City of Fitchburg


Please be aware that we will need to strictly enforce the existing policy that plastic bags must NOT be tied shut. Plastic and bags that are tied shut will not be collected. This has always been the policy, but has not been strictly enforced until Oct 2023. Tying your plastic bags shut requires the crews to cut each one open, which greatly increases the time and expense of collection. Please leave lids off of reusable containers and poly bags untied as well. Compostable bags can be shut, however, as the whole bag will be taken. Thank you for your help!

Residents can also drop off yard waste at the City of Fitchburg Recycling Drop-off Site.

For questions regarding your service, contact us below or call 608-257-4285.

The City of Fitchburg is divided into 5 geographic areas for refuse and recycling collection.

  • Refuse is collected every week and recycling is collected biweekly.

Important Documents & Links

Refuse & Recycling Collection Calendar

FAQs for the City of Fitchburg


The standard size carts are the 35-gallon trash (green) cart and 65-gallon recycling (blue) cart. Larger sizes are available for both. There is an annual fee payable directly to Pellitteri Waste Systems for larger trash carts. There is no annual fee for larger recycling carts, however.

For 2019, the charge for a 65-gallon trash is $36.00 and the charge for a 95-gallon is $60.00. There is a one-time $25.00 exchange fee for curbside exchanges (as we must send out a different truck for that service). Or, you may bring your existing size(s) into our office in Madison and pick up different sizes (no exchange fee); please contact us at least one day in advance as carts are stored at a different location. In-office exchanges are available Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (with one-day notice). 

The automated collection program is not intended to provide this type of service. We do offer temporary dumpsters that come in 6, 12, 20 and 30 cubic yard sizes to meet your needs. We recommend contacting us prior to the start of your cleanout for a quote.