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General Guidelines

  • Keep garbage in plastic bags or in trash cans ONLY.
  • Garbage and recyclables should not be placed at the curb more than 12 hours before your garbage collection day.
  • Garbage/recycling must be out on the curb by 6:30 a.m. on your collection day. Please keep away from trees, telephone poles or other obstacles.
  • Place trash cans or bags curbside so they can be reached from the street.
  • Shovel or clear area of snow and/or ice at the curb during winter garbage collection.
  • Remove empty trash cans or tagged trash from curb within 12 hours of collection.
  • Place recyclables 5 feet away from regular trash and do not put in any type of container. Only transparent blue recycling bags or paper bags are allowed on the curb for recycling.
  • Garbage/recycling will not be collected if they are mixed toge ther in the same bag and/or container.
  • Please do not call the Department of Public Works until after 12:30 p.m. on your collection day if you had your trash out by 6:30 a.m. and you believe you were missed.

Container Regulation

  • LIMIT 7 CANS OR BAGS: 40 pound maximum per bag or can. Otherwise, for Bulk Waste Collection guidelines click on the Bulk Waste tab above.
  • Acceptable garbage containers: metal cans (20 gallon maximum) or plastic cans (33 gallon maximum) with handles or garbage bags (any color except blue).
  • Do not chain or tie lids to cans. Do not bring lids to the curb; they may get blown away or stolen. Public Works is NOT responsible for cans or lids.
  • Cardboard boxes, barrels or paper bags filled with trash will not be collected.
  • Use transparent blue plastic recycling bags for cans, glass & plastic (coded 1-7) recyclables.
  • Use brown paper bags or transparent blue plastic recycling bags for newspapers,magazines, catalogs, mixed paper and paperboard.
  • Use only CITY-APPROVED biodegradable bags for yard waste during spring and fall curbside collection.  For more information on Yard Waste Collection click on the Yard Waste tab above.
    • If not in an approved biodegradable bag, yard waste will not be collected, but you may drop it off at the Yard Waste Site.

Residential curbside appliance collection is available by scheduled pick-up, for a small fee. The City accepts these materials from City residents and residential property owners only; no commercial disposal is allowed and proof of residence is required.

Collection is scheduled for the same day as your regular garbage collection day. You must purchase a $15 sticker for each appliance before a pick-up can be scheduled. To schedule a pick-up, please call the Street Division at 262-653-4070 between 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. or the Public Works Department at 262-653-4050 between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Please call at least one business day prior to your regular garbage day.

General Guidelines

  • Acceptable appliances: air conditioner, boiler, dehumidifier, dishwasher, dryer, freezer, furnace, hot water heater, humidifier, microwave, oven, pool heater, refrigerator, stove, trash compactor, washer and water heater
  • Stickers are available for purchase at the following locations:
    • City of Kenosha Public Works Department: 625 52nd Street, Room 305
    • Kenosha Water Utility: 4401 Green Bay Road
  • Payment is accepted in cash or check only. Please bring proof of residence.
  • Stickers may also be purchased by mailing a request with a check made payable to City of Kenosha and a self-addressed envelope to:
    • City of Kenosha Public Works Department, 625 52nd Street, Room 305 Kenosha, WI 53140
  • For safety reasons, doors from freezers and refrigerators must be removed.
  • Food must be removed or appliance will not be collected and the Health Department will be notified.
  • Appliances must be placed at the curb for collection.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

If you need to reschedule or cancel your collection for any reason, please call the Street Division at 262-653-4070 between 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. or the Public Works Department at 262-653-4050 between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. If your appliance is taken from the curb before 7 a.m. on the day of your scheduled pick-up, call the Street Division at 7 a.m. on the day of your scheduled pick-up to cancel the collection. To cancel your pick-up you must speak with a person directly. If you successfully cancel your collection, AND you still have your sticker, you may bring your sticker back to where you purchased it for a refund, or you may use the sticker for another appliance pick-up.

Questions?

Please call the Public Works Department at 262-653-4050 (M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) or the Street Division at 262-653-4070 (M-F, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.).

Residential curbside brush collection is available by scheduled pick-up, May through November. Brush is defined as tree and shrub trimmings, less than 6 inches in diameter. Lumber, wood and similar building materials are not considered brush. The brush collection program serves property owners who maintain their own property and parkway. The City accepts these materials from City residents and residential property owners only; no commercial disposal is allowed. All material collected is chipped and recycled as mulch.

Collection is scheduled for the same day as your regular garbage collection day. To schedule a pick-up, please call the Public Works Department at 262-653-4050 at least one business day prior to your regular garbage day.

