South Milwaukee, City

Residential Garbage and Recycling

Residential Services

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Recycle Day of Service: Every other week
Bulk Day: By Request
2023-2024 Collection Schedule

Garbage

Johns Disposal does not collect the garbage carts.

City crews will collect the garbage in 95-gallon city-owned automated carts.

Recycling

Recycling is collected every other week.

Mix it all together: Johns Disposal Service provides single stream recycling. All recyclable material can be mixed together. Johns Disposal’s recycle process system sorts all recyclable material.

Cart Placement:

  • The arrows on the lid of the cart should point to the road
  • Handles and wheels should face away from the road
  • The garbage cart should be placed within 2 ft. of the road on one side of the driveway
  • The recycle cart should be placed within 2 ft. of the road on the other side of the driveway
  • Please keep 6 ft. of clearance between the carts and other objects, especially mailboxes, poles and vehicles

Please place the following items in your CITY-OWNED RECYCLE CART:

Expanded Paper Recycling
  • Computer & office paper
  • Envelopes & junk mail
  • Holiday gift wrapping paper (no foils)
  • Newspapers
  • Paper cups (no plastic lids or straws)
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Paper grocery bags
  • Pizza boxes (no food or grease)
  • Shredded paper (place in a clear or transparent plastic bag and tie shut; a full bag should be the size of a basketball)
Plastic Recycling
  • All plastic bottles (no motor oils or gasoline)
  • Plastic containers/cups #1-7, including #1 clamshell
Recyclable Metal & Glass
  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Aluminum cans & aluminum pie plates
  • Glass bottles & jars (clear, blue, brown or green translucent glass)
  • Metal pots & pans
  • Small metal appliances (toasters, blenders, etc.) – nothing larger than a basketball
  • Small metal plumbing fixtures, faucets, valves
  • Tin & steel cans
Non-Recyclable Items
  • Batteries
  • Brake rotors/drums
  • Construction Waste
  • Deli containers – except #1 plastic
  • Electronics
  • Frozen food or microwave dinner plates
  • Glassware & ceramics
  • Metal items heavier than 10 pounds
  • Mirrors & windows
  • Motor oil & gasoline containers
  • Plastic film, wrap & Styrofoam
  • Propane tanks
  • Recyclable containers containing liquids or food
  • Misc.: Carpet, clothing, diapers, fishing line, food, hoses, ropes & shoes

Bulk Items

The City of Milwaukee offers bulky item collections for a fee. To request a special pickup from the City, please call 414-768-8075.

JOHNS also offers bulky item collections for a fee. Any items that do not fit in your garbage or recycling cart must be called into our office at 262-473-4700, or email office@johnsdisposal.com. Our office hours are Monday – Friday from 8am-4:30pm and Saturday from 8am-noon.

NOTICE: Most municipalities have an ordinance requiring that items not be placed at the curb sooner than 24-hours prior to your scheduled pickup. Please check your local code and do not have items out too early. We recommend that no items are placed at the curb prior to scheduling collection.

Bulk items include, but are not limited to:
  • Furniture
  • Carpeting (cut into 4 foot sections rolled and bundled  together)
  • Large cardboard boxes (emptied & flattened)
  • Appliances, including those which contain freon
  • Automotive batteries
  • Tires (up to 2 per month / pickup, maximum 8 per year)
  • Drain oil (must be sealed in 1-5 gallon containers, clearly marked USED OIL)
  • Antifreeze (must be sealed in 1-5 gallon containers, clearly marked ANTIFREEZE)
  • Larger items, such as hot tubs and pianos, must be cut up or disassembled with parts weighing no more than 50lbs.
  • Paint cans (must be empty and dry OR filled with oil dry / kitty litter and completely dry)
  • Construction materials (Must be contained in 32-gallon or smaller containers, weighing no more than 50 lbs, with any boards cut down to 4 ft. or smaller lengths)

*All items must weigh no more than 50 lbs and be easily manageable by one person.

Please do not place the following out for bulk:
  • Yard waste
  • Hazardous materials
  • Electronics

Recycling

Thank you for Recycling these:

  • Cans: Aluminum and Steel Cans. Please empty and rinse.
  • Cartons: Food and Beverage Cartons. Please empty and replace cap.
  • Glass: Bottles and Jars. Please empty and rinse.
  • Paper: Cereal Boxes, Newspaper, Magazines & Mail, Flattened Cardboard, and Paper Tubes.
  • Plastic: Bottles and Containers Numbered 1 , 2 , and 5. Please empty and replace cap.

Please Do Not Recycle These:

  • Scrap Metal: No car parts or scrap metal
  • Plastic Bags: Do not bag recyclables; return plastic bags and wrap to retail stores
  • Hazards: No flammables, compressed cylinders, batteries, electronics, or sharps
  • Garbage: Empty all containers, no food, liquids, diapers, or garbage
  • Tanglers: No hoses, wires, or chains

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FAQs

I have some large items (refrigerator, recliner, stove, etc) that I need picked up.

Johns Disposal provides bulk collection. Each municipality has its own specific directions for when bulk items are collected. Click here to be directed to our municipality list. Each municipality page provides information on when bulk is collected in your municipality.

Do you take Electronics?

Yes, we collect electronics for a fee. If you have an old television, computer, crt monitor, etc. Electronics can no longer be collected with the bulk pick up. Please contact our office to schedule a special pick up. Our office is open Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30 and Saturday 8:00-12:00. Our phone number is 262-473-4700.

My Toter cart needs repair, how do I go about getting it fixed?

If your cart is broken, please contact our office. Our office phone number is 262-473-4700. We are open Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30 and Saturday 8:00-12:00.