Looks like spring is finally here, so you may have looked into your backyard with all the snow melted, surveyed your garden and thought, “I really need to clean this up.” Once you start spring-cleaning, we all know one job turns into two or three. This spring why not finally tackle cleaning out the garage, trimming that tree that needs it, or finally lugging that old tv up from the basement to Madison’s free recycle drop-off sites. Streets Division is here to help with all of it.

2023 Recyclopedias Are Here!

The much-loved recycling guidebook is back for 2023. This is the first stop for all of the spring cleanup projects.

Not only does the Recyclopedia cover what can, and cannot, be recycled, but it provides so much more information about all the services provided by the Streets Division—from drop-off sites to brush collection to large item collection rules, and even more.

You can see it here online, you can pick up your copy at any City of Madison public library branch for free, or you can contact the Streets Division office that services your home to have one mailed to you at no cost.

Yard Waste Collection Begins Week of April 16. Yard waste is all the leaves, dead plants, and similar debris you rake or pull from your lawns or gardens.

In the spring, the Streets Division provides two curbside collection opportunities for yard waste. In 2023, you will have one chance in April and another in early May.

The dates when your neighborhood should set out yard waste for pickup can be found at Just enter your address into the form and you’ll see both the dates when you should get the yard waste out to the curb this spring.brush

Brush Up on Brush Collection

Brush Collection Begins the Week of April 2. Brush is different than yard waste. Brush is the woody material you’ve cut from your trees and bushes, and the Streets Division turns that into wood mulch that’s available to the public.

To learn when you can set out brush for pickup, along with the other set-out rules, head over to and enter your address into the form to see your set-out dates, along with the guidelines about how to set out brush correctly so crews can be efficient and safe.

Drop-off Site Hours Expand

Starting Monday, April 3 the Streets Division drop-off site availability expands. Hours vary depending on the location you wish to visit, so you need to double-check the Streets Division drop-off site website before making your trip. Drop-off sites accept brush and yard waste, but they also accept electronics, Styrofoam, excess recyclables, and so much more.

The drop-off site website for hours, locations and rules can be found at

So whatever spring cleaning you’re doing, the Streets Division is here to help you donate, recycle, compost or dispose of the things you want to get rid of. Check out the Recyclopedia and happy spring!

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Category: Sustainability