Refuse & Recycling
The 2019 Collection Calendar shows the collection schedule for refuse, recycling, brush, and yardwaste. Our service map shows collections days in the City.
Recycling Drop Off Site
Fitchburg's Recycling Drop Off Site is available to Fitchburg residents to dispose of yardwaste, used motor oil, scrap metal, and cardboard.
Fitchburg's recycling guide has recommendations on how to reduce, reuse, recycle, or otherwise dispose of unwanted items. Hard copies are available in the 2nd and 3rd Floor Lobbies of City Hall and at the Fitchburg Public Library.
- What day is my trash picked up?
- How do I dispose of large items (e.g. mattresses, bedframes, furniture, TVs, stereos, microwaves, furniture)?
- Where can I find the current Solid Waste Collection Schedule (for curbside collection of Refuse, Recycling, Brush, and Yardwaste)?
- How do I get new or replacement Refuse and/or Recycling Carts?
Fitchburg Refuse Tags
If you have refuse that doesn't fit in your green refuse cart, you can either place additional bags (with Fitchburg Refuse Tags attached) next to your green refuse cart on collection day, or you can contact Pellitteri directly to arrange a special pickup. Refuse tags are $18 for a sheet of 5, or $3.60 each. They are available for purchase in City Hall (5520 Lacy Road).
Pellitteri Waste Systems is Fitchburg's contracted residential waste hauler from January 2009 to December 2019. If you have questions or problems with your refuse or recycling service, you can contact Pellitteri Waste Systems at 608-257-HAUL (4285) or Fitchburg Public Works ( ) at 608-270-4260. For current curbside collection rates go to www.fitchburgwi.gov/818/Curbside-Refuse-Recycling-Collection. To view a weight report summary from 2014-2018 please click here.
Wisconsin's Recycling Leader
The City of Fitchburg has a comprehensive, nationally recognized, curbside recycling program.
In 2018, Fitchburg households recycled 593 tons of glass, plastic, and metal containers. Recycling these materials into new products rather than using virgin raw materials, saved the energy equivalent of over 236,168 gallons of oil.
Households also recycled 1,470 tons of paper, saving the equivalent of over 24,979 trees and 139,313 gallons of oil.
These recycling efforts have also reduced the emission of air pollutants and greenhouse gases by 3,136 tons.
As a part of the DNR Recycling Grant, Fitchburg reports refuse and recycling numbers annually. Past reports can be found for 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 and 2009.
Fitchburg Waste Sorts
Fitchburg conducted waste sorts in 2009 and 2012 to determine just what was being recycled and going to the landfill from our residents. The 2012 waste sort was conducted during Fitchburg's 2012-2013 Organics Collection Pilot period and also included an analysis of how much organic material was collected in organics cart .
Holiday Recycling Guide
Check out Fitchburg's holiday recycling guide, available in and , to find out what holiday items are recyclable, and ways to reduce waste around the holidays.