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Big Changes for Streets Division Drop-off Sites

Hello, Madison Recyclers

There’s big changes afoot for the Streets Division’s drop-off sites.

First, if you use the drop-off at 4602 Sycamore Avenue, the news below won’t affect your routine.  There are no planned changes for the Sycamore drop-off site at this time.

But if you use the west side drop-off site…

Construction notice sign currently on the Badger Rd dropoff entrance.

Badger Road Drop-off Closing on March 25

The 1501 W. Badger Rd drop-off site will close on March 25 and remain closed until at least April 2023. (Here’s the press release.)

A construction project will demolish and replace our salt storage facilities. It will not be safe to operate the site during this time.

The customer service office at 1501 W. Badger Rd will remain open during construction. It is just the drop-off portion of the site that is closing.

 

South Point Rd Drop-off Will Replace Badger Rd Drop-off

Our far west drop-off site at 402 South Point Rd will replace the 1501 W. Badger Rd site.

It will open for the first day on Tuesday, March 29.

South Point will be accepting trash, recycling, large items, brush, yard waste, electronics, batteries, cooking oil, and Styrofoam.  

There will not be admin staff at South Point. This means if you need to drop off an item that requires a fee, your best choice would be to buy the sticker in advance from the work order system, www.cityofmadison.com/LargeItemWorkOrder.  You could also call us to make the purchase over the phone.  Or you can stop into our offices at either 1501 W. Badger Rd or 4602 Sycamore Ave.

 

New Temporary Drop-off Site at 121 East Olin Avenue

A temporary evenings and weekends only drop-off site will be opened at 121 E. Olin Avenue.

This site will open on April 4 at 3:00pm.

East Olin will be accepting trash, recycling, large items, brush, yard waste, electronics, batteries, cooking oil, and Styrofoam.  

Sticker sales will not be available at 121 E. Olin Avenue. This means if you need to drop off an item that requires a fee, your best choice would be to buy the sticker in advance from the work order system.  You could also call to make the purchase over the phone.  Or you can stop into our offices at either 1501 W. Badger Rd or 4602 Sycamore Ave.

 

Shoes & Clothing Bin Unavailable at Badger Rd

On top of everything else, the St. Vincent de Paul clothing bin at our Badger Rd site will be removed today, February 15.  This is due to a change of operations by St. Vinny’s as they are working on removing these kind of dropboxes from spots around Madison. They still want your donations to the stores, of course.

The Goodwill bin at the Sycamore drop-off site will remain in place.

We will work to replace the shoes and clothing bin for the South Point and Olin Avenue drop-off sites when they open.

But keep in mind, there are many places locally that can accept your items.

We have a partial list of other local options on our website and you are encouraged to use those spots directly.

 

You Can Help! Please Share the News.

This will be a big change, and we will do our best to promote the change.

But much like our recent change to a work order system for large item collection, we all know that sometimes folks just don’t get the messages we send out.

So, if you have the chance to share all this news through maybe social media networks, or a church bulletin, or neighborhood association – I would greatly appreciate it.

A full rundown of all these changes, and the hours of these locations is available at www.cityofmadison.com/DropOffSites.

 

Master Recycler Course Coming Up

One last note, the Sustain Dane Master Recycler course is coming up this year in April. If you’d like to sign up, go to www.sustaindane.org/Better.  Scroll to the bottom of the page for the sign up.

 

As always, thank you so much for your time and attention.

Bryan Johnson

Recycling Coordinator

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