Bulk Item Disposal

A bulk item is something that is too large to fit into a garbage bin or bag. You can get free curbside removal of bulk items from residences.

Bulk metal and rigid plastic items are collected on recycling days, while all other bulk items are collected on normal garbage days. There is no limit on the number of non-metal or metal items for each building. The following guidelines apply:
  • You must make an appointment for the pickup of any appliance containing CFCs or freon, such as air conditioners and refrigerators.
  • You may not bring bulk items to the City's special waste disposal sites.
  • Construction or renovation debris is considered commercial waste, unless you have done the work yourself and did not hire anyone to help.  You can place up to six items (bags,bundles) curbside for home repair debris.
  • All other bulk items placed out for collection must not be placed in the street, extend in front of another property or impede pedestrian traffic.  If you have a large amount of items, you should consider placing them out over several collection days.

Special collection for large bulk items

If you are in the Community Board Districts listed below, the Department of Sanitation uses a dual-bin truck for trash and organics collection. Due to size limitations, bulk items larger than 4 feet by 3 feet cannot be collected using dual-bin trucks.  

If you are throwing out bulk items larger than 4 feet by 3 feet, such as mattresses, couches, or large pieces of furniture, etc. place them out after 4PM the evening before your last scheduled collection day of each week.  These items will be collected by the end of day on Saturday. 

  • Bronx 10 (only in areas with organics collection) 
  • Brooklyn 6 
  • Brooklyn 7 (only in areas with organics collection) 
  • Brooklyn 10 (only in areas with organics collection) 
  • Queens 10