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Recycle For Good, Milwaukee! Recycle For Good! promotes recycling tips for City residents. Visit MilwaukeeRecycles.com for more information. For immediate help and all service requests (i.e.

reporting a missed collection), use the online service request or call (414) 286-CITY (2489). promotes recycling and waste reduction information and tips for City of Milwaukee residents. Visit MilwaukeeRecycles.com for information on our program, including a list of recyclables accepted in the bin or cart, Drop Off Center locations, and collection schedule information. If you require immediate assistance for issues such as reporting a missed collection, please use our online service request or call (414) 286-CITY (2489) so your request is handled promptly. Visit http://city.milwaukee.gov/connect#.WFv9FFUrKUk for a list of other City of Milwaukee Social Media Pages.

Plastic bags and films do not belong in your curbside recycling.However, you can still recycle them by returning them to...
10/16/2020

Plastic bags and films do not belong in your curbside recycling.

However, you can still recycle them by returning them to a retail drop off near you. Find locations and accepted types of bags and films here: https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/

Did you know? Less than 6 cubic yards of brush and branches (less than 6” diameter) can be taken to a Drop Off Center fr...
10/16/2020

Did you know? Less than 6 cubic yards of brush and branches (less than 6” diameter) can be taken to a Drop Off Center free of charge. Think just less than six arm chairs. That's a lot of brush! Brush and branches will be composted. Hours and locations: www.milwaukee.gov/dropoff

You can request a brush pick up through November. As we enter leaf collection, remember not to put brush in leaf piles. Keep it separate (between the curb and sidewalk) and call 286-CITY or request a brush collection online. More information here: https://city.milwaukee.gov/sanitation/Yard-Food-Waste/BrushCollection

While scrap metal is recyclable, it's not recyclable in your curbside cart. When items like car bumpers and rotors are p...
10/14/2020

While scrap metal is recyclable, it's not recyclable in your curbside cart. When items like car bumpers and rotors are placed in carts, these sharp, heavy objects can damage sorting equipment that's built to handle smaller, lighter items like aluminum and tin cans.

Scrap metal CAN be recycled at the City's Drop Off Centers. Visit www.milwaukee.gov/dropoff for hours and locations.

Download or print your copy of the curbside recycling guide here: Milwaukee.gov/RecycleGuide

Returning your bag back to the store? 🙌 Don't forget to empty it of receipts, shopping lists, and other objects first.
10/13/2020

Returning your bag back to the store? 🙌 Don't forget to empty it of receipts, shopping lists, and other objects first.

Friends don't let friends bag their recyclables.
10/09/2020

Friends don't let friends bag their recyclables.

Did you know? You can recycle your old appliances at a City Drop Off Center. Appliances include air conditioners, clothe...
10/09/2020

Did you know? You can recycle your old appliances at a City Drop Off Center. Appliances include air conditioners, clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers, freezers, microwaves, ovens, refrigerators, furnaces, boilers, dehumidifiers, water heaters, and stoves. Visit www.milwaukee.gov/dropoff for locations and hours.

Have a working fridge or freezer that you'd like removed from your home? Focus on Energy will pick it up and recycle it free of charge. Learn more here: https://focusonenergy.com/appliance?gclid=CjwKCAjwlID8BRAFEiwAnUoK1S5KdpQhxyN4VoLW0NXlrJZfDuNmBEcd33Kt52BoTsgo3x9MIdWOuxoC6RgQAvD_BwE

This Sunday, October 11th, is your last day to check out 2020 Virtual Doors Open Milwaukee! Ever wondered where your cur...
10/08/2020
Historic Milwaukee, Inc.

This Sunday, October 11th, is your last day to check out 2020 Virtual Doors Open Milwaukee!

Ever wondered where your curbside recyclables go? Wonder no more! Take a virtual tour of our recycling facility: https://historicmilwaukee.org/doors-open/buildings/city-of-milwaukee-and-waukesha-county-recycling-education-center-and-materials-recycling-facility-mrf/

Welcome to week two of the 2020 Virtual Doors Open! We invite you to continue exploring the 85+ virtual building tours, learning about Milwaukee's neighborhoods, joining live virtual events, and more.

If you have participated in Doors Open events, we would welcome your feedback. By completing this year's survey you will be entered in a raffle to win a limited edition Polaroid Camera. Let us know what you have enjoyed and how we can continue to make the event even better.

