Waukesha County

Waukesha County does not accept yard waste of any kind. Yard waste is handled differently by each community, so please check with your village, town, or city hall. If no program is available, use the links below, or contact a private firm.

What Can You Do?


Brush and Branches

Grass Clippings

Invasive Species

Dirt, Rocks, Sod

Community Recycling Drop-Off Sites

COMPOSTING (Visit our News & Events webpage for free compost workshops held periodically by County staff)

Composting is a great way to recycle leaves, grass clippings, yard trimmings, and even kitchen scraps at home. Finished compost can be added to the soil as a great organic plant food.

Why Compost?

Why Vermicompost? 
Red worms, known scientifically as Eisenia foetida, can turn food waste into nutrient-rich compost for gardens and houseplants. In a worm composting bin (also called a vermicomposting bin), worms create a valuable soil amendment out of things like: old newspapers, vegetable food scraps, trimmings from your house plants and other organic materials.

Every spring and fall, burning is an issue in Waukesha County. Some municipalities don't offer yard waste collection services and residents may decide to burn yard waste. Some people also burn garbage and other items that might create a health hazard. Residents should be aware of the consequences of back yard burning and the alternatives that exist. There are better ways to manage yard waste.

Rain Garden Information

Rain Barrel Information

Gravel Pit Reclamation and Composting Project

Due to COVID-19, hours and operations may have changed.  Please check with each business or municipality prior to bringing items for disposal.
No endorsement of any business is intended. 
Fees may apply.
There are no publicly-owned landfills in Waukesha County.

Please contact us if you own a business that would like to be included on this page as a resource.
We reserve the right to only list businesses that meet our program criteria.

Business/Administration Office
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday (excluding holidays)
515 W. Moreland Blvd., Room AC 260, Waukesha, WI 53188
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