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The current practice is that garbage isn't collected on holidays, but crews work ahead or behind to catch up during the days around the holiday. This pilot program consolidates your collection into your next scheduled pickup date. You can keep your garbage put away until that collection date. You can sign up for notifications at www.westalliswi.gov/notifyme.
Garbage and/or recycling should be put out by 7 a.m. even if you are used to seeing crews at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. for example. If not out at 7 a.m. crews will document and continue on route and will not return until your next collection. So, if your collection on MLK day (no collection) garbage must be out by 7 a.m. Monday the 24th of Jan. For recycling their collection is the following Monday, Jan. 31 and recycling must be out by 7 a.m. If you need further explanation you can contact Public Works.
Public Works crews may take up to 1 cubic yard of garbage that is bagged outside of the cart.
We wish to reduce chances for injury, reduce unsafe conditions prompted by excessive hours, save money from these exponential financial costs, and continue to provide efficient services with the new pilot program. Currently, holiday days and weather-impacted days are currently costing the City a minimum of $40,000 in overtime per year. The budgetary strain on the City can grow to even more than $40,000 annually.
You may always visit the City dump, or Municipal Yard, to drop off your garbage and recycling during normal hours. If the City institutes this pilot program as normal practice, households are allowed 2 garbage carts and 2 recycling carts. You may consider purchasing an additional cart to help out with containing any garbage or recycling. For more on hours, visit here, www.westalliswi.gov/dump.
6300 W. McGeoch Ave.West Allis, WI 53219
Recycling would be collected at the next scheduled recycling date.
It has occurred in the past where certain portions of the route had to be canceled due large amounts of snow. Public Works then serviced those residential routes after the streets and alleys were cleared of snow for staff to service contingent on staffing.
In determining the amount of garbage that needs to be collected, the Director of Public Works considers resourcing and staffing levels, and a third crew member may be added to a truck to assist with larger loads.
The City has an open and ongoing recruitment for Sanitation and Streets crewmembers. West Allis residents earn an additional 3.5% on top of hourly pay range. Learn more at www.westalliswi.gov/careers.
Please remember this is a pilot program only for January. This is a short-term experiment to help the City understand if doing this on a full-time basis is worthwhile.