Curbside Pickup

Pickup days are:

  • Downtown (East of West Street): Monday every week
  • Downtown (West of West Street): Thursday every week
  • Hilltop West of Cragmont Street: Tuesday every week
  • Hilltop East of Cragmont Street: Wednesday every week

Bins and/or cans must be at curbside by 7 a.m. 

Pickup Schedule Map

You can find a map and pickup schedule (including trash delays) HERE or you may stop by City Hall to receive a copy.


Acceptable Collection Options

  • One 64 gallon can (max)
  • Two 33 gallon cans
  • Two 33 gallon bags

All bags must be securely tied, each can or bag cannot exceed 50 pounds, no loose trash inside of the cans will be picked up, and any trash exceeding the limit can be picked up with an attached $2.00 orange sticker per bag, which can be purchased at the Water Department. Cans and bags must be curbside by 7 a.m.

Drop Offs

The Madison Transfer Station is available to city and county residents for disposal of trash. A fee must be paid for this service and is adjusted to the weight of the trash dropped off. It is $16 per 500 pound load, payable with cash or check. The Transfer Station does accept carpeting and other construction materials. 

Compost is free to drop off for City Residents. Appliances will not be accepted.

Transfer Station Hours

Monday through Friday8:00 a.m to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


The Transfer Station is located at 615 Ivy Tech Drive, Madison, IN 47250.


Acceptable Items

  • Plastic bottles and jugs
  • Aluminum and metal cans - must be clean and remove any labels
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Paper and cardboard, includes junk mail, magazines, phone books, & paperboard.
  • Cartons (e.g. milk and juice cartons)

* The City of Madison has partnered with Rumpke for Recycling Services. To learn more about Rumpke, which items they accept (and why), as well as learn more about the process, please visit their YouTube page or

Unacceptable Items

Items not accepted include: plastic bags, plastic foam products, shoes, rags, clothing, medical sharps and syringes, window and drinking glass, coat hangers or scrap metal, hard back book, plastic that are not bottles or jugs, and electronics. 

Plastic bags can be recycled at Kroger on Madison’s hilltop. Electronics, oils, refrigerated items, used tires, and batteries are accepted at the Southeastern Indiana Recycling District in Jefferson Proving Ground.

Sorting Items

ALL items can be placed in one container labeled for recycling. Please DO NOT sort items into plastic bags. Only clear plastic bags of shredded paper is accepted. 

Garbage cans or bins are allowed to be used as long as it is labeled recycling only. Free labels are available at City Hall. 

Drop Offs

Items can be dropped off at the Solid Waste District in the Jefferson County Proving Ground. Their contact phone number is 812-574-4080. Visit the Southeastern Indiana Recycling District webpage for more information about recycling in Madison and Jefferson County.



During the fall months, leaves may be placed curbside for pickup. Usually, two leaf vacs (one on the hilltop and one downtown) run every day throughout the fall months and leaves will be picked up within a few days, although there is no set schedule. Any other time, leaves must be placed into a compost pile and treated as such. 


Furniture may be picked up once a week for residents that are currently paying for City of Madison Garbage pickup and each piece of furniture must have a City of Madison sticker located on it. The furniture must be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. on the day of pickup. Residents must call the Street Department in advance to request pickup. The sticker is $2.00. No appliances, carpeting, or construction materials will be picked up, even upon request.


Acceptable Collections Options

Compost material must be placed in a 33 gallon can affixed with a City of Madison current composting sticker or an approved compost bag. Neither cans nor bags can exceed 50 pounds.

Composting Materials

Composting materials include grass, yard waste, twigs and small breakable branches.

Limbs & Branches

Free to all city residents, limbs and branches trimmed by the homeowner will be picked up by request. All limbs exceeding 4 inches in diameter, or over 6 feet is considered a limb and will not be picked up with normal compost. Limbs must be called in for pick up to the Street Department secretary at 812-265-8304. 

If you hire a company to trim limbs or branches, you are responsible for ensuring they are taken off your property. The City will not pick up limbs and/or branches left by companies hired to do the work.

Drop Offs

The transfer station is open to the city and, for a fee, can accept logs and large tree limbs which the Sanitation Department will not pick up.