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In 2020, the City of Madison put nearly 400 tons of items into the Dane County Landfill just from the yearly August moving days.

Rather than wasting usable goods in the landfill, it’s much better to give them another life in a new home.

The Streets Division encourages everyone to seek out donation opportunities for their usable yet unwanted goods.

This is important for all residents of Madison to consider when moving to a new home, downsizing, or just updating their furniture.

Donation and Resale Opportunities
A list of some of the organizations that can accept usable items can be found on the Streets Division’s website.

Before loading your vehicle, please visit the website or call the organization you wish to visit. This will ensure that you know the correct hours and learn if they accept what you have to donate. Safety precautions due to the ongoing pandemic may have changed procedures or limited what they can accept.

Usable items can also be resold or given away through various social media platforms or at online person-to-person exchanges.

During the August moving days, residents of the large downtown apartment buildings may have access to donation opportunities within their buildings as well as in years past. If you live in one of these towers, please contact your building management to see if this opportunity will be available this year.

Additional Information
If there are additional questions about disposing or recycling an item, or how to handle special situations like having more cardboard than can fit into the recycling cart, please contact the Streets Division.

Additional information can also be found on the Streets Division’s website and the Recyclopedia.

Information specific to the August moving days can be found at

If the information cannot be found on the website, please call or send an email.

Residents who live east of S. Park Street, and that includes the isthmus, should call 608-246-4532.

Residents west of S. Park Street, and that includes the neighborhoods around Camp Randall, should call 608-266-4681.


  • Bryan Johnson, 608-267-2626,
  • Streets Division - West Office, 608-266-4681
  • Streets Division - East Office, 608-246-4532