Regular weekly city trash pickup and bi-weekly recycling pickup continue through Christmas Eve this year, then get altered through the two weeks following, with collections pushed back a day from Wednesday through Saturday.
Christmas Day and New Year's Day fall on subsequent Tuesdays, and there will be no pickup on those holidays.
On the Mondays of Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, there will be regular pickup for those whose collections fall on those days.
For the rest of those two weeks, collections get bumped a day. Regular Tuesday trash pickups will come on Wednesdays, Wednesday pickups on Thursdays, Thursday's on Fridays, and those with regular Friday pickup need to remember to put their carts out on Saturdays, Dec. 29 and Jan. 5.
The same goes for recycling, except you'll only have to remember once.
Those on the city's "A" week recycling schedule will have regular pickup on Christmas Eve, but Tuesday folks will put the yellow and black cart out Wednesday, etcetera, again finishing up with Friday pickup coming on Saturday.
The same schedule goes for "B" week residents the next week, with regular pickup on New Year's Eve, none on New Year's Day, and your regular pickup a day later through the rest of the week and concluding on Saturday.
Beginning Monday, Jan. 7, everything returns to normal, and that day also marks the start of Christmas tree collection, through Jan. 18. Trees only, please – no bags, decorations or wreaths.
City declares drop-off fee amnesty for holidays
With parties and packages galore, the holidays produce excess amounts of both trash and recyclables.
If your cart overfloweth, the city offers a free drop-off period this year from Dec. 20 through Jan. 5 at the Public Works yard, 11100 Walnut Rd., during which no regular permit will be required.
Fees for dropping off appliances and tires will still apply, however.
The Drop-Off Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, but will be closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and on New Year's Day, Jan. 1.
Annual drop-off permits cost $20 and may be purchased any time after Jan. 1 at the Treasurer's Office at City Hall, the Public Works Office at the city yard, or by mail addressed to Engineering, 7725 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, WI 53213, with a self-addressed, stamped return envelope enclosed.
Daily dump permits can be purchased for $5 at the Public Works office.