Brush, Leaves & Yard Waste

2018 Brush Collection

The City has contracted with Barnes, Inc. for curbside brush collection.  Brush is collected 4 times per year with each collection divided into 4 districts.  If you're not sure which district you reside in, click to view a map or a listing of districts by street.

New in 2018:  Pile Size Limit

In order to continue to offer an efficient and affordable curbside brush collection program for all residents, the City Council has adopted a program change for 2018. The program is a service that provides a way for residents to dispose of brush generated from routine tree trimmings and yard maintenance; it is not a means for disposing of entire trees. Therefore, there are now limits to the amount of brush that can be placed at the curb for each collection.  The size of your brush pile must be no larger than 4 feet high x 4 feet wide x 10 feet long (4' x 4' x 10').

2018 Brush Collection Schedule

April 9
April 16
April 23
April 30
June 4
June 11
June 18
June 25
August 6
August 13
August 20
August 27
October 8
October 15
October 22
October 29

                    View a map of districts                                            View a listing of districts by street

Brush Collection Requirements

  • Residents should place their brush at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on Monday of their scheduled collection week. Once the collection for a street is completed, crews will not return until the next scheduled pick-up week.  We cannot ensure collection of brush if it is not at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on Monday.
  • Residents should not place their brush at the curb more than 14 days before their scheduled pick up week.
  • The free collection is for routine tree trimmings and yard maintenance; it is not for the disposal of entire trees.  Brush generated by a private contractor must be disposed of by the contractor.
  • Brush pile size should not exceed 4' x 4' x 10'.  Limbs should not exceed 6 inches in diameter and 10 feet in length. Residents who have more brush than allowed per the pile size limit must remove or dispose of the brush within 7 days after the scheduled collection. Options for disposing of the additional brush include:
    • Contact Barnes, Inc. at (608) 845-3230 or any tree company of your choice to have the additional brush collected for a fee.
    • Take the additional brush to the Dane County Landfill for a disposal fee of $10, up to 500 pounds.
  • Brush should be uniformly stacked behind the curb, untangled, with all cut ends facing the street or parallel with the street facing the director of traffic for your side of the street.
  • Keep brush separate from other refuse at the curb and do not mix brush with other yard waste.  Brush which is mixed with leaves, garden waste or yard waste can not be collected.
  • Tree roots, root balls, stumps, and logs can not be chipped without damaging the machinery. Remove any roots or root balls and place these in your regular trash.
  • Thorny brush should be piled separately so as to minimize injury to collection personnel.

Dropping Off Your Brush

The City of Monona does not have a drop-off site for brush. Outside of the regular brush collection schedule, residents who have brush to dispose of will need to contact a private contractor.  The Dane County Landfill (located on Hwy. 12 just east of Interstate 90) will also take brush for a fee.

Spring Leaf Collection

Spring leaf collection will begin in April and end by May 1. If you have spring leaves for disposal, please rake them to the curb for collection. There are no collection districts for leaves; crews circle the city during the month of April and vacuum piles of leaves as they see them. After May 1, leaves must be taken to the City's yard waste drop-off site.

Yard Waste Drop-Off Site

Monona's free yard waste drop-off site for leaves, grass clippings, and garden waste (shown above) is closed for the season. The site will reopen this spring (exact date TBD based on weather conditions),
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