The Village contracts with Johns Disposal for residential garbage and recycling collections. Each residence is provided with a 95-gallon brown garbage cart for garbage collection and a 95-gallon green cart for recycling collection.  If a replacement cart is needed, contact Johns Disposal at 262-473-4700 or

When is garbage and recycling collected?

Garbage (brown cart) is collected every Tuesday. Recycling (green cart) is collected every other Tuesday. Homes located north of 13th Ave. (but NOT including 13th Ave.) have recycling collection the same week, while homes on 13th Ave. and south of 13th Ave. have recycling collection the alternating week. If Tuesday is a holiday, collections take place on Wednesday. For more information on collections schedules and scheduled delays due to holidays, view the collections calendar from Johns Disposal. Place carts out before 6 a.m. on the date of collection.

Where should carts be placed for collection?

The arrows on the cart should point toward the street; handles and wheels face away from the street. Carts should be placed on different sides of the driveway, at least 3 ft. from the street (unless snow or other circumstances require the carts to be placed in the street or sidewalk area). Please keep 6 ft. of clearance between carts and other objects (especially mailboxes and vehicles).

What items are acceptable in the brown garbage carts?

Mixed trash, plastic wrap and bags, broken toys, ceramics, light bulbs, bagged garbage and food waste, styrofoam and other loose trash. Bags that are tied keep the cart clean, so please bag these items in the brown garbage cart. Do not put the following items in the garbage carts: yard waste, recyclables, household hazardous waste, cardboard boxes, construction materials and electronics.

What items are accepted in the green recycling carts?

Aluminum cans, clean aluminum foil, tin and steel cans, aerosol and empty/dried paint cans, glass bottles and jars, #1-7 plastic, milk cartons, juice boxes, soup cartons, newspaper, magazines, books, mail, school/office paper, brown corrugated cardboard, gray chipboard, brown paper bags, shredded paper (in clear plastic bag). Do not put recycling in plastic bags (except shredded paper). Do not put the following items in the recycling carts: styrofoam of any kind, yard waste, trash, household hazardous waste, construction materials, electronics and clothing.

How can I arrange a bulk/large item collection and what is accepted?

Bulk collections are scheduled by appointment only. Call Johns Disposal at 262-473-4700 to schedule an appointment before setting out bulk items. Residents may schedule one bulk items collection per month at no charge. Additional bulk items collections are available through the month for a charge. Excess garbage and recycling that does not fit in the regular carts is acceptable for a bulk collection. Garbage must be in bags or personal cans. Recycling must be in clear plastic bags. Other acceptable bulk items include furniture, carpeting (no wider than 4 ft. and rolled), large metal items, cardboard (flattened and empty), appliances, tires (2 per home/8 per year), drain oil & antifreeze (sealed in 1-5 gallon containers), humidifiers, dehumidifiers, water softeners and air conditioners.

How do I dispose of household hazardous waste items?

The Village of Union Grove partners with the City of Burlington and other area communities to offer an annual “Clean Sweep” for collection of household hazardous waste items. Look for information about the annual clean sweep in the Village newsletters or on Burlington’s website. Private waste disposal companies in the area may also offer hazardous waste disposal services.

How do I dispose of electronics?

Many household electronic items are banned from Wisconsin landfills and are not collected by Johns Disposal as part of regular garbage collection. These include computers, printers, monitors, TVs, DVD players, VCRs, fax machines, cell phones, mice and keyboards and other computer accessories. The Village of Union Grove usually arranges at least one E-Waste collection event per year at the Wastewater Treatment Plan – look for information in the Village newsletters about these events. Alternatively, a special electronics pickup can be arranged with Johns Disposal at 262-473-4700 (fees apply). The DNR provides a list of electronics’ collection sites on its website.

How do I dispose of unwanted medicine?

Most unwanted medicine can be properly disposed using the collection box at the Union Grove Municipal Center. Residents are asked to remove all packaging and bring pills in a clear plastic bag. Sharps or Biohazardous Material will not be accepted (contact a local pharmacy for disposal options). By using the collection box, or another official medication collection site, you can help prevent medications from ending up in area water systems or in the hands of children.

Does the Village still collect tires and motor oil at the Public Works Department?

Tires and motor oil are no longer collected at the Public Works Department. These items are accepted by Johns Disposal by arranging a special pickup by calling 262-473-4700 or emailing

How do I dispose of a Christmas Tree or wreaths after the holidays?

The Village picks up Christmas trees and wreaths left at the edge of the road during the month of January. Please remove lights, ornaments and other items before placing them out. Collections are for natural trees and wreaths only. You do not need to call for pick up.

How do I dispose of leaves, branches and other yard waste?

Visit the Leaves, Brush and Yard Waste Collections page for more information.

Who do I contact for more information about garbage and recycling collections?

Contact Johns Diposal at 262-473-4700 during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8-4:30, Saturday 8-12) or e-mail Or contact the Union Grove Municipal Center at 262-878-1818.