Materials Management: Refuse, Recycling, & More
Page Navigation: The left-hand column provides links to five information categories:
- Refuse/Garbage Information
- Recycling Information
- Brush/Composting/Yard Materials Information
- Donation/Repair/Re-use Information
- Hazardous/Unique Materials Information
Below you will find general information from our Refuse & Recyling provider, basic collection information, & FAQs.
The City of Sun Prairie is proud to offer our community a variety of materials management services, most notably the refuse and recycling programs. Materials management is an important city service, and this page is a one-stop shop for resources and programs that are available to Sun Prairie residents.
Pellitteri Waste Systems is the current Refuse & Recycling provider for the City of Sun Prairie and maintains up to date service information including collection maps, calendars, recycling guidelines, hazardous/bulky item disposal information, and FAQs.
To contact Pellitteri call 608-257-4285 or click the below link to learn more:
Starting in 2023, both refuse and recycling collections will occur weekly.
The City of Sun Prairie strives to be a leader in materials management, in order to reduce operational costs, environmental impact, and maximize the value of our community resources. The objective is to support our collective efforts to reduce materials sent to landfill, properly dispose of a wide variety of material types, and explore solutions such as composting and materials re-use. Dane County compiles a variety of helpful resources, linked below:
- New Resident? Determine your collection days using this newly released application for Sun Prairie Government Services
- Recyling Tip Videos: Pellitteri Waste Systems - About Us | Madison Wisconsin
- Use Pellitteri’s residential recycling list (PDF) for tips on using your recycling cart
- Visit the residential refuse and recycling map (PDF) to determine your recycling week
- Recycle Center hours
- Learn more about recycling options in Dane County
- Review guidance on used batteries
- 2023 Refuse and Recycling Guidelines (PDF)
- Sustainable Sun Prairie Resources Sustainable Sun Prairie | Sun Prairie, WI - Official Website (cityofsunprairie.com)
Information for Refuse & Recycling
Refuse and recycling collections are provided by the City of Sun Prairie’s contractor, Pellitteri Waste Systems (608-257-4285). Only residents living in the following types of dwellings receive city-sponsored refuse and recycling collections:
- Single-Family Home
Residents receiving city-sponsored collections are provided with either 65 gallon or 95 gallon disposal receptacles. If you wish to get additional refuse or recycle carts, please call Pellitteri at 608-257-4285.
Sign up for email alerts from Pellitteri for weather delays, recycling updates, etc. Be sure to include your address.
Refuse and recycle carts must be curbside by 7 a.m. on your collection day and should not be set out earlier than noon of the previous day. Carts should be placed at the end of your driveway or on the terrace. Do not place your cart in the street or gutter area or on a sidewalk or bike path.Please allow four feet between your cart and other objects (mailboxes, other carts, etc.), and 10 feet from parked cars on the street. Lids need to close on the cart to be picked up, overflowing carts can result in the material spilling into the street and may not be collected. Learn more information about cart placement.
Refuse & Recycle Cart Storage
Refuse and recycle carts must be stored after collections occur. If a residence has three or more collection carts, you are required to store your collection carts inside or have them fully screened outside as to not be visible from adjoining properties. If you have three or more collection carts, but only have two outside, no screening is required. Screening can be in the form of landscaping or an enclosure. If you are required to screen your carts, and have questions about what is required, please contact the City's Public Works Department at 608-837-3050.
If a residence only has two collection carts, there are no mandatory requirements regarding where or how carts are stored. City Council encourages community members to consider making room in your garage to store collection carts, or to locate them in a more discrete place on the side of your home. The council has recognized that the size of the carts may make inside storage difficult for some residential homes. If only one cart is able to be stored inside, this effort can have a positive impact on how our neighbors maintain their property. Residents are encouraged to not store collection carts in the front of their home.
If your curbside collections were missed, please first verify that they were out properly; this includes but not limited to correct spacing between carts and objects, out by 7 a.m. on collection day, and correct week for recycling. If everything was done properly, please contact Pellitteri at (608) 257-4285 to alert them to this issue. If possible when calling, let them know whether you were the only one missed or if others were as well (entire block or just one side of the street). Thank you for your cooperation in this matter - contacting the vendor directly will result in the best resolution to your missed collections.
Cart Wash Events
Biannually the City of Sun Prairie Public Works hosts a free refuse and recycle collection cart wash for residents who receive city-sponsored collections. The event takes place at the City Service Center located at 201 South Bristol Street from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.
2023 Cart Wash Cleanings:
- Saturday, June 10, 2023
- Saturday, September 16, 2023
If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 608-837-3050.
Multi-Family Dwelling / Commercial Properties
Multi-family and commercial properties are responsible for providing their own refuse and recycling collection services and disposal containers. All questions for collections on these properties should be directed to either the Property Manager or the Property Owner. The city does not handle these collections.
If you live in a multi-family dwelling or own commercial property, you are unable to use the Recycle Center. You cannot use the Recycle Center because these types of properties do not pay the special tax charge to do so, whereas the above mentioned properties do pay for its use.