Yard Waste Collection

Residents are provided with four curbside yard waste collections between April and November in 2016. yard waste must be placed in a bag or container no larger than 50 gallons or 50 pounds (If you want the bags left behind for future use, please leave a container to put empty bags in along with a visible note on container or leave a brick/rock to place on the bags and a note to keep them from blowing away once emptied) and at the curb by 6:30 a.m. Monday morning of the following yard waste collection weeks. Yard waste can also be taken to the City Recycling Drop Off Site.

Yard Waste Curbside Collection Schedule for 2016
  • April 11 - 15
  • May 9 - 13
  • October 24 - 28
  • November 14 - 18 (Actual collection dates may depend on weather)
  • Yard waste will be picked up between Monday and Saturday, but not necessarily on your recycling / refuse collection day. To ensure pick up please have your yard waste at the curb by 6:30 a.m. the Monday of the collection week.
  • 2016 Curbside Collection Calendar

No yard waste set out is the greenest option - resident mulches into the lawn or composts on site, reduces city labor and transportation costs

If you want to bag your leaves, the photo above shows the greenest (#1) to least green (#3), but still acceptable, yard waste set out options:
  1. Reused plastic cart, container or bags, reusable hundreds of times
  2. Compostable Bags ~30 gallon paper bag w/ folded top or plastic like bag (~$0.50-1.20/bag)
  3. Non-reuseable Bags ~30 gallon black plastic bag, bag must be left untied* ($0.10-0.20/bag)
*Please note that reuseable bags must not be tied to allow for emptying yard waste without ripping the bag open. If you want the compostable or thin plastic bags left behind for future use, please leave a note on the bag and leave an extra container for Pellitteri to place the bags in after they are emptied so the bags can be reused again and not sent to the landfill.

Acceptable Materials
Yard waste must be placed in a bag or container no larger than 50 gallons or 50 lbs. No loose materials or material in cardboard boxes will be collected.

Materials Accepted
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves, Weeds, Vines
  • Twigs less than half an inch in diameter (roughly as thick as your thumb) and less than 12 inches long
  • Vegetable / plant matter
  • Hay / straw
Materials Not Accepted
  • Brush, tree branches
  • Holiday wreaths
  • Rocks
  • Dirt
  • Woody plants
yard waste PolybagYardwaste Polybags Available
Yardwaste 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.  Please contact Public Works at 608 270-4260 to find out if/when bags will be available.

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