Toss it! What to do with all your moving day garbage - Tenant Resource Center



Toss it! What to do with all your moving day garbage

Moving day means that there are SO MANY WAYS to get rid of stuff around Madison, including things that you normally have to pay to get the city to dispose of (tv's, appliances). Here's a list of all the ways you can get all of it gone, as well as the other things (road closures, etc) you should be thinking about if you're moving this week.

August 12:

  • 9am - 6pm: TRC office is open for walk-ins at 1202 Williamson St, Madison, WI
  • 1pm - 7pm: Donation Stations Open (locations in this map and below)
  • All day: Garbage crews hit the streets (info on garbage below). Pickup starts at 7am.
  • All day: Construction on Madison St, Oakland Ave, Garfield St, Randall Ave, Charter St., Spring St, East Johnson (info on road construction below in "sources")
  • During the Night: University Avenue will be closed at Frances Street in order to take down the middle span of the bridge.  University Avenue traffic will be detoured to Frances Street to Dayton Street to Park Street and back to University Avenue.  Lake Street will remain open during the closure of University Avenue. 

August 13: 

  • 9am-6pm: TRC office is open for walk-ins at 1202 Williamson St, Madison, WI
  • 11am - 7pm: Donation Stations Open (locations in this map and below)
  • All day: Garbage crews hit the streets (info on garbage below). Pickup starts at 7am.
  • All day: Alliant Energy Center will be hosting Wisconsin State Barrel Racing Finals

August 14:

  • 9am - 6pm: TRC office is open for walk-ins at 1202 Williamson St, Madison, WI
  • 10am - 2pm: Donation Stations Open (locations in this map and below)
  • All day: Garbage crews hit the streets (info on garbage below). Pickup starts at 7am.
  • All day: Alliant Energy Center will be hosting Wisconsin State Barrel Racing Finals

August 15:

  • 6 am-2 pm: the Dane County Farmer's Market will be around the Capitol Square
  • 10am: Out Run Asthma 5k will be in the area North of University Ave, along Observatory Drive. More info here.
  • 11am-5pm: TRC Staff available at Schenk's Corners Block Party, at at the intersection of Atwood and Winnebago in Madison. You can come and talk to a staff member if you have housing counseling questions.
  • 12pm - 4pm: DoIT Tech Stores will accept electronic recycling (only computers, monitors, small appliances and batteries) at 333 East Campus Mall.
  • 4pm - midnight: WOOFS Pride block party will be on King Street between Main and Doty/Webster.
  • All day: Garbage crews hit the streets (info on garbage below). Pickup starts at 7am.
  • All day: Alliant Energy Center will be hosting Wisconsin State Barrel Racing Finals

August 16:

  • All day: Garbage crews hit the streets (info on garbage below). Pickup starts at 7am. There will be a special Sunday pickup in the downtown area on August 16 where the City will pick up refuse, recycling, and large items.
  • All day: Alliant Energy Center will be hosting Wisconsin State Barrel Racing Finals

August 17:

  • All day: Garbage crews hit the streets (info on garbage below). Pickup starts at 7am.

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Donation Station Locations (map of all are here):

  • Donate and Take:
  • St. Vincent de Paul Downtown drop-off sites (same hours at Donate and Take):
    • U-Haul parking lot (602 W. Washington Avenue)
    • UW Madison Lot 45 (N. Mills and W. Dayton
    • Acceptable items include clothes, shoes, functional electronics, furniture, kitchen ware, utensils and other household items. Unacceptable items include televisions, computer monitors, mattresses, box springs, futons, large appliances.
  • Goodwill:
    • The Embassy apartment building
    • The Equinox apartment building
    • 420 Gorham apartment building
    • X01 apartment building
    • Humbucker apartment building
    • La Ville apartment building
    • Park Regent apartment building
    • Vantage Point apartment building
    • The use of these apartment building donation stations are limited to residents of the respective buildings.
  • E-waste recycling site: UW Madison Lot 45 (N. Mills and W. Dayton). They will accept electronics, working or not, including computers, monitors, TV's, phones, small appliances, and game systems, for recycling by the UW–Madison We Conserve program. The hours are the same as the Donate and Take sites.

  • You can always give things away at:

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Garbage Tips:

  • Do NOT put trash in cardboard boxes. Boxes must be flattened and bundled for recycling.
  • Keep refuse and large items separate when placed at the curb.
  • Nothing but recycling in your green recycling cart. Do not put recycling in your tan refuse cart.
  • Put all recycling at the curb in the green recycling cart or clear plastic bags. No loose piles of recycling.
  • Do Not Take The Recycling or Refuse Carts. The Carts belong to the City and must remain behind when you move. There will be carts at your new apartment if you will be using City recycling services.
  • Do not pile bagged trash or large items around your recycling or refuse carts.
  • Put all refuse at the curb in your tan refuse cart or trash bags. No loose piles of trash/garbage.
  • Do not pile bagged trash or recyclables on top of furniture or appliances.
  • Keep larger metal items separate from other material so that it can be recycled.
  • Most appliances, including microwaves, require a fee for collection (though you might try e-waste recycling site which will be set up in UW Madison Lot 45 at N. Mills and W. Dayton to accept working and nonworking electronics.)

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