Brush & Yard Waste Disposal

Leaves and Yard Waste DISPOSAL & COLLECTION

Although the State of Wisconsin banned yard waste such as leaves, weeds, thatch, flowers, vines and other non-fruit or vegetable matter from being collected and disposed of with household trash, yard waste can still be disposed of in several ways.

1. A note on grass clippings: Grass clippings are not considered yard waste and are not accepted at the drop off sites, or collected with yard waste collection. Leave grass clippings in place, or consider starting a compost pile. You can also use grass clippings as mulch under trees and shrubs at home. Don't rake grass clippings into the street!

2. Take advantage of curbside yard waste collection, which takes place each spring and fall. Yard waste materials such as leaves, weeds, wood chips/mulch (untreated), thatch, flowers, vines, and other non-fruit or vegetable material, may be placed in the curb-line of the street between April 7 to April 21, 2019 and September 15 through the week of November 10, 2019. To prepare your yard waste for collection:


  • Rake yard waste into the street along the curb line forming a long, low pile. 
  • If you don’t have a curb, place material along the roadway in a long, low pile.
  • Wet material down to prevent it from blowing away.
  • Remove pots and soil from plants before placing for collection.


  • Mix yard waste into brush piles.
  • Place materials for collection in drainage ditches, alleys, refuse containers, ash boxes, or piles in your yard or driveway.  
  •  Place yard waste for collection at any other time but during the dates listed. 
  • Park over yard waste piles. This prevents crews from picking up material and is a fire hazard.

3. Bring your yard waste to one of the West Allis drop-off sites for disposal without charge. View drop off site locations and hours here.


Brush is woody material like sticks, trimmings, or branches from trees and shrubs. In 2019, the City of West Allis will provide every other week collection of small amounts of resident-generated brush, up to 1.5 cubic yards, on the scheduled recycling pick-up day between March 25 (red week) and October 11 (black week). To find out if your collection takes place during a red or black week, you can look up your property's information in our Property Search here.  No brush collection will be made during the holiday weeks of May 27, July 1 and September 2, 2019.

If you have more than 1.5 cubic yards (roughly the size of an average office desk), call the Sanitation and Street Division at 414-302-8800 to arrange pick-up. Fees will apply.

To prepare brush for collection:


  • Cut brush into lengths of five feet or less.
  • Bundle the brush pile and place between the sidewalk and curb.
  • Put smaller pieces of brush in a box or can marked “brush.”


  • Put brush in bags.
  • Mix brush into yard waste piles.