Bulky Item Pick Up for Single Family Residents

Bulky Item Collection - Mattress
Twice a year, from February 1st through December 31st, we offer a scheduled pick up service to single family residents. Recology's Bulky Item Pick Up service is a safe and responsible way to dispose of items you no longer want or need and is offered at no additional charge. Contact us to make an appointment.

Before you call, please be prepared with an accurate list of items you want picked up. PLEASE NOTE: If you have more items that are accepted in one Bulky Item Pick Up, you can choose to use both of your free pick ups for the year in one day. Please let the Customer Service Representative know this when you are scheduling the appointment.

What We Can Take:

Bulky Item Collection - Washer We will take up to two cubic yards (3ft. x 3ft. x 6ft.), or the equivalent of 12 garbage bags (32 gallon size) of bagged, boxed or bundled garbage, recyclables or compost. Our drivers CANNOT pick up loose items that are not bagged, boxed or bundled. In addition, we will also take:

  • One large appliance such as a washing machine, clothes dryer, refrigerator or freezer
  • One bulky item such as a mattress set (mattresses and box spring), one piece of furniture such as a recliner or desk, or tires (up to four)
  • One e-waste item such as a computer, computer monitor, microwave or television

What We Can't Take:

For the safety of our employees, please: NO nails or sharp objects.

We cannot accept liquids or sludge, dirt, rock, hot ashes, concrete or asphalt, hazardous or infectious waste, Construction and Demolition debris and materials that exceed five feet in length. Any individual item that weighs more than 200 pounds may require an extra fee for service and cannot be guaranteed.

Separating Reusable Items from Garbage:

Bulky Item Collection - Chair It's possible that some of the items you're getting rid of could find a new life as a donation to one of the many non-profits in San Mateo County. Not only will you be helping divert items from the landfill - you will also be helping a great organization.

If you find yourself tossing out any of the items listed below, please help us by separating them from the rest and marking them as "donation". You can also visit our Don't Toss It page for more information on donation opportunities.

Some of the most requested items for donation are:

Bulky Item Collection - Textiles Please do not include any wet or heavily soiled items.

  • Books and magazines
  • Clothing, belts, shoes (mismatched and/or single shoes are fine)
  • Craft and Decorative items: ceramic figurines, baskets, woodwork, artwork, etc.
  • DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, audiotapes and other media
  • Furniture in good/working condition
  • Kitchen items: Dishes, mugs and glasses, pots and pans, silverware, Tupperware, etc.
  • Household electronics such as stereos and speakers (no televisions)
  • Linens such as towels, tablecloths, sheets, blankets and sleeping bags
  • Purses, backpacks and other bags (no luggage)
  • Small appliances, working or not working
  • Sporting goods
  • Tools
  • Toys and stuffed animals

What cannot be donated:

Bulky Item Collection - Carpet Padding
  • Anything wet or dirty
  • Cardboard
  • Carpet and carpet padding
  • Lumber
  • Furniture in need of repair
  • Food in an unsealed package or container
  • Newspaper, office packing materials, packing peanuts, etc.
  • Paint, Polystyrene (Styrofoam)
  • Hazardous Waste
This service is offered on your regular service day (Monday through Friday) from February 1st to December 31st each year. Collections are non-transferable and cannot be carried over from year to year. Once you've used up your two free annual collections, we will provide further services for an additional fee. Please contact us to make an appointment.