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City of RacineDepartment of Public Works
Commissioner of Public Works Mark H. Yehlen - (262)636-9121Assistant Commissioner of Public Works Thomas M. Eeg - (262)636-9121
Assistant Commissioner of Public WorksJohn Rooney - (262)636-9121
City Hall Room 303730 Washington AvenueRacine, WI 53403
The Solid Waste Division provides curb/alley collection of solid waste and recycling on a weekly schedule for approximately 28,000 households. Solid waste and recycling collection is provided to single-family, four-family or fewer multiple unit dwellings, churches, service stations, on-street businesses and schools, except Unified School District buildings.
The City is divided into five collection days, Monday through Friday, with seven 2-man crews servicing each area. Solid waste is never disrupted due to weather, however collection days may be altered due to holidays.
Racine's Recycling Program has been in existence since 1974 when the "Green Racine" newspaper recycling program began. In 1995 the "Blue Bag" recycling program started with the curb/alley collection of glass, plastic, aluminum and steel containers. Since then, cardboard, chipboard, magazines and empty aerosol cans were added to the program. In 2010, the “Recycle Cart” program started which allows for all recyclable items to be placed in the cart for collection every 2 weeks.
All Department of Public Works collections are scheduled on the same days of the week, every week.
Solid Waste Collection Map
Independence Day Collection Schedule Notice 2017
Labor Day Collection Schedule Notice 2017
Solid waste/recycling material shall be placed at the curb, or within 10 feet of the alley line no later than 7:00 a.m. of the scheduled collection day, and no sooner than 15 hours before 7:00 a.m. (4 p.m. of the day before your collection day). All containers shall be removed by 7:00 p.m. of the day of collection.
Christmas Tree Collections For two weeks during the month of January, the Department of Public Works will collect Christmas trees at the curbline. Residents should watch the local newspaper for the schedule published after the New Year. All decorations must be removed from the trees before placing at the CURBLINE for collection. There is no alley collection of Christmas trees.
City of Racine Municipal Code for Solid Waste Regulations
Solid waste collections shall be limited to single-family residences, four-family or less multiple dwelling units, churches, service stations, on-street businesses, and schools, except buildings owned by Unified School District No. 1.
Solid waste material shall be placed at the curb, and/or within 10 feet of the alley line no later than 7:00 a.m. of the scheduled collection day, and no sooner than 15 hours before 7:00 a.m. (4:00 p.m. of the day before your collection day). All containers shall be removed from the curb or alley line within 12 hours after collection.
Each container shall be structurally sound and shall not exceed 45 gallons in volume or 50 pounds in weight, including contents. All types of "can" containers must be equipped with handles and tight fitting lids. We promote the use of one-way plastic bags.
Furniture, windows and screens, bed springs, pipes, and antennas maximum length of 4 feet), small quantities of demolition, and/or construction material.
Branches/shrubbery/brush and wood shall be tied in stacks or bundles not to exceed 4 feet in length and 2 feet in diameter. No individual branch larger than 3 inches in diameter. All wood and brush should be free of protruding nails.
Pack can with absorbent material such as dry kitty litter, sand, or sawdust in sufficient quantity to soak up the liquid. Leave lid off of can and place on curb/alley line for collection.
Rolled and tied into bundles - maximum length of 4 feet.
Wrap in newspaper and place in a moisture-proof container.
Cold ashes only! Place in polyethylene plastic bags and tie securely.
Vehicle waste and/or parts, trees, branches greater than 3 inches in diameter, tree stumps, hazardous, toxic, medical waste including sharps, nauseous and/or offensive waste, excessive quantities of demolition and/or construction material. Major appliances (white goods), leaves, grass clippings, waste oil, waste tires, and automotive batteries. Any type of solid waste not prepared properly.
Wisconsin's mandatory recycling law requires residents to separate recyclable materials from regular solid waste.
Holidays will have an effect on the Department of Public Works solid waste/recycling collections during the year. Because holidays fall on different days of the week, no set rule can be followed to determine how the collection will be affected. Please watch the newspaper for published alterations to collection schedules around each holiday or call the Department of Public Works at 636-9126.
New Years, Spring Break, Memorial Day
4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas
If your trash pickup day falls on one of these days there will be no solid waste or recycling pickup. Your garbage pickup will resume the following week provided that is also not a holiday. Your recycling pickup will also resume on your next scheduled pickup day again unless this is a holiday. If a holiday happens on your solid waste or recycle pickup for more than two consecutive days an alternate pickup date will be provided. PLEASE check your calendar sent out every January for the alternate dates provided.
If you have any questions please dont hesitate to call us directly to ask!
CLICK HERE to look up your Garbage / Recycling collection schedule by address!
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