Engineering - Large Trash Pickup



Large items will be picked up by the same hauler that picks up garbage and recyclables under the City's contract. Items will be picked up weekly. See schedule below.



All eligible items, except appliances, tires and certain large items noted below, shall be placed in the area between the sidewalk and the curbline at the residence on garbage collection day. Examples of eligible items are: furniture, televisions with screens 32 inches or less, measured diagonally, bikes, sinks, concrete laundry tubs, windows, doors, toys, dismantled swing sets, small amounts of lumber, rolls of carpeting and walk-behind lawn mowers with no gas or oil in them. If possible, leave concrete laundry tubs in one piece.
Items shall be out at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the day of pickup. Do not place items at the curb before 12:00 noon prior to the day of collection. Do not place items at the alley edge. Separate items from the regular garbage and recyclable pickup items. Do not lean items against street trees.
All items, except lumber, which can be cut or broken down may not exceed 6 feet in length or 70 pounds.
Small amounts of lumber, maximum of 4 feet in length, free of nails or with nails bent over, in bundles no larger than 18 inches in diameter and securely tied, will be picked up. Bundles shall not weigh more than 70 pounds. There is a limit of 5 bundles per month per household. Lumber from the demolition of garages, sheds or other major construction projects will not be collected.
Carpeting must not be more than 6 feet in length nor be larger than 12 inches in diameter, rolled and tied. Rolls shall not weigh more than 70 pounds.
Loose garbage will not be collected. Materials should be put in bags, cans or bundles whenever possible. If materials are put in cardboard boxes, the boxes will be emptied and left.
All containers used by residents to hold items for the large item collection will be taken, except cardboard boxes and standard 20 - 33 gallon rubbish cans, unless can is specifically tagged to be taken.


Household appliances, rimless automobile tires and certain large items need to be called in to Onyx Waste Services in Hartland at (262) 369-3042 to schedule pickup. This phone line is available 24 hours a day. If your regular collection day is Monday or Tuesday, your appliance and tire pickup will be done on Tuesdays. If your regular collection day is Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, your appliance and tire pickup will be done on Wednesdays. Items to be collected by appointment must be placed out at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the scheduled day of pickup. Appliances include: air conditioner, dehumidifier, washer, dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer, stove, oven, microwave oven, furnace, boiler and water heater. Doors must be removed from refrigerators and freezers. There is a limit of 4 tires per month per household. No tires with rims will be collected. No tires larger than pickup truck tires will be collected.
The following items also need to be called in to schedule pickup: riding lawnmowers and snowblowers with no gas or oil in them, metal desks, large metal storage cabinets, pianos, organs, cast iron plumbing fixtures and televisions with screens greater than 32 inches, measured diagonally.


Items not taken include: branches, yard waste, soil, sod, stone, broken concrete, asphalt, brick, block, railroad ties or similar type of retaining wall timbers, remodeling debris, shingles, animal waste, fuel oil tanks, material from commercial business operations or non-residential facilities, paint, liquids, hazardous waste, vehicle batteries, and any automotive parts except for tires. See above.


Items will continue to be picked up, weekly, as in the past. Do not put out before 12:00 noon on the day prior to collection.


Items will continue to be picked up, weekly, from your blue bin. Only eligible recyclables should be placed out for collection. DO NOT USE PLASTIC BAGS FOR YOUR RECYCLABLES. The maximum size of flattened corrugated cardboard is 3 feet by 4 feet. Tie with string in stacks no higher than 1 foot or place in a brown paper bag separate from other recyclables. Other paper recyclables are: newspaper, magazines, catalogs, household mail and paper, shredded paper, cereal and snack boxes, beverage carriers, paper egg cartons, paper towel holders, tissue boxes and paperback books. Put paper items in paper bags or tie securely with string. Place phone books loose on top. Recyclable cans, bottles, jars and clean kitchen foil products should be placed loose in your bin.

Put plastic lids, plastic bags, coat hangers, ceramic dishes, drinking glasses, plastic automotive product bottles and waxed cardboard in the regular trash. Contaminants like these increase recycling program costs.


The City of Waukesha will have a one week long curbside pickup of branches and brush in the Spring. No tree branches or tree logs over 3 inches in diameter or over 6 feet long will be collected. No leaves, twigs, grass, hedge clippings, yard debris or raked material will be collected. Branches and brush should be neatly piled with all butt ends in the same direction. Tie small amounts of brush in bundles, using string or twine. Bundles may not exceed 6 feet in length or weigh more than 40 pounds. Do not put brush in bags, boxes or trash containers. Small twigs and branches less than 18" in length are considered yard waste and will not be collected. No other vegetation will be collected. Your day of pickup will be on the same day as your weekly garbage collection day. The dates will also be announced in the local newspaper, on cable TV and on the City's website.


The Drop-off Center, located north of the former incinerator at 900 Sentry Drive, is available for residents to bring liquid latex paint, waste oil, used antifreeze, textiles, branches and yard waste. The center is open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. From April to Thanksgiving, it is also open on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Recyclables including certain large items are also accepted. Dishwashers, water heaters, stoves, washing machines and dryers are accepted. No other major appliances accepted. Please have identification ready.

If you have further questions, please call the Public Works Department at 524-3600.

January, 2007 (Last Revision)