The yard waste site is located at the east end of Chellis Street and is for use by City of Wausau residents only. The yard waste site hours are as follows:

Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday - CLOSED
Wednesday - 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday - CLOSED
Friday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The yard waste site is scheduled to close for the season on November 24, 2019. 

Yard Waste Site Detour Map

Materials accepted at the site include leaves, pine needles, grass, garden and flower debris, tree branches and brush. Tree stumps and root balls are not accepted at the yard waste site.  Tree stumps and root balls may be divided into smaller manageable pieces and included in your refuse cart or you may seek professional contracted services for large root ball/stump removal and disposal.   

In order to provide easier access to the yard waste site, Public Works employees will place an Annual  Access Sticker on the vehicle that is used to bring debris to the site. The stickers will then be scanned during future visits expediting the identification process. Stickers are available at the Yard Waste Site during open hours. There is no charge for the stickers. Please bring an official form of identification (driver's license or tax bill) confirming you are a resident of the City of Wausau. Residents whose yard waste is taken to the site by relatives or friends who are not city residents should obtain a sticker for use on their behalf.

Residents who have had Annual Access Stickers longer than three years will be asked to reregister to ensure our records are up to date.  After residency has been confirmed, a new sticker will be issued.

The yard waste site is equipped with security cameras to monitor unwanted or illegal dumping of materials. Periodic spot checks of addresses will take place to verify where materials come from. Remember, there is a $200 fine for illegal dumping.

YARD WASTE DOES NOT INCLUDE: Food waste, animal waste, tree stumps, household waste, appliances, tires.

Except for fall leaf pickup, residents are reminded NOT to rake grass or other yard waste into the street. Doing so causes problems with the City's storm sewer system.

(See below for Christmas tree recycling.)

For more information on yard waste and the yard waste site, call 715-261-6960.


The annual Fall Leaf Pick-up Program usually takes place beginning in mid to late October, and schedules may change depending on weather conditions. Residents wishing to dispose of leaves prior to and/or after their collection date may take leaves to the yard waste site on Chellis Street. The yard waste site is open from April 1 through November 18, 2018. (Call 715-261-6960 with any questions.)

Residents are asked to NOT rake leaves into the gutter until the weekend before their scheduled collection date. The leaves may wash into the storm sewer, clogging inlets and sewer pipes. Also, the additional amount of leaves traveling through the storm sewers add to the amount of leaves in the river, thereby creating an undesirable effect on the environment by increasing the organic matter in the river. Leaves should not be raked in to gutters after the scheduled collection date for the same reason. PLEASE COOPERATE!

Each year the City alternates where leaf collection will begin, on the north side or south side of the City. Sometimes a fair amount of leaves may remain on trees in those areas collected first. Crews may attempt to return to early areas but this is not always possible and residents should not plan on it. If you need to dispose of leaves after your collection date, please take them to the yard waste site on Chellis Street.
Annual leaf collection: In 2017 fall leaf pickup took place October 30 through November 14. Leaf collection started at the north City limits and moved south. In 2018 leaf collection will take place October 17 through November 14.  Leaf Collection will start at the south City limits and move north. Click here to use the interactive map to determine when leaf collection will occur in your neighborhood.

Harter's Fox Valley Disposal offers Wausau residents an alternative for disposing of their yard waste. Residents may call Harter's Fox Valley Disposal at 1-888-804-8556 to learn the current fee and sign up for their yard waste curbside pick-up service. Harter's Fox Valley Disposal will pick up yard waste curbside from April through October (call Harter's Fox Valley Disposal at 1-888-804-8556 for dates). Residents must sign up and pay the fee in order to receive this service.

How does this program work?

  1. Call Harter's Fox Valley Disposal at 1-888-804-8556 and tell them you would like to participate in their yard waste curbside pick-up program.
  2. Harter's Fox Valley Disposal will provide you with a 95 gallon cart designated for yard waste only.  Do not use plastic bags. Simply dump your yard waste into the container.
  3. Harter's Fox Valley Disposal will pick up your yard waste curbside every week.  Please contact Harter's Fox Valley Disposal at 1-888-804-8556 for pick up dates.

This yard waste curbside pick-up program will assist those individuals who are inconvenienced by taking their yard waste to the drop-off site, or who are physically unable to do so.

The following items will not be accepted and should not be placed in your yard waste container for curbside collection:

  • garbage
  • food waste
  • animal waste
  • tree stumps
  • tree limbs & brush


Residents may place their tree cut in manageable lengths curbside for collection through January 18th, 2019. Harters will conduct several collection cycles to pick up curb side trees.  This collection will occur outside of the garbage collection process.  Any nails and other metal must be removed.  Please lay trees on their side so they do not get frozen into the snow bank.