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Dane County Department of Waste & Renewables

Dane County Landfill

The Dane County Landfill accepts waste from Dane County residents and businesses.  We offer dumpsters near the scale house for unloading of small passenger vehicles.  Large loads are directed to the active filling area of the landfill for unloading.  If you have questions about site navigation or weighing in and out, scale house staff are available to assist you upon arrival.  While on-site remember these guidelines and safety procedures:

  • All loads must be enclosed in a vehicle or tarp.  Exposed loads will not be accepted.
  • Waste is only accepted from Dane County residents. For a list of licensed solid waste facilities in Wisconsin visit the WDNR's website.
  • Follow all posted speed limits.
  • Please keep all children and pets in the car.
  • Wear appropriate footwear and attire.

Accepted Materials

  • Municipal solid waste
  • Mattresses & Box Springs
  • Furniture
  • Construction & demolition debris for disposal or recycling
  • Tires (rims must be off) for recycling
  • Clean shingles (only asphalt shingles, nails, and tar paper) for recycling
  • Clean branches (no leaves, grasses, garden debris, or weeds) for recycling
  • Logs and wood chips for recycling
  • Invasive weeds bagged in clear bags and labeled "Invasive plants – approved by DNR for landfilling."
  • Asbestos & Vermiculite - only accepted the 1st Wednesday of the month from 7 am to 1 pm. Email Robert Regan Regan@countyofdane.com or call (608) 516-3159 for a permit form.

Materials NOT Accepted for Landfill Disposal

To conserve airspace, easily recycled or composted items are banned from landfill disposal.  Examples include: 

  • Appliances
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum containers
  • Yard waste (leaves, rootballs, stumps, grass, garden debris & weeds) - these items can be composted . Please note invasive weeds are accepted for landfill disposal.

To protect the environment, hazardous items are also banned from the landfill.  Examples include:

  • Waste oil
  • Toxic chemicals
  • Electronics

Still not sure where your material goes?

It can be difficult to figure out the best place to dispose of or recycle your unwanted materials.  We are continually working to build our database of disposal and recycling resources to help you manage your materials in a responsible and cost efficient manner. 

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