Trash and Recycling Pickup in Janesville, WI: Schedules, Maps, and Guidelines



Janesville, Wisconsin provides weekly curbside trash and biweekly recycling pickup for residents. Here’s a comprehensive guide to Janesville’s waste collection services, including schedules, maps, fees, and guidelines.

Trash Collection

The City of Janesville offers weekly trash collection to households and eligible businesses on Wednesdays. Here’s what to know:

  • Materials Collected: Regular household waste placed in City-issued carts. Some banned items include appliances, hazardous waste, recyclables, and yard waste.

  • Setouts: Have trash at the curb by 7 AM on Wednesdays, but no earlier than 24 hours before.

  • Fees: $167.63 annually covers trash collection and disposal costs. Charged quarterly on utility bills.

  • Missed Pickups: Report missed trash pickup by calling (608) 755-3110.

View the 2023 Janesville trash collection map and schedule.

Recycling Collection

The City provides biweekly single-stream recycling pickup on Wednesdays to residences and eligible businesses. Here are key details:

  • Materials: Paper, cardboard, glass bottles/jars, aluminum cans, steel cans, and plastic containers numbered 1-7. No bags or foam.

  • Preparation: Rinse and flatten items. No need to separate. Place loose in carts.

  • East/West Schedule: Homes west of Rock River have pickup on even weeks. Homes east have pickup on odd weeks.

  • Setouts: Recycling carts must be out by 7 AM on scheduled Wednesdays.

  • Missed Pickups: Report missed recycling pickup by calling (608) 755-3110.

View the 2023 recycling schedule for Janesville.


Janesville charges an annual $167.63 sanitation fee to cover trash and recycling collection costs. This fee is billed quarterly on City utility bills.

The fee includes:

  • Weekly trash collection and disposal
  • Biweekly recycling collection and processing
  • Fall/spring yard waste collection
  • Christmas tree collection
  • Operation of the yard waste dropoff site


Janesville provides wheeled carts for automated collection:

  • Trash: Blue lid carts, 96 gallon capacity
  • Recycling: Green lid carts, 192 gallon capacity

Learn more about City-issued carts.

Collection Guidelines

Follow these key guidelines for smooth trash and recycling pickup in Janesville:

  • Place carts at the curb by 7 AM on collection days.

  • Carts should be 3 feet apart and 3 feet from obstructions.

  • Position carts with wheels against the curb and lids opening towards the street.

  • Do not put banned items like yard waste or hazardous materials in carts.

  • Report missed pickups promptly by calling (608) 755-3110.

Bulky Items and Appliances

Janesville residents can arrange for monthly pickup of large household items like furniture and appliances:

  • Call Janesville’s contractor Johns Disposal at (262) 473-4700 to schedule.

  • Fees apply for pickup and disposal, which are billed by Johns Disposal.

  • Place items at the curb on your normal collection day.

Learn more about Janesville’s bulky item pickup.

Yard Waste Collection

Janesville offers seasonal yard waste collection on Wednesdays from April to November:

  • Spring/Fall Bagged Collection: Bagged leaves, stems, and clippings are collected curbside. Use paper yard waste bags.

  • Spring Brush Collection: Bundled branches and limbs up to 4 feet long and 18 inches in diameter are collected curbside.

  • Year-Round Drop-Off: The City’s yard waste site accepts leaves, garden debris, and brush for free drop-off.

Additional Waste Services

Janesville residents can also drop off recyclables and other waste items at the City’s Recycling Center:

  • Scrap metal, tires, electronics, appliances, fluorescent bulbs, batteries, oil filters, and more are accepted.

  • Fees may apply. Some items like electronics require advance scheduling.

For household hazardous waste like chemicals, Janesville holds special clean sweep collection events throughout the year.

Holiday Schedule

Trash and recycling pickup are suspended on major holidays. Collection is delayed one day the remainder of the holiday week.

Holidays with no collection include:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Contact and Resources

For more information on Janesville waste and recycling services, contact:

Use these helpful resources to manage trash and recycling:

With its reliable curbside collection, dropoff programs, and resources, Janesville makes it easy for residents to properly dispose of and recycle their household waste.


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