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Prohibited Items
Prohibited Items
Certain items are never picked up at the curb, either as special or regular collections. These items include:
Item Curb Pick-Up Drop-Off Center  Alternate (Also see Resources & Publications Page)
Computers (Free, except monitors) No Yes Goodwill Industries - Wauwatosa Facility, 12121 W. Feerick St.
Grass Clippings No No Leave on yard or visit WI DNR
Gas or Propane Tanks  No No 
Pesticides, Herbicides, Solvents, or Chemicals No No MMSD or Wisconsin DNR
Hazardous Household Waste          No No MMSD or Wisconsin DNR
Vehicle Batteries No No Return to retailers
Tires  No  Yes - Fee Based  or return to retailers

Motor Oil 

No Yes - Free MMSD

Latex, Oil, or Lead Paints
Latex paint must be completely used up or dried out. The empty or dry cans can be collected with regular garbage. Latex, oil, or lead paints, as well as other household hazardous wastes, can be taken to the free disposal facility or mobile collection sites. View more information about household hazardous waste.

Disposing of Medical or Pharmaceutical Waste, Syringes, or Sharps
Medication and Needle Disposal

Disposing of Prescription Medications

Tires can be taken to the Drop-Off Center for $5 each, and used motor oil can be dropped off there for free. Car or truck batteries should be taken back to retailers or to private scrap dealers.

Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center (SHWEC) University of Wisconsin-Extension
For more information, please contact the Department of Public Works Operations Division at
(414) 471-8422. | Email

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