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Recycling in Milwaukee

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It's easy to forget what items go in which bin when you're cleaning up, and which plastics are "good" or "bad." This list is a handy breakdown of the rules of recycling in Milwaukee, and reference on what to do with hazardous or unusual materials.

If in doubt, call the city any time at 414.286.3500, or at 414.286.CITY during business hours. Reach a telecommunication device for the deaf at 414.286.2025.

Want to recycle electronics? See E-Cycling in Milwaukee.

Recycling at Home

Recyclable Items
  • Aluminum containers, foil and pans
  • Steel cans and empty aerosol cans
  • Metal pots and pans
  • Plastic bottles marked with a #1, #2, #4 and #5
  • Any kind of glass jars or bottles
  • Phone books, magazines, newspapers, catalogs, corrugated cardboard, paper egg cartons, paperboard, mixed paper and mail

Non-Recyclable Items

  • Window glass, ceramics or china
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic bottles marked with #3, #6 and #7 or not marked
  • Oil or antifreeeze bottles
  • Needles
  • Paper lined with wax, foil or plastic
  • Paper contaminated with food or grease
  • tissues
  • Waxed paper, including frozen food boxes
  • Steel paint cans
  • Incandescent light bulbs

Milwaukee Self-Help Recycle Centers

Be sure to bring proof that you're a Milwaukee resident or property owner when accessing the self-help centers.
  • North Side: 6660 N. Industrial Rd. Map it!
  • South Side: 3879 W. Lincoln Ave. Map it!

What to recycle at a self-help center:

  • Household waste: used motor oil and oil filters; cooking oil; used antifreeze; car batteries; electronics (see E-Cycling in Milwaukee); appliances; scrap metal; tires (up to 5 passenger tires; corrugated cardboard; concrete; asphalt roofing shingles (see shingle recycling guidelines), used athletic shoes and regular recyclables
  • Yard waste: brush; grass clippings; leaves and garden debris
  • Large items: garbage; old furniture; construction or remodeling debris (see construction debris guidelines)

Hazardous Material Disposal Centers

Call 414.272.5100 or visit the MMSD website for hours and lists of acceptable materials.
  • South Side: 3879 W. Lincoln Ave.
  • Menomonee Falls: W124 N9451 Boundary Rd. (124th St)
  • Franklin: 10518 S. 124th St.
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