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Our Cleveland dumpsters are no strangers to household cleanouts. While our bins can handle almost any junk removal project, we understand that a large roll off container isn't always the right fit of the job. Maybe you're simply tossing a mattress or getting rid of an old TV — we can still give you a hand.

We rounded up disposal options for the most common bulk waste items tossed by Cleveland residents. From furniture and appliances to hazardous waste, learn how to get rid of it all.

Need to Toss Multiple Items All at Once?

How to Toss Furniture

A Brown Couch With a Side Table.

It might not be something you do often, but sooner or later you're going to have to replace your furniture. Maybe your old mattress is starting to get lumpy or you're working your way through an estate cleanout and need to dispose of a dining room set.

Don't worry. Removing and disposing of furniture such as chairs, tables, couches, desks, mattresses, box springs and dressers is easy enough if you know your options.

Curbside Disposal Information

The City of Cleveland accepts limited amounts of furniture with your curbside trash, but it must be thrown out on bulk pickup day — your scheduled collection day during the first full week of every month. While you only have one opportunity per month to dispose of your furniture, Cleveland makes it easy. Just take it to the curb on your designated day, and the city garbage collectors will take care of it.

Restrictions to Keep in Mind

  • Do not break down your furniture.
  • Only three bulk items can be tossed.
  • Absorbent items must be wrapped in plastic.
  • Special pickup arrangements must be made for extra items.

Donation Options Around Greater Cleveland

If you can't wait for Cleveland's bulky waste week or have more than three items to toss, you can help others in your area through donation. Here are a couple options to get started, but there are plenty more furniture donation centers in the Cleveland area.

Standard Donation Tips

  • Call ahead to find out if they are accepting your furniture type at the moment.
  • Ask if you need to schedule a drop-off time or if scheduling a pickup is possible.
  • Make sure your items fall within the organization's donation condition guidelines.
Cleveland Furniture Bank
Needs Cleveland
Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland

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Options to Get Rid of Appliances

Washer, Dryers, Refrigerators and Dishwashers Grouped Together.

Are you looking to update your kitchen or maybe your oven isn't preheating well anymore? From the refrigerator keeping your food cool to the washer and dryer keeping your clothes looking fresh and clean, all of your appliances will need to be replaced at some point.

While it might seem intimidating at first, appliance disposal isn't as hard as you may think. Common items like microwaves, washing machines and air fryers require very little work to toss. Even more complicated items like fridges, window air conditioning units and dehumidifiers are easy enough one you're aware of your local restrictions.

Curbside Disposal Information

You have one chance per month to toss your appliances with the City of Cleveland. Your normal collection day during the first full week of the month is your bulk trash day. If you have appliances to dispose of, that's your day. However, there are a few rules you to be aware of that could cause issues:

Curbside Restrictions

  • Only three bulk items can be tossed.
  • Doors must be removed from all appliances.
  • Freon must be professionally removed and documented.
  • Special pickup arrangements must be made for extra items.
A Washing Machine and Refrigerator with a Blue Sky in the Background.

Donation Options Around Greater Cleveland

If your appliances are still in good condition, you can save them from the landfill through donation. There are a number of nonprofits in the Greater Cleveland area that can use working appliances to aid in their missions. Here are a couple options to get started.

Standard Donation Tips

  • Ask if you need to schedule a drop-off time.
  • Call ahead to find out if they are accepting your particular appliances.
  • Make sure your items fall within the organization's donation condition guidelines.
Northeast Ohio SPCA
Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland
Front Steps

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The Best Ways To Toss Old Electronics

A Pile of Computers, Televisions, Printers and Other E-Waste.

The average number of electronic devices in a household is growing. With that growth comes an increase in e-waste. Electronics can be tricky to dispose, as they contain metals that can be hazardous if not properly handled.

The City of Cleveland does not accept electronics curbside. Luckily, as items like televisions, tablets, computers and cell phones have become more prevalent, so have e-waste recycling options.

