New rules coming regarding garbage pickup in Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Last Monday's bitter cold threw some homeowners off schedule this week. Trash collection for Milwaukee residents who normally have pickup on Monday was delayed until Saturday -- and more permanent schedule changes are on the way.

Garbage collectors made the icy trek up sidewalks and driveways to collect trash on Saturday, January 11th. This, after bitterly cold temperatures delayed trash pickup, and freezing rain on Friday night made for slippery conditions.

Coming soon are new rules regarding garbage and recycling pickup.

Department of Public Works employees will place tags on garbage bins beginning this Monday, January 13th. The tags include updated set of guidelines for homeowners.

By the end of January, residents will no longer be able to leave their garbage cart by their house. Instead, residents must move the garbage cart to the curb.

Beginning on January 27th, garbage collections will take place at the curb -- and carts must be placed there by 7:00 a.m. on garbage collection day. The carts will need to be returned to wherever they are stored by 10:00 p.m. on collection day.

Recycling carts will still be retrieved by DPW crews from storage areas -- and do not need to be placed at the curb.

The updated winter collection schedule is in effect until the first week of April. It will mimic collection rules that are already in place for spring, summer and fall.

Garbage crews were out on Saturday because Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett declared a cold weather health warning ahead of this week's deep freeze to keep workers and residents safe. All non-essential city services were closed on Monday -- including garbage and recycling collection.

New rules are coming regarding pickups that are delayed as well.

If garbage collection is cancelled due to severe winter weather, it will now be made up on the next business day.

DPW employees say it's still a good idea to keep your garbage collection area free of snow and ice -- to make the job easier for DPW workers.

CLICK HERE to visit Milwaukee DPW's website.

CLICK HERE for city of Milwaukee recycling information.


  • Kelly

    Seems like such a luxury to keep your garbage wherever you keep it and not bring it down to the curb!
    Glad Milwaukee is finally catching up with the rest of the municipalities in the county and making people bring their garbage to the curb for pick up making it MUCH more timely and efficient!
    Now if only they would do that with recycling!

  • Robin Davis

    we put ours out in the alley for alley pick up and then pull it back in our fenced in driveway. So dont’ put it out don’t get it picked up until the following week. It all depends where you live how some streets have curb side and others have alley. Now with the curb side I have seen across the street from us for curb side going to get there garbage carts or recycling carts from the back or side of the home which many of these homes are on hills and have steps. I couldn’t see bringing down 11 to 12 steps in front of our home and our hill is steep so alley pick up is better unlock the gate and put it at our alley line. But I have seen others who don’t or they just let garbage carts fall over blocking the alley or garbage everywhere like they don’t care and how they don’t put the right things in the recycling carts either.

  • triplea

    I think they implemented the former rule for the elderly, now lets all work together to stress the hell out of the elderly. Lazy workers, what do you do for elderly people, go door to door? This country is full of cry babies who always complain about some aspect of their job. No one forced you to apply. I take my bins out all year round for these wimps because god forbid they have to walk my long driveway, but think about the elders you selfish wimps.

    • Nick

      The garbage men have it harder than you think, I’m sure you wouldn’t like to be walking up someone’s Icy driveway that they “forgot” to salt or clear a path for the sanitation workers to service your cart(s) in a safe manner. And for the elderly people, they can just simply fill out a hardship inquiry online and once that’s done the garbage men go get it.

  • Brandon

    I am sure you would not walk up a driveway that people don’t salt. Your calling you garbage men wimps. Your the one that is lazy and all you do is complain about taking a garbage can to the curb that takes less than a minute. You should see how many workers get hurt getting cans from storage areas. The elders can have the garbage workers to come and get there cart for them. If you still think its dumb call the city at 286-CITY (2489) to complain.

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