Garbage & Recycling Collection

Collection Days
Single Sort Recycling
Bulk Collection

The Village of Hartland contracts with Waste Management for the collection of residential garbage and recyclable materials. The program, developed in cooperation with Waukesha County and many other municipalities in the county, provides for an expanded list of recyclable materials and streamlines the process of handling and collecting refuse and recycling. The current contract will save Village residents over $75,000 annually and more than $600,000 over the life of the contract. The cost for this service is included as a special charge on the annual tax bill.

Collection Process

Both refuse and recycling is collected from all households curbside on Tuesdays. Refuse/garbage is collected weekly from the container provided to each household by the contractor. This container is approximately 65 gallons in size and includes the words "trash only" on the lid. Recyclable material is collected every other week from the larger container provided to each household by the contractor. This container is approximately 96 gallons in size and includes the words "recyclables only" and an orange informational label on the lid, which is a different color. The only exception to these containers and collection rules is for certain designated land conservation areas that have smaller roadways. These areas have received new smaller recycling containers and both refuse and recycling will be collected weekly.

Waste Management Collection Process General Information 

Important Container Placement Reminder

Because the collection process is automated, it is important that the collection containers are placed as follows:

  • Be sure to place containers at the curbside by 6:00 am on collection day as route times can vary from week to week based on circumstances
  • Ensure that there is space around your cans when they are placed for collection
  • Containers are three (3) feet from each other as well as from other items in the area including cars or mailboxes.
  • Placed with the handles and wheels facing away from the street. This allows the mechanical "hand" to reach out and grab the can efficiently and without damaging anything
  • The ideal situation is to place the cans on opposite sides of your driveway. If that is not possible, you may have to clear some space off the side of your driveway to place your containers.
  • Refrain from putting containers in the street for collection
  • Do not place your containers out for collection more than the day before the collection day and be sure to take them back by the morning after the collection day

Collection Days

Garbage is collected curbside once a week on Tuesdays. Recyclable materials are collected every other week. The Village is divided into two parts for recycling collection. The Waste Management garbage/recycling calendar link below shows recycling dates as either Week A or Week B (depending on the street you live on). Locate your street on the correct recycling map to verify your bi-weekly pickup dates.

Single Sort Recycling
The Village shifted to single sort recycling effective Jan. 1, 2015. Under single sort, residents only need to separate recyclable material from garbage. No need to separate recyclable materials any further. Paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, cans and other material can be co-mingled and placed in the large recycling container for collection. The list of recyclables includes, as it has in the past, all cardboard, paper, #1 and #2 plastic food containers, cans made of aluminum, tin or metal as well as glass bottles and jars. Under the new system, the list of recyclables has been expanded to include all types of #1, #2, #4, #5, and #7 containers as well as paper or gable top beverage containers such as those for milk, juice or juice boxes.. Remember, all items for recycling should be empty, free of food waste and dry.

Please reference the Household Recycling Guide below for the current listing of recyclable materials.

Bulk Collection

Items must be manageable by one person, not exceed 50 lbs. If bulk items exceed the size/weight limits, or are appliances (refrigerators, stoves, washer/dryers, etc.), residents must contact Waste Management's Customer Care to schedule pick-up at 888-960-0008. Charges may be applicable on large items.


  • Furniture such as couches, tables, chairs, beds, mattresses, and metal furniture
  • Baby/child car seats
  • Bags of Garbage/Trash – Up to three (3), 32-gallon size bags
  • Basketball goal - Remove concrete base & cut to 6 ft. or less; concrete will not be collected; take to construction demolition landfill or full-service recycling center.
  • Bathtubs - 50 lbs. or less; 8 ft. or less; if larger than 8 ft., must cut in half. (No cast iron tubs)
  • Bed frames - Dismantle.
  • Beds (metal) - Dismantle
  • Bikes
  • Box springs
  • Carpet - Roll & cut no longer than 4 ft.; no more than 50 lbs.
  • Carts (metal) - No grocery carts.
  • Couches
  • China cabinet hutches - Empty; tape the glass.
  • Chairs
  • Chests - Empty.
  • Desks - Empty.
  • Doors - Tape glass, if applicable.
  • Dressers - Empty.
  • Entertainment centers - Empty; tape glass, if applicable.
  • Fireplace inserts - Remove bricks; no bricks collected.
  • Floor coverings - Includes carpet & padding installed by homeowners only; roll carpet & padding; 4 ft. or less; no more than 60 lbs.
  • Garbage cans - Tag with a note indicating to take the can.
  • Glass doors, windows, table inserts - Using tape, make an X over the glass and place it at curbside
  • Grills - Remove propane tanks; 50 lbs. or less; no commercial grills.
  • Gutters - 4 ft. or less.
  • Loveseat
  • Mattresses
  • Patio furniture
  • Pool Covers - Folded; only folded cover 50 lbs. or less will be collected.
  • Toilets - Clean & empty.
  • Toys (large)

Other Information

Households that are physically unable to move their containers to the curbside are encouraged to contact the Village Hall. Through a partnership with Waste Management, assistance may be available to provide an alternative service.

Special Garbage/Recycling Collection Walk-Up Service Information/Request (PDF)

Households that may need additional capacity for refuse and recycling have several options including the purchase of additional collection service. For more information and to request this service, refer to the Additional Refuse and Recycling Service Request Form (PDF).

Unsure of how to properly dispose of an item? Refer to Waukesha County's helpful Product Disposal Page.

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