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News and Updates


The Drop-Off Center on Sentry Dr. has STOPPED accepting electronics effective immediately for all residents.  Currently, residents may want to try to bring electronics for recycling at Goodwill or Best Buy - call ahead for more information.  We apologize about the inconvenience and check back for more information.

February 5th Green Cleaning Workshop at Waukesha Public Library!

The Waukesha County Recycling office will be hosting a Green Cleaning workshop on February 5th at 7 p.m. at the Waukesha Public Library.  At this workshop, find out what common household ingredients can be used to keep your home healthy, clean, and safe.  Find out what really works and which products on the market pass as “green.”  Attendees will “Make & Take” a Creamy Soft Scrub to try at home!  Call (262) 524-3682 to pre-registration.

Garbage Service General Information

The City of Waukesha facilitates residential garbage and bulky trash item pick up.  The service is contracted to a private hauler.  Residents have pick up Monday through Friday, depending on their location in the city.

Garbage must be set out on the terrace near the street in neat piles no earlier than noon the day before pick up (5 p.m. in downtown area).  Bags or cans may be used; the weight of any given bag or can should not exceed 50 pounds.

Recycling Service General Information

The City of Waukesha is proud to participate in a strong recycling program.  Per state law and city ordinance, residents, schools, government buildings, public spaces and businesses alike must recycle.

The City facilitates the residential household recycling service, which is contracted to a private hauler.  Residents are to use blue bins to recycle their material.  All bottles/cans/cartons must be loose in the blue bin and all paper/cardboard must be bundled, most often in a brown paper grocery bag.


Residents are welcome to view the following links to historical statistics for garbage and recycling in the city of Waukesha.  In general, city tax dollars pay for basic collection of material and also by-the-pound for garbage.  Recycling generates revenue by-the-pound.  Tax dollars are saved with residents Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle more.