Crews announce downtown move-out recycling, garbage plans

Recycling, refuse collection will increase through Friday

Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:04:21 AM CST   Updated On: Aug 14 2013 12:56:57 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

City of Madison crews make adjustments and plans to accommodate student move-out days.

Due to the yearly increase in materials being placed at the curb for collecting during the downtown move-out, the Streets Division will begin garbage and recycling collection at 4 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, according to a release. A decision will be made Thursday whether crews will also start at 4 a.m. Friday.

"We are beginning to see large volumes of refuse, recycling and large items coming out to the curb for collection," George Dreckmann, Madison recycling coordinator, said in the release. "In order to get this material collected in a timely manner we are going to start all of our crews at 4 a.m. the next two days."

Dreckmann said the early allows crews to get a significant amount of material collected before the large number of vans and trailers become a problem.

Officials are also reminding residents that they can recycle their old pots and metal kitchen appliances when they move out of their apartments in the city's green recycling carts.

"We want movers to remember to recycle their unwanted pots, pans, and metal kitchen appliances such as toasters and blenders," Dreckmann said. "It's very easy to do the right thing with any old metal item that weighs less than 10 pounds by putting them in your green recycling cart."

Other examples of recyclable scrap metal include plumbing fixtures, metal power tools and empty paint cans, according to the release.

Officials ask that microwaves, nails, screws, small hardware or large car parts are not put in the carts.

To facilitate recycling and trash collection in the downtown/isthmus area, the Streets Division is emptying all carts placed at the curb every day this week, according to the release. Residents are urged to put full carts at the curb and they will get emptied so they can be filled again and again through Friday. This applies to both garbage and recycling carts.