December 8: Westside Community Conversation

You are invited to a virtual Westside Community Conversation on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at 6pm. This is the fourth in a series of Westside Community Conversations. The topic is “CARES: Community Alternative Response Emergency Services.”

You can join the virtual event using your computer, smartphone, or tablet, or you can listen in via telephone. You will receive login information after registering at The meeting will be recorded.

Please email your questions for the panelists to by Monday, December 6.

You can view a recording of the September 30 Westside Community Conversation, which featured Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes and Dane County Sheriff Kalvin Barrett, here.

You can view a recording of the October 14 Westside Community conversation, which featured an overview and discussion of the 2022 Executive Budget, here.

You can view a recording of the November 18 Westside Community Conversation, which featured an overview and discussion of the juvenile justice system, here.

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2021 Traffic Signal Priority List Preliminary Review and Selection

Please see the attached notice for next week’s Transportation Commission meeting where the annual public hearing for the Traffic Signal Priority List (TSPL) will take place. Also attached is the 2020 TSPL, and the Criteria for Traffic Signals document which briefly describes the conditions in which traffic signals are typically recommended.

At this first meeting we will discuss requests for traffic signals that were brought up throughout the last year, and intersections that we and the committee recommend for further study. This meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to request intersections to be studied for installation of a traffic signal.

If you are interested in attending, please see the information in the link below.

Recycle Paper Cups & More From the Streets Dept

Starting right now, we can accept dry and empty paper cups in our green recycling cart at home!

Of course, it’s better to choose reusable containers than single-use paper cups when you can, but this is still good news. 

What kind of cups are you talking about?

These are the paper takeout cups that you would get from coffee shops or fast-food restaurants.


An empty and dry paper cup ready for recycling.

How do you recycle the paper cups?

Be sure they are empty and dry. If you hold the cup upside down over your head and you get dripped on – the cup isn’t empty or dry enough to go into the recycling.

The plastic lids and plastic straws should be placed into the trash.  The plastic lids are flat and due to their shape they are likely to get mixed in with the paper products and become a contaminant.

The cardboard sleeve on coffee cups should be slipped off the cup and recycled separately from the cup itself.

What happens to the paper cups?

They are bundled up and sent off to paper mills in Wisconsin or elsewhere in the Midwest to be made into paper products like tissue and paperboard boxes.

Can I recycle paper take out cups where I work or at my local coffeeshop?

If your workplace or the business uses Pellitteri Waste Systems, or is collected by the Streets Division, then yes.  (Pellitteri accepts, sorts, and sells the recyclables collected by the Streets Division.)

If they use Waste Management or Green for Life (GFL), I’m less certain. I believe Pellitteri is the first in Wisconsin to make the improvements to provide cup recycling, but the other recyclers may be able to offer it as well or have plans to add this service soon. You just have to check.

Other news from the Streets Division

The drop-off sites hours are changing to winter hours. If you are bringing in electronics or yard waste or excess cardboard, be sure to check the hours before loading your car. Winter hours are much shorter than standard hours, and the drop-off sites are closed on weekends now.  The drop-off site website is

Also, there is a last chance leaf collection that will get underway next week – but keep your eyes on the weather. We are really hoping to provide one last leaf pickup this year since the leaves fell so late for so many people. But if we get hit with a significant winter storm before leaf collection is complete, leaf pickup may need to stop so Streets crews could switch to snowplowing duties.

Yahara Sustainability Campus Public Information Meeting with Dane County

The County will be hosting a public information meeting about the sustainability campus and landfill expansion proposal, at 5:30pm on December 7.  The meeting will be held over Zoom. All are welcome to attend.

Here is the link to the meeting –

Dane County staff will give an approximately 30 minute presentation about the Sustainability Campus and landfill expansion, followed by a Q&A session.
Prior to the meeting, anyone can submit questions by sending them to

During the meeting, written questions can be submitted using the Q&A function on Zoom. Dane County staff will respond to all questions during the presentation and in the Q&A session.

The meeting will also be recorded and posted on the County’s website for individuals who are unable to attend.

For more information about the Sustainability Campus proposal and the meeting, Dane County provided the below links.

Here is a link to the meeting agenda, including registration and call-in details:

Here’s a link to the Dane County website with information on the proposed Sustainability Campus and landfill:

And here’s an FAQs about the Sustainability Campus:

And lastly here’s the official press release on the upcoming public information meeting: