Solid Waste & Recycling

Phone 920-262-4080
Fax 920-262-4082

Jaynellen Holloway, Director of Public Works  920-262-4050
Stacy Winkelman, Operations Manager 920-262-4047
Matthew Willmann, Assistant Operations Manager 920-206-4277
Jane Flanigan, Administrative Assistant  920-206-4270

811 South First Street
Watertown WI 53094
Teams begin curbside collection at 6am 

Office Hours & Drop off hours:
Monday through Friday - 6:30am to 3:30pm
Office and drop off closed Monday, May 29 - Happy Memorial Day!

Select Saturdays - June 3, August 5 and October 7: 8:00am to Noon
 Reminder: Garbage and Recycle carts containing  yard waste at curbside will be tagged and not emptied!  Yard Waste (grass clippings, leaves, garden trimmings, brush, etc) are banned from Wisconsin landfills by State law. Residents must take yard waste to the Boomer Street site per guidelines below.  


Memorial Day May 29 Monday Tuesday, May 30
4th of July July 4 Tuesday Wednesday, July 5
Labor Day September 4 Monday Tuesday, September 5
Veteran's Day November 11, 2023
observed November 10, 2023
Friday Monday, November 13
Thanksgiving Day November 23 Thursday Wednesday, November 22
Day After Thanksgiving November 24 Friday Monday, November 27
Christmas Eve Day December 24 observed December 22 Friday Thursday, December 21
Christmas Day December 25  Monday Tuesday, December 26
New Year's Eve Day December 31 observed December 29 Friday December 28

Please plan accordingly as there will be VERY limited availability for excess garbage and recycling, Friday, May 26 through Tuesday,  May 30 as ALL trucks will need to be prepped and complete a double route on Tuesday, May 30.  No large loads or construction debris will be accepted.
Drop off at Street Department, of electronics, furniture, mattresses/box springs, construction debris*, and extra garbage or recycling with the following guidelines:

Check into office upon arrival. Lifting assistance is not available. Fees may apply  - form on left menu
Payment:  Cash, Check, Credit/Debit Card
Carpeting:  Please know your room size for pricing and have carpeting rolls (tied or taped) no longer than four feet. Length x Width = Square Feet ÷ 9 = Square Yards (round to the nearest dollar)

* Construction debris  - please call  to ensure we have space before loading and delivering it to the Street Department/Recycle Center.  This is intended for minor construction repairs - please make other arrangements for large jobs.  As an example- we do not accept shingles from roofing jobs. No concrete/bricks and maximum length of debris should be 6 feet.  Fees Apply.  Maximum construction debris use - five per calendar year.
These services are for City of Watertown residents and contracted townships only.

Yard Waste Site
1507 Boomer Street

Opens for the season - April 1: 9am to 1pm
The site is open for Watertown residents Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 6pm and Saturdays 9am to 1pm. 
Grass clippings, vines, garden plants, fruits, vegetables, flowers, leaves, cornstalks, twigs, brush, etc...Residents take to the yard waste site at 1507 Boomer Street. Please separate waste to drop off at appropriate area. 

  1. Garden/leaves/plants/flowers
  2. Twigs/branches/brush
  3. Dirt 
  4. Rocks

Wood chips from the Street/Parks crew are available for pick up at the yard waste site.  
Absolutely NO garbage or plastic bags may be deposited at the site.  Landscape timbers, fencing and railroad ties must be taken to Street/Recycle Center (fees apply).
An attendant will be there for directions and questions.  Lift assistance is not available.
Operates April through November annually, weather permitting. 

Leaves are only picked up curbside in the autumn - typically October and November.

Cart Storage
Reminder: Per City Ordinance the Solid Waste and Recycle Carts may be placed on the curb for pick up as early as Noon the day before pickup and must be removed and stored away from the curb by 8pm the day of your scheduled pick up. 

Teams begin curbside pick-up at 6am on your scheduled day.

Weekly Collections
Due to ever changing schedules and duties your garbage and recycle carts may not be emptied at a "usual" or given time.  As an example: The team may empty all the gray garbage carts at 7am, empty the truck, then return and collect all blue recycle carts at 1pm  -  OR -  the team may change-up drivers and run the route in different direction thus in the summer your carts were emptied at 8am may now be emptied at 1pm.  Before you remove your cart from the curb please make sure we emptied it.

Garbage and Recycle carts containing  yard waste at curbside will be tagged and not emptied!

 new garbage trk 006small streets recycle photo