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Isle La Plume Brush & Yard Waste Site


UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Site hours are Monday-Friday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. There will be no access to Isle La Plume after 7 pm M-F, or on weekends.


2000 Marco Drive
La Crosse, WI 54601

*****We do not accept CONCRETE, BRICKS, CARPET or ANY ITEMS not listed below.*****

The site opening date has been delayed until further notice. Once reopened, it will close for the season on November 25, 2020.  It will also be closed on these Holidays: Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. Once the site closes for the season, yard waste and brush can only be dropped off at the County Landfill and food waste can be dropped at our office-see below for more information.

Site Hours-these hours are seasonal
Monday–Friday 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday  see highlights above
When Daylight Saving Time ends, the drop-off site will close weekdays at 6:00 PM.


You must be a City of La Crosse Resident to use the site. For residents bringing in materials, there is currently no fee to use the drop-off site. Contractors must show proof of where materials came from.

Also available: 

  • FINISHED COMPOST, when available, is free for residents-shovel your own.
  • COOKING OIL DROP OFF-There are drums near the yard waste shed for residents to drop off cooled cooking oil; please speak to the attendant. During winter months please call the recycling coordinator at 789-7507 to schedule a drop off.
  • FOOD WASTE COMPOSTING-During spring-fall months residents must use yard waste site or may contract subscription service with Harter's Quick Clean-Up. During winter months, contact the main office at 789-7508. See below for more information.

Yard Waste

Yard waste is defined as grass clippings, leaves, garden plants and weeds. PAPER COMPOSTABLE BAGS CANNOT BE PUT IN THE COMPACTORS. Just like garbage cans and plastic bags, paper compostable bags must now be emptied into compactor and disposed of separately. If you want it picked up curbside, you may sign up with Harter’s Quick Clean-Up for subscription service (see bottom of page for more information).

Food Waste

Food waste is defined as fruit & vegetable matter (including cores and rinds), flour & grain items such as bread, rice, and pasta, coffee grounds & filters, and egg shells. It also includes uneaten food/leftovers. See the detailed list here.

What is not acceptable food waste?
We cannot accept any fish & meat (including their byproducts), dairy, fats, grease, lards, oils or liquids. No packaging, bags, wrappers, trays, twine, lids etc., are allowed. No paper compostable packaging is allowed. If these items are mixed in when you come to the drop-off site, your container will not be accepted.

How can I dispose of my food waste during the spring-fall months?
Place it in the yard waste compactors, the same way you dispose of grass clippings and garden waste. It cannot be bagged. If you want it picked up curbside, you may sign up with Harter’s Quick Clean-Up for subscription service (see bottom of page for more information).

How can I dispose of my food waste during the winter months?
When the yard waste site is closed for the season, residents must check in at our main office and we will direct you accordingly. Main Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 AM-3:00 PM

How would you recommend residents haul food waste to your site?
We suggest a bucket with lid that you can dump and take with you. Regardless of whether they are labeled compostable or not, we do not accept any bags, boxes or containers at our site. You may haul use anything to haul materials here but you would need to empty it on-site and dispose of the bag/container separately.


Brush is defined as branches and tree limbs from 1/4-inch to 8-inches in diameter and less than 8-feet in length. All loads of brush coming into the site will be inspected.

What is not acceptable at the brush site?
Stumps, trunks, root balls, and branches & limbs over 8-inches in diameter and over 8-feet in length. No railroad ties or lumber.

What about larger items or disposal during the winter months?
When branches and tree limbs are larger than described or when Isle La Plume is closed you can take them to the La Crosse County Landfill. The landfill is open from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM weekdays.

Brush Week (April 27-May 1, 2020)  ***Please place brush out by April 26th. This event is still taking place at scheduled time.

Brush tied in bundles with cotton string less than 4-feet long and weighing less than 50-pounds will be picked up on the boulevard, ONLY during this week. Brush must be placed near the curb by 7:00 AM to ensure pick up. Brush collection does not include entire trees (trunks, stumps, roots) or entire shrubs/bushes that have been removed. The rest of the season, brush must be taken to the drop-off site, or to the County Landfill for a fee.

Pickup Of Yard Waste & Food Waste As A ‘Subscription Service’ Through Harter's Quick Clean-Up

Residents who want their yard and food waste (NOT BRUSH) picked up at the curb or alley should contact the Harter’s Quick Clean-Up, 608-782-2082, to set up Subscription Service. The list of accepted items is attached above in the Food Waste Section. Collection is in a cart designated for yard/food waste only and the fees are direct billed by Harter’s to the property owner. The 95-gallon cart will be delivered for a flat fee of $20. Weekly collection is $22.50/month; bi-weekly collection is $14/month; monthly collection is $13.50/month. This service is available seasonally April through November.