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Refuse Collection Services
Garbage from single family and 2-4 family homes is picked up weekly at the curb or alley year round, except holidays. To ensure refuse is picked up, the city provided upright green cart must be placed at the curb or alley by 7:00 am on your refuse collection day. No longer will additional items outside the cart be picked up.  For collections that exceed the Standard Collection guidelines, please view our Special Collection Service page.  

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.

Reminder - Winter Cart Placement

Proper cart placement is very important for garbage and recycling collection in the winter. Wauwatosa Municipal Code states that carts “shall be readily accessible and convenient to City forces collecting same, but not on a public roadway, alley, or public sidewalk. The Municipal Code also states, “Refuse carts and other approved containers placed out for curbside or alley pickup shall be located in the area between the sidewalk and curb and as near the street curb or alley edge as practical.” When there is a significant amount of snow a place must be cleared for carts to be at the back of the curb. The automatic equipment will reach the carts at the back of the curb but not near the sidewalk. The same placement is needed in the alleys - carts must be at the alley edge with a three foot clearance from other objects.  The automatic equipment cannot work if a power pole or garage is in the way. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated by the City’s collection forces.

Refuse Carts
Refuse carts are the property of the City of Wauwatosa and are maintained by the city. However, normal maintenance of the cart such as periodic rinsing or cleaning is the responsibility of the property owner.

Refuse carts shall be placed for pickup curbside or in alleys by 7:00 a.m. on the scheduled day of collection, but no sooner than 2:30 pm on the day prior to collection, including Saturdays and Sundays.  The refuse containers shall be removed from the curb side or alley prior to 8:00 am on the day following collection service. (Ordinance 8.24.050)

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

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