Trash & Recycling

If you have your trash/recycling street-side by 8 a.m. on collection day and your house is missed, please call the Village Clerk (715-343-1590) as soon as you know your house is missed – she will call Harter’s to arrange for a special pick-up, usually the next business day after Harter’s is notified.

If you have a large item for pick-up, please contact Harter’s to schedule 715-253-2619.

The Village has an annual large item pickup (usually in the Fall).  This is the time for you to clean out the basement and garage, and dispose of those non-recyclable items such as furniture, carpeting, mattresses, box springs, etc.  All items to be picked up must be placed at the end of the driveway or street-side by 8 a.m. on the day of the Large Item Pickup.  No appliances, building/demolition materials, electronics, tires or toxic materials (paint thinners, pesticides, fertilizers, insecticides, etc.) will be picked up. There will be only one “run” by Harter’s through the Village, so items put out later in the day will not be picked up.  Don’t miss this opportunity to dispose of non-recyclable items which is offered only once/year!!  To arrange for an individual large item pick-up throughout the year please contact Harters:  715-253-2619.

State and local laws require everyone in Wisconsin to recycle.

As plastic bags are not allowed for recyclables by Village ordinance, please use permanent containers and place your recycling containers away from your trash containers. 

Containers and Bottles:  

  • Containers may be mixed. Rinse and remove caps. Do not crush cans.
  • Aluminum and steel cans (aerosol cans included)
  • Clear, Green and Brown Glass (labels may be left on)
    • #1 plastic bottles (clear, pale blue and green bottles only)
    • #2 plastics bottles & jugs (milk jugs, detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, etc.)

New items now accepted:

  • Many #3 – #7 plastic items, such as food & beverage containers, cat litter containers, ice cream pails, 5-gallon pails, medicine/pill containers, bakery containers, flower pots or trays, yogurt or cottage cheese containers, cups & tubs, clear and rigid clam shell packaging, large plastic furniture, small and large plastic toys including playhouses, slides, etc.
  • Aseptic containers, such as cartons or boxes used for juice drinks, milk, soy milk, ice cream, broths, etc.
  • Large plastic items (large plastic furniture, slides, toys) are NOT collected with regular street-side recycling.  You must either deliver them to the MRF for recycling at no charge, or you may contact Veolia for a special pick-up (which may cost).

Items that are still NOT accepted:

  • #1 brown plastic bottles
  • Styrofoam
  • Motor oil containers
  • Plastic film, shrink wrap, bags
  • CD cases

For more information, contact the Portage Co. Solid Waste/Recycling Information Line at (715) 343-6297


  • Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phone books, corrugated cardboard, mixed paper and office paper.
  • Bundle papers (i.e. in a paper bag), and bundle or tie cardboard. Cardboard pieces may be no bigger than 3′ x 2′ and should be flattened.

Special Items:

  • Used motor oil – store in a clear plastic container with tightly sealed screw cap.  Label clearly and place next to recycling bin.
  • Lead-acid (vehicle) batteries – handle carefully, may be placed in a small box.

Fluorescent Light bulbs

These are accepted for recycling at the Transfer Facility for a small fee depending on size.
You may also bring small/compact fluorescent bulbs to Frank’s Hardware or Menards for recycling.

Batteries – NEW Procedure: 

All batteries to be recycled must be separated by type (AAA, AA, 9-volt, D, Ni-Cad, Lead Acid, etc.). Please remember to package for transportation in a manner that prevents fires and explosions. Therefore, each battery brought to the Transfer Facility for recycling must either be in a separate plastic bag or taped around the terminals/ends with electrician’s tape. 


  • Aluminum foil, pie tins, furniture or door pieces
  • Lids, covers or caps of any type
  • Mirrors, window glass, light bulbs, ceramics, clay pots, cookware, glassware, opaque glass, frosted glass and pale tinted glass
  • Non-bottle plastic, dark blue or brown plastic bottles, antifreeze containers, and utensils

Solid Waste & Recycling Information Line

Phone: (715) 343-6297