Prohibited Items

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Prohibited Items

Certain items are never picked up at the curb, either as special or regular collections. These items include:

Item Curb Pick-Up Drop-Off Center Alternate (Also see Resources & Publications Page)
Computers No Yes - Fee Based Goodwill Industries - Wauwatosa Facility, 12121 W. Feerick St.
Grass Clippings No No Leave on yard or visit WI DNR
Gas or Propane Tanks No No
Pesticides, Herbicides, Solvents, or Chemicals No No MMSD or Wisconsin DNR
Hazardous Household Waste No No MMSD or Wisconsin DNR
Vehicle Batteries No No Return to retailers
Tires No Yes - Fee Based Return to retailers
Motor Oil No Yes  MMSD

Latex, Oil, or Lead Paints

Latex paint must be completely used up or dried out. The empty or dry cans can be collected with regular garbage. Latex, oil, or lead paints, as well as other household hazardous wastes, can be taken to the free disposal facility or mobile collection sites. View more information about household hazardous waste.

Disposing of Medical or Pharmaceutical Waste, Syringes, or Sharps

Learn more about how properly dispose of medication and needles.

Disposing of Prescription Medications


Tires can be taken to the Drop-Off Center for $5 each, and used motor oil can be dropped off there for free. Car or truck batteries should be taken back to retailers or to private scrap dealers.


Don't know where to recycle it? Check out these resources:


For more information, please email the Department of Public Works Operations Division or call (414) 471-8422.

Waste Wizard

Learn how to properly dispose, recycle, or compost various items.