If you’re moving, you might be getting rid of some of your belongings. Perhaps you were inspired by Marie Kondo, or you just have too much stuff to fit in your new home. Small items are easy to throw away, but how do handle furniture disposal? What do you do with an item that is too large to fit into a garbage bin or bag? If you live in NYC, you can actually make an appointment for the City to pick up your larger items from your residence.

Let the City Do It

Per the City of New York website:

Bulk metal and rigid plastic items are collected on recycling collection days, while all other bulk items are collected on normal garbage collection days. There is no limit on the number of non-metal or metal items for each building.

The following guidelines apply:

  • You should schedule an appointment for non-recyclable items larger than 4 feet by 3 feet. Items will be picked up on your appointment day.
  • Put small (4 feet by 3 feet and smaller) non-recyclable items out the night before any garbage collection day.
  • Put recyclable items (metal and rigid plastics) out the night before your recycling day.
  • You must make an appointment for the pickup of any appliance containing CFCs or Freon, such as air conditioners and refrigerators.
  • You cannot bring bulk items to the City’s special waste disposal sites.
  • Construction or renovation debris is considered commercial waste, unless you have done the work yourself and did not hire anyone to help. You can place up to six items (bags, bundles) curbside for home repair debris.
  • All other bulk items placed out for collection must not be placed in the street, extend in front of another property, or impede pedestrian traffic. If you have a large amount of items, consider placing them out over several collection days.

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Use a Private Company

If you live in a place where the city won’t dispose of your  things, or you just don’t want to go through their process, you can also pay companies to help you with furniture disposal. Stride Movers can handle furniture disposal during your move, or a la carte. If you need furniture disposal, get a free quote here.