According to the city of Charlotte, a bulk item (as it applies to trash) is described as “household furnishings, appliances, mattresses, box springs, lawn equipment and similar items too large to be placed in the garbage rollout cart and not eligible for recycling or yard waste collection are considered bulky items.” That’s easy enough to determine. The big question is what do you do with those kinds of items when you want to get rid of them? You could try to get through the municipal services and arrange for a pickup but there are some rules to follow. The biggest of which is you’ve got to get that item out to the curb. Here’s what else you have to do:
“Place bulky items at the curb by 6:30 am on your scheduled collection day. Place bulky items within 2 feet of the curb and at least 3 feet away from other collection items and obstacles such as mailboxes, phone poles, vehicles, etc. Do not block the sidewalk. Please do not put items curbside until the day before the scheduled collection. Items at the curb more than 24 hours before the scheduled collection could result in a fine of at least $50. All items must be free of food, clothing, trash, and flammable materials such as gasoline. Please remove doors from refrigerators and rims from tires.”
That’s a lot of rules to follow. You also have to consider that something you might consider as a bulky item won’t make the cut as far as the city is concerned with picking it up. Included on their long list of things that won’t be collected are:
“Any materials resulting from work performed by a commercial contractor. Automobile parts including motors, tires on rims, doors, fenders, car seats, batteries, bumpers. Bricks. Cardboard boxes. Please cut down to 3 feet by 3 feet (or smaller) pieces and place in the recycling cart for collection. Central air conditioning or heating units. Ceramic tile. Chain link fencing. Cinderblocks. Concrete. Dirt. Duct or sheet metal materials. Fence posts with concrete attached. Fire-damaged items. Grocery carts. Floor coverings (except carpet/padding installed or removed by homeowner). Marble or simulated marble countertops. Nails or boards with protruding nails. Pallets. Plaster. Railroad ties. Rocks. Roofing materials, shingles. Sand. Sheetrock. Yard waste.”
So what happens if you’ve got piles of that specific stuff? Are you stuck with it? Not when you call Junk King Charlotte. They are the professional junk haulers who don’t mind picking up any bulky item. In fact, that list of items that won’t be collected by the city is exactly the kind of stuff that Junk King picks up every day. You can put them to work for you with a single call to the Junk King office. They’ll schedule an appointment for a supervisor to come out to your property to make a free estimate of how much it will cost to haul off your junk based on how much space it will take up in their truck. You schedule an appointment and say good-bye to your junk once and for all.