Happy exploring!
#doorsopenmke

What material has over a 95% recycling rate in the U.S.?If you guessed car batteries, you're right! Thanks to product st...
10/08/2020

What material has over a 95% recycling rate in the U.S.?

If you guessed car batteries, you're right!

Thanks to product stewardship, you can recycle your old car battery at any retailer that sells automotive batteries. Product stewardship is circular system that thinks about how to recycle or properly dispose of an item before it's even sold.

Retailers charge a deposit of $10 on the sale of lead-acid batteries and refund the deposit if the customer returns it to the same retailer. If you're not buying a new battery, the retailer may charge $3 to recycle the used battery. Or you can take them to a Drop Off Center and recycle them for free. Visit www.milwaukee.gov/dropoff for hours and locations.

Save campaign signs for reuse or put them in the garbage. These signs cannot be recycled. ❌
10/07/2020

Save campaign signs for reuse or put them in the garbage. These signs cannot be recycled. ❌

Did you know? You can recycle antifreeze at the City's Drop Off Centers. Visit www.milwaukee.gov/dropoff for locations a...
10/06/2020

Did you know? You can recycle antifreeze at the City's Drop Off Centers. Visit www.milwaukee.gov/dropoff for locations and hours of operation.

Don't forget to take advantage of the virtual Doors Open Milwaukee event going on now and once you have, consider taking...
10/05/2020
Historic Milwaukee, Inc.

Don't forget to take advantage of the virtual Doors Open Milwaukee event going on now and once you have, consider taking the survey below about your experience.

Ever wonder where your recyclables go? You can find out here: https://historicmilwaukee.org/doors-open/buildings/city-of-milwaukee-and-waukesha-county-recycling-education-center-and-materials-recycling-facility-mrf/

Welcome to week two of the 2020 Virtual Doors Open! We invite you to continue exploring the 85+ virtual building tours, learning about Milwaukee's neighborhoods, joining live virtual events, and more.

If you have participated in Doors Open events, we would welcome your feedback. By completing this year's survey you will be entered in a raffle to win a limited edition Polaroid Camera. Let us know what you have enjoyed and how we can continue to make the event even better.

Happy exploring!
#doorsopenmke

Habit change can be tough, but friends don't let friends bag their recyclables.
10/02/2020

Habit change can be tough, but friends don't let friends bag their recyclables.

Starting tomorrow, Oct. 1 and ending Nov. 15, City of Milwaukee residents may rake their leaves into the curb lanes. DPW...
09/30/2020

Starting tomorrow, Oct. 1 and ending Nov. 15, City of Milwaukee residents may rake their leaves into the curb lanes. DPW Milwaukee will begin collecting leaves on October 18. To ensure collection, please make sure your leaves are raked out to the curb by the deadline.
Tips for residents for a successful fall leaf collection:
• Rake leaves loose into the curb lane. Leave a 1 foot gap between the leaves and the curb.
o This gap helps ensure the equipment can collect all of the leaves and protects the equipment from being damaged and helps prevent flooding by allowing storm water to move to the storm drains.
• Keep piles away from sewer grates, storm drains, and low hanging trees.
• On-street parking can impact the ability to access raked out leaves and can slow leaf collection operations. Currently night time alternate side parking regulations remain suspended and as a result we anticipate increased challenges for leaf collection this fall. To minimize this impact, avoid parking on or adjacent to leaf piles so that crews can access and remove leaves.
• Include yard debris such as flowers, garden trimmings, and weeds on top of leaf piles.
• Do not include grass clippings, pumpkins, litter, or bagged material.
• Do not put brush in the leaf piles. Keep brush separate and located between the curb and sidewalk. Call 286-CITY or request a brush collection online.
• After the collection deadline, take your leaves and yard debris to the Drop Off Centers up to 6 cubic yards without fees.

Always remember to Know Before You Throw. Find your curbside recycling guide here 👉 Milwaukee.gov/RecycleGuide
09/28/2020

Always remember to Know Before You Throw. Find your curbside recycling guide here 👉 Milwaukee.gov/RecycleGuide

BE COUNTED and complete the #2020Census today at 2020census.gov. It’s quick & easy, important, confidential and helps fu...
09/25/2020

BE COUNTED and complete the #2020Census today at 2020census.gov. It’s quick & easy, important, confidential and helps fund community services. #togetherwecount

Deadline September 30. Call 844-330-2020. ¡Haga el censo hoy! Fecha límite 30 de septiembre de 2020. Llame al 844-468-2020. 2020census.gov

Friends don't let friends bag their recyclables.
09/25/2020

Friends don't let friends bag their recyclables.

