Bulk Items and Furniture

The City of Hamilton picks up furniture and other bulk items every week that are too big to fit into a garbage bag or can.  You have to call to book a pick up for these items.

How to book a pick up for bulk items and furniture

  • Call 905-546-2489 at least one week before you want your bulk garbage picked up. Pick ups are scheduled for the same day as your regular waste collection day.
  • A maximum of four items will be picked up each time you call in.
  • Make sure each item does not weigh more than 90 kg (200 lb) and is not longer than 1.2 m (4 ft).

Tips for bulk items and furniture pick up

  • Once you have scheduled a bulk pick up, your items need to be at the curb by 7 am 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 what you put out for pick up. Each item must not weigh more than 90 kg (or 200 lbs).
  • Cast iron bathtubs must be broken into pieces weighing less than 23 kg (50 lbs each).
  • Batteries must be taken out before putting items at the curb.
  • Sofa beds and recliners must be tied so they do not unfold.
  • Wood (non-pressure-treated) cannot be longer than 1.2 m (4 ft). It must be bundled and tied. Pressure treated wood and rail ties will not be collected.
  • Carpet must be rolled, bundled and tied. The maximum length is 1.2 m (4 ft).

Bulk items and furniture can 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: post on buy-and-sell websites such as eBay, Kijiji, or CraigsList

Other options 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.