Street Superintendent • Daniel Ratajski •

910 Marshall Avenue
South Milwaukee, WI  53172
Phone: 414-768-8075
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00am – 3:30pm

2018 Recycling Calendar
Garbage Collection Map
Recycling Collection Map

Fully Automated Garbage Pick-up
City owned 95 Gallon brown tipper carts are provided to single family, duplex and three family properties.  The carts are assigned to properties by the cart number and a log will be maintained by the cart number and the property address. Carts must stay at the property they are assigned to. Only garbage from inside of these and previously purchased tipper carts will be picked up. No additional cans or bags will be picked up.

Four family and greater residences and commercial properties are required to purchase tipper carts for commercial garbage collection.

Please see the information sheet here for information, or contact the Street Department at 768-8075.

Self-Deposit Station: 1106 Blake Avenue

Winter Hours: (Dec. 1- March 31)
Open Tuesday AND Friday 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
CLOSED Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
The station may be CLOSED during inclement weather.

Summer Hours: (April 1 – November 30)
Open Tuesday AND Friday 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

  and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
CLOSED Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Fall Leaf Collection
We ask that residents place leaves ready for disposal in the curb/gutter for collection until November 30.  Please do not add any yard waste or plants to leaf piles, this material needs to be disposed of directly at the Self Deposit Station (SDS).   Residents who wish to dispose of their leaves directly to SDS, will have the user fee of $3.00 waived (October 1 through November 30 – fee waived if only leaves are being disposed – NO yard waste).  The SDS is located at 1106 Blake Ave. Hours of operation for SDS are Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, per the schedule above.  Please do not add leaf piles into the gutter after November 30, as the City may not be able to collect after that date.

The South Milwaukee Street Department coordinates all facets of the daily operations inherent in providing the community with safe streets, parks and recreation areas and buildings and grounds and provide its residents with efficient and dependable service in the areas of refuse collection, snow and ice removal and street maintenance and repair. Central to this mission is the ability to respond accurately and courteously to complaints and concerns of local residents relating to the services provided by the Street Department and its employees.

The Street Department and Stores and Equipment under the direction of the Street Superintendent consists of one assistant superintendent, twenty equipment operators, three mechanics and one clerk. Refuse collection, street repairs, snow and ice removal are its primary responsibilities. Other duties include maintenance and erection of traffic signals and signs, emergency barricading, maintenance of city owned property and miscellaneous public works duties.

Street name signs, traffic control signs and symbols, and vehicle decals are computer designed and assembled in the Departments Utility Shop with the latest state of the art equipment and materials to insure the longest life and safest road conditions. Street striping and parking lot marking are performed annually. The Department also designs and assembles signs for other City Departments.

During the growing season, the Department cuts and maintains grass areas on City owned property such as parks, traffic islands, parking lots and drainage ditches. The Department also administers a weed control program where noxious weeds are cut and billed back to the property owner.

The Department Street sweepers start in the spring of the year and continue to sweep into the fall of the year incorporating leave collection. Street sweepings account for over 350 ton of debris per year. Leave collection starts October 1 and continues up until November 30, weather permitting. During that period, the Department collects and hauls to composting piles 3,400 cubic yards of leaves which equates to well over 800 tons.

The Department collects 6,700 tons of garbage yearly from weekly curb side collections.

The Department responded to 3,380 special pick up requests for rubbish and brush collection that amounted to 500 tons of rubbish and 718 tons of brush which was chipped and sent to compost piles.

The Department also operates a self deposit station at 1106 Blake Avenue which collects rubbish, yard waste, concrete, stone, brick and other assorted materials which residents can dispose of at their convenience. The station collected 10,000 gallons of drain oil, 176 tons of scrap metal, 6 tons of batteries, 15 tons of tires, 400 tons of yard waste and 1,700 cubic yards of concrete and dirt.

The Street Department conducts an average of 30 salting operations during an average winter season. Snowfalls which require plowing average six times during the winter and range from light and fluffy, to heavy and wet snow.

