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First, remove all candles or decorations from pumpkins and jack o lanterns before disposal. You may throw pumpkins or jack o lanterns away in your regular trash, or place them with yard waste piles for collection during the fall yard waste collection period.
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You can search for your property by tax key or address in our online Property Search to find the day of the week your trash and/or recycling will be collected. Recycling is collected every other week. See our Document Library for the current collection schedule. Collection may be delayed during holiday weeks. Check the website for any collection schedule changes or sign up for email or text message alerts when collection schedules change.
The State of Wisconsin has banned yard waste such as leaves, weeds, flowers, vines and other non-fruit or vegetable matter from being collected and disposed of with household trash. Yard waste can be disposed of in several ways. First, start a backyard compost pile. For more information on how to do so, contact the Recycling Office, Second, yard waste materials may be placed in the curb-line of the street between April 17 - May 8, 2022 and September 25 through the week of November 13, 2022.
What about pine cones, apples, acorns/nuts, "whirly birds" from maple trees?
You may also bring your yard waste to one of the West Allis drop-off sites for disposal without charge. View drop-off site locations and hours.
Large appliances such as washers, dryers, water heaters, freezers, refrigerators, etc, are not collected by the City. Property owners may contact a private hauler and arrange for a collection (see our appliance webpage for a list of appliance haulers). Televisions and small appliances are able to be dropped off at the Municipal Yard as part of the electronics collection program (see e-cycling webpage for more information about electronics collection). Fees may apply for some items.
Alkaline (Single Use) Batteries (Not Accepted) These are not accepted at the West Allis Municipal Yard. Never put these batteries in your recycling cart. Single-use batteries (A, AA, AAA, C, D, etc.) can be thrown out in your regular garbage or can be recycled for a fee through a variety of mail-in programs or local retail drop-offs. Recycling these batteries through mail-in or retail drop off programs can recover steel and zinc.
Garbage carts are available for purchase from the City of West Allis by calling (414) 302-8800 weekdays between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. or online. Carts are available in 96 gallon sizes and cost $58. Prices are subject to change. See our Document Library for garbage containment guidelines.
Brush is defined as branches from trees and trimmings from bushes. Residents should place brush at the curb on the scheduled recycling collection day. Large pieces of brush, up to five feet in length, should be bundled and stacked parallel between the sidewalk and the curb, not in the street. Small pieces of brush must be contained in boxes or cans marked "BRUSH" and the address called in to ensure collection. Do not use plastic bags to contain the brush. Brush in excess of 1 cubic yard and/or longer than five feet will require a special pickup and will incur an additional charge.
In 2022, the City will provide every other week collection of small amounts of resident-generated brush, up to 1 cubic yard, on the scheduled recycling pick-up day between May 9 (red week) and October 7 (black week). View the current collection schedule to find out if your property is a red or black week. No brush collection will be made during the 2022 holiday weeks of May 30, July 4, and Sept. 5.
The City of West Allis has an ecycling program to accept electronics such as computer parts and televisions. This program is ONLY for one to four family residential properties in West Allis. Certain items may have a fee. See the ecycling drop-off program information on our ecycling webpage.
Construction debris generated by a contractor will not be collected or disposed of by the City. Residential construction debris in small quantities, 1 cubic yard or less, when properly prepared, contained, and located, will be taken each week with the regular trash collection from residential properties containing three or less living units. Quantities between 1 and 8 cubic yards may be disposed of with a permit at the Municipal Yard for a fee or by paying a fee for special pickup. The City will not collect or offer permits for the disposal of owner-generated demolition material in excess of 8 cubic yards.
One large bulky furniture item weighing less than 150 pounds will be taken on the regular garbage collection day from residential properties when located at the point of collection (i.e. alley edge or curbside, wherever garbage is regularly collected). Amounts up to 1 cubic yard of household debris will also be taken with the regular garbage collection when placed in a container and located at the alley edge or curbside. Quantities of household debris in excess of 1 cubic yard will require arrangements for a special pickup and additional fees. Large, heavy pieces of furniture requiring additional staff and mechanical collection will be subject to a minimum charge of $25.00 to offset staff and equipment charges. The City does not provide bulk household debris collections from commercial properties, multifamily properties containing four or more living units, or mixed-use buildings.
Many common household items require special disposal. These products may be hazardous if used, stored, or disposed of improperly, causing fire, injuries and/or groundwater contamination. These items include used motor oil, gasoline, transmission fluid, antifreeze, oil-based paint, stain and paint remover, solvent-based cleaners, oven cleaner, pool and photo chemicals, pesticides, mothballs, batteries and compact fluorescent light bulbs. Some of these items may be accepted at the City drop-off sites, others must be taken to a hazardous waste disposal location. Please see the comprehensive list of collection guidelines for more detailed information. For additional questions about hazardous waste disposal, call MMSD at (414) 225-2066 or visit the MMSD web site.
Compact fluorescent (spiral) bulbs should not be disposed of in your trash and are not accepted by the City of West Allis. Contact Elliott Ace, Menards or Home Depot or take to a Household Hazardous Collection site. View MMSD website for locations here. Fluorescent (tube) bulbs may be placed in your trash (wrap in newspaper), for residential pickup only, no business/commercial pickups.
The following should be placed in your recycling cart: aluminum and steel (clean, empty and rinsed) - aerosol cans, cans, clean foil and foil trays; glass (clean, empty and rinsed) - bottles, jugs and jars; plastic (clean, empty and rinsed) - bottles and containers #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7; paper - junk mail, bags, magazines, newspaper, office paper, and phone books; cardboard - cereal boxes, food boxes, shipping/moving boxes and paper rolls. These items are not accepted for recycling: batteries, broken glass, bubble wrap, ceramics, dishes, electronics, garbage, hazardous waste, light bulbs, mirrors, motor oil, paint cans, plastic bags, Styrofoam, syringes/medical waste or yard waste.
There is no charge for mattresses up to full size and for box springs. These items can be placed for pick-up with your regular trash. Mattresses queen size and larger will be subject to a fee.
After removing all decorations, live Christmas trees may be placed where trash is collected (in the alley if you have alley collection, or at the curb if you do not have an alley). Please do not place trees in the street.