Yard waste is collected on the same day as residential solid waste from April through November. All yard waste must be bagged in paper yard waste bags or placed in special yard waste karts (please contact the Department of Public Works (DPW) office about yard waste kart availability).
Yard waste is collected from the curb only with no alley pickup. For the safety of our crew, a 30-pound weight limit applies to each bag; bags exceeding this weight cannot be collected manually and will require additional equipment and fees.
All collected yard waste is composted at an off-site facility. Bags which contain dirt or sod cannot be collected as this material is not compostable. Please contact the DPW office at 414-847-2650 to inquire about options for disposing of dirt or sod.
Have you considered composting your yard waste? Compost is a great source of nutrients for your gardens and there are many resources available for beginners, check out the Sustainable Shorewood section of the Village website to get started.
Chippable brush is collected at the curbside once per month (April through November) on a designated Thursday (schedule (PDF)). If a brush route cannot be completed on a given Thursday, the remainder of the route will be completed the next workday. To maintain scheduled operations, we cannot “backtrack” to collect brush set out late.
Branches with a minimum 1/2 inch diameter and 4-feet long and a maximum of 6-inch diameter and 7-feet long should be stacked neatly on the parkway with the stem end toward the curb. Garden material, vines, etc. are not considered brush and must be bagged as yard waste.
Small piles of branches and/or clippings will be collected at no charge. A fee will apply to large piles of branches which take longer than 15 minutes to collect and chip.
Branches larger than 6 inches in diameter and stumps, roots, scrap wood, firewood, and logs are considered solid waste and will be picked up by special collection only. Chippable brush cannot be picked up by special collection.
Chipped material is used as mulch in Village parks and planting areas.