Recycling is mandatory in the State of Wisconsin.


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Type: City-issued trash and recycle carts only. No other bags or containers can be used. Lids must be securely closed to be collected.
Size: 96-gallon or 64-gallon.
Weight: 200 pounds.
How Many: Unlimited. No recycling collected from businesses or residences over six (6) living units.
When: Collected once every other week from residential with six or less living units. See the Recycling Calendar as to which side of the City we are collecting on. NEW! Recycling Calendar – 2016



  • Carts shall be placed at curb line for collection.
  • The 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.


Under Chapter 9 of Municipal Code, garbage and recycling carts can NOT be stored during the time period between collection days in the following locations:

  • Within 15 feet of the public right-of way except during collection periods.
  • Carts shall not be stored on any side street of a building unless the cart is completely screened from view at the public right-of way.
  • On, under, or alongside of a front porch, stoop, landing, assessable ramp, or deck fronting that can be viewed at the public right-of-way.
  • All carts must be stored with lids securely closed.

Please note that fees will be invoiced to the property owner if the City moves the trash or recycle cart after a first warning is issued.


  • DO NOT PLACE PERSONAL PROPERTY ON OR NEAR THE CURB. It may be picked up by mistake and you may be charged.
  • All invoices are sent to the property owner.


Carts should be out by 6:00 A.M. on the scheduled day of collection, but shall not be placed out more than 12 hours before collection day and shall be removed not more than 12 hours after collection day. Carts need to be placed along the curb line immediately adjacent to the property which has generated the waste. Carts left at the curb outside these designated times will be picked up and charged to the property owner at $60.00* per collection.


Place carts out on your normal collection day to assure collection.

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 may be delayed by one (1) day, with Friday’s collection being picked up on Saturday.

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


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 or search online.


  • Be sure to empty and rinse all bottles & containers
  • Remove & discard all screw caps on any plastic or glass containers.
  • Any cardboard paper should be flattened  & cut into no larger than 2′ X 2′ pieces
  • Shredded paper should be placed in a paper bag, labeled & stapled shut
  • Only the acceptable items mentioned below can be placed loosely in the recycling cart, not in plastic bags.
  • Any excess acceptable recycling may be taken to the Brown County Port & Resource Recovery Department.
  • Any other material you may have to recycle, search online or look in the Yellow Pages



Glass  Clear, brown or green bottles & jars, soda, beer, juice & other glass food containers, blue, green, rose and yellow tinted glass bottles & jars Ceramic cups, plates, clay flower pots, China, drinking glasses, crystal, plate glass, auto windshields, opaque/milk glass, laboratory glass, light bulbs, ovenware, window glass
Paper Newspapers & inserts, magazines, cardboard & paperboard (cereal & cracker boxes), junk mail & envelopes, office paper, books, milk, juice & soup cartons, phone books, magazines, & catalogs, frozen juice containers (remove metal & caps), paper grocery bags, gift wrap, corrugated  & non-corrugated cardboard Tissue paper & other tissue products, paper contaminated by food grease or other debris (pizza boxes), bows & ribbons, foil lined gift wrap
Plastic All plastic bottles & containers (soda, water & other drink bottles), food & household bottles, jars & jugs, dairy containers & lids, produce, bakery & deli containers 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 & herbicide containers
Metal All aluminum cans, all steel or bi-metal cans, metal lids and bottle caps, empty aerosol cans (except pesticide) Pesticide aerosols, paint cans of any kind, pots & pans, sheet metal, car parts, small appliances, nails & screws, aluminum foils/pans



Q: Should I remove my bottle caps?

A: Removing your bottle caps is a good recycling habit. When caps are left on, the liquids stay in the bottle which makes it difficult for the specialized machinery to properly sort the plastic. The bottle could end up in the trash rather than being recycled.

Q: What do I do with plastic bags?

A: Plastic bags are highly recyclable, but NOT through your curbside program. The Tri-County Recycling Facility is not designed to remove plastic bags, and the bags wrap around the equipment causing maintenance issues. Please take your plastic bags, wraps and other film plastics to a local retail or grocery store to be recycled.

Q: Can I recycle aluminum foil and pie pans?

A: The Tri-County Recycling Program does NOT accept aluminum foil and pans because they are made from lower grade aluminum than the aluminum used to make beverage cans. You may recycle aluminum pans and foil through a local scrap metal dealer.

Q: What should I do with shredded paper?

A: To recycle shredded paper we ask that you put it in a paper bag; staple it closed, label the bag and put it in your curbside container. This method keeps the pieces of paper from blowing around the neighborhoods while sitting at the curb, during transportation and at the recycling facility. Do NOT use plastic bags!

This information, and more can be found in the Tri-County Recycle Guide – 2015.



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.

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.

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:

For more information on Electronic recycling, see the Tri-County Recycle Guide – 2015.