General Guidelines

  • Remove all roots, stumps and dirt. Root balls should be placed in the trash.
  • Bundle brush in 3-foot lengths using ONLY string or twine; no wire, plastic or cloth bindings are accepted.
  • Limit bundles to 40 pounds each.
  • Do not place bundles in bags or cardboard boxes.
  • Place brush on the parkway, a few feet away from your regular garbage, trees, parked cars, fire hydrants, utility poles and other obstructions.

City residents may also drop off brush at the Yard Waste Site. For more information on brush drop-off, click here

Questions?

Please call the Public Works Department at 262-653-4050 (M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).

Residential curbside bulk waste collection is available by scheduled pick-up. Residents are allotted four free bulk pick-ups annually. Additional pick-ups can be requested for a $50 fee, which must be paid before collection is scheduled. The City accepts bulk materials from City residents and residential property owners only; no commercial disposal is allowed.

Collection is scheduled for the same day as your regular garbage collection day. To schedule a pick-up, please call the Public Works Department at 262-653-4050 at least one business day prior to your regular garbage day.

General Guidelines

For a safe and successful pick-up:

  • Limit 40 pounds per bag, can or bundle
  • Maximum 5 cubic yards or 30 bags per pick-up
  • Limit 10 bags, cans or bundles at 40 pounds each of building/demolition material
  • Place items at the curb no later than 6:30 a.m. on the day of your scheduled collection.
  • Keep bulk items in a separate pile from your regular garbage, away from trees, parked cars, fire hydrants, utility poles and other obstructions.
  • During winter months, bulk items must be free of ice and snow and set in a cleared area at the curb (i.e. driveway approach).
  • Items must fit in a truck opening of 4'x4' and two people must be able to lift the items waist high.
  • No loose materials are accepted; all material must be contained in a bag, garbage can or bundled.
  • Carpet, padding and rugs must be rolled in 3-foot sections and tied or taped. (No heavier than 40 pounds per bundle)
  • Windows can be no larger than 4'x4'. Please tape an ―X with heavy-duty tape across the glass on both sides to prevent breakage.
  • Paneling, plywood, drywall and plasterboard must be in 4‘x4‘ or smaller sections.
  • Lumber, PVC or metal piping must be in 3-foot lengths. Please pull out or bend over all nails.
  • Do not mix yard waste with garbage.
  • Bulk waste must be clear of recyclables; otherwise, bags may be tagged and not collected until recyclables are removed.
  • Do not put items in cardboard boxes.
  • Unacceptable items are: hazardous or liquid waste (i.e. paint), tanks of any type (i.e. propane, oxygen, gas, etc.) unless cut in half, pianos, organs, cast iron bath tubs or glass patio doors, camper tops, truck caps or boats, concrete, stone, brick, asphalt or masonry, sand, dirt or clay

City residents may also drop off bulk waste at the Waste Division. For more information on bulk waste drop-off, click here.

Questions?

Please call the Public Works Department at 262-653-4050 (M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).

Recycling is mandatory statewide and we‘ve received grant money by meeting specific recycling guidelines. We need your help in order to continue receiving these funds—please recycle correctly! Curbside recycling collection occurs every other week for City residents on the same day of the week as regular garbage pick-up. The City is divided into two recycling routes, A and B. See the Recycling Calendar or our web app for more information on your route. Recyclables must be in a blue recycling bag or a brown paper bag for it to be collected.

General Guidelines

For recycling correctly:

  • Place recycling at the curb, a few feet away from your regular trash (and other obstacles), as it is collected by a different truck than your trash.
  • Recyclables must be on the curb by 6:30 a.m. on your collection day.
  • Do not mix recyclables with garbage. Recyclables will not be collected if any trash items are found in the recycling bag.
  • Violations will be tagged and will not be collected. The tag will explain the problem, which will need to be corrected in order for the bag to be collected on your next scheduled day.
  • Do not place brown paper bags, bundled cardboard or blue bags in any type of container.
  • Use a TRANSPARENT BLUE RECYCLING BAG for plastic, metal and glass.
  • Use a brown paper bag, separate blue recycling bag, or tie in bundles all paper, boxboard and cardboard.
  • No styrofoam or plastic bags will be collected.
  • Limit 40 pounds per bag or bundle

Metal – food cans with lids, soda cans with lids, steel and tin cans: rinse cans, labels may remain on

Plastic – only plastics coded 1-7 (egg cartons are NOT accepted): rinse containers and discard lids

Glass – jars and bottles (no window glass is accepted—please call for bulk pick-up): rinse glass, labels may remain on

Paper – newspapers, magazines, paper cards, catalogs, posters: use a brown paper bag, transparent blue recycling bag or tie in bundles with a string

Boxboard/Cardboard – empty and flatten all boxes; cut or fold large boxes to 3‘x3‘ before bundling; tie multiple boxes with rope, string or twine in bundles no larger than 6‖ in height or put flattened boxes in shallow open box (no more than 1‘ in height); food-contaminated boxes are not recyclable

  • During inclement weather, please insert paper recycling into blue recycling bags or hold until next pick-up, to ensure materials remain recyclable.

