Collection Begins Week of October 8, 2023

The Streets Division’s fall yard waste and leaves collection begins the week of October 8, 2023 for certain neighborhoods. 

All residents will receive three collection opportunities this fall, weather permitting.

Set out dates are now available at
When can you sent out yard waste for curbside collection?
The exact dates when you should set your leaves and yard waste for pickup can be found on the Streets Division website,

Once on the page, enter your address into the form or use the map lookup tool.

Next, you will see all three of your fall yard waste set out dates. 

By placing yard waste out for pickup on the dates on the website, you will not miss your collection opportunities.

For certain neighborhoods, the first set-out Sunday for yard waste is October 8, 2023.

What will yard waste collect crews collect?
They will be collecting the leaves, weeds, and other plant debris you have raked or pulled from your lawn or garden.

Yard waste is not the same as brush

Piles of brush and yard waste mixed together will not be picked up by the yard waste collection crews.

Why are all the dates on the website Sundays?
The date given on the website is the day when you should set out yard waste for pickup.  This is not the date when your yard waste will be picked up.

Crews will be collecting yard waste from your neighborhood sometime during the normal work week following the set-out dates you see on the site.
By placing the yard waste out on the date given on the website, your material will be out on time and will only sit on the terrace for one week at most. 

If you choose to place material out after your set-out date, you may miss your collection opportunity.

How many collection opportunities will there be?
Madison residents get three curbside collection opportunities for yard waste in the fall.

After the third scheduled collection opportunity passes, curbside yard waste collection ends for the year.

Once the scheduled fall collection are completed, curbside yard waste pickup will return in the spring of 2024.

If you miss your curbside pickup opportunities, you should take your material to a Streets Division drop-off site or compost your yard waste at home.

How do you set out yard waste for collection?
Place the leaves and yard waste at the street edge or on the terrace.  Do not place yard waste into the street.

Keep the material at least four feet from obstructions where possible. Obstructions like street signs, utility poles, mailboxes, trees, and parked cars hinder collection.

If you bag your leaves and yard waste, please use compostable paper leaf and lawn bags and keep them open so crews can see what is inside.  Other bags are acceptable if they are kept open as well, but keep in mind that crews may need to rip or slice open plastic bags to get the yard waste out, and they will need to leave the split bags behind at the curb.

Drop-off Sites
The Streets Division drop-off sites will also accept yard waste.

Drop-off site locations are different again this year.

Verify the location and the hours for the site you want to use before loading your vehicle at

More Information
Additional information about yard waste collection can be found at

You can view our short how-to video about yard waste collection on the City of Madison YouTube page.

And more information about all Streets Division services can be found at