Old couches. Left-over lumber. One-legged chairs. Used laptops and TVs. Broken refrigerators.
Beat-up mattresses. Does this sound like your backyard or garage? Did you know the Sacramento County Department of Waste Management and Recycling will come to your home and pick these items up from your curb at no charge?
One Bulky Waste Pick-Up per calendar year is included in your garbage rate. The no-charge pick- up is good for an 8’ x 4’ x 4’ pile, with a maximum material amount of 5 cubic yards – about the size of a pickup bed loaded to the top of the cab. Additional pickups are only $25!
Bulky Waste Pick-Up services are available by appointment only. To schedule your pick-up, call (916) 875-5555 or complete the Waste Management and Recycling form online.
Acceptable items include:
- E-Waste (TVs and computer monitors)*
- Universal Waste (household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs less than 4 feet, and cell phones)*
- Lawn/Tree/Shrub Trimmings
- Please use your green waste container as much as possible for leaves, grass, weeds and prunings. The more you use your green waste cart, the more space in your Bulk Waste Pick-Up for items that cannot go into a cart.
- Tires (no rims; maximum of 5)
*Place these items to the side of your pile.
Lumber, pipes and trimmings should be no more than four inches in diameter and five feet long.
Unacceptable items include:
- Commercial Waste
- Dirt, Rocks, and Bricks
- Glass Panes
- Vehicle Batteries
- Household Garbage
- Hot Ashes
- Heavy Materials (like auto bodies, engines, etc.)
- Hazardous Waste. This includes paint, oil and chemicals. This material may be dropped off at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility located at the North Area Recovery Station. Call (916) 875-5555 for hours.
Customers are asked to place the materials in front of their property and on the same side of the street 24 hours before scheduled pick-up.
The County offers this service to help customers keep their neighborhoods and homes tidy. It also helps reduce illegal dumping.
Sometimes, people without access to trucks or trailers will illegally dump unwanted items along roadsides or in rural areas of the county. This causes blight and costs taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars every year to address.
Ted Horton, superintendent of operations for the Department of Waste Management and Recycling, says that each year the county removes about 23 million pounds of household junk through the Bulky Waste Pick-Up program.
Couches, beds and wood are the most commonly disposed of items. “But we’ll even take old hot tubs, as long as they are cut in half,” said Horton.
Appointment availability varies. Depending on demand there may be a wait of up to 3-4 weeks.
If you’d like to get rid of household junk or have questions about the program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Customer Service at 916-875-5555, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
LAURIE SLOTHOWER, SACRAMENTO COUNTY COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA, 916-874-8899