City of Fitchburg

Brush & Yard Waste Update:  Due to high volume, residents that normally have trash and recycling pickup on Fridays may not have received brush and yard waste pick up during the week of 11/12. Those areas will be completed during the week of 11/19. Thank you for your patience! 

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.

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 2018, the charge for a 65-gallon trash is $34.80 and the charge for a 95-gallon is $58.80. There is a one-time $15.00 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 8:00 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.