Brush, Leaves & Yard Waste


Spring leaf collection has begun and will continue throughout the month of April. Vacuum trucks will circle the city and collect leaves from the curb throughout the month as they see them. After April 30, leaves will need to be taken to the yard waste drop-off site (right).

Now OPEN for the Season

Monona's free yard waste drop-off site for leaves, grass clippings, and garden waste is now open for the season. The site is located on Edna Taylor Parkway, between East Broadway and Femrite Drive at the Public Works Garage and is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The site does not accept brush.  See information on the City's curbside brush collection program below.

Yard Waste Site

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Click here to read about other sustainable options for disposing of your leaves.


The City contracts with Johnson Tree Service for curbside brush collection four times per year.  The collection schedule for 2017 is as follows:

District 1
District 2
 District 3
 District 4
 April 10
April 17
April 24
May 1
 June 5
June 12
June 19
June 26
 Aug. 7 Aug. 14
Aug. 21
Aug. 28
 Oct. 9
Oct. 16
Oct. 23
Oct. 30

The city is divided into four districts for brush collection, and each district's pick up is scheduled for a different week. To see which district you reside in, view a MAP or 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 brush trimmed by the homeowner only. Brush generated by a private contractor is to be disposed of by the contractor.
  • Residents should be sure to keep brush separate from other refuse at the curb.
  • Do not mix brush with other yard waste.  Brush which is mixed with leaves, garden waste or yard waste will 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.
  • Limbs should not exceed six (6) inches in diameter and 10 feet in length.  Brush should be stacked neatly in the terrace with ends facing the street or with the direction of traffic.

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. As of June 1, 2016, the City of Madison's Brush Processing Center on Olin Avenue no longer accepts brush from non-Madison residents.