The Stores and Equipment Department is responsible for the maintenance of all City vehicles and equipment used by the Street, Police, Water and Wastewater Treatment Facility. Three mechanics are responsible for all repairs, maintenance and servicing of the equipment. They currently service 77 motor vehicles ranging from cars up to garbage trucks, 6 pieces of off road construction equipment and numerous small and specialty items. Stores and Equipment performs the purchasing for the Street Department and maintenance supplies for all vehicles as well as fuel and oil. The clerk is responsible for purchasing, pricing, employee records, vehicle maintenance records, requests for service and incoming complaints.

Animal Traps: The Street Department has available Live animal Cage Traps for residents. These traps can be used to trap wild and domestic animals that have intruded into your house, garage or sheds. They may be used for domestic animals in your yard. The trapping of wild animals is regulated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and they should be contacted with the particulars before attempting to trap wild animals. The traps are available at the Street Department by placing a refundable deposit to insure the return of the trap in a clean and working order within 30 days. Small Traps for chipmunks, weasels etc. $30.00 Medium Traps for Skunks, rabbits, squirrels etc. $40.00 Large Traps for raccoons, opossum, woodchucks, cats, dogs, etc. $50.00

Appliance Disposal: Residents no longer are required to pay the $15.00 refrigerant recycling fee for disposal of unwanted freon bearing appliances that are brought to the Self Deposit Station. Refrigerant Depot will pick-up appliances from our Self Deposit Station free of charge. This includes washers, dryers, stoves, microwaves, water heaters, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers and car batteries. More information can be found at:  If you require the city to pick up freon bearing appliances curb side at your property, there is a $15.00 fee that must be pre-paid.  Contact the Street Department for additional information.

Brush: Tree branches, brush, shrubs and bushes may be scheduled as a Special Pick Up as long as they can be chipped. No root balls, dirt or stone can be on the brush. Tree branches may be any length and up to 6 inches in diameter. Brush should be stacked as neat as possible within 3 feet of the curb or alley with the cut end facing with traffic or towards the street. Logs that cannot be chipped should be cut into lengths that can be handled by one person. Logs will be picked up a day or two after the brush has been chipped. Logs and stumps that cannot be chipped or handled by one person can be disposed of for a fee as a Loader Pick Up. An estimate will be dropped off to inform you that there will be a charge to dispose of them. Residents are allowed one (1) brush pick up or one (1) special pick up per year at no charge.  One pick up of up to twelve (12) cubic yards of branches/brush (about the size of a full-size pickup truck) may be picked up at no charge. Additional pick-up of branches/brush will be charged $25 for each twelve (12) yard increment.

Christmas trees can be placed at the curb or in your normal garbage collection area for disposal. The Street Department collects them until early February. The trees are chipped and disposed of as mulch. Wreaths should be treated as garbage and can be placed out for regular garbage collection.

Snow Removal: The South Milwaukee Municipal Code requires that public sidewalks and adjoining crosswalks be cleared of snow and ice within 24 hours after the snow has ceased to fall or accumulate. Failure to comply authorizes the City to have such work performed and to bill the property owner for this service.

Electronic items:
The City of South Milwaukee accepts electronic recycling items at the Self Deposit Station, 1106 Blake Ave.  The cost for recycling any television or computer monitor is $15.  There is still a $3 per day user fee for the use of the Self Deposit Station.  All other electronic recycling is included with the user fee.

Loader Pick Ups: Special Pick Up with loader is a fee based service for the collection of rocks, concrete, bricks, wood, lumber, trees, plaster, dirt, used household furniture and appliances which cannot be moved by hand. The cost is $100.00 for the first truck load and $50.00 for each additional load. Material should be placed within 3 feet of the curb or alley. Materials should not be mixed. This may result in a higher charge. Any material which is not dirt, concrete, tree branches or logs will be assessed an addition $25.00 per cubic yard to offset the cost of disposal. Call the Street Department to request an estimate for Loader jobs. The option is available to take the material in question to the Self Deposit Station at no charge.

