When placing large items out to the curb, please follow the below placement guidelines:

  • Keep items away from obstructions like fire hydrants and street signs
  • Do not place items under overhead obstructions like low-hanging wires and low tree limbs
  • Keep the large item piles tidy. For example, if you have disassembled a desk, stack the pieces neatly.
  • Keep metal items and appliances separate from wood items and furniture.
    • This helps us collect the metals and appliances that are collected for recycling.
  • Do not pile bagged trash or recyclables on top of large items or appliances.
    • Use your collection carts for trash and recyclables that can fit inside.
    • Never make loose heaps of papers, clothes, or other waste on the ground that can blow around and clutter your neighborhood.  Use bags for the small items that cannot fit into your cart.

Why are these rules important?
When you set the items out within the guidelines, you are helping create a safe environment for our collection crews and you are helping everyone in the downtown moving area by allowing our crews an opportunity to work quickly.

Large item collection is performed by two different trucks.

Some items are collected by a truck-mounted crane. This is why you should avoid placing items underneath overhead obstructions like low-hanging wires and branches. This helps keep our crane operators safe, and saves time so we do not have to try to drag items away from overhead obstructions before we can safely use the crane to pick them up.

We also use two-person crews to lift things from the curb by hand.  This is why you should keep your large item piles organized. The less time our crews have to spend trying to gather scattered items, the more efficient we can be in our time, and that will keep our contribution to the move-out congestion downtown at a minimum.

Remember the Work Order System
A separate release yesterday explained how to use the work order system during the August moving days within downtown move-out area.

Please review that release or check the Streets Division’s Moving Days webpage to be sure you are using the system the right way. The moving days website is www.cityofmadison.com/MovingDays.

If you live outside of the move-out area and have questions regarding the large item system, please review the large item website, www.cityofmadison.com/LargeItem.

Drop-off Sites
Madison residents can also dispose of large items Streets Division drop-off site. Excess trash and recycling can also be taken to the drop-off site, along with many other items.

Be sure you know the hours, locations, and restrictions of the sites before loading your car.  Check the Streets Division’s drop-off site page for more information: www.cityofmadison.com/DropOffSites.

Additional Information
If there are questions, all residents are encouraged to contact the Streets Division.

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.

Additional information can also be found on the Streets Division’s Moving Days website, the Streets Division’s television and electronics recycling website, and the Recyclopedia.