed in your garbage container.

Read more on special collections here.

Make It Simple With CITIBIN

As long as you understand the basic rules and schedule that govern Milwaukee, WI garbage pickups, you should have no trouble making sure your trash is hauled away each week. For help managing your trash on the days between pickups, consider ordering a CITIBIN. Our trash enclosures are both attractive and durable, giving you the perfect spot to place garbage out of sight during the week.

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