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Bulky Item Pickup Guidelines

Bulky items are items that are too large to be placed in your garbage cart, such as broken furniture, a queen matress, or large, broken toys. Yard waste, electronics and TVs, appliances, and tires are not considered bulky waste and must be disposed of by special brush collection or by taking to a Drop Off Center.

Disposal Options

Regular Pickup: 1 cubic yard of bulky items (the size of a recliner) may be put at your regular collection point for pickup on your regular day. You do not need to fill out an online request or call the City.

Special Pickup: There is a fee for collecting more than 1 cubic yard. Place your items at the collection point and then request a special pickup online or call 414-286-CITY (2489).

  • $50 for over 1 cubic yard - 4 cubic yards
  • $150 for over 4 cubic yards - 6 cubic yards

Drop Off: City of Milwaukee residents may drop off bulky waste items at a Drop Off Disposal Center for no charge. This is also where you can dispose of electronics, appliances, and tires for recycling.

Donation: If your bulky items could be reused, consider donating them instead. There are a variety of local organizations that can even collect items from your home. Learn about a variety of local options for donation.


Construction and Demolition Waste

Construction and Demolition Waste is collected differently than bulky items. Construction and Demolition Waste can be taken to a Drop Off Disposal Center for a limited fee or collected via a pre-paid request. Call 286-CITY (2489) for additional information and fees. Small amounts of carpet (the size of an area rug) can be picked up curbside and are not considered Construction and Demolition Waste.


Project Clean & Green

Each spring the City and community organizations promotes Project Clean & Green, a program designed to foster neighborhood pride and ownership through coordinated cleanup and beautification efforts.

You will have one special collection where extra items will be collected. These items can be left at your regular collection point and will be collected on your regular collection day. Look up your collection date and learn about what items are collected.