The idea of bulk trash pickup is good, however, it may be the worst resource since the invention of Clippy.
Okay, maybe it's not as terrible as Microsoft's Clippy, but I'm a little bias as the owner of a hauling company. The biggest issue I have with bulk trash pickup is scheduling. In all honesty, city operated bulk pickup services have their place -- and they can be useful -- if you follow the guidelines. Here's a breakdown of a few cities throughout the valley and what you need to know for pickup.
Over the past two years, the City of Phoenix has adopted a new way of servicing bulk trash for their residents. Instead of scheduling bulk trash pick up on a standard day for all residents, they figured they could save a little money if residents were able to schedule pickups on an as needed basis. Any resident can call and schedule a pick as many as 4 times a year. Items such as furniture, televisions, and mattresses are included in the roundup.
Chandler has a similar policy where residents can schedule a pick up once every 6 weeks. Their rules and regulations are a little more specific, for example, a list of items to be picked up must be provided to the City. Make sure you double check the rules.
Surprise has a slightly different take, they will make two service calls to residents every year and will only pick up 10 cubic yards of waste at each pickup. They pick up things such as appliances and household items, but they will not take landscaping debris such as rock or bricks.
Although Peoria has a schedule yourself program as well, they only allow one pickup per year. If you’re like most of us, you’ll need to find another solution when your bulk trash piles up again.
These cities schedule a bulk trash pick up once a month or every six weeks. Each city has slightly different rules so make sure you are familiar with them before hauling all your stuff to the curb. Here's links for city pickup in Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale and Tempe.
Once a month collection typically accepts items such as yard waste, furniture, and mattresses. They don’t accept tires, hazardous materials such as paint thinners and no construction materials. Most residents are asked to set out their trash by 5:00 am at the beginning of the week their trash is supposed to be collected. If you're lucky you’ll be on the Monday route and your trash will be gone by the time you go to work. If you're not so lucky you get to drive by huge piles of junk all week until it's your turn.
Keep in mind that city disposals haul everything they pick up to the landfill. If you are eco-conscience then you might want to consider alternate routes.
In the end, having to dispose of bulk trash isn't the most glamorous tasks on the honey-do-list. Unlike household garbage there is no quick and easy way to get rid of it; it lingers just like a bad headache. The tree trimmings hang out in the yard for weeks, collecting bugs and rodents while killing the grass. Old couches and mattresses hog up the garage so you end up parking your car outside and collect a nice array burn scars on your hands. You can never be truly comfortable at home with bulk trash lying around.
We will haul away all of your bulk trash and we will even make it easy on you; you don’t have to haul everything out to the curb, leave it where it is and we’ll take it from there. And most importantly, you can rest assured that any and all items that can be recycled or donated will be. We take as little as possible to the landfill. With one call your bulk trash headache can disappear.