Garbage: The Street Department collects garbage weekly from residences and commercial establishments.


2018 Holiday Schedule

Memorial Day Monday, May 28, 2018 Friday, June 1, 2018
4th of July Wednesday, July 4, 2018 Friday, July 6, 2018
Labor Day Monday, September 3, 2018 Friday, September 7, 2018
Thanksgiving Thursday, November 22, 2018 Saturday, November 24, 2018
Christmas Eve Monday, December 24, 2018 Friday, December 28, 2018
Christmas Day Tuesday, December 25, 2018 Saturday, December 29, 2018
New Year’s Eve Monday, December 31, 2018 Friday, January 4, 2019
New Year’s Day Tuesday, January 1, 2019 Saturday, January 5, 2019



  • Refuse shall mean garbage, rubbish or both. Refuse does not include yard waste, liquids or recyclables as described in Section 26.11.
  • Garbage – Garbage includes all refuse accumulations of animal, fruit or vegetable matter that attend the preparation use, cooking, dealing in or storage of meat, fish, fowl, fruits or vegetables. Liquids are not garbage.
  • Rubbish – Rubbish includes all other refuse except, but not limited to, rocks, concrete, bricks, wood and lumber, trees, plaster, dirt, and other solid material similar to those described herein. Yard waste is not rubbish.
  • Special Pickup – Waste Material – Special pickup – waste material includes, but shall not be limited to, rocks, concrete, bricks, wood, lumber, trees, plaster, dirt, used household furniture and appliances, and other material similar to those described herein.
  • Yard waste as used herein is as defined in Wisconsin Statutes 159.07 and includes leaves, grass clippings, yard and garden debris and brush including clean woody vegetative material no greater than six inches in diameter.
  • Liquids – No liquids will be picked up or disposed of at regular or special pick-ups.


GARBAGE TO BE DEPOSITED IN CARTS PROVIDED.  All garbage created, accumulated or produced shall be deposited in carts provided by the Street Department.  Ninety-Five (95) gallon carts are provided to each property for the fully automated garbage collection process.  The collection and storage areas shall be kept in clean, neat and sanitary condition at all times.

Use of plastic bags which are securely sealed is encouraged for collection and daily storage of garbage and refuse in the provided cart.

Plastic bags with garbage and refuse shall not be stored in the open. All refuse which cannot be placed in the cart due to its size, nature or content will not be collected.[/DDET]

COLLECTION OF GARBAGE AND RUBBISH: (a) Time of Collection. Collection of garbage shall be made at least once a week on a day certain from private residences and commercial establishments. This collection shall be referred to as a regular pickup. Time of Deposit. Containers of garbage and rubbish shall be placed in an area as specified hereinafter, no later than 7:00 A.M. on the date of collection, but not sooner than 7:00 P.M. on the day preceding collection.

Carts shall be removed from the deposit area no later than 7:00 A.M. on the day after collection. Carts shall be placed within three (3) feet of the curb in the curb-lawn area, or within three (3) feet of the edge of the alley on private property, and require four (4) feet of clearance on both sides, and well as behind each cart.  All garbage must be contained inside the cart with the lid closed, and facing the street or alley.  During winter months, carts shall not be placed on snow banks but shall be placed in a cleared driveway or a cleared section of the deposit area if there is not driveway. Carts will not be emptied if they are non-compliant. City employees shall not enter onto private property for the collection of garbage, except onto the deposit area.

COLLECTION OF OTHER REFUSE. The Street Superintendent shall issue specific instructions to the person requesting a special pickup to facilitate collection. If said instructions are not complied with, the City may refuse to collect the waste material. When and as the Street Superintendent determines he is able to dispose of tree branch, shrub and bush material without violating any state or federal laws, codes or rules, tree branch, shrub and bush pickup or chipping shall be done as scheduled by the Street Superintendent. No other yard waste will be collected by special pickup.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS FOR SPECIAL PICKUP. The City will not provide special pickup service of waste material which is the result of work done by a private contractor even though a building or demolition permit was issued to the owner of said premises. Whenever a private contractor performs work on private premises from which waste material results, the owner or contractor shall be responsible for its disposal.

