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.  

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 use the Citizen Self Service portal.


  1. Create a log in on the Citizen Self Service Portal.
  2. Put together a list of the bulky items you wish to get rid of including approximate measurements of size, height & weight. 
  3. Log into your account on the CITIZEN SELF SERVICE portal. 
  4. Click the "APPLY TAB" which creates a drop down menu titled: Permits.
  5. At the bottom of the Permits list click:   >All (40)
  6. Find the Public Works: Solid Waste-Bulky Item Pickup application under permits --third permit down on the list.
  7. 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. 
  8. 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. 
  9. 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.****
Please Note: If the item fits in a City trash bag it is NOT eligible for the program.

View a list of items that CAN and CANNOT be collected

SMALL BULKY ITEMS  10 Free per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30)

SMALL BULKY ITEMS that qualifying for FREE curbside collection may include items as pictured below.  To qualify as a FREE SMALL Bulky Items must be:

  1. Too large to fit in a City of Portland 30 gallon trash bag
  2. Weigh less than 30 pounds
  3. Item can be safely lifted and carried curbside by one individual
Hazardous Waste, Electronic WasteUniversal Waste, household garbage, remodeling etc. is NOT included

Small Item


Small Item

mower small

Small Item

kitchen chair

Small Item

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LARGE BULKY ITEMS $40 fee per eligible item

LARGE BULKY ITEMS are subject to a $40.00 disposal fee for curbside collection. Qualified large items include items weighing over 30 pounds and must be approved prior to collection.  Items that qualify as LARGE $40.00 Items must:

  1. Be one single item (bound together if broken)
  2. Be wrapped in plastic prior to placing curbside if ANY type of infestation is suspected due to health risks. 

Hazardous Household Waste (air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerator, freezer) Electronic Waste, Universal Waste, household garbage, yard waste and remodeling etc. is NOT included

Large Items $40.00 per item

Large Bulky Items $40.00 per item (non refundable)

Large Item $40.00 per item

Kitchen appliances

View a list of items that CAN and CANNOT be collected

Please Note: If the item fits in a City trash bag it is NOT eligible for the program.

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 ecomaine's Special Waste recycling web page. 

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.

Local Companies

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.