Bulky waste and bulky refuse are waste management terms that refer to waste that’s simply too large and cumbersome to be accepted by your normal waste collectors.
While that may not be the best news in the world, there’s a silver lining to the story: you can normally schedule one or more bulky waste pickups through your city’s public works department or have your commercial bulky waste handled by professionals.
What Exactly is Bulky Waste?
Larger appliances like big-screen televisions and kitchen ovens along with no longer useful furniture items like couches and dining room tables tend to make up the lion’s share of bulky residential waste. That said, a few items from the bathroom like sinks and bathtubs also might wind up on the curb and be considered bulky waste as well.
Residential bulky waste also comprises things like mattresses and recliners, or myriad other larger items that won’t fit in your regular trash container. Hefty yard equipment like lawnmowers, wheelbarrows or even basketball hoops are considered residential bulky waste, and all of these items are classified as acceptable bulky waste items ready for local pickup.
- Disassembling Bulky Waste
You’ll just want to make sure that extremely cumbersome bulky waste like gym sets, swing sets and other complex yard waste is partly dissembled prior to pickup so that it can be easily taken off your property. If you don’t want to go through your local public works department or disassemble your own bulky residential waste, then you can always hire professionals to remove your yard waste, mattresses and large appliances.
Generally speaking, most kitchen appliances (e.g., ovens and refrigerators) will be considered acceptable bulky waste by your local public works. Likewise with patio furniture or old couches, chairs and bureaus that are languishing around the house or collecting cobwebs in the garage. You should find out beforehand whether you need to break up your bulky waste or whether it might be better to keep it intact.
- Specific Rules to Follow
A lot of places prefer that, for instance, doors be removed from fridges, washing machines and ovens for safety reasons but that couches be kept intact. Furniture pieces like couches and chairs should actually be kept intact more often than not prior to disposal because they can be easier to move that way and many people prefer to reuse old items in their homes.
While a stained bathtub or derelict dishwasher might well have its best days behind it, a clean and fully functional couch can actually be re-purposed by another homeowner. This is fully in line with California’s renewed push to reduce, reuse and recycle all across the state, save usable items from winding up in landfills and do the environmentally responsible thing.
Bulky Waste and Hazardous Items
On the topic of environmental stewardship, there are a few items conventionally considered residential bulky waste that public works just won’t touch. These include things like car engines, drywall, satellite dishes, lead-containing cathode ray tube monitors, and other forms of electronic waste.
Because these items can be hazardous to handle and put a strain on the environment, you may want to contact household hazardous waste collection facilities in California or get in touch with Jung King if you have a mountain of commercial hazardous waste on your hands.
Commercial waste, glass panes, treated wood, paint, concrete and vehicle batteries are typically considered unacceptable forms of bulky waste, which means that your best bet might be going through Jung King to responsibly handle drywall, windows and other forms of construction debris before it becomes a personal or environmental burden.