Garbage & Recycling
The Village of McFarland contracts with Pellitteri Waste Systems for garbage and recycling collection. Trash and recycling is collected every week.
The western half of the Village is collected on Tuesday, and the eastern half is collected on Wednesday. Should collection fall on a holiday, collection will be moved to the following day for pickup. For more information, view the following schedules:
2024 Holiday Pick-Up Schedule Adjustments
- Memorial Day May 27, 2024
- Tuesday pick-up will occur on Wednesday May 29, 2024
- Wednesday pick-up will occur on Thursday May 30, 2024
- Independence Day July 4, 2024 - no adjustments
- Tuesday pick-up will occur on Tuesday July 2. 2024
- Wednesday pick-up will occur on Wednesday July 3, 2024
- Labor Day September 2, 2024
- Tuesday pick-up will occur on Wednesday September 4, 2024
- Wednesday pick-up will occur on Thursday September 5, 2024
- Christmas Day December 25, 2024
- Tuesday pick-up will occur on Tuesday, December 24, 2024
- Wednesday pick-up will occur on Thursday December 26, 2024
New residents should contact the Public Works Department to obtain their containers. The following sizes are available to residents:
- 64-Gallon: A resident is provided a trash and recycling container of this size unless a different size is requested.
- 64-Gallon and 32-Gallon: For the cost of $96 per year, an additional 32-gallon may be acquired for weekly collection.
- One 35-Gallon: Households that are able to make due with a single 32-gallon container are encourage to do so, as the Village receives a credit for the reduced service.
- Two 35-Gallon: Residents who are physically unable to handle the larger 64-gallon containers may instead use two smaller 35-gallon containers.
Please note: If a resident would like a larger (95-gallon) trash or recycling container, please contact Pellitteri at 608-257-4285. There will be an additional charge and Pellitteri will bill a resident directly for any additional charge(s).
When positioning containers, please remember the following:
- Do keep a 24-inch separation between containers and other obstructions.
- Do have containers ready by 6 am.
- Do not overfill containers.
- Do not place containers near or under overhanging obstructions.
- Do not place containers in the street.
- Do not place containers for pickup more than 24 hours before collection.
- Do not leave containers along the road more than 24 hours after collection.
If the items being disposed of are in a serviceable condition, residents are encouraged to donate them to a charitable organization such as Easter Seals, Goodwill, or Saint Vincent De Paul.
Pellitteri has created a website to assist with the proper disposal of waste items. Please use their Recycle Right website by entering your waste item into the search area. Based on the item, Pellitteri will offer the proper disposal option.
Appliances & Bulky Trash
2024 Bulk Item Pick-Up Collections
Two curbside, bulk item pick-up collections will occur in 2024. One will occur the week of March 25th through 29th and the second will occur the week of September 9th through the 13th. Items should be placed on the curb, not in the street, at the latest by March 24th for the first collection week and by September 8th for the second collection week. Pellitteri will make only one pass through each street in the village.
Examples of acceptable items include:
- Basketball hoops (only if dismantled to less than five-feet sections, with backboards separated, bases separated with no sand or water in them, and no concrete accessories).
- Bed frames
- Box springs and mattresses (each box spring and mattress must be placed in a sealed, waterproof storage bag – available at most hardware stores)
- Charcoal and gas grills (no propane tanks of any kind will be accepted; no coal ashes accepted)
- Dry carpet (must be rolled and tied for one person to handle)
- Furniture – chairs, couches, headboards, footboards, lamps, recliners, sofas, tables, dressers
- Household items – clothing, dishes, toys without batteries, utensils
- Small, empty fish tanks or aquariums – less than 40 gallons, with no fluorescent lights
- Push lawn mowers and snow blowers – gas and oil must be removed
Examples of not acceptable items include:
- Appliances such as air conditioners, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, washers, dryers, freezers, microwaves, refrigerators, stoves/ovens, water heaters, and water softeners.
