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Trash/Recycling/Yard Waste

trashGarbage/Recycling Collection

The Village of Arena contracts with Pellitteri Waste Systems to provide garbage and recycling collection to the residents of the Village.  Garbage collection is paid for through the Village tax levy. 

Who do I contact if my garbage, recycling or yard waste was not picked up?
You should contact Public Works at (608) 459-5838.


  • You must use the carts provided by Pellitteri Waste Systems for your trash and recyclables. 
  • Regular collection day is Wednesday of each week.  In case of holiday, refuse will be picked up the following day.
  • You must recycle.  It is State law.  Also, the Village receives money from the State for recycling, thus limiting money needed through tax collection. Click here to view Recycling Fees.
  • Anything that is recyclable can be recycled. 


Garbage collection days are every Wednesday.  You must have the refuse containers out before 6:00 am on the day of collection.  Collection will be one day late if holiday falls on the Monday or Tuesday before. Please refer to the calendar provided by Pellitteri. Click here to view the 2024 Calendar. On the back of this calendar provides a listing of recyclable items.


You should contact Pellitteri Waste Systems to arrange for pick up of items. 


Please DO NOT throw brush or leaves into the street.  Trimmings from trees and leaves  will be picked up on each Monday.  Leaves must be placed in bags and left close to the curb.  Trimmings from trees should be of manageable sizes and should be placed with the cut end facing the curb.  Brush and leaves should be placed near the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on the day of pick-up.



The standard for residents with extra recyclables that do not fit in their recycling cart is to place extra recycling in clear, plastic bags (up to 32 gallon and no more than 50 pounds) and place the bags next to their recycling cart. This includes cutting down cardboard boxes to fit in those bags (not bundled, not placed in a bigger box). Our service professionals have been accepting extra recycling that does not conform to the standard but will no longer do so, effective 4/1/2019. Going forward, we are asking for everyone’s cooperation in preparing extra recyclables for collection properly. Enforcement of the proper preparation has become necessary due to the following industry changes:

  • There has been a large increase in the amount of cardboard and paper that residents produce due to online shopping. Placing extra recyclables in clear plastic bags ensures the material stays dry and recyclable. When cardboard gets saturated it causes it to not sort properly at the Material Recovery Facility, possibly leading it to end up in the trash. Wet material also downgrades the quality of the cardboard, which reduces the value of the cardboard and increases the cost of recycling.
  • The spike in recycling has resulted in a large increase of manual pickup of additional recycling which results in additional service time for the routes. Proper preparation allows our service professionals to be efficient so that we can conform to the federal requirements for hours of service for drivers.
  • A good portion of our residential truck fleet has been updated with side-loading systems. This system greatly reduces the issue of wind-blown materials. With the side-loading trucks, we must reload the recycling cart with the additional materials in order to dump the cart again. Therefore if the material is too big to be reloaded into the cart, it cannot be picked up.

Moving forward, improperly prepared additional recyclables will not be picked up. The driver will leave a notification sticker on the resident’s cart.

For a .pdf of this information, please click here.