The standard cart size for the Town of Sun Prairie is a 65-gallon trash cart (brown) and a 95-gallon recycling cart (blue). Should you require a larger trash cart, there is an annual fee payable directly to Pellitteri Waste Systems (there is no annual fee for a larger recycling cart). There may be an additional exchange fee required to change your cart size(s). For information on changing cart sizes please call Pellitteri Waste Systems (608) 257-4285.
The normally scheduled service days for the Town of Sun Prairie is Thursday. Trash is collected every week and recyclables are collected every other week. Please refer to your collection calendar to determine your recycling week. Residents must have their carts put out by 6:00 am. Pick-up times may vary from week to week. Trash and recycling carts are serviced at separate times during the day. Recycling carts put out on a non-recycling collection week will not be picked up
Carts should be placed at the end of your driveway and be within two feet of the street or curb area. The carts should be placed on level ground and should be at least four feet from any obstacle such as utility poles, mailboxes, trees and parked cars. The handles of the carts should face your house so that the lids open properly when being dumped. Carts cannot be collected if they are improperly placed. In the winter you may need to shovel out areas for your carts just like you do for mail delivery. Please do not place carts in the street.
Only household trash can be put in your trash cart. Do not place any recyclables, brush/leaves, construction materials, demolition, electronics or hazardous materials in your cart.
Please click on "Recycle Info" under the "Additional Information" section above for a list of acceptable recyclables.
If it is a small amount of extra trash, you may want to consider waiting until the following week to have it picked up in your cart. If you have extra bags of trash, we will pick it up for a pre-paid nominal fee. Please contact us to make arrangements at least one day before your pickup day.
Extra recycling will be picked up for free as long as it is placed in a clear, plastic bag (32-gallons or less and no more than 50lbs) and set next to your recycling cart on your recycling week. Extra cardboard should be flattened and placed in clear plastics bags as well. Do not tie or bundle cardboard. If you consistently have additional recycling, you could consider a larger or additional recycling cart.
Additional carts are available for an annual fee of $96.00 each. Please contact us for scheduling.
Brush and yard waste cannot be placed in your trash or recycling carts. Brush and yard waste are both banned from landfills in Wisconsin. Please check with your local municipality to see how you are supposed to handle your brush or yard waste. Many municipalities have drop-off sites and some may provide curbside pickup. Brush is generally defined as branches or limbs while yard waste includes grass clippings, leaves, weeds, vines, vegetable/plant matter, hay/straw, and twigs less than half an inch in diameter (roughly as thick as your thumb) and less than 12 inches long. The only exception is “invasive plant species” (or “noxious weeds”), which must go to the landfill. Pellitteri customers must place invasive plant species in black trash bags in your trash container with a note on the bag that says it contains invasive plant species so drivers don’t think it’s yard waste. Common invasive plant species include garlic mustard, honeysuckle, purple loosestrife, buckthorn and more.
The automated collection program is not intended to provide this type of service. You have several options. For our company options you can call us for a phone quotation for one of our temporary dumpsters or click here for more information. It is best to arrange for this type of container service prior to beginning the work. Also, check to see if we are running any special pricing or coupons in your area.
There are a few products that help in transporting your carts to the bottom of your driveway. Examples of these cart carriers can be seen at cansporter.com.
Please call us with details of the quantity and type of item. We have a flat rate pick up schedule for Bulky items such as stoves, refrigerators with doors removed, hot-water tanks, furniture and other large household items. We will give you the cost and instructions when you call us.
No. The carts are not to be taken. Even if you move within the Town of Sun Prairie, you should not take them as the carts stay with the house.
Call us. There is a fee to the resident if the cart is damaged or stolen while in their custody, and not caused by the contractor. We will take care of any normal wear and tear, or damage by our trucks.
The automated cart dumping process lifts the container upside down and stops with a slight jolt. If the material is wedged tightly the material may not come out. Please put the heavier items in the bottom of the cart and do not compact the material.
Many factors can contribute to whether carts remain upright after being emptied. The automated system uses hydraulic arms to pick up the cart and dump it into the truck which are controlled by a joystick from inside the truck. The carts tend to be top-heavy once empty, especially 35 gallon carts and 65 gallon carts. Depending on how flat the surface of where the cart has been set, as well the size of the cart, how heavy the contents of the cart were, moisture on the outside of the cart, and the amount of wind, it can be very difficult to set the carts down without them tipping over. Due to safety concerns for both residents and the drivers, the drivers are not able to get out of their trucks to set cart back upright at every home. There are many benefits to the automated system, especially for safety and cost savings to residents. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with the automated system.