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Bulk Item Collection

Some items—including mattresses, furniture, and appliances—are too large to be accepted for regular curbside collection in Baltimore County. These are known as bulk items.

Baltimore County has launched a residential bulk item collection program. Each single-family home and town home located within Baltimore County boundaries will have two scheduled bulk collections in 2022, with a limit of three bulk items per collection. Residents will not need to call or email the County to request pick-up on a scheduled day.

Mailers have been sent to residents indicating their specific assigned bulk item collection dates. To find their 2022 bulk trash collection dates, residents are asked to consult the mailer or look up their next scheduled bulk collection date on the County’s website.

Residents who are unable to find their bulk trash collection dates may contact the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at solidwaste@baltimorecountymd.gov or 410-887-2000 to request more information.

Set-Out Instructions

Bulk items should be set out after 6 p.m. on the night before scheduled collection. Residents should set out items at the same location where trash and recycling are normally placed for collection.

In the event of inclement weather, check for collection updates from Baltimore County. If a collection is canceled, make-up collections will usually occur the next business day.

Accepted Bulk Items

Accepted items include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Residential appliances (such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves and water heaters)
  • Household furniture (such as tables, chairs, sofas, entertainment centers and mattresses)
  • Household items that are not normally accepted for weekly trash collection (such as mops, brooms, sewing machines and game tables)
  • Some building materials (such as sinks, toilets, bathtubs and carpets)
  • Electronics (such as televisions, monitors, computers, laptops and printers)

Certain bulk materials will require special preparation for collection:

  • Awnings must be broken down
  • Clothesline poles and clothes trees must be free of concrete
  • Carpets and linoleum must be rolled and tied
  • Metal sheds and playhouses must be broken down and bundled
  • Lawn mowers must have the gas tanks and wheels removed
  • Swing sets, play sets and jungle gyms must be metal only and dismantled

Restrictions

Some items are not accepted in the County’s residential bulk collection program. These include:

  • Pianos
  • Boats
  • Pool tables
  • Cast iron furnaces
  • Concrete sinks
  • Compressed gas tanks (or any pressure vessels)
  • Drums, fuel and oil tanks
  • Mirrors and plate glass
  • Stumps and logs
  • Tires
  • Items containing liquids
  • Any large item that is not disassembled
  • Municipal solid waste that is part of the County’s normal residential curbside collection program (for trash, recycling and yard materials)

No items over eight feet in length will be accepted in the County’s residential bulk collection program.

Other Options for Bulk Item Disposal

Private bulk item collectors can be found in the Greater Baltimore yellow pages under the "rubbish and garbage removal" section. Since there are several different versions of phone directories you may also want to search "bulk hauling," "garbage collection," "trash," etc.

County residents may take bulk items to all three Baltimore County drop-off facilities, at no charge. Please note that the County does not offer assistance in unloading these items at the facilities.

You may also wish to consider donating any usable items. The Reuse Directory (PDF) is a guide to organizations that accept a broad range of donated items including appliances (large and small), beds, building materials, furniture, rugs and more.

For more information, please call customer service at 410-887-2000 or email solidwaste@baltimorecountymd.gov.

 
Revised February 2, 2022         

 

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