Garbage & Recycling Container Placement Instructions


The City of Prairie du Chien in conjunction with the City’s contractor, Town and Country Sanitation, will begin the new one-pass automated collection for refuse and recycling beginning May 1, 2017.  As part of the program, City residents will begin receiving recycling toters over the next few weeks beginning on April 8th.  These toters are lidded, wheeled containers similar to the containers now used for refuse.  Recycling will now be collected once every two weeks.  “Although the City is moving to recycling every two weeks, we believe there will be an increase in the amount of recycling because of the size of the toter, the fact that recyclables will be able to mixed in the recycling toter without sorting or bundling, and the fact that the toter has a lid to keep recyclables from getting wet or blowing away,” says Mayor Dave Hemmer.

“The automated part of the system is really exciting,” explains Doug Enke of Town and Country Sanitation.  “The trucks are equipped with an arm operated from inside the cab of the truck.  The arm reaches out, grabs the toter, and empties it into the truck, whether it is recyclables or garbage being collected.  This increases the efficiency of collection, reduces recyclables or refuse blowing around or escaping from the truck, and improves the safety of our drivers.”

The City will continue to collect the wide range of recyclables currently collected including aluminum containers; corrugated paper and other container board; glass containers; magazines; newspaper; office paper; rigid plastic containers, including those made of PETE, HDPE, PVC, LDPE, PP, PS and other resins or multiple resins; steel containers; and bi-metal containers.  These are to be put into the recycling toter and do not need to be sorted or bundled separately.  “Improved sorting technology at the recycling plants allows us to collect mixed recyclables while maintaining quality standards meaning less hassles for the residents in recycling the maximum amount,” says Doug Enke.  Because of the larger container size, this process is also designed to make the task of recycling easier and cleaner for residents, which will help with the City’s efforts by recycling more items rather than adding them to landfills.

Correct placement of the wheeled garbage and recycling toters is especially important so that the automated arm can reach the toters and once emptied return them to the curb.  Please place the toters at lease three feet from fixed objects like mailboxes, streets, streetlights or parked vehicles and with a two to three foot gap between toters.  Place the toters on a level surface if possible, with the lids substantially closed, within one foot of the curb, and with the arrows on the lids pointing out toward the alley or street.  Toters need to be placed out by 6 AM on the day of collection.   Please remove the toters from streets and alleys once they have been emptied.

“Prairie du Chien residents have been great recyclers and I am confident they will embrace the efficiency and effectiveness of the new collection system to recycle even more,” say Dave Hemmer. “I ask residents be patient as Town and Country delivers the new toters and as the new program gets up and running.”  For more information about Prairie du Chien refuse and recycling collection, please contact Town and Country Sanitation by calling (608) 375-5856 or (800) 626-1915 or email  Feel free to also contact City Hall with your questions at (608) 326-6406.

Recycling Information

Grass Clippings and Leaves – Grass clippings and leaves shall not be blown, raked, or placed in the streets, as they can clog gutters and storm sewers. Grass clippings and leaves that are appropriately bagged in paper bags can be placed along the curb for collection on Tuesdays by Town and Country Sanitation. Paper bags can be purchased at Nelson True Value, Walgreen’s, Piggly Wiggly and Wal-Mart. Leaves and grass clippings can be hauled to the compost site on Vineyard Coulee Road.

Compost Site – The compost site is located ½ mile east of Marquette Road on Vineyard Coulee Road. The site is for leaves and grass only. Leaves and grass need to be removed from plastic bags. Persons found dumping materials other than leaves and grass will be fined.

Brush Site – Located on Vineyard Coulee Road (½ mile east of Marquette Road) adjacent to the city compost site. This site is for brush and tree limb disposal only. Persons found dumping materials other than branches, limbs, and trees will be fined. Available to City of Prairie du Chien residents only. Commercial businesses will be charged a fee for tree and brush disposal. Effective April to November, the site will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm and Saturday’s from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. The site is closed on Sundays and Holidays. Please be at the site at least 15 minutes prior to close for disposing of materials * NO Plastic Bags, only paper lawn bags allowed. * NO other refuse to be disposed of at the site. * NO construction waste or lumber, brush must be dirt free. * Stump disposal is by appointment only; please call 326-2718 at least 2 days in advance. The brush/compost site is for the residents of the City of Prairie du Chien only. Access to the archery range will be on Wilderness Road, east of the brush site entrance. Call 326-8534 for information.

Used Oil Site – Located at the City Street Department, 625 East Washington Street. The site is for used engine oil only. No dumping of fuels, kerosene, antifreeze, water, paint, thinners, etc. Persons found dumping materials other than used engine oil will be fined.