E-Waste Recycling Around The Land

Even though the city doesn't take your e-waste at the curb, you can drop off devices at collection events throughout the year. Additionally, there are plenty of options around the Greater Cleveland area to recycle your devices, from kiosks in Giant Eagles for cell phones and tablets to industrial e-waste facilities that are made for mass amounts of computer, television and other bulky electronic waste recycling.

Local E-Waste Recycling Options

A Pile of Televisions on a Lawn.

Donation Options Around Greater Cleveland

If you think your electronics still have a lot to offer and you don't want to see them recycled yet, consider donating them. As long as your devices are not too outdated and in good condition, there are plenty of great options around Cleveland to give your e-waste a second life.

Standard Donation Tips

  • Ask if you need to schedule a drop-off time or if pickup is available.
  • Call ahead to find out if they are accepting your device type at the moment.
  • Outdated items, such as tube TVs and computers without HDMI or USB ports, are typically not accepted.
Best Buy
Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland
Cleveland Metropolitan School District

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How to Throw Out Remodeling Debris

Stacks of Drywall and Other Remodeling Debris.

Finishing the basement? Decided that your living room would look better with hardwood, so the carpet has to go? There are plenty of projects that result in debris that can be tough to dispose.

If you've got extra drywall, flooring, bricks, countertops, lumber or other remodeling debris, there are places around Cleveland to get renovation materials out of your home. However, these options usually only deal with a small quantities of remodeling debris. In cases where there's a lot to toss, a roll off dumpster is the most convenient option.

Curbside Disposal Information

The City of Cleveland only accepts carpet and lumber on bulk pickup day — your normal collection day on the first full week of the month. Other common types of remodeling debris like drywall and wood fragments are not accepted.

Remodeling Debris Restrictions to Know

  • Only three bundles of carpet or lumber can be tossed.
  • Carpet must be cut, rolled and bundled into 3-foot lengths.
  • Lumber must be a maximum of 3-foot bundles, 24 inches in diameter and not over 100 pounds.
Carpet and Other Remodeling Debris Piled in a Driveway.

Donation Options Around Greater Cleveland

Old doors, windows and other remodeling fragments, as well as fully-intact spare sheets of drywall, can sometimes be reused by others in your area. Keep in mind that remodeling materials must meet specific requirements to be accepted for donation.

Standard Donation Tips

  • Double-check if they are accepting your materials.
  • Ask about the organization's donation condition guidelines.
  • See if they have open donation drop-off or if you must schedule a time.
Rebuilders Xchange
Cleveland Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Upcycle Parts Shop

Cleveland Construction Debris Dump Sites

If you have remodeling materials that can be tossed curbside and the local donation spots aren't accepting, you can always take the items to a dump site yourself.

This option can sometimes be the quickest way to get the debris out of your home or business, but it also can be littered with fees, restrictions and unexpected delays that can leave you with materials you still need to toss with less time and money than when you started.

Common Self-Disposal Issues

  • Busy days can result in long wait times.
  • Mixed debris types may not be accepted.
  • Restrictions on common items like carpet may apply.
  • Multiple trips may be necessary to dispose of all the debris.
  • Minimum charge requirements may result in overpayment for small loads.
Rosby Resource Recycling
Boyas Excavating, Inc.
RKDF/Kurtz Bros. Reclamation Facilty

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The Best Ways to Dispose of Outdoor Equipment

A Pair of Lawnmowers in the Grass.

There's a reason that lawn equipment is not used by children. It can be dangerous. When it comes time to throw out the items, you need to know what your options and restrictions are, because even if they aren't functioning, the equipment can still be dangerous.

Items like lawnmowers, chainsaws, snow throwers, weed whackers and other outdoor equipment have special restrictions due to sharp blades, hazardous materials and the size of the equipment.

Curbside Disposal Information

You can throw out your lawn equipment on your bulk pickup day, which falls on your normal collection day during the first full week of each month. While this is the only time your outdoor tools will be collected, you can toss your general yard waste weekly with your trash.

Curbside Collection Regulations

  • Only three bulk items can be tossed.
  • Any detachable batteries must be removed.
  • Hazardous liquids like oil and gas must be drained.
  • A maximum of 20 yard waste bags will be collected weekly.
  • Special pickup arrangements must be made for extra items.
A Lawnmower in the Grass Upside Down.

