Trash & Recycling

Trash cans lined on a snowy street at sunrise.


Trash & Recycling Containers

A container is a plastic cart on wheels and is provided by Republic Services. One 48 gallon container with a plastic lid is provided to each household for trash collection and one 96 gallon container with a yellow lid is provided for recycling. Larger trash containers are available directly from Republic Services for an additional monthly fee. Larger recycling container are available at no additional charge. 

Pickup Location

Containers should be placed in the same location they were delivered initially, no later than 6:00 AM on the scheduled collection day. The containers must be placed in a position where the automated truck has access to grab and dump it. The container should be placed at least four feet away from parked cars, trees, mailboxes, etc. Because of the fully automated system, all trash and recyclables must be placed within the containers. Trash and recycling not placed within the containers will not be picked up.


Bills are rendered $39.75 per quarter and become due and payable upon issuance following the period for which service is rendered. A late payment charge of 3% with a minimum of .50 cents per month will be added to bills not paid within 20 days of issuance. The late payment charge will be applied to the total unpaid balance for utility service, including unpaid late payment charges. 

Utility service is billed quarterly in accordance with the following schedule:

  • September 16 - December 15: Bill Received on or about January 1
  • December 16 - March 15: Bill Received on or about April 1
  • March 16 - June 15: Bill Received on or about July 1
  • June 16 - September 15: Bill Received on or about October 1

​Bills are due upon issuance and are payable to the City of Washburn at City Hall from 10am-4:30pm Tuesday through Friday, at the 24/7 drop box at City Hall, by mail, direct debit, or online.

State Law and municipal ordinance permit delinquent utility charges to be attached to properties as a tax lien.


Collection of trash and recycling occurs between 6:30 AM and 9:00 PM on designated days. Trash pickup takes place each Tuesday west of Washington Avenue, and each Wednesday east of Washington Avenue. Recycling pickup takes place alternating every other Monday, east and west of Washington Avenue. If your service day falls on December 25, your service will be one day later that week. Regular service will resume the following week.

Excess Trash Collection

If residents have additional bags of trash that will not fit into the garbage container, residents can contact Republic Services to schedule collection for a fee to be charged to the resident. Additional bags of trash shall mean garbage that fits into the general size plastic garbage bag that will not fit into the provided container due to that container already being full.

Unacceptable Items

​You may not discard these items at the curb:

  • yard and garden waste
  • lead acid (car) batteries
  • motor oil
  • automobile tires
  • furniture and television sets
  • major appliances: washer, dryer, oven, furnace, water heater 
  • gravel, concrete, construction or demolition waste
  • large vehicle parts


  • explosives or ammunition
  • human or animal waste
  • dead animals
  • chemicals
  • paint
  • hazardous or toxic waste materials
  • flammable liquids
  • hot ashes

​For information on disposal of such items, call Republic Services at 715-477-0077.

Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous waste and electronics collection occurs annually and is coordinated by Bayfield County. The date, time and location will be posted once announced by Bayfield County.