- Batteries of any kind
- Building, demolition and roofing materials, including windows
- Computers and computer monitors
- Televisions and other electronics
- Concrete, brick, dirt pieces, and sod
- Oil or propane tanks
- Pesticides, chemicals, paints, thinners, and waxing products
- Vehicle engine blocks and vehicle parts, including tires
- Yard waste and brush (should go to village yard waste site)
- Recyclables (should be placed in recycling containers for weekly pick-up)
Computers & Electronics
Computers and other electronics will not be collected with regular collection, and should instead be disposed of through a service such as the following or disposed of during the electronic recycling event on Saturday, April 27th:
Electronic Recycling Event to be held Saturday, April 27th
Village residents can drop off electronics to be recycled for no fee on Saturday April 27, 2024. Additional details about time and location will be arriving soon.
- Items accepted for this event include:
- Cameras, including digital and video
- Cellular phones
- Computer & Computer Components, such as monitors, towers, keyboards, modems, cables, etc.
- Copy machines
- Fax machines
- Hard drives
- PDAs & laptops
- Stereo / audio equipment
- Telephone systems
- VCR & DVD Players
- Other items: Adding machines, clock radios, video game consoles
- Items not accepted:
- Appliances, such as microwaves, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioning units.
- Smoke or carbon monoxide alarms/detectors
Paint must be solidified before being disposed of. Removing the lid of the paint can will allow it to dry, or the container may be filled with kitty litter to absorb all of the liquid. Once dry, the cans may be place inside of your trash container.
The Village provides a drop-off site for Village residents, located at 5115 Terminal Drive for automotive engine oil, transmission oil, hydraulic power steering fluid, and automotive coolant. Contact the Public Works Department for more information.
Sharps or Needle Disposal
Medical waste such as needs, syringes, and lancets must be disposed of properly, and should never be put into regular trash or recycling containers. A list of collection stations for sharps may be found on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website.
Medications should not be thrown away or flushed. The McFarland Public Safety Center offers a MedDrop location where medications can be properly disposed of. All items should be placed into a resealable bag and placed in the MedDrop box. MedDrop accepts the following:
- Medication samples
- Nebulizer solution
- Pet medications
- Prescription and over-the-counter pills, liquids, creams, powders, and patches
Yard Waste & Brush
The Village offers several methods of disposing of yard waste and brush. Visit our Yard Waste and Brush page for more information.
Pellitteri Contract Changes
The village of McFarland and Pellitteri, its contracted solid waste and recycling hauler, are implementing some important changes and improvements for 2024. These changes will take place starting the first week of January 2024.
The village will conduct two curbside, bulk-item pick-up collections in 2024 – the week of March 25th through 29th, and the week of September 9th through the 13th. Items should be placed on the curb – not in the street itself – and pick-up of all items throughout the village will take a minimum of one week, and could extend into the following week. Items should be placed on the curb at the latest by 6 a.m. on March 25, 2024, and 6 a.m. on September 9, 2024, to ensure pickup. Contractors will make one pass through each street in the village.
The village will also offer an electronic recycling event on Saturday, April 27th, where village residents can drop off electronics to be recycled for no fee. The exact location of this recycling event is yet to be determined.
For additional details about the bulk item pick-up collection and the electronic recycling event, please view Other Disposal Options.
- Residents who want to leave additional bags of garbage or recycling for pickup – beyond what fits in containers with lids closed -- must pre-pay for each additional bag, and must notify Pellitteri at least one business day ahead of their regularly scheduled pick-up day (608-257-4285). Bags must be no larger than 32 gallons and weigh no more than 50 pounds; recyclables must be placed in a clear, plastic bag.
- Pellitteri has developed an app for mobile phone users that can provide up-to-the-minute information and reminders regarding garbage and recycling pick-up. The app features customized reminders and alerts, calendars, and tips on proper disposal of solid waste and recycling materials. The app is available for download at www.pellitteri.com/RecycleRight or directly from Apple of Google Play stores.