Solid Waste

Spring Electronics Recycling Event, April 22nd from 7 – 11am 

Fitchburg’s spring electronics recycling event will be held on Saturday, April 22nd from 7-11am at Surplus-IT’s warehouse, 901 Watson Avenue.

Items Accepted:
Free!: Computers, LCD Monitors (Flat panel liquid crystal display), Printers, Stereo Equipment, Media, Lead Acid and other recyclable batteries, Styrofoam Packing Peanuts

$5.00 Charge: Per Average Box - CD's, DVD's, Floppy Disks, VCR & Cassette Tapes & Alkaline Batteries.  Min. $5.00 $10 Charge: Microwaves, other Kitchen Electrics
$15 Charge: All CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) Monitors
$35 Charge: Plasma TV's
$30 Charge: TVs less than 27”, Refrigerators, Dehumidifiers, Air Conditioners
$25-$40 Charge: Freezers
$45 Charge: TVs  27” or larger 
Console TV’s Not Accepted

Please contact Lee Shinefield (Surplus-IT) at 209-8000, or Holly Powell at 270-4263 or, with any questions about the electronics recycling.


General Information

  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.

The 2017 collection calendar show collection days for refuse, recycling, brush, and yardwaste. Our service map shows collections days in the city.   
Fitchburg's Recycling Drop Off Site is available to Fitchburg residents to dispose of yardwaste, used motor oil, scrap metal, and cardboard.

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.

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.

Wisconsin's Recycling Leader

The City of Fitchburg has a comprehensive, nationally recognized, curbside recycling program. 

In 2015, Fitchburg households recycled 1,292 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 292,863 gallons of oil.

Households also recycled 1,466 tons of paper, saving the equivalent of over 24,930 trees and an additional 139,043 gallons of oil.

These recycling efforts have also reduced the emission of air pollutants and greenhouse gases by 5,645 tons.

As a part of the DNR Recycling Grant, Fitchburg reports refuse and recycling numbers annually. Past reports can be found for 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 carts.