Recycling is mandatory in the state of Wisconsin


Type: City-issued recycling cart only.  No loose recycling can be placed outside the cart.  No other bags or containers can be used.
Size: 96-gallon or 64-gallon.
Weight: 200 pounds.
 How Many: Unlimited. Recycling Cart Order Form
Where: Collected from 6 or less living units.
When: Accepted every other week. See sanitation routes for your collection day at CALENDAR 2015



Commercial, including more than 6 grouped living units, industrial and any other type of business must arrange for private recycling pickup.  Please see “Recycling” in the yellow pages.


Recycling cart shall be placed at curb line for collection.  The recycling cart’s numbered side must face the street.   Place the City-issued carts four (4) feet apart from each other AND 4 feet away from other objects such as mailboxes, trees, etc.  No pick up will be made in the alley adjoining residential property.  No pick up will be made from atop or from behind a snow bank – clear 4-foot areas on the terrace, with 4 feet apart, where the carts can be placed.


Carts CANNOT be stored within 15 feet of the public right-of-way and MUST be visually blocked from view of people passing by the property.

Acceptable/Unacceptable Cart Storage

 Acceptable/Unacceptable Items

Acceptable Items Unacceptable Items
Glass   Clear, brown or green bottles and jars, soda,  beer, juice and other glass food containers,  blue, green, rose and yellow tinted glass  Ceramic cups, plates and bottle tops, clay flower  pots, china, drinking glasses, crystal, plate glass,  auto windshields, opaque/milk glass, laboratory  glass, light bulbs, ovenware, window glass
Paper  Newspaper, inserts, magazines, books, milk,  juice and soup cartons, junk  mail, envelopes,  phone books and catalogs, writing &  copier  paper, frozen juice containers (remove  metal  & caps), grocery bags, gift wrap,  corrugated  & non-corrugated cardboard  Tissue paper and other tissue products, paper that  is contaminated by food grease or other debris  (pizza boxes), bows and ribbons, foil lined gift wrap
Plastic  All food, beverage & household bottles, jars &  jugs, dairy containers & lids, deli, bakery &  produce containers & lids  Plastic bags, wrap or film, motor oil bottles,  Styrofoam, solvent, adhesive or chemical  containers, paint containers, medical  supplies,  plastic toys, flower pots, garden plastics,  pesticide  or herbicide containers
Metal  All aluminum cans, all steel or bi-metal cans,  metal lids and bottle caps, aerosol cans  (EMPTY), non-pesticide, NO caps  Pesticide aerosols, paint cans, pots and pans,  sheet metal, car parts, small appliances, nails  & screws, aluminum foils/pie pans


Click here to see a list of additional materials that are now accepted for recycling as of December 1, 2014!



When a full day holiday (New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day) falls on a regular workday (Monday – Friday) garbage and recycling collection will be delayed by one (1) day, with Friday’s collection being picked up on Saturday.

Full day holidays falling on a Saturday do not affect the normal schedule in any way. Full day holidays falling on a Sunday would make every day’s collection that week one day later – in other words, Monday’s collection would move to Tuesday, Tuesday’s collection would move to Wednesday, Wednesday’s collection would move to Thursday, Thursday’s collection would move to Friday, and Friday’s collection would moved to Saturday.

When a half-day holiday (Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, Good Friday) falls on a regular workday, garbage and recycling collection will remain on the normal schedule for those days.


E-Cycling Information

What is E-Cycle Wisconsin?   

In October  2009, Governor Jim Doyle signed Wisconsin Act 50 into law. The purpose of this  law is to create a program for the collection and proper recycling of certain  electronic devices. The law also prohibits certain electronics from being  disposed in landfills or incinerators.

Why do we need to recycle electronics in Wisconsin?     

Electronics, including computers, computer peripherals, televisions, cell phones, printers and other electronics  contain many known harmful materials such as lead, mercury, chromium and many  others. When improperly disposed, these hazardous materials can leach into the  surrounding environment and affect both human health as well as the surrounding  ecosystem. Improper disposal may also expose waste management workers to  additional risk.   Also, proper recycling  of electronics ensures the reuse of as many materials as possible. This reduces  the environmental impact of consumer electronics as well as lowers the economic  costs for the manufacturer.

Details about the law   

After 1 September 2010, all Wisconsin residents must abide by the Wisconsin Electronics  Recycling Law. Wisconsin residents are prohibited from disposing of specified  electronics in landfills or incinerators. While a fee may still be imposed by  collectors or recyclers for the recycling of the electronic device, this law  was designed to make recycling easier and more convenient statewide. A full list of manufacturers already signed  onto the program as well as electronic devices covered under this law is  available at the WDNR website at

The following will be banned  from collection starting August 30, 2010:

  • televisions
  • computers (desktop, laptop, netbook and tablet computers)
  • desktop printers (including those that scan, fax and/or copy)
  • computer monitors
  • other computer accessories (including keyboards, mice, speakers, external hard drives and flash drives)
  • e-readers
  • DVD players, VCRs and other video players (i.e., DVRs)
  • fax machines
  • cell phones

Many retailers in Wisconsin already collect electronics for proper disposal. In the Green Bay/Brown County area a variety of options already exists. See the list below for facilities in Green Bay that accepts electronics for recycling. As a note, some of these collectors may charge a fee for some or all of the types of electronics accepted under this program.

  • Brown County Household  Hazardous Waste Facility: 2561 S. Broadway – (920) 492-4950
  • Best Buy: 825 Pilgrim Way – 888-237-8289
  • Cyber Works: 2022 E. Mason St. –  (920) 497-2667
  • Lamp Recyclers: 3055 Holmgren Way – 800-558-1166 
  • Milwaukee PC: 1683 E. Mason St. – (920) 465-4430
  • Norsec Computer Recyclers: 801 S. Broadway – (920) 660-8181

This prohibition  is imposed on any person, business or entity in Wisconsin.  This is a statewide ban no matter the  origination of the devices households, schools, businesses, governments and  institutions included. 

More information in regards to E-Cycle Wisconsin visit: