The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DWP) annual Project Clean & Green (PCG) will run from May 6 to June 24, with all residents assigned to one of seven collection zones.

Normally, residents are charged $50 to $150 for all bulky item pick-up requests larger than one cubic yard, about the size of an easy chair. However, on a resident’s PCG collection day, DPW crews will pick up unwanted household items at no charge.

PCG consists of three-steps: find your zone, clean it up and set it out. The city has a dedicated web page with information and a map feature that shows which zone an address is within.


Residents can go to to find their specific PCG collection date, which will be on a regular garbage collection day during the designated Project Clean & Green zone week.


Gather acceptable materials from your home, garage and yard. Acceptable items include broken furniture, mattresses, unusable household items, tires, grass clippings, tree trimmings and mixed yard waste. This is the only time the City collects tires and yard waste other than the fall leaf collection and the April through November seasonal brush collection.


By 7:00 am on their PCG pickup day, residents should place their unwanted items, up to two cubic yards of tree trimmings and leaves, yard and garden waste, and up to five tires at their regular garbage collection point – either the curb or alley line.

Yard waste and tires are each handled separately from general household debris and must be separated. In most cases, everything will be picked up on garbage collection day, but allow through the following business day for all items to be collected by crews.

Residents can use brown paper yard waste bags available at area stores for their yard waste, or they can place it in piles at their collection point. However, grass clippings must be placed in a brown paper yard waste bag – do not place loose grass clippings in a pile or in garbage and recycling carts for pick-up. DPW advises letting grass clippings lay on your lawn.

For curb pick-up, ensure that all items – including brush and leaves – are kept out of the street and instead placed along the area between the sidewalk and curb, on the lawn edge if there is no sidewalk, or at the end of the driveway. For alley collection, place items at the alley line.


During PCG, DPW will not pick up appliances, TVs and other electronics such as computers, printers, scanners, and tablets, construction debris, paint and paint thinner, motor oil, and other hazardous waste. The public is encouraged to make use of DPW Drop Off Centers or MMSD to properly dispose of those items.

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Lee Matz