Garbage and recycling


Rid your yard of garden and flower debris, grass, leaves, tree branches and brush. No tree stumps, painted wood or root balls are accepted. All Wausau area yard waste sites are now open.


105 E. Chellis St.

Open Wed. 9 am–8 pm; Sat.– Sun. 9 am–5 pm


4496 Martin Road

Open Mon.–Sat. 8 am–8 pm


On Mondays, the city picks up bagged leaves and branches curbside. Branches should be piled in one direction with the cut side to the curb and should not be bagged.

Always open: The city compost area on Drott Street, where leaves and branches can also be dropped. Proof of residency required; no contractors allowed.


8200 Ryan St., no set hours

Spring yard materials pickup: Residents should watch for collection dates and times, when Advance Disposal will pick up unbagged leaves, thatch, grass clippings, pine needles and brush from the shoulder of the road during regular garbage pickup. The spring yard materials pickup generally happens the second week of May.

Rib Mountain

6703 South Mountain Road

Open Wed. 1 pm–8 pm or dusk; Sat. 9 am–3 pm


1001 Leon Street

Open weekdays 7:15 am–3:15 pm, until 7 pm Wed.; Sat. 8 am–4 pm


• This company based in Merrill and Wausau recycles appliances and a wide variety of materials, items and metals. In Wausau, located at 1000 McDonald St., just east of Grand Avenue, north of Pine Grove Cemetery. 715-355-7667.

•  Light bulbs: Batteries Plus

•  Motor oil: O’Reilly Auto Parts and Walmart

•  Medication: Wausau Police Department

•  Plastic shopping bags, shipping envelopes and plastic wraps: Pick N Save, Target and Walmart

•   Rechargeable batteries, speakers, desktop computers, modems, ink cartridges, game consoles, laptops and tablets: Best Buy


Drop off unwanted electronics any Friday 9 am–5 pm at Good News Project, 1106 Fifth St., Wausau. Revenue generated funds volunteer programs both locally and abroad. Costs:

•  $20 for dehumidifiers

•  40¢ per pound for TVs, monitors, video game systems, fax machines, answering machines, microwave ovens, stereo equipment and anything that plugs into a computer

•  60¢ per pound for disassembled television sets or monitors not in their original housing

•  Free to recycle: laptops, tablets, cell phones, ink cartridges and ink toner cartridges

•   For information about Good News Project and their programs, call 715-843-5985.


Most carpet and construction waste, excluding shingles, are considered regular garbage. Asphalt shingles can be recycled at the Marathon County Landfill off Hwy. 29 in Ringle. Call 877-270-3989.

Doors, flooring, cabinets, windows or other gently used building materials can be donated to Habitat for Humanity to be resold. For more information, visit their Recycled Building Material Facility, 500 S. 38th Ave., Wausau, or call 715-848-5042.


The Marathon County Solid Waste Department accepts scrap metal for recycling at the landfill in Ringle. Call 877-270-3989 for requirements and current hours.

Other metal recycling options:

•Schulz’s Recycling Inc., 1000 McDonald St., Wausau 715-355-7667

•Wausau Steel Corp., 2900 Sherman St., Wausau 715-845-4286

•Yaeger Auto Salvage, Inc., 8205 Camp Phillips Road, Schofield 715-359-3606


Oil-based paint, cleaning solvents, fuel, varnish, insecticides and other hazardous materials can pose significant challenges and should not be included in your regular garbage pickup.

The Marathon County Hazardous Waste Collection Site, at the landfill off Hwy. 29 in Ringle, is about 12 miles east of Wausau and 1.5 miles east of the CTH Q exit.

Collection accepted weekdays 8 am–3 pm by appointment only so an environmental staffer can be there to assist. Call 715-446-3101, ext. 100. Not accepted: ammunition, explosives, Freon, latex paint, fire extinguishers or radioactive materials.

Helpful hints: To dispose of latex paint, leave the container outside to dry out, then dispose in your garbage • The county landfill also has a Choose to Reuse program. Often, hazardous materials dropped off are barely used. The environmental staff sets aside these products. So the next time you need paint, sealants, fertilizer, insecticides or other household chemicals, see what they have, free to take.