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal: The City participates with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District for the collection of Hazardous Household Waste. View information here for locations accepting household hazardous waste. 

You are allowed to take Hazardous Household Waste to any of the mobile sites around the county hosted at various locations. There is also a permanent facility located at W124 N9451 Boundary Road, Menomonee Falls and a second facility at 10518 South 124th Street, Franklin. Call 225-2066 or visit for additional information.


List 1: ACCEPTABLE HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE: Adhesives, Metal Cleaners-acids, Antifreeze, Mothballs , Artist/Hobby, Paints Oven, Cleaners-aerosol cans, Brake Fluids, Paint Remover, Carburetor Cleaner, Paint thinner, Concrete Cleanser-acid, Paints (Lead-based), De-greasers Paints (Oil-based), Cleaners, Pesticides, Driveway Sealers, Photographic chemicals, Fertilizers Polish and Spot Removers, Fertilizers with Weed Killers, Pool Chemicals, Floor Wax/Strippers, Rat/Rodent Poisons, Furniture Stripper-water based, Solvents, Furniture Strippers-solvents, Stains, Gasoline, Thermometers (mercury), Gasoline/Oil Mixture, Transmission Fluid, Glues with Solvents, Turpentine, Herbicides, Varnish-Solvent Based, Household Batteries, Varnish-Water Based, Lacquer, Wood Preservative-creosote, Lighter Fluids, Wood Preservative-solvents, Mercury Containing Waste

List 2: UNACCEPTABLE HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE: Compressed gas cylinders, Tires Of Any Type, Fluorescent Light Bulbs, Major Appliances, Ammunition, Explosives, Fireworks, Medical Waste, Compressed Gas Cylinders, Lead Acid batteries, Radioactive Waste, Unidentified 50 Gallon Drums Latex Paint Latex paint should be dried out with cat liter or oil dry and disposed of with regular garbage. Paint will only be accepted if it is completely solid. Motor Oil – Take to Self Deposit Station Automotive Antifreeze – Take to Self Deposit Station Ammunition and Explosives – Contact your local Police Department Propane Gas Cylinders – Return to Manufacturer Auto Batteries – Take to Self Deposit Station.

Recycling: Recycling collection is provided by contract through Advanced Disposal. Any questions regarding a missed pick up or poor service are best directed to Advanced Disposal’s Customer Service line at (262) 679-0860.  In order for recycling items to be picked up, they must all be inside of the recycling cart.  All recyclable material may be commingled. To view a chart describing what to recycle and how to prepare it, please click here.  Recycling carts must have four (4) feet of clearance on both sides as well as behind each cart.

Special Pick Up: The Street Department provides Special Pick Up of waste material not normally collected with your regular garbage. This includes rocks, concrete, bricks, wood, lumber, trees, plaster, dirt, used household furniture, appliances and other material similar to those described.  

There are size, weight and quantity limitations which determine if it is a Loader Pick Up and/or if a fee applies (see below). Items should be assembled within 3 feet of the curb or alley.

The City will not enter onto private property or into garages to perform collections. The following items are not collected on a Special Pick Up: Antifreeze- see Self Deposit Station Hazardous Material- see Household Hazardous Waste Liquids- see Household Hazardous Waste Loose Material- see Self Deposit Station Motor Oil- see Self Deposit Station Paint- see Household Hazardous Waste Recyclable Material- see Recycling Tires- see Self Deposit Station Yard Waste- see Yard Waste.

