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Bulk Trash Information                                                      

The City of Kalamazoo offers a monthly curbside collection of bulk trash.  (For information on the annual spring drop-off days for City residents, please click here.)

iconThe View from the Curb (2.89 MB) is a bi-annual publication providing important information of services provided to City of Kalamazoo residents including weekly curbside trash and recycling information and maps; recyclable lists; monthly bulk trash and brush information and schedules; and seasonal leaf pick up and flushing schedules.  Bulk trash information may also be found below.

To see when your bulk trash pick up is, please see the Bulk-by-Street List or the iconBulk Trash Map.  (If you live on a private street, as indicated on the Bulk-by-Street List, please call the office at 269-337-8215 for further details.)  --If your pick up day falls on any of the holidays listed, the pick up for that day, and each weekday after the holiday within the same week, will be delayed one day (with any holiday-delayed Friday pick up being collected the following Saturday): Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day.

Place items intended for collection at or near the curb lawn no earlier than 7:00 a.m. on the day before the scheduled pick up, and no later than 7:00 a.m. the day of the scheduled pick up.  Please note: All items not picked up, for any reason, must be removed from the curb lawn within two days following the completion of the regularly scheduled pick up for the area.  If items are placed at the curb lawn too soon, or left out on the curb lawn on days other than those allowed for monthly bulk trash collection, the City may take immediate enforcement action, without notice, and bill the associated costs to the property owner.

To report a missed bulk trash collection, please call 269-337-8215 within two business days of the scheduled collection.  A clause in the bulk trash contract requires the contractor to collect all reported misses of eligible materials within 48 hours of notice by the City.  Again, trash that has been allowed to remain on the curb lawn for more than two days after the scheduled collection (and not reported as missed) is considered to be a public nuisance and could be subject to corrective action.


Acceptable Items:

Up to 7.5 cubic yards of bulk trash material (household junk and debris) will be accepted from each residential property each month.  Small quantities of carpet will be collected only if cut to sections no larger than 4' x 4' and rolled.

Unacceptable Items:

More than 7.5 cubic yards of bulk trash material, garbage, human waste, yard waste, dead animals, tires, large auto parts, rocks, sand, glass, concrete, remodeling/renovation materials.

Help Keep Our City Clean: Avoid Code Enforcement Action

Monthly bulk trash, garbage containers, recycling bins, recycling materials, or brush left or placed on the curb lawn outside of the designated time for collection could result in you being charged for the cost of its removal. Garbage containers (Herby Curby containers or recycling bins) may be placed at the curb "no earlier than 8:00 p.m. on the day prior to the scheduled collection, and these containers must be removed from the curbside (or street side if there is no curb) not later than 11:00 p.m. of the collection day." (Kalamazoo City Code of Ordinances, 15A-2(a)).

Solid Waste (monthly trash or brush) deposited for public collection "shall not be deposited earlier than 7:00 a.m. of the day preceding the day of regularly scheduled monthly collection for the district in which such solid waste is deposited." (Kalamazoo Code of Ordinances, 31-21). Any solid waste, "which is not, for any reason, collected by the city or its authorized contractor on the day on which collection is actually performed in the district in which the solid waste is deposited, shall be removed from public view within two(2) days following completion of the regularly scheduled monthly collection for that district." (Section 31-22).

Violations of the above types can result in immediate corrective action being taken by the City without prior notice, with the expense for the corrective action being billed to the property owner of record. (Section 22-4(f)). To report curb lawn violations, you may call Inspection Services at 337-8221. Questions or concerns regarding the City's monthly trash and recycling programs should be directed to 337-8215.