Compost Site

March 24, 2020 Update - Compost Site & Brush Collection Suspended

Due to the recent Coronavirus Outbreak and the Safer at Home Order issued by Governor Evers, the City is operating at minimum levels of staffing to ensure safety of employees and the community, while providing critical public health and safety functions. This means that some non-essential services will be discontinued during this time.

The compost site typically opens for the season at the beginning of April. The site opening has been postponed and biweekly curbside brush collection has also been postponed, as these are not essential services. By opening the compost site, this would encourage unnecessary travel and interaction that are not essential for public health and safety. Therefore, is not complaint with the Governor’s Safer at Home order. We would also like to remind residents that open burning is restricted within the City limits ( Verbal permission from the Fire Department must be granted prior to any recreational fire, and a written permit must be issued by the Fire Department prior to any open burning or bonfire being started. You can reach the Fire Department’s non-emergency phone number at 262-763-7842.

We understand folks, the weather is breaking, you want to clean your yards, leaves and brush and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause at a time we need to be safe. We want you to be safe and #FlattenTheCurve.

The Compost Site, located at 764 Maryland Avenue (next to the Hintz Sports Complex), is open the beginning of April through the last Saturday of November. The site is free of charge to City residents. You will be asked to show identification to verify you are a City of Burlington resident. There is an attendant on site at all times when the site is open.

Hours of operation are:

Saturday - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday - 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Accepted Materials

Materials accepted include grass, leaves, garden waste, wood chips and brush. The City will not accept brush or logs greater than 8 inches in diameter. No plastic bags, plastic containers, or foreign debris of any kind. No stumps will be allowed.


Contractor’s using the City of Burlington Compost site will be charged a dumping fee as set forth below. Contractors will be required to register at the City Department of Public Works, 2200 S Pine St., Burlington, WI, which will allow the City to bill their business on a monthly basis. An attendant will be on site to verify necessary information and collect data for invoice processing.

Pick up Truck - level with bed: $7
Pick up Truck - mounded: $10
One-ton Truck - level: $10
One-ton Truck mounded: $15
One-ton with side boards (over 1 foot): $20
Trailer (10 feet or less): $15
Trailer over 10 feet: $20
Single Axle: $25
Tandem Axle: $40

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Public Works at (262) 342-1181.