Do I have to put my carts out for collection if they aren't full?No. Waiting until the cart is full to place it for collection helps minimize costs.
What time does my garbage & recycling cart need to be out for collection?Carts must be placed out by 5 AM on your day of collection and should be returned to the storage location within 24 hours of collection.
May I use anything other than the carts for garbage or recycling collection?No. All waste and recyclables must be placed in the carts; any trash outside the cart will not be collected. If you need an extra cart for an event such as moving or spring cleaning, you may contact a contractor of your choosing and contract a cart for a short period of time. If you have an ongoing issue with excess trash or recycling, please contact our office at 608-789-7508.
May I take my garbage and recycling carts with me if I move?No. Carts are assigned by serial # to the address and must stay at the property. If you would like to know what serial numbers are assigned to your property, please call our office, 608-789-7508.
Will the City collect yard waste from my property?
Residents who want their yard waste or compostable food waste picked up at the curb or alley should contact Harter's Quick Clean-Up to set up Subscription Service.
Residents can also use Isle La Plume, the city's yard waste drop-off site, from spring through fall for the disposal of yard waste, grass clippings, leaves, compostable food waste and brush. Residents have to bring yard waste materials to the site themselves. There is currently no fee for the use of the yard waste drop-off site.
Please see our webpage for more information.
This site is designed to keep the citizens of La Crosse up to date on the various activities of the Refuse and Recycling Department. We provide city-serviced collection to residential properties, manage the yard waste & brush site, participate in education programs, and enforce garbage and recycling ordinances.
Using the drop-down box to the left, you will find information on residential and special collections that take place throughout the year. You may also follow us on Facebook at City of La Crosse Refuse and Recycling or use the calendar to view items of note.
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This video from Chicago is a great explanation why plastic bags should not be put in your recycling cart and recyclables should be placed loosely into your cart. Please return them to stores to be recycled.
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Thank you to Harter's Quick Clean Up for collecting large items and 7 Rivers Recycling, LLC for recycling over 1,300 mattresses. Your work is greatly appreciated!!! Bluffside Neighborhood AssociationWashburn Neighborhood in La CrosseLower Northside Depot NeighborhoodWeigent-Hogan Neighborhood Assn. - WHNAGrandview-Emerson Neighborhood Association GENA Holy Trinity-Longfellow Neighborhood Association Logan-Northside Neighborhood Association Powell Poage Hamilton Neighborhood Downtown Neighborhood Association - La Crosse, WI