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Trash & Recycling Collection

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Trash and recycling collection services are provided for all City of Janesville residential properties with four or fewer units.  Participating businesses that require disposal of no more than 96 gallons of trash and 192 gallons of recyclable materials are also eligible for collection services. 

Automated Collection

Trash and recycling collection is fully automated with one person, side-loading vehicles.  Operators manipulate a mechanical arm that dumps the trash or recyclables into the collection vehicle by lifting a City-issued cart. 

For questions and information regarding City-issued trash and recycling carts, please visit the Cart Information webpage.

To learn about the benefits of automated trash and recycling collection for the City, please visit the Automation: Success webpage.

Sanitation Collection Fees

Residents and participating businesses are charged a sanitation collection fee of $147.84 per year.  This fee includes the cost of the following activities:

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

For more information about trash and recycling collection, please click on one of the following categories:

Trash & Recycling Basics

Trash must be at the curb by 7:00 a.m., but no earlier than 24 hours before collection day, to ensure that it will not be missed by collection crews. To determine your trash and recyclables collection day, please reference the trash and recyclables collection schedule and map.


Trash that is intermixed with recyclable materials, and vice versa, will not be collected.  The following items are banned from trash collection and should NOT be placed in a trash (blue lid) or recycling (gray lid) cart:


The graphic on the gray lid of your recycling cart illustrates the types of recyclable materials to be placed in the cart. Note: due to recent recycling parameters changing nationwide, this graphic is now slightly outdated.

Recycling Cart Lid Graphic





You can co-mingle the following items in your recyclables cart for collection:

  • Magazines and Newspapers,
    • Includes newspaper inserts, advertisements, phone books, and catalogs.
  • Cardboard
    • Includes 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
    • Includes office, printer, and copier paper, as well as junk mail.
    • Excludes any paper with a wax liner.
  • Steel and Tin Cans
    • Includes food, beverage, and empty aerosol cans.
  • Aluminum Products
    • Includes cans, foil pie tins, and TV dinner trays.
  • Glass Containers
    • Includes clear, brown, and green food and beverage bottles and jars.
  • Plastic Containers
    • Includes recycling numbers 1-7 and block foam polystyrene packaging.

The following items are NOT recyclable and should be placed in your trash cart:

  • Pyrex
  • Ceramics
  • Crystal Dishes
  • Windows
  • Drinking glasses
  • Mirrors
  • Light bulbs (except CFLs)
  • Toys
  • Diapers
  • 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.

For a more information on recyclable materials, please visit the Recycling webpage.

Contact Us

For more information about trash and recycling collection, please contact the City Services Center at 755-3110. To report a missed collection, please submit a report form by clicking here.

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