By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Apr 12, 2021 at 9:04 AM

The City of Milwaukee’s annual spring Project Clean & Green collection program kicks off on Monday, April 12 and runs through May 21, with a different part of the city getting serviced each week during that run.

Crews will be out to collect up to six cubic yards per dwelling unit of furniture, mattresses, household items, and garden and yard debris in paper yard waste bags.


Note that some objects cannot be collected, including appliances, TVs and other electronics (such as computers, printers, scanners, tablets, etc.), tires, construction debris, paint and paint thinner, motor oil and other hazardous waste.

Those can be taken to DPW Drop Off Centers or MMSD’s Household Hazardous Waste program.

What’s a cubic yard look like? Well, the city describes it as the size of a recliner.

So, get out of your chair and lug your rubbish to the curb or alley line by 7 a.m. during your part of the city’s week. Here’s a handy map showing which parts get picked up when.


Note that pickup will take place the same day as your normal trash cart collection.

In some cases, items may not be picked up until the following morning.

The free service is available for properties with one to four household units only.

This is the only time of year that the City of Milwaukee picks up general yard waste (except for bulk brush collection of up to two cubic yards, which runs April 1-Nov. 30).

For more information, call (414) 286-CITY or go to

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.