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You can now schedule pickups for bulk items

By either calling 311 or going online

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Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017 10:30 am

The Sanitation Department last Thursday announced the launch of a service that allows city residents to schedule pickups for bulky items such as sofas, mattresses and large wooden furniture.

“We’ve heard New Yorkers’ concerns regarding how to place out large, bulky items for collection around the city,” said DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia in a prepared statement Sept. 7. “Between July 2016 and June 2017, New Yorkers made nearly 90,000 calls to 311 to inquire about collection of large bulky items. Recognizing that we had implemented a hugely successful e-waste pickup program on Staten Island, we modeled our large bulky item collection service along the same principles.”

Those looking to have items picked up can do so by calling 311 or visiting nyc.gov/bulk.

The service is designed for items larger than 4 by 3 feet that can be lifted by two workers and fit inside a Sanitation truck.

It does not apply to items that require special handling such as air conditioners, refrigerators, televisions or other electronics.

If you have more than six items that need to be picked up, the DSNY suggests scheduling additional appointments.

Mattresses must still be wrapped in a plastic bag.

Just like your regular garbage, the large items should be placed curbside after 4 p.m. the night before pickup.

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