Curbside Refuse Collection

Department of Public Works employees collect trash from 1, 2, and 3 family residences on a weekly basis as illustrated on the map (PDF). 

Carts must be placed at the curb or alley by 7 a.m. on collection day. Residents with alley access should place the cart adjacent to the alley at alley grade while residents with street access should place the cart on the parkway between the sidewalk and the curb adjacent to the driveway with the lid opening toward the street for rapid service. 
Please note that all refuse must be placed inside the cart for collection.  No bags or items outside the cart can be collected.

Garbage carts are owned and maintained by the Village, but residents are asked to keep the carts clean. In the winter, the kart should be placed in an area that has been shoveled and cleared of snow. For the safety of our crew, Carts placed on top of or frozen into snow banks can not be collected. 

Cart Requirements

Please note that the carts have a 200 pound weight limit. For especially large or heavy items, please arrange for a special collection by calling the Department of Public Works at 414-847-2650.

All garbage must be thoroughly drained and well wrapped or bagged before being placed into carts. Please do not place hot coals or unbagged grill or fireplace ashes in carts. Carts can not be collected if they contain recyclables, electronic items or yard waste, as these materials have been banned from  landfills.    

Holiday Schedule

Please note (only) the following holidays impact refuse and recycling collection when they fall on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day (July 4th)
  • Labor Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Eve

When this occurs, collection will be delayed by one working day.

Residential Dumping and Large Item Disposal

Bulky items or household waste which exceeds the capacity of your kart may be brought to the Shorewood DPW yard for disposal.  The yard is open to Shorewood and Whitefish Bay residents on scheduled Saturdays for residential dumping.  Proof of residency is required. NO DUMPING IS ALLOWED ON WEEKDAYS.

Please click here for a fee schedule and additional information.
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Household Hazardous Waste 
Gasoline, oil-based paint, or other household hazardous wastes cannot be collected with household trash. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District sponsors a number of permanent and mobile household hazardous waste collection sites. For more information on accepted materials and locations, dates and hours of these sites, please click on the Household Hazardous Waste banner below.
Anti-Freeze & Motor Oil
Please bring us your used motor oil!  The DPW mechanic's shop is heated by a specially designed waste oil furnace. Your (and our) used motor oil help us keep our heating bills low.

Waste oil and anti-freeze are accepted for at the Department of Public Works facility at 3801 North Morris Boulevard Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the designated Saturdays which the Recycling Center is open.