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Garbage Cart Placement

Rules and Regulations  

All garbage must be placed inside the black carts provided by the city, with the lids securely closed.  Carts must be placed at the curb or alley line by 6:00 a.m. on the day of collection.  Please make sure that your cart is at least three feet from any other object (including other carts) so that the arms of the truck can enfold the cart and dump your refuse.  Please do not park your car within 20 feet of a cart placed out for collection.

Carts must be returned to your property as soon as possible following collection.  They cannot be stored on city right of way.  Lids must be completely closed. 

Refuse that is tightly packed into carts may not completely dump.  Garbage that is not bagged and tied may cause unsightly litter when carts are emptied.  Please do not place any yard waste/grass clippings, recyclables, furniture, appliances etc. in your cart.  The weight capacity is 200 pounds.  Bags or boxes placed next to the cart cannot be collected.  If you have additional refuse that does not fit in the cart with the lid closed, you may either call for a special collection for a fee, or you may bring it for to the Cudahy Drop-Off Center (5631 South Pennsylvania Avenue) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  Please be sure to go to City Hall first to get the appropeiate number of tickets for your vehicle.

If you find a violation tag attached to your garbage cart, read it carefully to determine what action you must take to resume refuse collection.  If you need further information or have a question about garbage collection rules, please call our office at 769-2216.  Chronic refuse violators will be subject to a charge.

Was your garbage missed?

Please call our office as soon as possible so that a crew may be sent back in a timely manner. 

Collection of Items Containing Refrigerant

EFFECTIVE June 1, 2010 the City will no longer collect or receive items at the Drop-Off Site/Transfer Station that contain or have contained refrigerants.  These include items such as refrigerators, dehumidifiers and air conditioners.  When you purchase a new appliance or item containing a refrigerant, please arrange disposal of your old item with the retailer.  If this is not possible, there are several companies that will pick up these items for a fee.    

Local companies that pick up items containing refrigerants:

No Fee Drop off:

HRS:  Mon-Fri  7:30AM to 4:00PM

          Saturday 8:00AM to 1:00PM (April - Sept. only)

Companies that pick up for a fee:

  • Refrigerant Recovery (414)643-7740, 1125 W National Ave., Milwaukee, WI.
  • Refrigerant Depot, 5311 S. 9th St., Milwaukee, WI (414)627-1152   


Medical Waste       

The City of Cudahy has a prescription drug collection program to protect our residents and our environment.

  • WHEN: 
    Monday through Friday
    6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • WHERE:     
    Cudahy Police Department
    5050 South Lake Drive
  • BRING: Prescription medication in the original container (remove your name from the bottle) & over-the-counter medications, ointments, sprays, inhalers, creams & pet medications.
  • DO NOT BRING: Illegal drugs, biohazardous material, needles/sharps, personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, etc), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas)

The Cudahy Police Department takes the medication to Illinois for incineration.

Sharps Disposal         

Sharps disposal is available for all Cudahy residents who use syringes or blood testing equipment in their homes.  Sharps must be placed in a rigid, puncture-proof container such as a laundry detergent bottle with a secure lid.  A biohazard label should be placed on the outside of the container.  Sharps can be brought to the Cudahy Health Department during normal business hours for free disposal.

-Spring Cleanup Dates-

May 6-10 for the areas NORTH of Grange Avenue

May 13 - 17 for the areas SOUTH of Grange Avenue, INCLUDING Grange Avenue

Spring Cleanup Map

Contact our Public Works Department for more Information @ 414-769-2216


-This is the ONLY Free Pickup of the year.
-Pickup is limited to 15 minutes
-ALL ITEMS FOR PICK UP MUST BE OUT FOR PICK UP BY 6:00 AM ON THE DATE OF COLLECTION. (Residents may put out items starting the Saturday prior to their pick-up date.)

Need a new cart?

If your garbage or recycling cart is damaged, please call 769-2216 to schedule the necessary repair or replacement.  Crews are sent out every seven to ten days to repair/replace carts.

Special Collections  

  • Branches, Brush, Furniture, General Junk, and Construction Debris - $50 minumum + 3.25 for every minute beyond 15 minutes
  • Appliances/White Goods - $50 Each
  • Clean Dirt - $50 Small Load - $175 Large Load
  • Mixed Loads - $85 Small Load - $175 Large Load
  • Concrete/Bricks/Stone - $75 Small Load - $140 Large Load  

Violations that are deemed a health hazard will be picked up immediately.

  • Abatements - $125 minimum Charge + $3.25 for every minute beyond 15 minutes
  • Special Pickup Violation - $60 Plus Special Pickup Fees 

Cudahy Drop Off/Recycling Center

Winter Hours (December 1, 2013 - April 1, 2014):
Saturday -- 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Summer Hours (Effective April 1, 2014 - October 31, 2014)
Tuesday and Thursday -- 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday -- 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Garbage, recycling and yard waste will be accepted at all times.

To get more information about the Drop-Off Center click here.

Hazardous Waste

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District handles household hazardous waste collection.  Hazardous waste includes items such as oil-based paint and paint thinner, fluorescent light blubs and solvent-based kitchen and bathroom cleaners.  For a complete list of hazardous waste and collection locations, please visit or call (414)225-2066.

2013 Hazardous Waste Flyer

Disposal of Paint

Left-over oil-based paints, primers, stains and varnishes are considered hazardous waste and cannot be placed in your garbage.  Keep the material in its original container with the label and dispose of it at an MMSD household hazardous waste disposal site.  This disposal is free.

Left-over water-based paints may be disposed of in your solid waste collection.  However, the paint MUST BE DRY AND CHALKY.  To help dry paint in the can, pour cat litter into the container.  Let the paint sit out in the sun with the lid off for several days.  Once dried, place the can with the cat litter in a plastic garbage bag.  At no time should cans of paint with liquid be placed in the garbage.  The property owner will be billed for any clean-up costs related to the improper disposal of paint.

Hardship Garbage

The Hardship Garbage Program is a service for elderly or handicapped citizens who are physically unable to push their carts to the curb or alley.  Residents on the list are issued a smaller cart, which is typicaly kept near the home and does not need to be moved for collection.  All garbage must be in plastic bags in the cart.  A separate refuse crew manually collects garbage weekly.  Our office notifies the recycling company to provide similar service.  A doctor's written excuse with the resident's name and address must be faxed (769-2257) or sent to the Public Works office to begin this service.

City of Cudahy - 5050 S. Lake Drive - Cudahy, WI - 53110
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

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