The City will not provide Special Pick Up service of waste material which is the result of work done by a private contractor even though a building or demolition permit was issued to the owner of said premises. Whenever a private contractor performs work on private premises from which waste material results, the owner or contractor shall be responsible for the disposal. Residents are allowed Special Pick Ups or Branch/Brush Chipper service in accordance with the following schedule: NUMBER OF LIVING UNITS ON PROPERTY NUMBER OF SPECIALS PICK UPS WITHOUT CHARGE: 1 – 3 units: One (1) per year.  4 – 12 units: Two (2) per year.  13 – 24 units: Four (4) per year.  24 or more units: Six (6) per year.  Special Pick Ups in excess of the above schedule are charged in accordance with the fee schedule. A special pick-up consists of three (3) cubic yards of material (about the size of a couch and chair), picked up at no charge. Additional special pick-ups will be charged $25 for each three (3) yard increment. To request a Special Pickup, please call 414-768-8075

Self Deposit Station: The Self Deposit Station is located at 1106 Blake Avenue, (2 blocks south of Drexel Blvd and 1 block east of South Chicago Avenue). Winter Hours – December 1 to March 31, Tuesday and Friday 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Summer hours – April 1 to November 30, Tuesday and Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The station is closed on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday year round.

The Self Deposit Station is closed on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays  throughout the year. The Station may be closed due to inclement weather. Citizens who wish to utilize the Self-Deposit Station will be charged a $3.00 per day user fee.

The Station accepts the following items and waste for no additional charge: Auto antifreeze, lawnmowers, appliances, leaves, asphalt, logs, automotive batteries, metal, branches, motor oil, bricks, newspaper, cardboard, sod, concrete, stumps, dirt, garbage, yard waste (no green grass clippings). Items requiring a disposal fee: Freon Bearing Appliances $15.00 each unit (if picked up at individual property)(air conditioners, dehumidifier, freezer, refrigerator) Grass clippings $1.00 per 32 gallon bag or container Tires: (removed from rim) Size 17″ or less $3.00 each Size Larger than 17″ $7.00 each

The following items are not accepted at the Self Deposit Station: Asphalt Shingles (beginning March 12, 2018), Hazardous Material- see Household Hazardous, Waste Liquids- except motor oil and antifreeze, Latex Paint while liquid- see Latex Paint, Oil Base Paint- see Household Hazardous Waste

Tree Trimming: The City has ownership of curb lawn trees and will trim as necessary.  However, it is the property owner’s responsibility to trim private property trees, bushes, and any vegetation that encroaches onto the public right-of-way for vehicles and traffic.  Private property tree branches or limbs that overhang the sidewalk must be trimmed to provide a height clearance of not less than eight (8) feet.  Branches or tree limbs that overhang a street or alley must be trimmed to provide a height clearance of fourteen (14) feet.

Branches, bushes, weeds and/or flowers that extend into the alley right-of-way must be cut back.  The alley right-of-way extends one (1) foot back beyond the alley pavement.  Similarly, all vegetation must be cut back to allow full passage of any sidewalk.  Should the City issue orders in writing to a property owner to correct a compliance issue, the property owner will have ten (10) days to correct the situation.  Failure to comply will result in the work being performed by the City with the cost assessed to the property pursuant to the Municipal Code

Weed Complaints: Refer all weed complaints to the Street Department. 

The term “Noxious weeds as used herein shall include the following: Canada thistle, leafy spurge and field bindweed (creeping Jenny) and any other such weeds as shall be determined by ordinance or resolution to be noxious.

Every person shall destroy all noxious weeds on all lands which he shall own, occupy or control including the parkway upon which lands abut.

The term “destroy” means the complete killing of weeds or killing of weed plants above the surface by the use of chemicals or cutting at such time and in such manner as will effectually prevent such plants from maturing to the bloom or flower stage.

The Mayor shall annually, on or before May 15, publish a Class II notice under Chapter 985, Wisconsin Statutes, that every person is required by law to destroy all noxious weeds as defined herein on lands in the City which he owns, occupies or controls, including parkways upon which lands abut.

Yard Waste: The City provides for drop off of yard waste at the Self Deposit Station. Residents may bring leaves, yard debris, garden debris, plants, shrubs and thatch to the Self Deposit Station for disposal free of charge. Green grass clippings are accepted for a fee of $1.00 per bag or 32 gallon container. Any yard waste that has green grass clippings in it is chargeable at the above rate. No yard waste is collected at the property.