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Bulky Items

Bulky Item Curbside Collection

The Bulky Item Recycling Program is only available to residents of the City of San Francisco.  Participating properties must have an active residential or apartment account with Recology Sunset Scavenger or Recology Golden Gate.

  • Residential customers receive two Bulky Item Recycling collections per calendar year, while Multi-Family owners/operators receive one collection/year.  Tenants within an apartment building receive one collection/year and can contact Recology directly to schedule collection.  Unused collections do not accumulate.

  • FAQs about Material Collection:
  • Yes, depending upon availability.

    Your options for expedited disposal of your bulky item include:

    • Drop off bulky items at the Recology Transfer Station located at 501 Tunnel Ave.
    • Explore options with local charities to see if they are accepting donations
    • Call a junk removal company to haul your items

    No. Bulky item collection is handled by appointment only.  Email us at customerservice@recologySF.com for an appointment.

    No.  Only customers with an active account may schedule a Bulky item pickup.

    Please submit an Abandoned Waste request.

    • Customers with more than 10 items must pre-approve the collection and will be charged for additional items.

    Customers who have used allotted collections for the calendar year may schedule additional appointments (charges apply).


  • FAQs about Materials Accepted:
  • The Bulky Item Collection Program is not intended for extra household garbage or recyclable materials that can be collected in your curbside bins (paper, cardboard, bottles and cans).

    Please review our Bulky Item Collection acceptable item list to learn more.

      • Place items neatly at the curb in front of your residence no earlier than 6PM the day before the scheduled collection and no later than 6AM the day of the scheduled collection.
      • Write RECOLOGY on a piece of paper and attach it to one of your items. This will let City agencies know that the material is scheduled for a collection.
      • Unless you identify an alternate curbside location (back alley, etc.), we will look for material in front of your service address.

Effective October 9, 2020, textiles are now part of the Bulky Item Recycling proram.  You can also donate to Goodwill at their distribution center, located at 121 Wisconsin St, San Francisco, CA 94107.