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St. Francis City Recycle Center
The Recycle Center is located at 2125 East Bolivar Ave. 
This is a self-help facility.  Accommodations for disabled persons are available.
**Proof of Residency Required**

                                                 Winter Hours 11/1-3/31
                                                 Saturday 11am-2pm
                                                 Monday 4pm-6pm 

                                                 Summer Hours 4/1-10/31     
                                                 Saturday 9am - 2pm
                                                 Monday 4pm - 7pm
                                                 Wednesday 9:30am-11:30am
The Recycle center accepts: yard waste, tires, motor oil & vehicle batteries. Please Note: Branches should be left as long as possible.  Do not mix grass, leaves, twigs, branches - they are stored separately.  Containers must weigh less than 50 pounds.  

Sod, sod/soil mix, hay or straw are not yard waste and are collected with your residential garbage.

The City along with Waste Management has implemented a fully automated collection service.  The Recycling services have always been automated, the GARBAGE collection will also now be automated. 

Please view the links below for more information about this transition. 

City of St. Francis 2020 Garbage-Recycle Calendar

Resident Letter

Clean-Up & Garbage Rules:
  • Alley/curb Service:  Approved containers shall be placed for collection at ground level on your property (not in the street) as accessible as possible to the alley or curb line.  containers may not be placed more than 24 hours prior to collection and shall be removed within 12 hours after collection.  Materials must be out by 6:00am on collection day or collection cannot be guaranteed.  Only Waste Management issued green garbage carts will be collected.  Garbage is collected every week (Map of Collection Days).  The contractor the City uses is Waste Management.

Summary of materials to be collected by the contractor:

  • Garbage (refuse/rubbish/trash) must be properly wrapped and deposited in the green Waste Management cart- no loose garbage.  The weight limit is 80 pounds per bag.  


Waste Management will do a monthly bulk pick up of garbage.  See the list below for items approved for bulk pick up.   Bulk pick up is the last full week of each month.

  • Only the fruit and vegetables from plants.
  • Furniture and Miscellaneous:  (toilets <with tanks removed from bowl>, sinks, tubs, chairs, sofas, beds, dressers, etc.) Contractor has 7 days to pick up larger (2-man) items. 
  • Hay or straw, small amounts of building materials, lumber (less than 4' in length), stone, rocks, concrete, sod, sod/soil mix or soil in containers less than 80 pounds per unit (2 to 3 containers per week).
  • Tree stumps, roots, or shrubs with intact root balls (max 80 pounds per item)
  • Paint disposal:  water based-use absorbent such as oil dry, kitty litter, sawdust, etc. to soak up paint.  Place absorbent in container for disposal or let air dry outside.  Place dried paint cans with covers off at the alley/curb for pick up.  For oil based paints, call MMSD at (414) 225-2066 or visit their website at www.mmsd.com
  • Carpet: roll tie in lengths of 4 feet or smaller.  Maximum weight of 80 pounds per roll.  Please keep carpet dry.

Items Banned From Landfill:

The following appliances are banned from the landfill:

The following electronics are banned from the landfill:

  • Consumer computers, consumer printers and printer/fax/copier/scanner combinations.
  • Consumer video display devices, including televisions, laptop computer and computer monitors with displays of at least 7" in the longest diagonal direction
  • Computer peripherals
  • Fax machines
  • DVD players, VCR's and other video players (i.e. DVR's)
  • Phones with video displays (i.e. cell phones)

These items can be disposed of by the store where the new item was purchased or see our list of local vendors.

Recycle Collection Rules:

  • Alley/Curb Service: City supplied containers (blue recycle bins and green waste bins) shall be placed for collection at ground level on your property (not in the street) as accessible as possible to the alley or curb line on the opposite side of the drive approach or parking slab from the garbage placement. The containers should be placed with the lid facing the street. Containers may not be placed more than 24 hours prior to collection and shall be removed within 12 hours after collection. Materials must be out by 6:00 a.m. on collection day. Recycle is collected every other week Monday through Friday starting in week of January 1st of 2018.  (2018 Recycle Calendar - recycle weeks are in gold.)  The contractor for both waste and recycling is Waste Management


Please recycle the following after rinsing the container clean as necessary:
            Plastic bottles & containers #1-7
            Glass bottles & jars
            Aluminum cans, tin or steel cans, foil & pie tins
            Paperboard from cereal, crackers, snack boxes, etc.
            Paper cardboard from cartons, dairy and juice containers
            Flattened cardboard
            Junk mail
            Phone books
            Magazines, newspapers, office paper
            Brown paper bags

Missed Pick Up/Special Pick Up
Missed Pick Up

If you believe you have been missed by the regular garbage or recycle collection (which is subject to holiday adjustments) notify Waste Management at (888) 960-0008.  It can then be determined what action is necessary.

Special Pick Up

The City does not have a 'special pick-up' service.  If a resident is in need of a 'special pick-up' they can either:
  • Put out a little each week.
  • Get a dumpster, which requires a permit through the Engineering/Building Inspection Office
  • Get a Bagster from Menard's or Home Depot and follow the directions for pick up through Waste Management (there is no City permit fee for a Bagster).
  • Call Waste Management at (888) 960-0008 to see if a special pick up can be made for a fee.
  • Haul the material to the landfill in Franklin: 10712 S. 124th Street.  Hours are Monday through Friday 7AM-4:30PM (cash customers 7AM-3PM).  Saturday 7AM-11AM (cash customers 7AM-10AM). 

Holiday Collection
For observed holidays (except New Years Day), collection is delayed by one day throughout the remainder of the week. 2018 holidays are:
  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day