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City of RacineDepartment of Public Works
Commissioner of Public Works Mark H. Yehlen - (262)636-9121Assistant Commissioner of Public Works Thomas M. Eeg - (262)636-9121
Assistant Commissioner of Public WorksJohn Rooney - (262)636-9121
City Hall Room 303730 Washington AvenueRacine, WI 53403
CLICK HERE to look up your Garbage / Recycling collection schedule by address!
The Department of Public Works is again sending updated magnet calendars and maps to every City of Racine resident. Keep the magnet on your refrigerator to remind you when to take your recycling cart out to the curb for recycling pick-up.
Click to enlarge the images below,
Are you a DIY Oil changer?
Effective January 1, 2011, used oil filters are banned from landfill disposal in Wisconsin.
Keep them out of both solid waste collection and the recyclable cart.
Valvoline Instant Oil Change stores accept used oil filters along with waste oil and
antifreeze. Up to 6 used oil filters per person per day are allowed at no charge.
Do recycle oil filters by taking them to any of these
Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations:
• 5920 21st Street, 262-553-1344
Mon-Fri 8:00am-8:00pm, Sat 8:00am-6:00pm and Sun 9:00am-4:00pm
• 3101 Rapids Drive, 262-637-8930
Mon-Fri 8:00am-7:00m, Sat 8:00am-6:00pm and Sun 9:00am-4:00pm
DNR Website for further information.
For additional information, please call (262) 636-9126
Para obtener información, llame por favor (262) 636-9126
All recyclables go in the cart: no sorting required! Check the list of accepted recyclables.
Rinse all containers thoroughly; no liquids, food contamination, or hazardous materials allowed.
Flatten or cut cardboard so it fits in the cart without taking up a lot of space.
Papers and magazines are placed in the cart loose.
Bundle paper, magazines, and cardboard, and place beside the cart if these items will not fit.
Other recyclables that won't fit in the cart may be placed in blue recycling bags and left next to the cart.
Solid waste and garbage are not allowed in the recycling cart.
Recycling saves you time and money
Save time! Place all recyclables in the cart.
Save money! Increased recyclables collection means less in the landfill so
it lasts longer, and recycling revenue puts money in the City's budget to
pay for services that benefit you and your neighborhood.
Less mess! Carts stay closed even in bad weather, keeping recyclables in.
Recycling benefits our environment, our economy, and our community. It means
a cleaner and greener Racine and it provides jobs. Recycling also saves the
City of Racine money by keeping recyclables out of the landfill and allowing
them to produce revenue when sold to industries that rely on them to
manufacture new products.
For more information on the impact of your recycling habits, see
Recycle More Wisconsin
Who is expected to use the new recycling cart?
All residents in the City of Racine received a 65-gallon recycling cart or exchanged it for a 35 or 95-gallon cart. For example, a single family residential home will receive one cart, a 2 family residential unit will receive 2 carts, a 3 family residential unit will receive 3 carts, and a 4 family residential unit
will receive 4 carts. If an owner of a multifamily residential unit wishes to receive a smaller number of a larger cart, we will work with them to meet their needs. Our goal is to maximize our recycling tonnages.
Non-residential customers, such as an on-street business, received one 95-gallon cart based upon the greater generation of recyclable materials.
How do I know what does not go in the cart?
Check the cart lid for what goes in and what does not. Do not place food contaminated containers (unless rinsed), shredded paper, styrofoam, plastic cards, hard cover books, window glass, mirrors, ceramics, light bulbs, paint cans, or any electronic devices in the cart. Click the "beyond the cart" link above to find
other items not allowed in the recycling cart.
How do I prepare my recyclables?
Empty and rinse containers. Flatten or cut cardboard so it fits in the cart without taking up a lot of space. Papers and magazines are placed in the cart loose. (Solid waste and garbage are not allowed in recycling cart.)
What is the recyclable pickup schedule?
Pick-up will occur every other week on the same day of the week as your regular solid waste collection.
If I rent, do I need to participate in the recycling
Yes, all residents living in 4 family and smaller residential properties are expected to participate in the program.
What if I want to switch to a different sized
Contact the Public Works Department (636-9126). A $25 fee is charged for
the switch and the cart is delivered to you at the time of solid waste
What if I need more carts?
Additional carts may be paid for as a lump sum by the property owner or tenant based upon the actual cost of the cart. Additional carts reduce collection speed and, therefore, the costs should be borne 100% by the person requesting these additional carts.
What if my cart is stolen?
Every cart has an RFID tag embedded chip that will identify the cart. Once found, the city will return it to the owner at no cost.
If I move, may I take my cart with me?
No, the cart is assigned to the property and remains there.
If I am physically unable to get the cart to the curb, what should I
You may qualify for special collection, at no cost to you, after completing forms available at the Department of Public Works.
Recycling carts are just the beginning!
The City of Racine has other ways you can recycle as well. Click for information on the following:
Computer and Electronics Recycling
Christmas Tree Recycling
information about the City of Racine's Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
Collection Click Here,
Other information regarding hazardous waste is also available below:
Backyard Mechanic and Oil Disposal
Old Paint Disposal
Pressurized Containers Disposal
Proper Battery Recycling and Disposal
Sharps and Medical Device Disposal
Not sure what to consider hazardous waste?
The EPA explains it for you!
Glad You Asked - what's the purpose of the recycling cart bar
Carts use eliminates negative thoughts
First Recycling Cart Pickup on Monday
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