Recycling Collection Service
Since 1990, Wisconsin’s recycling law requires that all residents and businesses recycle to avoid materials being buried in a landfill. Specific items have been banned.
Here's How It Works
City residents place everything together loose in the black recycling cart, including mixed paper, newspapers, magazines, cut up cardboard, junk mail, and other recyclable papers along with commingled items; metal food/beverage cans, all plastic bottles and tubs, and glass bottles.
All recyclable must be placed inside the black and yellow recycling cart.
To ensure that recyclables are picked up, the recycling cart must be placed at the curb or alley at least 3 feet from any object (tree, car, or other cart) with 14 feet of overhead clearance by 7:00 am on your recycling collection day. There also needs to be a 14' overhead clearance. The recycling cart is currently emptied by City employees every-other-week according to the schedule in the 2016 Guide for Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste. City employees take the truckloads of mixed recyclable to Advanced Disposal's collection site in Muskego. Advanced Disposal then takes the recyclables to a sorting facility to sort paper and other items, process them, and transport them to an end market. Those markets turn the recyclable into other products that residents and everyone else can buy. This closes the recycling loop.
Advanced Disposal Service currently accepts plastic types 1 through 7. In order to determine the number on your plastic container, turn the product over and look for the recycling symbol, a triangle with a number from 1 to 7 inside. That number is the Resin Identification Code, or RIC. Each number represents a different type of plastic.
Products labeled Code 1 and Code 2 typically include milk, soft drink and soda bottles; plastics from cereal boxes; containers for salad dressing, vegetable oil, and peanut butter; oven-ready meal trays; butter and margarine tubs; and containers for laundry detergent and some household cleaners.
Products labeled with Code 4 and Code 5 typically include squeezable bottles, bread wrappers, frozen food bags, dry cleaning bags, yogurt containers, syrup bottles, ketchup bottles, some straws, and prescription bottles.
Products labeled with Code 3, 6, or 7 typically include window cleaner and dish-washing detergent bottles, some shampoo bottles, cooking oil bottles, clear food packaging, plastics used in most blister packs, disposable coffee cups, polystyrene, plastic egg cartons, aspirin bottles, and compact disc cases.
Code 6 is accepted only in the clear form – not the foam. Therefore styrofoam in not accepted at this time.
As a reminder, don't recycle it until it's clean!
For more information, or if your cart is in need of repair, please contact the Department of Public Works Operations Division at (414) 471-8422. | Email