Garbage Collection

Garbage and Recycling

(Also refer to the City of Darlington's ordinance)

***Please note:  On September 1, 2010, Wisconsin's Electronic Disposal Ban went into effect.  Items banned from disposal include:  computers, printers, computer monitors, mice, keyboards and all accessories; televisions, DVD players, VCR's, DVR's, fax machines and cell phones.   Residents should look for notification of upcoming collection events in their area.  Businesses should contact their hauler for recycling options.

Garbage & Solid Waste Collection

The City of Darlington contracts with Faherty, Inc. to provide garbage/recycling services to our residents.  Garbage and recycling collections are paid through the City tax levy.  If your garbage or recycling is not picked up, you must contact Faherty, Inc. directly at (800) 848-4591 or (608) 348-9586.

Garbage and Recycling collection is on Mondays for homes north of the river and Tuesday for homes south of the river.  Please have items out for collection by 7 a.m.  To avoid worker injury, garbage containers should have a maximum size of 35 gallons and weigh no more than 50 pounds.

Items that are not considered solid waste or recyclables for weekly collection are:

  • leaves and grass clippings
  • garden waste and brush
  • wood, cement, construction and remodeling material
  • furniture and major appliances
  • fencing
  • waste tires, waste oil, and lead acid batteries.

Please Note Schedule Changes During Holiday Weeks:

For Monday Collection:
Memorial Day, 2020 collection will be on Tuesday, May 26th.
Labor Day, 2020 collection will be on Tuesday, September 8th.

For Tuesday Collection:
Memorial Day, 2020 collection will be on Wednesday, May 27th.
Labor Day, 2020 collection will be on Wednesday, September 9th.

FALL Clean-up will be the Monday and Tuesday following City-wide garage sales.

Monday, August 23rd, and Tuesday, August 24th, 2021.

Items not eligible for pick up during Spring Clean-up:

  • any large appliances (microwaves, dehumidifiers, etc.), tires, waste oil, yard waste, lead-acid batteries, liquid paint, electronics (TVs, computers & peripherals, VCRs, etc.), construction and remodeling materials including carpet and padding.

Recycling Instructions

(Recycling Bins are available in the City Office at no charge.)


  • Household container plastics #1 through #7 are recyclable.
  • Plastic items that are not recyclable include Formed Styrofoam, packing peanuts, oil bottles, film, and bags.

Due to its lightweight, plastic can be bagged in clear or transparent bags and placed in the bin for ease of collection and litter prevention.  Please remove and discard lids and always remember to rinse containers clean.


  • Tin and aluminum food, beverage, and aerosol cans can be recycled. They should be empty, and the plastic tops removed. All containers must be rinsed clean, and open-end flattened.  Discard lids.
  • Cardboard sided juice cans and paint cans are not recyclable.
  • Small items of scrap metal may also be recycled (pots, pans, toasters, etc.), nothing smaller than 2 inches or more prominent than a basketball weighing more than 10lbs.


  • Green, brown, blue, and clear bottles and jars only.  Rinse clean and remove lids.
  • Glass items that are not recyclable include: Windows, mirrors, glassware, ceramics, and Light-bulbs



  • Newspapers, magazines, office paper, phone books, paper milk, and juice cartons, and junk mail should be placed loosely in the recycling bin.
  • Tissue paper, paper towels, food, and candy wrappers are not recyclable. Gift wrapping paper (non-foil type) is also recyclable.


  • All cardboard boxes, including paperboard (cereal boxes, etc.).  Flatten boxes; pieces should be no longer than 3 feet by 3 feet.
  • Cardboard items that are not recyclable include wax and plastic-coated cardboard.

Properly preparing recyclables is vital for the Recycling Center’s automated single-stream sorting process. Proper preparation ensures that recyclables will not be landfilled, helping keep your communities' costs down.