Bulky item collection

Example of Accepted Bulky Items:

  • bulky

    12 garbage bags (32 gallon size) of garbage, recyclables or compost (loose items must be bagged, boxed, or bundled). This is equivalent to 2 cubic yards (3ft. x 3ft. x 6ft.) of materials and must be under 60 lbs.

  • 1 large appliance (washing machine, clothes dryer, household refrigerator)
  • 1 bulky item (mattress and box spring, furniture, 4 tires without rims)
  • 1 e-waste item (computer monitor, microwave, television)

For large items that don’t fit in your bins, like old furniture, appliances, or mattresses, schedule a curbside Bulky Item Collection (BIC). BICs are available for residents and property managers/owners from February 1st – December 31st (available Mon – Fri, on your regular collection day).

We cannot accept the following items:

    • Liquids
    • Sludge
    • Dirt
    • Rock
    • Hot ashes
    • Concrete
    • Asphalt
    • Hazardous waste
    • Infectious waste
    • Construction debris (new material)
    • Demolition debris (old material)
    • Materials exceeding five feet in length
    • Items weighing more than 200 pounds
      may require an extra fee for service
      and cannot be guaranteed


    Residential customers receive 2 curbside Bulky Item Collections per calendar year at no additional charge (available Mon – Fri, on your regular collection day). If you exceed your number of free pickups, you may request additional collections for a fee. If you are a tenant in a multi-family building, please contact your property manager to schedule a pickup.  Review the Twice Annual On-Call Bulky Item Collection Program brochure, available in English, Chinese and Spanish.



    We recommend coordinating a bulky item collection day for your tenants. You can even schedule your two free BICs on the same day. We will schedule an on-site assessment to determine the location and size of container(s) needed.


    Customers may schedule a Bulky Item Collection for a cost. Give us a call to receive free estimates.



    Before you toss it, consider donating usable items to a friend, local charity or non-profit organization in San Mateo County. Not only will you be helping divert items from the landfill – you will also be helping a great organization!

    Please visit any one of the sites below for more information:

    • Assistance League of San Mateo County
      Funds from resale are used to purchase new clothing, uniforms and books for underprivileged elementary school children and new books for family literacy programs.

    • California Materials Exchange
      CalMAX’s mission is to build reuse markets for materials from businesses, organizations, industry, schools, and individuals, and to find markets for non-hazardous materials that may otherwise be discarded.

    • Children’s Fund of San Mateo County
      The Children’s Fund benefits children and teens being served by the County of San Mateo’s Human Services Agency, probation and mental health departments, as well as any children living in poverty throughout San Mateo County.

    • FreeCycle
      A grassroots and non-profit organization of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own communities.

    • Goodwill®
      Goodwill® inspires hope and self-confidence, helping people from all backgrounds and walks of life to feel successful, valuable and dignified.

    • Pick of the Litter
      Buy or donate items and help homeless animals. All proceeds benefit the Peninsula Humane Society.

    • RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching)
      Everything you donate is used to help children learn.

    • Recycle for Breast Cancer
      Help protect the environment and support a worthy cause. Recycle for Breast Cancer provides prepaid shipping labels, envelopes or collection materials based on the condition, quantity and weight of the items you have.

    • San Mateo County Office of Sustainability
      A listing of local organizations that accept household items for donation.

    • Samaritan House
      A non-profit agency serving low income families and individuals in San Mateo County.

    • St. Vincent de Paul
      A non-profit organization that provides direct assistance to anyone suffering or in need.