Bulky Item Collection | Recology San Mateo County
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)

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
    • Treated wood– any wood that has been treated with a chemical preservative to protect the wood against attacks from insects, microorganisms, or fungi. It is typically used in outdoor applications such as fences, decks, stairways, etc. Includes any painted or stained wood.

      For more information on disposal of Treated Wood Waste please visit https://dtsc.ca.gov/toxics-in-products/treated-wood-waste/


    Residential customers receive two curbside Bulky Item Collection (BIC) appointments per calendar year at no additional charge, on your regular collection day. Appointments can be scheduled February 1 through December 31 each year. BICs cannot be carried over from year to year. 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.