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For questions or additional information about any of the items below, please contact the City Services Center at 755-3110.

Loose Leaf Collection Planned for November 9 - 20, 2015

Please rake your leaves loosely into the street gutter, but try to avoid blocking the storm sewers as that may cause street flooding.

It is recommended that leaves be mulched and placed on your terrace and not in the street up until a few days before your collection day. 1 - 2 days prior to your scheduled collection day, move the leaves into the street. Please ensure that the leaves are raked away from the gutter to keep leaves from moving back to the terrace as crews come by.

Please note: Citizens may not rake leaves into the street gutter before October 1 or after crews have passed the street. Street sweepers will follow a day or two behind the leaf collection crews to clean up any debris left on the streets.  For questions, please contact City Services at 755-3110.

Bagged Collection Planned for November 30 - December 4, 2015

The City will collect bagged yard waste and bundled brush on the same day as your regular garbage pickup the week of November 30 – December 4. Grass, leaves, and garden debris will be collected in paper biodegradable bags or reusable containers up to 35 gallons in size. Bags or containers must each weigh less than 50 pounds. Brush should be in bundles that are no larger than four feet in length, no more than 12 inches in diameter, and no heavier than 50 pounds. Size limits are necessary so bundles can fit into collection trucks. Please place the bags and/or bundles at the curb, a few feet from your trash cart, by 7:00 AM on the morning of your scheduled collection day.

Other Yard Waste Disposal Options:
• Use as mulch or leave grass clippings on lawn.
• Home compost or deposit at the City compost site (Janesville residents only).
• Deliver stumps, brush, branches, roots, and shrubs to demolition landfill for a fee of $5.50/cubic yard (Janesville residents) or $7.00/cubic yard (non-residents).

Tips and Reminders for Leaf Collection

1.  City code prohibits burning trash, grass or leaves within Janesville city limits.

2.  Please watch for children who may be playing in raked leaves.

3.  Please do not park your vehicle over dry leaves. When a vehicle's catalytic converter gets hot, it can ignite leaves.

4.  Cars should remain off the street the day of pick up, as crews won't be able to gather leaves with vehicles in the way. Crews will only be on each street once over the course of pick up.

Why do we have a leaf collection program? Can we eliminate the program to save money?

The cost of loose leaf collection in 2010 was $162,919. Unfortunately, eliminating the program isn’t an easy answer. The City of Janesville, along with every other city in Wisconsin, is responsible for reducing stormwater runoff. As part of reducing runoff that makes its way into local streams and rivers, the City uses several different activities, such as street sweeping, leaf pick up, greenbelt restoration, and detention/retention ponds. Reducing storm water runoff is mandated by the state and federal government. Eliminating leaf pick up would require the City to increase other stormwater runoff reduction activities, which could end up costing the City more money in the long term. The loose leaf collection in Janesville is an intensive two week process that collects the majority of leaves throughout the City. The leaf collection process is not only a service to the citizens of Janesville, but also a needed activity to help the City be compliant with state and federal regulations.

Reminder Regarding Sanitary Landfill & Compost/Demolition Site Drop-Off

City ordinance 8.64.180 requires that all individuals must cover their waste and debris during transportation to City of Janesville sanitary landfill. Persons may enclose their refuse or use a tarp to ensure waste does not leave their vehicle.

Individuals are not required to cover brush or tree limbs being transported to the demolition landfill. It is the responsibility of the hauler to retrieve any and all items that fall out of his or her vehicle during transport. Failure to retrieve such items is a violation of City ordinance.

Compost Site Special Hours 2014

November – December 5, 2015 
Mondays – Saturdays: 8AM – 5PM
Closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26

Beginning December 7, the compost facility will not have regular hours, but it may be open if the weather is agreeable. Please call the City Services Center at 755-3110 for hours of operation.

Please visit the Compost Site and the Demolition Landfill web pages for more information about these facilities.

Christmas Trees, Wreaths, and Greenery

The City will collect Christmas trees the week of January 12 - 16, 2015 on your regularly scheduled trash collection day.  Please place the trees at the curb in sections no longer than 4 feet the day prior to your scheduled trash collection day. 

Please note:  Trees that are not cut up into sections no longer than 4 feet will not be collected.  Trees that are frozen into a snow bank and do not free easily will also not be collected. 

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