2014 RECYCLING NEWSLETTER
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 free to the Cudahy Drop-Off Center (5631 South Pennsylvania Avenue) on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
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.
Need a new cart?
If your garbage or recycling cart is damaged, please call 769-2216 to schedule the necessary repair or replacement. Carts must be left by the curb or alley line for repair.
Any property owner may request a special collection for a fee for pick-up of larger items
during the year. We will pick up
furniture, appliances, carpeting, etc. Place your items at the alley or curb line and
stop into City Hall to fill out a "special collection form" and make your
prepayment fee of $50. Please note $50 covers
15 minutes including travel time to and from the Transfer site (located at 5631
Pennsylvania Avenue), loading time, and the time it takes to unload materials
back at the Transfer site. There is a
charge of $3.25 per minute after 15 minutes, which the property owner will be
invoiced. The charge for clean dirt or
concrete with no metal is $50 per load. The charge for concrete with
rebar is $60 per load. Mixed loads are $75 per load. Because all
municipal billings are to owners of record, tenants must have their landlords order any special collections.
Please call the Department of Public Works at 414-769-2216 with any questions.
Special Pickup Prepayment Form
Trash, refuse, furniture, appliances, etc. that have been adjacent
to an alley or street for four or more days or have generated the issuance of
an abatement order from the Inspection Department will be picked up and billed
without notice to the property owners as follows:
Violations that are deemed a health hazard will be picked up immediately.
- Clean-up by DPW after four days (no request for special collection): $50 plus weight.
- Clean-up after issuance of an abatement order: actual DPW costs of labor and equipment or $75 minimum fee.
- No contractor-generator waste will be accepted. If you hire someone to do the work, then they must remove all the 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 http://v3.mmsd.com/HHW.aspx or call (414)225-2066.
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.
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 (769-2261) or sent to the Public Works office to begin this service.