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Cart Information

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All residential properties receiving curbside collection from the City of Janesville are assigned two carts:

  1. One cart with a blue lid (Trash)
  2. One cart with a grey lid (Recyclables) 

The assigned carts are and asset of the City's collection system, just like the collection vehicles, and should not be removed from the address to which they are assigned, per City Ordinance 30-64, unless separately purchased from the City by the tenant or property owner.   

Residents should place their trash and recycle carts for collection on the curb line spaced at least 3 feet apart and away from any obstacles and overhead obstructions (trees, mailboxes, vehicles, etc.) on their normally scheduled collection day.

Cart Sizes

Two cart sizes are available: 96-gallon and 65-gallon.

96-Gallon Cart

  • Equal in volume to about 5 of the smaller, rectangular recycling bins or three standard trash barrels.
  • Takes up about the same amount of floor space as two of the rectangular recycling bins or 1½ of the standard trash barrels.
  • Dimensions are 26” wide, 34.5” deep, and 43” tall.

65-Gallon Cart

  • Equal in volume to about 3½ of the smaller, rectangular recycling bins or two standard trash barrels.
  • Takes up about the same floor space as 1½ smaller recycling bins or one standard trash barrel.
  • Dimensions of this cart are 24” wide, 27” deep, and 41.5” tall.
Customers are strongly encouraged to try the 96-gallon carts. Even if a lot of trash or recyclables is not routinely generated, there will likely be times throughout the year where the extra capacity is needed. 

Exchanges & Additional Carts

Exchanges or additional cart assignments may be completed in-person at the City Services located at 2200 N. Highway 51, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., at no charge.

If the City performs a delivery or exchange, there is a $15 service fee per trip. Arrangements can be made by calling the City Services at 755-3110.

Residents may receive an additional recycling cart at no cost. These carts must remain at the residence if the resident moves.

Additional trash carts can be purchased through the City (current cost is approximately $50.00 each). Any purchased carts are the property of the resident. The cost of any post-warranty repair work on a purchased cart would be charged to the resident, plus service fees.

Cart Fees

Effective 2014, a prorated cart fee will be charged to new residences and businesses for their initial set of carts as follows:

                        Year                    Fee Per Initial Set of Carts

                        2016                                        $30    

                        2017                                        $40      

                        2018                                        $50   

                        2019                                        $60

                        2020                                        $70    

                        2021                                        $80       

                        2022                                        $90

                        After 2022, the fee will be $100.

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Damaged or Stolen Carts

Cascade Cart Solutions provides a ten year warranty covering all aspects of the cart. If your cart is damaged, please call the City Services Center at 755-3110. A staff member will be sent to your residence to fix or replace your cart. This service is provided free of charge if the damage occurred during regular use.

If your cart is stolen, a report must be filed with the Police Department. An online minor incident report form may be completed or a report may be made by calling 755-3100.  Once a report is made, contact the City Services Center at 755-3110 to schedule delivery of a new cart.

Cart Tracking & IDs 

Each cart has a serial number and electronic ID tag linked to the address receiving the cart. This assists the City in making warranty claims. The carts will also have the City of Janesville logo stamped on the side.

In the future, the City is considering installing sensors on collection vehicles to read the electronic ID tags. The collected information could be used to calculate recycling participation rates and to find carts moved from assigned addresses.

Cart Storage

The best place to store your cart is in an indoor covered area like a garage or shed. Containers may also be stored outdoors to the side or rear of the house. Containers cannot be placed at the curb for collection prior to 24 hours before your scheduled collection day and must be removed from the curb by the end of your scheduled collection day.

The carts are designed to reduce opportunities for animals to get into your trash and recyclables and are made to withstand inclement weather. They are very sturdy and you should not typically have problems with the carts blowing over.

Cart Care

Periodically cleaning the inside and outside of trash and recycling carts with water will help keep in looking nice and eliminate odor. A garden hose with sprayer attachment works well for this. Also, before placing any ashes or coals inside the trash cart, make sure they are completely cool to avoid damaging the cart.

Please note, under no circumstance should the carts be defaced by the use of markers, stickers, or paint.

Contact Us

For more information regarding trash and recycling carts, please contact the City Services Center at 755-3110.

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