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  • Solid Waste Division

    Quad 1 

    800 S. Marquette Street
    Racine, WI. 53403


    Hours of Operation:
    7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Quad 2 

    Contact Information

    Superintendent: Streets, Solid Waste & Bridges Division
    Bill Folstrom- (262)636-9126

    About the Solid Waste Division



    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. 

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    Collection Schedules & Map

      GA Map     All Department of Public Works collections are scheduled on the same days of the week, every week. 

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    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.

    Other Types of Waste Material Collected
    Furniture, windows and screens, bed springs, pipes, and antennas maximum length of 4 feet), small quantities of demolition, and/or construction material.

    Specially Prepared Items
    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.

    Rugs and Mattresses
    Rolled and tied into bundles - maximum length of 4 feet.

    Animal Waste
    Wrap in newspaper and place in a moisture-proof container.

    Cold ashes only! Place in polyethylene plastic bags and tie securely.

    Waste Material Not Collected
    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. 

    Holiday Collection Schedule

  • 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

    Special Waste

  • Household Hazardous Waste

    For additional information on Hazardous and Special Waste Disposal - Click Here

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