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On April 29, 2013 the City of Janesville began automated trash and recyclables collection.  As part of the 2012 budget process, the Janesville City Council approved a recommendation from the Public Works Department to change how trash and recyclables are collected – from a manual collection system to an automated system. To facilitate this change, all City of Janesville residents will be assigned two wheeled carts, one for your trash and one for your recyclables. Collection employees will manipulate a mechanical arm that will dump the trash or recyclables into the collection vehicle by lifting the cart.

As Operations Director John Whitcomb explains, “We are really excited about implementing this new program. Auto collections is more efficient and less costly than our current manual system because fewer vehicles are required to perform collection and employee claims and lost time due to injury are expected to be significantly reduced. Because automation allows customers to mix all recyclable material in a single cart (called “single-stream” recycling) we also believe more recyclable materials will be collected. This will help conserve landfill space and obtain more revenue from selling the recyclable materials.”

Sanitation Collection Fees

Residents and participating businesses are charged a sanitation collection fee of $120.00 per year.  This fee includes the cost of trash collection and disposal, collection and processing of recyclable materials, separate Christmas tree collection, fall and spring curbside collection of bagged yard waste and bundled brush, and operation of the yard waste drop-off and composting facility.  Collection fees and any additional sanitation cart related charges are billed on the quarterly water, wastewater, and stormwater utility bill.  The City Council reviews and adjusts fees on an annual basis.

Helpful Links

Automated Collection Brochure & Map/Schedule

Newsletter Article


Please review the following webpages to learn more about this program.

Should you have any questions, please contact the City Services Center at 755-3110.

Last updated: 1/26/2015 11:05:28 AM