Donation Options Around Greater Cleveland

There are a lot of organizations around the Cleveland area in need of lawn equipment. If your items are in good condition and you would like to keep them from the landfill, consider donating them.

While items like lawnmowers and weed whackers are the most widely-accepted lawn equipment for donation, it never hurts to ask what other outdoor tools the center may need to maintain their properties.

Standard Donation Tips

  • Ask if there are drop-off requirements for blade safety.
  • See if batteries or hazardous liquids need to be removed first.
  • Call ahead to find out what lawn equipment items they are accepting.
  • Make sure your items fall within the organization's donation condition guidelines.
Volunteers of America - Ohio & Indiana
May Dugan Center
Merrick House

Rent a Dumpster to Easily Handle It All

Our Cleveland dumpsters are designed for your bulky waste disposal needs. If you bought a new bedroom set and need to toss your old bedframe, mattresses, dresser and clothes, we can have a roll off bin there for just a few days to toss your stuff. Or if you're working an estate cleanout and need time to sort through items, our flexible agreements can be tailored to your timeline. From computers to lawn mowers, give our team of industry experts a call and we'll set you up with a dumpster to get rid of it all efficiently.

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How to Get Rid of Automotive Materials

A Pile of Tires.

Whether you need to dispose of motor oil or tires while maintaining your vehicle or you're cleaning out the garage and discovered more bottles of wiper fluid than you thought you had, getting rid of automotive waste can be tough.

Nearly all automotive waste is banned from landfills. Tires can collect gasses that damage the infrastructure, and the various fluids from vehicles can seep into the ground or run into nearby water supplies. Here are some options around Cleveland to get rid of items like tires, motor oil and gasoline.

Curbside Disposal Information

Tires are the only automotive waste accepted by the City of Cleveland at the curb. You can put your tires out on your bulk trash collection day, which is your normal trash day during the first full week of each month.

No automotive fluids will be accepted curbside. However, the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District has a monthly collection event where you can take your gas, antifreeze, motor oil and other automotive liquids.

Restrictions to Keep in Mind

  • Only four tires can be tossed.
  • Automotive fluids are not accepted.
  • Tires don't count toward the three bulk item limit.
A Pile of Tires in the Grass.

Donation Options Around Greater Cleveland

While most charitable organizations won't accept used car materials, many that rely on vehicles for their mission will usually accept unopened automotive fluids and full vehicle donations. There is no real standard to the mileage and condition of a vehicle donated — each organization will have its own regulations.

Standard Donation Tips

  • Gather your title information to help expedite the process.
  • Ask if you need to drop the vehicle off or if they will pick it up.
  • Find out what tax forms you may need to complete ahead of time.
  • Make sure your items fall within the organization's donation condition guidelines.
Another Chance of Ohio
Vehicles for Veterans
Youth Challenge

How to Dispose of Hazardous Materials

Open Bottles of Paint.

Household hazardous wastes are some of the most difficult items to dispose of, because they are not accepted at landfills — with good reason. Items like paint, cleaners, solvents, batteries and florescent light bulbs can not only seep into the ground at a landfill, but easily be ingested by animals or contaminate water supplies.

Luckily, the Solid Waste Department of Cleveland offers drop-off sites around the Greater Cleveland area to help dispose of hazardous, flammable and toxic waste.

Curbside Disposal Information

The only hazardous waste collected curbside by the city of Cleveland is latex paint, which must be fully dried prior to disposal. It can go in the regular trash bins once dried. All other hazardous waste requires special disposal.

A No Hazardous Waste Sign on a Fence Containing Industrial Drums.

Drop-Off Sites Around Cleveland

The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District has a drop-off site at 5600 Carnegie Avenue. Hazardous waste can be dropped off on the first Friday of every month from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Only latex paint is banned.

The Solid Waste District also hosts drop-off sites in suburbs throughout Greater Cleveland. Visit the website to find the exact dates and times.