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Wisconsin law requires all citizens in Wisconsin to recycle at home and at work. The City provides each single family and two to four unit residence with a recycling cart and collection service for the materials (called "recyclables"). In addition to curbside collection, the City provides drop off sites for recycling of tires, appliances, metals, motor oil, vehicle battery, and yard waste. Several local private businesses provide recycling services in the Janesville area as well.
How To Recycle at the Curb
Place your recycling cart at the curb by 7 a.m. on your collection day, or collection crews may miss them. Please remember, all recyclables must be in your recycling cart (gray lid) with the lid substantially closed. If your recyclables aren't in the cart, they cannot be collected. You no longer need to separate your recyclable paper from your recyclable containers. You also do not have to bundle your paper, discard plastic caps, or flatten boxes! Please reference the Cart Placement section of this website to learn where to place your recycling cart on collection day.
When to Recycle
Recyclables will be collected on your regular trash day, every other week. Trash is collected weekly. To determine on which weeks your recyclables will be collected, call the City Services Center or see the recycling calendar and map.
What is Collected at Curb
The graphic on the gray lid of your recycling cart illustrates the types of recyclable materials to be placed in the cart. You can co-mingle the following items in your recyclables cart for collection:
- Magazines and Newspapers, including newspaper inserts, advertisements, phone books, and catalogs;
- Cardboard, including corrugated boxes, cereal boxes (remove inserts), pop cases, and gift boxes (remove bows and foil wrapping). Tape, twine, and staples may remain on boxes;
- Paper, including office, printer, and copier paper as well as junk mail. Excludes any paper with a wax liner;
- Steel and Tin Cans, including food, beverage, and empty aerosol cans;
- Aluminum Products, such as cans, foil pie tins and TV dinner trays;
- Glass Containers, including clear, brown, and green food and beverage bottles and jars;
- Plastic Containers marked on the bottom with recycling numbers 1-7. Plastic shopping bags and block foam polystyrene packaging can also be included.
The following items are not recyclable and should be placed in your trash cart:
- Crystal Dishes
- Drinking glasses
- Light bulbs (except CFLs)
- Motor oil containers
- Moisture resistant/waxy papers like salt and pet food bags, ice cream drums, milk cartons, & frozen juice containers.
- Food or oil-contaminated papers like pizza boxes, donut boxes, egg cartons (even if there is no food or residue on them), paper towels, & tissues.
Missed CollectionCommon reasons for missed collection include:
- Items placed outside of your recyclables cart.
- Prohibited items placed in your recyclables cart.
- Your cart is blocked by a car or too close to other objects such as trees, mailboxes, or another cart. Place your cart 3 feet from other objects.
- Cart placed out at the curb after 7AM.
If your collection has been missed, please contact City Services at 755-3110 or take the recyclables to a private recycling center or the City Sanitary Landfill's recycling collection area.
If you are moving...
The recyclables cart you received is the property of the City of Janesville, and must remain at the residence to which it was issued. Please leave it behind for the new residents. You may keep any extra carts you purchased from City Services. If you do not have a cart at your new home, please call City Services.
Recycling at Multi-Family and Non-Residential Facilities
The law requires owners of multiple-family dwellings containing five or more units and nonresidential facilities (governmental, commercial and retail businesses, industries, and institutions) to establish recycling programs for their tenants, employees, and occupants. Call City Services Center or click here for more information about recycling program requirements. As required by law, the City has adopted these provisions within its ordinance system. The ordinance also gives the City enforcement & inspection authority.
Mixed Recyclables Now Collected at the City Sanitary Landfill
The City of Janesville has established a public drop-off area for mixed recyclables at the Sanitary Landfill (525 Black Bridge Rd). Acceptable recyclable items include cardboard, paper, glass containers, and plastic containers. These items will be accepted at no charge during the landfill's hours of operation:
- Mondays: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Tuesdays: Fridays: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Saturdays: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The drop-off area will have limited access; therefore, the public may experience delays when depositing mixed recyclables. The drop-off area is for use by Janesville residents and generators of small quantities of recyclables only. Large quantity generators cannot be accommodated and are advised to contact local area recycling companies to explore their collection options.
Please contact the City Services Center at 755-3110 with any questions.
Recycling Drop Off Programs
Take tires, appliances, metal, vehicle batteries, and oil to the sanitary landfill for recycling. Please check in at the landfill office, where you will be directed to the correct disposal site.
Vehicle Battery Recycling
Take items to the special drop-off area at the sanitary landfill for recycling. The sanitary landfill is located on Black Bridge Road between Highway 51 and Milton Avenue. Please check in at the landfill office, where you will be directed to the correct disposal site.
You may drop off auto, marine, and motorcycle lead-acid batteries at the landfill, free of charge. Please keep caps on all batteries.
Waste Oil Recycling
Cooking Oil - Large quantities can not be collected as part of the curbside collection program. Contact a grease disposal service or a renderer for disposal options.
Motor/Engine Oil - Take small quantities to the sanitary landfill for recycling or contact local auto repair facilities. Waste oil that has been mixed with any other substance will not be accepted. Place oil in a secure container like a milk or laundry jug. Please check in at the landfill office, where you will be directed to the correct disposal site.
State law requires that electronic devices (computers, printers, cell phones, etc) be recycled. These items may NOT be placed in your recyclables or trash carts for curbside collection. For more information and local disposal options visit our electronic waste webpage.
State law prohibits disposing of yard waste in the landfill. Do NOT place yard waste in your recyclables or your trash cart. The City holds special yard waste collection events twice a year; typically the week after Thanksgiving and the first full week of May. Additionally, residents may drop off yard waste at the Compost Site and Demoltion Landfill.