Recycling & Yard Waste

The Department of Public Works maintains a compost site for residents and contractors, provides brush collection for residents and Autumn leaf collection throughout the city.


March 24, 2020 Update - Compost Site & Brush Collection Suspended

Due to the recent Coronavirus Outbreak and the Safer at Home Order issued by Governor Evers, the City is operating at minimum levels of staffing to ensure safety of employees and the community, while providing critical public health and safety functions. This means that some non-essential services will be discontinued during this time.

The compost site typically opens for the season at the beginning of April. The site opening has been postponed and biweekly curbside brush collection has also been postponed, as these are not essential services. By opening the compost site, this would encourage unnecessary travel and interaction that are not essential for public health and safety. Therefore, is not complaint with the Governor’s Safer at Home order. We would also like to remind residents that open burning is restricted within the City limits (http://burlington-wi.gov/292/Burning-Restrictions). Verbal permission from the Fire Department must be granted prior to any recreational fire, and a written permit must be issued by the Fire Department prior to any open burning or bonfire being started. You can reach the Fire Department’s non-emergency phone number at 262-763-7842.

We understand folks, the weather is breaking, you want to clean your yards, leaves and brush and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause at a time we need to be safe. We want you to be safe and #FlattenTheCurve.