Solid Waste


General Information

 Visit the holiday recycling guide in both English and Spanish for common holiday items that can be recycled.

 polybags are available to Fitchburg residents at the 2nd floor counter at City Hall. The first bag is free to residents who pay the refuse and recycling special charge on their property tax bill. Additional bags are $2 per bag. Bags are available on a first-come, first served basis.  

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 2016 collection calendar shows 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 city residents to dispose of yardwaste, used motor oil, scrap metal, and cardboard.

If you have a large amount of refuse or need to dispose of large items please 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.