Bulky Waste Pick-up Guidelines 

The City of Berkeley offers 1 Bulky Waste Pick-up per calendar year for single-family homes and multi-unit residential buildings up to 4 units. Advance appointments are required, and must be scheduled by the property owner. Appointments can be made for a Tuesday or Thursday throughout the year.

To participate in the Bulky Waste Pick-up Service:

  • Your Pick-up date can be scheduled for a Tuesday or Thursday throughout the year (unless this is a refuse collection holiday).
  • The property owner must make the appointment for the Bulky Waste Pick-up. Please call Customer Service in advance of your preferred date, and no later than 2:00pm on the business day before:
    Phone 311 or (510) 981-CITY (2489) or for TTY call (510) 981-6903. 
  • If you have to cancel your appointment, please call Customer Service no later than 2:00pm on the business day before:
    Phone 311 or (510) 981-CITY (2489) or for TTY call (510) 981-6903.
  • If you forget to put out your items on the day of your appointment, you will have to wait until next year for another appointment.

Quantity Limit: The maximum amount of trash per residence is 3 cubic yards. This is the equivalent of 20 large (32-gallon) garbage bags. If your material exceeds this limit, you may be charged a fee for the additional amount.

Appointment Day: Set out materials for pick-up by 7:00 am on your pick-up appointment day. Do not set out material more than 1 day ahead of your pick-up appointment.

Extra Trash & Plant Debris: can be picked up throughout the year by purchasing pre-paid bags for a small fee. Bags are available at City libraries and at the Transfer Station on 2nd Street. Contact Refuse Customer Service for more information.

Materials & Items Acceptable for Pick-up 

Trash:

  • Bulky household items
  • Trash
  • Doors cut in half at width
  • Rugs rolled at 5' lengths up to 12" diameter
  • Pieces of wood and scrap metal must be bundled up
  • Painted wood, plywood, composition board up to 5'
  • Small appliances
  • Sinks and toilets
  • Bed frames
  • Mattresses
  • All small items must be boxed or bagged

These Items Are NOT Acceptable for Pick-up
(for additional alternatives for disposal, see the Transfer Station information)

  • No large appliances
  • No items longer than 5' or heavier than 50 pounds (sofas and mattresses okay)
  • No recyclables (please use blue cart for weekly curbside recycling collection)
  • No plant debris or food waste (please use green cart for weekly collection, or purchase excess plant debris bags)
  • No rocks, dirt, or concrete
  • No tires or auto parts
  • No televisions or computer monitors
  • No hazardous waste

Give Reusable Items a 2nd Chance!
Pick up a Reuse Directory at your local library - a list of over 200 places in Berkeley and Albany to rent, repair, buy, sell, and donate reusable items. For more information on reuse, call the Alameda County Recycling Hotline: 1-877-STOPWASTE, or visit their website at www.stopwaste.org.

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