Yard Waste Disposal


Wisconsin law bans yard waste, including grass clippings, leaves, yard and garden debris, and brush under six inches in diameter from landfill disposal.

The Village of Harrison offers several options to properly manage yard materials and treat this waste stream as a resource, resulting in a higher end-use.

Curbside Brush Pick Up

The Public Works Department picks up large branches & brush on the last Monday of the month (May-October).

  • Call the Department of Public Works (920) 989-1062 x 6 before the last Monday of the month to add your address to the "Pick Up List".
  • Have brush & branches at the road the night before pick up.
  • Brush & branches should be cut to no longer than 10 ft lengths & placed parallel to the road.
  • The equipment used for brush collection cannot pick up piles of leaves or grass clippings.

Picture Large Brush Collection

Curbside Yard Waste Pick Up

The Village waste hauler, GFL will collect bagged yard materials on Monday, November 6, 2023.


  • Place yard material in large, brown compostable bags.
  • Sticks should be cut & tied to 4 ft. lengths or smaller.
  • Place bags at least 6 ft away from garbage & recycle carts.
  • Loose debris or debris in containers or plastic bags cannot be taken.
  • Place material at the curb either the night before collection or by 5:00 am.

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Why Compost                                                                                                   Food-Recovery.png

Each year, Wisconsin households send 600 million pounds of “food waste” and compostable material to our landfills!

Composting is recycling in the most basic sense. It takes materials from the home and yard and returns them to the environment in a usable form. Composting yard materials and certain food scraps provides a valuable “soil amendment” for gardens and landscaping while reducing landfill costs.

Compost is considered a soil amendment, rather than a fertilizer because it usually contains small amounts of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Commercial lawn fertilizers contain large amounts of all three.

What to Compost 

  •  Garden & yard materials such as grass clippings, leaves, annual plants, and vegetables.
  • Kitchen scraps such as vegetables, eggshells, fruit peels, and coffee grounds. 
  • Manure from plant-eating animals (NOT from household pets).
  • Plants with disease or insect problems (compost only during summer months).

Do Not Compost: bones, meat scraps, dairy products, twigs/branches

How to Compost 

Home composting can be done in bins or in a heap. However, bins are a good way to manage materials in an urban setting.

  • Alternate layers of organic material
  • Keep moist (Iike a wrung out sponge)
  • Turn every 4-6 weeks to add oxygen

It's really that easy! Brochures are available in the display at the Village Municipal Office.



Harrison Yard Waste Site


W4476 Merbach Rd.
Harrison, WI 54952

The Yard Waste Site is available to Village of Harrison residents ONLYno businesses or contractors. Anyone hiring a private contractor must have the contractor dispose of the yard waste elsewhere.

Harrison residents may purchase a Yard Waste Sticker at the annual cost of $20/Sticker/Vehicle. All yard waste site users are required to have the annual sticker secured to the vehicle’s lower left windshield.

Stickers are not available for purchase at the Yard Waste Site. Purchase stickers in the following manner:

  • Pick Up: at the Municipal Office. Monday – Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.
  • By Mail: Print the form & mail to Village of Harrison W5298 Hwy 114, Menasha, WI 54952 and include:
     A check payable to Village of Harrison 2). A copy of your valid driver’s license/ID showing current address 3). A self-addressed stamped envelope.
  • 24 Hour Drop Box: at the Municipal Office. Print the form, place in an envelope, and include:
    1). A check payable to Village of Harrison 2). A copy of your valid driver’s license/ID showing current address 3). A self-addressed stamped envelope.


  • Do not place yard material in bags or containers. The Village does not have the equipment needed to open bags or containers, therefore residents must empty and take home any bags or containers.
  • The yard waste site is open the month of January for free holiday tree disposal. The Village does not provide curbside tree pick-up.
  • Acceptable material includes grass clippings, leaves, pine needles, pumpkins, sticks & twigs, weeds, and flower bed & vegetable garden material.
  • Unacceptable material includes tree stumps, root balls, and full-sized trees, stone, gravel & concrete.
  • There is no size limit for branches.

Yard Waste Sticker Form(PDF, 543KB)

2023 Season: April 3 - November 17


Monday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thursday 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed on Sunday & All Major Holidays


Outdoor Burning - Burn Permits

What Can Be Burned

State regulations and Village ordinance allow individual households to burn small amounts of organic material like dry leaves, grass clippings, and other woody vegetation after obtaining a burn permit. However, burning is discouraged because of air pollution and smoke.

Instead, the Village encourages yard materials to be taken to the Harrison Yard Waste Site, picked up during a designated spring or fall collection, or composted in backyard bins.

*Businesses may take yard materials & brush to Outagamie County or Winnebago County yard waste sites. 

Prohibited Materials:

garbage • asphalt • carpet • electronics • foam • furniture & mattresses • metal • oily substances (greasy rags & oil filters) • painted or treated wood • plastics of any kind • rubber products • shingles & tar paper • tires • vinyl siding • wire • construction & demolition materials 

Burn Permits

Burning brush or large quantities of yard material requires a burn permit. Call the Municipal Office (920) 989-1062 x 0 to have a burn permit issued.

  • Permits are good for 7 days.
  • Call the Sheriff's Office at (920) 849-2335 x 0 prior to burning.
  • Check the daily fire danger before ignition and never leave a fire unattended. You may be held responsible for fire suppression costs and any damages associated with an improperly controlled fire.
  • Burn Permits are not required for backyard campfires or bonfires.
  • All outdoor burning structures/piles must be at least 20' from all structures.

Campfires & Bonfires

State regulations & Village ordinance allows fires for cooking, ceremonies or recreation, except when Emergency Burning Restrictions are in effect. A burning permit is not needed for these types of fires. All fire pits must be at least 20' from all structures.

Check the daily fire danger before ignition and never leave a fire unattended. You may be held responsible for fire suppression costs and any damages associated with an improperly controlled fire.

Burning on Frozen Waterways

Having a fire for warming or cooking purposes on the frozen surface of a lake or river is allowed as long as the materials being burned do not violate Wisconsin open burning requirements and as long as the burn is not in violation of any local ordinances. After the burn, it is important to remove any debris, ash or unburned materials left behind. It is recommended to use a portable fire pit for easy clean-up and removal.