Don't let a plastic bag stop your recyclables from making it through the sorting process. Friends don't let friends bag ...
09/18/2020

Don't let a plastic bag stop your recyclables from making it through the sorting process.

Friends don't let friends bag their recyclables.

Did you know? 1 ton of carbon dioxide is reduced for every 6 tons of recycled container glass used in manufacturing. Cit...
09/18/2020

Did you know? 1 ton of carbon dioxide is reduced for every 6 tons of recycled container glass used in manufacturing. City of Milwaukee residents recycled over 6,640 tons of glass containers in 2019. That's a big impact! https://city.milwaukee.gov/recycle/Reports-Media

In the U.S. in 2014, 32.5% of all glass containers were recycled, 40% of beer and soft drink bottles, 32% of wine and sp...
09/17/2020

In the U.S. in 2014, 32.5% of all glass containers were recycled, 40% of beer and soft drink bottles, 32% of wine and spirits bottles, and just 15% of food and other glass jars. Let's keep getting those numbers up! https://www.glassrecycles.org/why-recycle-glass

81% of the U.S. population have recycling programs available for glass beverage bottles. Did you know that in Wisconsin,...
09/16/2020

81% of the U.S. population have recycling programs available for glass beverage bottles. Did you know that in Wisconsin, glass containers are banned from landfill? Learn more:https://dnr.wi.gov/files/PDF/pubs/wa/wa1574.pdf

Glass container and fiberglass industries purchase ~3.2 million tons of recycled glass annually to supply over 70 U.S. m...
09/15/2020

Glass container and fiberglass industries purchase ~3.2 million tons of recycled glass annually to supply over 70 U.S. manufacturing plants.

Recycled glass is critical to the manufacture of new glass bottles and jars. https://www.glassrecycles.org/why-recycle-glass

Friends don't let friends bag their recyclables.
09/11/2020

Friends don't let friends bag their recyclables.

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Is there any place in Milwaukee to recycle regular LED lightbulbs? (Not Christmas lights.0
re: the dumping that is occurring in Amani: How about a moratorium on dumping fees for a few weeks, to jump start the clean-up? Then we can address whether or not such fees are necessary or equitable! Perhaps funders can help offset some of the costs, especially for tires and other recyclables?
What’s the best way to dispose of single-use plastic straws?
I’m looking for info on recycling tennis shoes and well worn steel toe boots. Any advice? I know there was shoe recycling a few years ago but I’ve not heard anything recently.
What is the best way to dispose of an oil-filled space heater in Milwaukee? I assume it can't go in the metal bin because of the oil.
Are plastic storage bins/containers recyclable?
Just saw your new fall mailer, it's great! Can't wait for it to get out to the community. Thanks for helping us recycle better!
What happens to the brush we drop off at the self-help centers? Does it get composted or turned into mulch? Can we put grapevine into the brush bin, or should it be landfilled? Grape vine is so invasive.
I see that Milwaukee has a new fee structure for dropping things off at the City's self-help centers. Wasn't it all free until now? Won't this encourage more illegal dumping, especially by those with big loads? My alley is a common dumping grounds already. I hate to think how much more trash will appear once the new fee structure starts. What are those of us in the neighborhoods supposed to do when people continually dump illegally on our properties?
Are we no longer able to set out a bag of recyclable items under the new guidelines? As per the website we were able to do so before, as long as it was a clear garbage bag. This has been especially helpful when our carts were full and we still had recyclables inside to put out for pickup. If this is true, do you recommend any alternatives for when we have too much stuff to fit in the cart?
Hats off to the gentleman that was collecting recycling in my neighborhood this morning. He looked in our bins and put items that were not recyclable on the curb. My neighbor had some Styrofoam in their bin and it was nicely put on the curb. Hopefully it didn't blow around too much. In hindsight I should have put it in my trash.
I've written posts here for the past few years and it's obvious that Milwaukee doesn't care about recycling as, once again, my bin sits there week after week after month after month with no one collecting! So I'm done. I'm no longer separating my garbage!