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Garbage and Recycling - Bulk Items and Furniture

Lots of things around the house are too big to fit into a garbage bag or can. The City picks up furniture and other bulk items every week.

How do I book a pick-up?

1. You must call (905) 546-CITY (2489) at least one week before you want your bulk garbage picked up. Pick ups are arranged on the same day as your regular waste collection day.

2. A maximum of four items will be picked up each time you call in.

3. Make sure each items weighs no more than 90 kg (200 lb) and is no longer than 1.2 m (4 ft).

Find out what can go in a bulk pick up.

Important things to know:

  • Bulk items and furniture are taken right to a landfill site.
  • Once you have scheduled a bulk pick-up, your items need to be at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on your pick-up day.
  • A maximum of four items will be collected each time you schedule a bulk pick-up.
  • A two-person crew must be able to lift anything you put out for pick up. Each item must not weigh more than 90 kilograms (or 200 pounds).
  • Cast iron bathtubs must be broken into pieces weighing less than 23 kilograms (or 50 pounds each).
  • Batteries must be taken out before putting items at the curb.

Bulk items and furniture often have great potential to be used again.

  • REgift 'em: Give furniture and other big items in good condition to a friend or relative who could put them to good use
  • REuse 'em: Donate items to an organization that accepts used goods
  • REdistribute 'em: Auction sites such as eBay, Kijiji, or CraigsList

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why aren't fridges picked up with furniture and other big things?
Fridges, stoves, air conditioners, hot water heaters and dehumidifiers are examples of appliances. They are handled separately as they contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). CFCs are harmful to our environment when not disposed of properly.

How many pieces of furniture and other big things can be put out for pick up?
A maximum of four (4) pieces of furniture and other big things can be put out for pick up. Smaller things can be bundled together as one item.

How do I get my furniture and other big things ready for pick up?

  • A two person crew must be able to lift anything you put out for pick up. The weight must not exceed 90 kilograms or 200 pounds.
  • Sofa beds and recliners must be tied so they do not unfold.
  • Wood (non pressure treated) cannot be longer than 1.2 metres or 4 feet. It must be bundled and tied. Pressure treated wood and rail ties will not be collected.
  • Cast iron tubs must be broken into pieces so they do not weigh more than 23 kilograms or 50 pounds.
  • Carpet must be rolled, bundled and tied. The maximum length is 1.2 metres or 4 feet.
  • Put your furniture and other big things at the curb in front of your house between 7:00pm on the evening before and 7:00am on the morning of your scheduled pick up day.

What happens to furniture and other big things once they are collected?
Furniture and other big things go directly to landfill. However, most of them have enormous potential to be reused. Explore your options to reuse and / or donate your things.

What other options are there to get rid of furniture and other big things?
Bulk items and furniture can be taken to a Community Recycling Centre. There is a cost to get rid of things that cannot be donated or recycled. If you get rid of the items before they are collected, call 905-546-CITY (2489) to cancel your scheduled collection.

How should I dispose of something with blood on it?
If you have things with any bodily fluids or blood on them please call:

  • Canadian Hazmat and Decontamination Services - 24-hour emergency service: 1-866-856-5366
  • Trauma Scene Services: 905-318-5509