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.

Each residential household will be allowed up to four 35-gallon containers of household waste for weekly collection. Waste must be contained in bags or cans with a maximum capacity of 35 gallons and no more than 50 pounds per container. Households with more than the maximum amount must purchase one $1.00 sticker per extra 35-gallon container at the City Office.

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
  • Ag plastics
  • Electronics (t.v.'s, computers, and any components that connect to a t.v. or computer.)

Please Note the Schedule Changes During the 2023 Holiday Weeks:

For Monday Collection:
Memorial Day collection will be on Tuesday, May 30th.
Labor Day collection will be on Tuesday, September 5th.
Christmas Day collection will be on Tuesday, December 26th.

For Tuesday Collection:
Memorial Day collection will be on Wednesday, May 31st.
Independence Day collection will be on Wednesday, July 5th.
Labor Day collection will be on Wednesday, September 6th.
Christmas Day collection will be on Wednesday, December 27th.

2024 SPRING Clean-up will be:

Monday, April 29th, and Tuesday, April 30th.

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.

Single Stream 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 larger than a basketball, and weighing more than 10 lbs.


  • 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, juice cartons, and junk mail should be placed loosely in the recycling bin.
  • Tissue or 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.

Preparing recyclables correctly is important for the Recycling Centers automated single-stream sorting process. Proper preparation ensures that recyclables will not be landfilled, helping keep your community's costs down.