Construction or Home Repair Material
You can dispose of do-it-yourself home improvement waste including:
- Carpets and rugs (no larger than 2 feet high and 4 feet long bundles)
- Lumber (no larger than 2 feet high and 4 feet long bales)
- Do-it-yourself construction material
- Windows, mirrors, cabinets, and doors
If you are doing a major construction or renovation project in your home, you need to get a dumpster through a private trash removal service. If you hire a contracting company, it should arrange for private disposal of debris, such as heaters, sinks, and tubs.
If you do repair work in your own home and do not hire anyone to help, you can put out up to six items (bags, bundles) curbside for home repair debris.
Work on income properties (on three family homes and larger), fee for service, and contractor material must be serviced by hiring a private carter or dumpster.
Certain electronics contain hazardous materials, including lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium, and can’t be put in the trash.
- Small servers
- MP3 players
- VCRs/DVDs/DVR players
- Fax machines
- Video game consoles
- Cable/satellite boxes
- Computer mice
You can learn how to dispose of unwanted e-waste on the Electronics Disposal page.
For electric appliances that aren’t covered by the State’s e-waste law, such as microwaves, fans, or irons, you should remove the battery and dispose of them curbside following normal trash or recycling disposal rules.
Any mattress or box spring put out for bulk collection must be sealed in a plastic bag. This is being done in an effort to help the City fight against bedbugs. Items not properly disposed of will not be collected and may result in a $100 fine.
The City does not provide mattress or box spring bags or covers. You can get them at department stores, home improvement stores, and moving supply centers.
Metal Compressed Gas Tanks
You can put fire extinguishers and helium tanks out for collection or take them back to where you bought them.
If you put them out, first empty them and remove the head. To empty an extinguisher, spray it into a damp paper bag.
The City does not collect used compressed gas tanks such as propane, oxygen, and acetylene because they can explode in the garbage truck. You must take these tanks back to where you bought them.
Trash or Recycling Bins
You can throw out metal or rigid plastic trash or recycling cans or bins with your recycling items. Place a label on it that says "Sanitation, please take this can away" so that the Department of Sanitation knows to take it.
Empty water heaters that are 50 gallons or smaller can be put out for bulk collection. You must hire a private carter for any other water heaters.