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City of Port Washington, Wisconsin

City of Port Washington Street Department, Garbage & Recycling

General Information

Please call 262-284-2600 to find out what day your garbage/recycling pick-up is. Refuse pickup is every week; recycling pickup is every other week. Please see the Garbage/Recyling calendar link to the right for more information. Please keep carts 3 feet apart from each other and other objects.

Reporting Garbage/Recycling Not Being Picked Up

As of Monday, May 3, 2021, Waste Management has a new customer service number. It is 1-888-960-0008. You may use this number to report that your garbage or recycling was missed. You may still call the City at 262-284-2600 to also report your garbage or recycling was missed.

Curbside Cart Collection

Refuse and recycling generated by all one, two and three residential units shall be placed between the curb and sidewalk no sooner than 5:00 p.m. of the day before the collection and no later than 7:00 a.m. day of the collection. Collection shall occur between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Residents using carts must have all refuse and recycling inside the carts and not outside. Any items outside the carts will not be picked up. Carts not properly placed or containing illegal material will not be emptied.

Curbside Bag Collection

Refuse and recycling generated by all one, two, and three residential units shall be placed between the curb and sidewalk no sooner than 5:00 p.m. of the day before the collection and no later than 7:00 a.m. day of the collection. Collection shall occur between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Bag collection is only for residential units with their garage on alleys. Residents on alleys may use bags but they must be placed at the street for pick up.

Residents using the bag collection may use black or white bags for refuse and clear or blue bags for recycling. Bags must weigh less than 50 pounds. Limit of 6 bags per residential unit. No garbage containers allowed.

Curbside Refuse and Recycling Schedule

Refuse and recycling collection is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday in the City of Port Washington. Refuse and recycling collection will not be made the following holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. Routes will be pushed back one day following a holiday. For example, if Christmas Day is Tuesday, and your normal pick up day is Wednesday, you will be serviced on Thursday. Customers who are normally serviced on Friday will be serviced on Saturday.

All recyclables shall be mixed together in one 96-gallon container.

Snow & Ice Control Information

Sidewalk Clearing Policy
Please be advised that City of Port Washington Municipal Code 7.09.000 requires property owners to have snow and ice removed from sidewalks abutting their property (including corners) within 24 hours of the snowfall. Depositing of snow from sidewalks or driveways back onto City Streets is also prohibited by municipal code. Please place all snow from sidewalks or driveways onto the property or in the terrace between the sidewalk and curb. Do not place it back into the street.

Road Salt And Other Chlorides Are A Permanent Pollutant
Did you know 1 teaspoon of salt can pollute 5 gallons of water? Did you also know that road salt is a permanent pollutant that will never go away? High levels of chloride harms water quality and damages the aquatic life in our rivers and streams. If you use salt to treat your sidewalks, please use the minimum effective amount of salt. Be advised that there is no such thing as an "environmentally friendly" salt. All salt is toxic to the environment, and there is no regulatory authority on "environmentally friendly or pet friendly salt".

For more information on how salt pollutes our freshwater, click on the link below:


Updated Snow and Ice Control Policy for City Streets
Being a Great Lakes community, the quality of the water in our creeks as well as Lake Michigan is critical to the quality of life In Port Washington. In order to help preserve and protect our waters, the City is updating its winter snow and ice control policy in accordance with current best management practices. Application of anti-icing solutions prior to a forecasted storm will be made on all arterial streets, curves, and hills to help melt minor accumulations of snow, allow for more efficient plowing operations, and reduce salt usage.

The city will also pre-wet all road salt with either salt brine or a salt brine/Beet Heet® mix to help reduce scatter, activate salt faster, and increase melting capacity of salt. These all allow for lower application rates and reduce the total amount of salt used after a storm.

To further reduce the use of salt, salting of secondary streets is limited to hills, curves, and intersections. Road salt is no longer applied to the flat, straight sections of secondary streets.

Street Department Photo Gallery

For a downloadable photographic presentation of the Port Washington Street Department, please click here.

City of Port Washington recycling schedule

2021 Garbage/Recycling Calendar

Recycling Do's & Don'ts

FAQ - Refuse Do's & Dont's

Household Hazardous Waste


City of Port Washington electronics recycling

Wisconsin households may recycle electronics under the E-Cycle Wisconsin program. To see a list of what is acceptable and what is not, please click here.

For more information, please visit: dnr.wi.gov/ecyclewisconsin


City of Port Washington Garbage & Recyling Contact Us

Street Department
333 N. Moore Road
Port Washington, WI 53074

Administrative Assistant
Judy Klumb
100 W. Grand Avenue
Port Washington, WI 53074



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