new rubbish drop-off rules are working
Last year, our Public Works staff noted that many people dropping off rubbish at our Municipal Service Center were not De Pere residents. And it wasn’t just a few; it was a lot. So, we had to do something about it.
Long story short, we decided to staff the site, and have the attendant check the identity and address of each person using the facility to make sure they live in De Pere. Staffing the site of course adds considerable expense, so we also decided to close the site completely in the winter months when usage goes down. The news hours are:
April through November, Wednesdays from 3pm to 7pm and Saturdays from 8am to 4pm
So today is the second open day this spring. This morning I dropped off some floorboards from our living room. I spoke to Rick, who is our attendant monitoring the site for us. He told me he had already turned away residents from the towns of Ledgeview and Lawrence. I love our neighbors from other municipalities, but we just can’t have De Pere taxpayers handling their rubbish for them. I hope they’ll have productive conversations with their own municipal leaders to fill that need.
Rick also had to turn away De Pere residents who wanted to drop off cardboard boxes. Since those are recyclable, they can’t be left at the rubbish site (you may find this Rubbish Site Drop Off Guide helpful). Fortunately, the paper mill on Fort Howard Ave has several large, green bins outside, solely for us to drop off paper products. I bring flattened boxes there several times a year.
I hope we all continue to work together on these changes. Please also keep in mind that we are also Brown County taxpayers, and as such, we also have access to the following facilities:
When the De Pere rubbish drop off site was wide open to everyone, it was indeed much easier for us residents. But these new restrictions and hours, while less convenient, are helping to insure that only De Pere residents are using our facility.