Public Works

Serving the Community with Pride

Superintendent James Stenzel
4517 West Burnham Street
Phone: 414-645-6238
DPW Hours:  Monday – Friday:  7am – 3:30 pm
After-hours emergency line: 414-645-2151

The Department of Public Works (DPW) is located behind the fire station at (4517 West Burnham Street). The department has a staff of six equipment operators, one mechanic and a superintendent.


Please do not plow or dump snow into the street. Clear sidewalks completely!  We are getting complaints about ice on the walks and areas that are impassable for walkers and wheelchairs.  Thanks you for your cooperation. 

Sec. 74-9. – Sidewalks free of snow and ice.

The owner, occupant or person in charge of each and every residence or building in the village fronting upon or adjoining any street, and the owner or person in charge of any unoccupied residence, building or lot fronting or adjoining any street, shall remove and clear away, or cause to remove and clear away, all snow and ice from the sidewalk and curb ramps for the handicapped, in front of or adjoining such residence, building or unoccupied lot, as the case may be, within 24 hours after the snow or ice has ceased falling; provided that when ice has so formed on any sidewalk that it cannot be removed, then the persons here-in-before referred to shall cause said ice from remaining and presenting a hazard to the users of the sidewalk by use of sand, abrasive material or any product designed to prevent ice from forming or to remain in its form and not be injurious to the health and safety of the public.

No person shall plow or dump snow on any public street, alley or public property or upon the property of another, without the express permission of the owner of the property.

Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this section shall be subject to penalties and forfeitures under the provisions of section 1-13 of the Village Code.

General Information

Refuse Containers

In 2014 the Public Works Committee and Board of Trustees voted to purchase and provide Village issued refuse containers to all residential properties that currently receive trash pick-up from the West Milwaukee DPW.  One tip cart was provided to each residential unit at no cost.  If the refuse container is lost or damaged it is the residents responsibility to replace the container.

Containers are available for purchase from the Village of West Milwaukee.  Please pay for the cart in the Clerk’s Office located at 4755 W Beloit Road and then the cart can be picked up by calling (414) 645-6238 weekdays between the hours of 7:00 am and 3:30 pm.

Carts are available in the 96 gallon size and cost $50. Prices are subject to change.

See attached for more information: Policy.


Drop Off Center

Open 7 am – 3:30 pm Monday- Friday, Excluding Holiday

4517 West Burnham Streer

Accepted Material

  • Corrugated cardboard – flattened and tied in bundles
  • Magazines – tied in bundles
  • Office Paper – separate whites from colors
  • Phone books

Used motor oil only can be put in the motor oil collection tank, located by the Public Works Building


Special Pickup

Special garbage pick-ups are the second Monday of every month.

Available for items too large for normal collections or debris that would take an extended period of time to collect.

Special Pickup Application

Yard Waste Disposal

When: Every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month – (April through November)
What: Grass – Leaves – Branches – Garden Waste

  • Alley garbage pick-up
  • Curb side garbage pick-up between the curb and sidewalk
  • Bring your yard waste to the Department of Public Works at 4517 West Burnham Street


  • Use a garbage can marked “yard waste”. If the container holding the yard waste is not properly marked, the yard waste will not be picked up.
  • If a plastic bag is used for yard waste, it will not be picked up.
  • You should not put rakings of dead grass in the curb, as heavy rains will wash down the grass and plug up the sewers.

Additional Recycling Bins may be purchased in the Clerk/Treasurer’s Department for $14.57 includes tax


Disaster Plan