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Recycling Collection Service
Since 1990, Wisconsin’s recycling law requires that all residents and businesses recycle to avoid materials being disposed of in a landfill.  The City of Wauwatosa provided curbside collection in order to promote recycling and increase compliance with State law.  

Please view the City's new Interactive Refuse and Recycling Collection Map in order to download your personalized collection schedule. As we begin implementation of this new feature please feel free to provide us with feedback.

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.

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.  After the recyclables are collected by City Employees they are brought to a facility to be processed for reuse. 

What's Recyclable?
Follow the link to find what is and what is not to be placed in your recycling cart. Recycle Right
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

Household Battery Recycling

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Battery recycling is a recycling activity that aims to reduce the number of batteries being disposed as municipal solid waste. Recycling is the environmentally preferable choice. If you can collect and recycle alkalines, you should. While they may no longer be considered hazardous waste, they still contain elements that can harm the environment, especially given the number of single-use batteries being disposed of each year.

The City’s Department of Public Works has been receiving increased inquiries regarding the proper disposal of household batteries. Because of this the department has placed containers to collect household batteries at City Hall by the Clerk’s Office, Outside the Lower Civic Center, and The Public Works Building. Just look for the bucket!

Battery Recycling Benefits

According the EPA, these are some benefits of recycling:

  • Reduction in waste sent to landfills
  • Conservation of natural resources, such as metals and minerals
  • Helps prevent pollution by reducing the need to collect new, raw materials
  • Saves energy
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change
  • Helps sustain the environment for future generations
  • Helps create new, well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States
  • Once the materials are recycled they can be reused in making new products

Batteries Accepted
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  • Alkaline
  • Zinc Carbon
  • Nickel Cadmium (NiCd)
  • Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH)
  • Lithium-ion
  • Lithium Primary
  • Mercury Batteries
  • Silver Oxide
  • Button Cells
  • Lead Acid – Non-Spillable
  • Small Electronics (cell phones, iPods, tablets, power tools, etc.

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