Which items are recyclable and which are not?

RecyclableNot Recyclable
Brown or white paper bags Aerosol cans
Butter and whipped topping plastic tubs Aluminum foil or aluminum pans
Cans - aluminum, steel, tin and bi-metal Broken glass
Catalogs Cooking oil bottles
Envelopes Drinking glasses
File folders Flower pots
Glass bottles & jars – brown, green and clear Gift wrapping or tissue paper
Index paper Hangers
Junk mail Hardcover books
Laundry soap bottles Laminated, synthetic or heat sensitive paper
Magazines Light bulbs
Milk and beverage plastic bottles Mirrors
Newspapers Motor oil bottles
Office paper – typing, printer or copy paper Paint cans
Paper bills Paper napkins or plates
Paperback books Photographs
Paperboard – cereal, shoe, gift, beer/soda boxes Pizza boxes
Phone books Plastic store bags
Shredded paper Pots and pans
Soda and water plastic bottles Scrap aluminum
Plastic coded 1-7 Styrofoam
  Waxed or coated papers or boxes (i.e. milk cartons)
  Windows

City residents may also drop off recyclables at the Waste Division. For more information on recycling drop-off, click here.

Questions?

Please call the Public Works Department at 262-653-4050 (M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).

Blue Recycling Bag Retailers

Residential curbside vehicle tire collection is available by scheduled pick-up. The City accepts up to four vehicle tires, without rims, at a time from City residents and residential property owners only; no commercial disposal is allowed.

Collection is scheduled for the same day as your regular garbage collection day. To schedule a pick-up, please call the Public Works Department at 262-653-4050 at least one business day prior to your regular garbage day.

General Guidelines

  • Four tires are permitted for each pick-up, free of charge. (Attached rims are NOT acceptable.)
  • Only auto vehicle or small truck tires are allowed.
  • Tires must be out on the curb by 6:30 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.
  • Keep tires in a separate pile from your regular garbage, away from trees, parked cars, fire hydrants, utility poles and other obstructions; they are collected by a different truck than your recyclables or trash.
  • Violations will be tagged with an explanation of the problem.

City residents may also drop off vehicle tires and batteries for disposal; for more information, click here.

Questions?

Please call the Public Works Department at 262-653-4050 (M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).

The state of Wisconsin does not allow yard waste in its landfills. The best thing you can do with your yard waste is compost it or use it as mulch at home. Grass clippings can be left on the lawn and will provide nutrients for your turf. Clippings and leaves also make excellent mulch in gardens and around flowers and shrubs.

Residential curbside yard waste collection happens twice a year, during the spring and fall. Exact dates are announced via the newspaper, radio, cable TV Channel 25 and the City Recycling Calendar. The City accepts yard waste from City residents and residential property owners only; no commercial disposal is allowed. All yard waste must be placed in one of the following City-approved yard waste bags: Biobag, Bag to Nature or Ecoguard. These bags are available at your local retail, hardware and grocery stores. No other bags are accepted.

Acceptable Yard Waste Preparation

  • Yard waste will be collected on your regular garbage day. Keep yard waste in a separate pile from your regular garbage, away from trees and other obstructions; it is collected by a different truck than your recyclables or trash.
  • Limit 40 pounds per bag
  • Material is collected curbside and MUST be in a City-approved biodegradable bag (Biobag, Bag to Nature or Ecoguard).
  • Do not mix yard waste with garbage or recyclables.
  • Acceptable items are: branches (pencil-sized or smaller), garden plants, grass clippings, leaves, pine cones/needles, tree seeds, shrub trimmings and weeds.
  • Unacceptable items are: cemetery wreaths, cornstalks, decorations, floral arrangements, food waste, pumpkins, rhubarb stems, tree nuts and wood chips. These items will not be collected.

For a $2-off coupon on City-approved yard waste bags, click here for a printable coupon, or pick one up at the City of Kenosha Municipal Building (625 52nd Street) or Kenosha Water Utility (4401 Green Bay Road).

The City of Kenosha also provides curbside brush collection for residential properties from May-November. For more information on brush collection, view the Brush tab on this page. City residents may also drop off yard waste at a City site; for more information, click here.

Questions?

Please call the Public Works Department at 262-653-4050 (M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).