City of Portland Bulky Item Collection
The process for Bulky Items changed as of April 2018.
For those who wish to participate, the Department of Public Work’s bulky item collection program provides a convenient way to dispose of many items. Everyone who lives in a home, apartment building or condominium that receives weekly service from Portland’s trash and recycling crews is eligible to participate. Items that weigh 30 lbs. or less and do not fit in a city trash bag, will be collected free of charge (limit 10 items per dwelling unit per year) while items that weigh more than 30 lbs. will be collected subject to a $40 fee per item.
Click here use the Citizen Self Service portal.
HOW TO REQUEST BULKY ITEM PICKUP USING OUR NEW CITIZEN SELF SERVICE PORTAL
- Create a log in on the Citizen Self Service Portal.
- Put together a list of the bulky items you wish to get rid of including approximate measurements of size, height & weight.
- Log into your account on the CITIZEN SELF SERVICE portal.
- Click the "APPLY TAB" which creates a drop down menu titled: Permits.
- At the bottom of the Permits list click: >All (40)
- Find the Public Works: Solid Waste-Bulky Item Pickup application under permits --third permit down on the list.
- Follow the permit application making sure to enter all required information, upload photos if you can. The Mobile App makes uploading photos easy as an actual step in the process.
- If requesting collection of large items (over 30lbs), you will be invoiced via email. Payment should be made online and paid in full is required before a date is assigned.
- Final Step, you will receive an email confirmation that includes a set-out date for pickup by the crew on a normal trash day. **** DO NOT put items out before receiving this confirmation email because the items will not be picked up.****
View a list of items that CAN and CANNOT be collected.
SMALL BULKY ITEMS 10 Free per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30)
- Too large to fit in a City of Portland 30 gallon trash bag
- Weigh less than 30 pounds
- Item can be safely lifted and carried curbside by one individual
LARGE BULKY ITEMS $40 fee per eligible item
- Be one single item (bound together if broken)
- Be wrapped in plastic prior to placing curbside if ANY type of infestation is suspected due to health risks.
- How can I get answers to questions on Bulky Waste Permits?
- When can I put out my items for pickup?
- Photos not attaching or do not know how to upload photos?
- The Self Service Portal has space for 3 items on the permit application.
- I've used up my 10 Bulky Items Curbside Pickup- what now?
- I have old small appliance (hairdryer/coffeemaker) should that be a small bulky item?
Electronics & Special Waste
Please note that the city’s bulky item collection program cannot pick up electronic items such as televisions, computer monitors or other computer components and peripherals. For more information about recycling these items, Click here for
Reduce, Reuse & Recycle!!
From time to time, residents have a need to get rid of common household items that do not fit in a City of Portland trash bags. If such items are still in usable condition, we encourage residents to donate them to charitable organizations or to make them available to other people who may have a use for them. Below are websites that may help people find new homes for usable items.
Several local companies in the greater Portland area collect bulky items and offer basement & garage clean-up services. Prices vary on the level of service desired and the types of materials to be collected. Residents are welcome to contact these service providers for more information. Many of them advertise in local publications.
WEBSITES WITH HELPFUL INFORMATION
- Best Buy – Electronics http://bestbuy.com/recycling ($25 fee for TV’s & Monitors)
- Craigslist - http://maine.craigslist.org
- Freecycle - http://groups.freecycle.org
- Goodwill of New England - http://www.goodwillnne.org
- Habitat for Humanity – Restore - http://habitatportlandme.org
- Portland Gear Hub - Outdoor sporting equipment - www.portlandgearhub.org
- Ruth’s Reusable Resources - http://www.ruths.org
- Staples - Electronic Recycling - http://staples.com/recycling
- Threads of Hope - http://www.ccmaine.org/thrift-store