Bulky Item/On Call Clean-up Program
Clean Up is in the Bag!
Single-family residential customers are entitled to four bulky item/clean ups per a rolling 12-month period (scheduled no less than eight weeks apart). Extra bulky item/clean ups can be arranged for a fee.
1 GET THE BAGS. Call or contact Milpitas Sanitation to arrange your bulky item/clean up service. We will deliver two 1.5-cubic yard bags to your residence.
2 PREPARE THE BAG. Open the bags in the street curbside. THE BAGS MUST BE AT CURB FOR COLLECTION. (When full, they may be too heavy to move.)
3 FILL THE BAGS. If possible fill your bag curbside twenty-four (24) hours before your scheduled pick up day. Commonly disposed of items include: bulky items (less than 75-pounds each), housewares, packaging materials (Styrofoam® blocks, large boxes), non-recyclable glass, paper and plastics, small rugs & mats, shoes, clothing, & toys (that cannot be donated), construction and demolition debris (excluding concrete, dirt, brick and rock) and wood (treated wood waste – wood that has been treated with a chemical preservative is considered hazardous waste and is NOT allowed). All items must fit within the bags and not protrude.
Out of the Bags…
BULKY ITEMS: Instead of using the bags, a large/bulky item may be set out for collection. Acceptable items include: mattresses, furniture, appliances, exercise equipment, single tires and more. Refrigerator or freezer doors must be removed or taped shut. Electronic waste such as a computer, printer, television, large microwave and similar items can be set out for collection instead of a large/bulky item.
SMALL E-WASTE: Place in a discardable box or bag and place next to the clean up bags for collection.
HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES: Place alkaline and lithium batteries in a clear, zipper-lock style bag next to the bags but not in the gutter. Please tape terminals on all lithium, 6-volt and 9-volt alkaline batteries.
SCRAP METAL: Items (less than 30lbs.) can also be placed in the recyclable container side of your blue recyclables split cart.
YARD TRIMMINGS: Grass clippings, leaves and tree stumps less than 16”in diameter and length can also go in your green yard trimmings cart.
- The bags must be at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.
- Instead of bags, one large/bulky item may be set out at the curb.
- Do not place bags near obstructions and move vehicles away from the bags for collection access.
Not Allowed in the Bags…
The following items will NOT be collected as part of your bulky item/clean up service:
- Loose materials placed outside the bags
- Any item over 75 pounds (placed in the bags).
- Wood longer than three feet in length.
- Treated wood waste – Wood treated with a chemical preservative.
- Automobile parts.
- Dirt, sod, cement, rock and brick.
- Hazardous waste.
HAZARDOUS WASTE HAS ITS PLACE. Hazardous waste does NOT belong in any Milpitas Sanitation cart or bin.
Hazardous items like pesticides, fertilizers, pool & photochemicals, paint/varnish, toxic cleaning products, smoke detectors, mercury-containing items (thermometers, CFLs/fluorescent lights, etc.), wood treated with a chemical preservative, unwanted medications, and sharps (needles, lancets, etc.) need to be taken to a hazardous waste collection facility. For more information and a list of Santa Clara County’s collection facilities, visit: HHW.org or call: 408-299-7300.
Additional garbage, bulky or e-waste items can be collected for a charge. A special type of collection bin is required for construction and demolition materials such as dirt, sod, cement, rock and brick. Contact us at 408-988-4500 for more information.
Reuse, Recycle or Donate First
Before throwing items away, consider reusing, donating or recycling them first.
City of Milpitas Reuse Line – 408-586-2680
Goodwill Industries – www.goodwillsv.org
Salvation Army – www.salvationarmyusa.org or 1-800-95-TRUCK
Santa Clara County’s Center for Development of Recycling – www.recyclestuff.org or 800-533-8414
Freecycle.org – www.freecycle.org
Remember to: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot & Donate before you dispose!
For a PDF of the Bulky Item/On Call Clean Up Brochure in English, click here. For other languages, use the translate button in the upper left-hand corner on this web page and print directly.
Contact us for more information.