Novato Bulky Item Details

The Basics:
  • 4 free Pickups per year (up to 7 bags or 1 item such as a couch)
  • Service account must be in your name
  • Up to 3 yards of materials per pickup
  • Driver must be able to load items safely into his truck
  • No liquid waste or hazardous materials
  • There is a charge for Freon appliances such as freezers, refrigerators, AC units, etc.

Novato Disposal has always looked for new ways to make recycling and disposal more convenient. We started with curbside garbage pickup, then introduced single-stream recycling for the first time in Marin County, and then we went bigger. Do you have an old sofa, mattress, or even an old TV taking up space? We can pick them up for you! All you have to do is contact us by phone or send us an Email at and we will pick up that Bulky Item right at the curb!

"Bulky Items" (or "BIPs" for short), are those "beyond-repair" appliances, unusable furniture, or items that can't normally fit into your cart that would require a trip to our recycle center or to Redwood Landfill. As your local recycling experts, we take great care in ensuring that anything and everything that can be recycled, is recycled. It is important to trust that the recycling process will be handled in an ecologically and socially responsible manner.

Reuse is a great option when it comes to furniture that is still usable but has become obsolete in your household. Appliances that require a simple fix can be repaired at your local Goodwill as part of a work training program that not only helps people gain valuable trade skills, but keeps the items out of the landfill. These items are then re-sold to the local community at an economical price.

If it's just not worth fixing or donating, Novato Disposal is here to help. We will pick up broken landscaping equipment such as lawn mowers and leaf blowers with combustible engines as long as all of the fluids are completely drained. Even small auto parts are accepted as part of the BIP program. Again, just be sure there are no hazardous or potentially leaky fluids in these items. Hazardous waste, and propane tanks however, cannot be accepted and should be taken to the Novato Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

Generally, if it won't fit in your blue recycling cart and can be loaded in the truck by your local Bulky Item driver, we'll take care of it for you. Together, with the citizens of Novato, we are keeping the clutter out of our homes and out of the landfill.

Everyone knows that when you subscribe to service with Novato Disposal you receive great garbage, mixed recycling, food scraps, and yard waste recycling, but we especially want to spread the word about our convenient BIP program. Every Novato resident who has a subscription to residential curbside garbage and recycling service with Novato Disposal is entitled to 4 Bulky Item Pickups each calendar year at no charge.

These pickups can be a combination of items less than three yards. For example, a washer and a dryer could be one pickup. An old refrigerator could be another. The next one may be a worn out mattress and box spring. Save yourself four trips a year and let us pick up your bulky items for you. We will recycle what we can, and safely dispose of the rest. All you have to do is get it to the curb.

Each BIP must be arranged with us in advance. Your regular driver who picks up those blue, green and grey carts each week does not pick up Bulky Items. The BIP Driver handles a different kind of truck, and may not be familiar with your neighborhood. Therefore, it is important when requesting these pickups to let us know if, for example, you live on a corner and your address is on one street, but you place your carts on another. Also, if your carts are placed in an alleyway for service, we will need to know where these items are located so we can collect them.

Don't be shy. We're available 7 days a week to take these requests either by phone at 415-897- 4177. Or send us an Email to Next time one of your neighbors tells you they're not sure what to do with their old mattress, let them know. Feel like a VIP and call in a BIP today.