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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 mattress, or large, broken toys. Yard waste, electronics and TVs, appliances, and tires are not considered bulky waste and must be disposed of by taking to a Drop Off Center. Bulky item pickup is only available for properties with solid waste collection service provided by City of Milwaukee Sanitation Services.

Disposal Options

Regular Pickup: 1 cubic yard of bulky items (about the size of a recliner or two garbage carts) 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 - 1- 4 cubic yards
  • $150 - 4 - 6 cubic yards

Special pick up requests for more than 6 cubic yards, loose material, or mixed materials (construction waste, recyclables, tires, brush/yard waste, etc...) are not eligible for special pick up service. The property will be referred to the Department of Neighborhood Services as a property violation. 

Drop Off: City of Milwaukee residents and property owners may drop off bulky waste items at a Drop Off Center. 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 Center for a limited fee or collected via a pre-paid request. Call 414 286-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.

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