Bulk Waste Collection

Bulk waste collection piled up large items

Fort Worth provides monthly curbside collection at residential homes of items that are too large, heavy or bulky to fit in the brown garbage cart for normal garbage pickup.

Reminder: All bulk and brush piles need to be set out by 7 a.m. on the Monday of your assigned bulk collection week.

View 2024 Bulk Collection Schedule(PDF, 946KB)


Read rules

Step 1.How much can be set out? 

  • Learn More on Bulk Trash(PDF, 449KB)
  • Bulky item pick-up is limited to 10 cubic yards (about eight feet long, six feet wide and six feet tall) at no extra charge to each household that receives curbside garbage and recycling collection.
  • There is an extra charge for piles exceeding 10 cubic yards. Only one pile per household is allowed.

Step 2.When to put items at the curb?

  • Place bulky items on the curb by 7 a.m. Monday of a resident’s assigned week.
  • Items may be placed on the curb as early as 6 p.m. the Friday before the assigned week.
  • Crews have until the following Saturday at 5 p.m. to pick up bulky items.
  • After crews have collected items on a street, do not place more bulky items on the curb until the next month on the designated week.
  • Download the 2024 bulk collection schedule with map(PDF, 946KB)

Step 3. Where to place the bulk items?

  • A bulk pile must be at least two feet away from trees, mailboxes, water meters, fences or other obstructions or it will not be collected.
  • A bulk pile located under trees or where tree branches block access will not be collected.
  • Any items that will fit in your Brown Garbage Cart are not bulk and should be put in plastic bags and put in your Brown Garbage Cart.

Step 4.Separate bulk trash and bulk brush 

  • Create separate piles for household bulk trash and bulk brush.
  • There should be a minimum of two feet between the piles.
  • Bulk trash goes to the landfill; bulk brush gets processed and turned into mulch.

Not allowed

 Do not include these items.

The following items should not be set out as part of bulky item collection:

  • No trash, garbage, rubbish, waste or any material of any kind in plastic bags
  • No leaves, grass or other yard trimmings in plastic bags. These items should be set out in paper yard bags for weekly yard trimmings and brush collection.
  • No automobile parts, batteries or tires (residents can dispose of four tires every six months at city drop-off stations)
  • No contractor remodeling and demolition debris such as shingles, wallboard and lumber
  • No electronic equipment such as computers (use the city drop-off stations)
  • No household appliances that contain coolant, gasoline or other chemicals, including air conditioners, refrigerators and lawnmowers (accepted at city drop-off stations)
  • No dirt, rocks, concrete or ceramic tile
  • No liquids, poisons or explosives
  • No glass


Fees and Billing

Step 1.Fees

Bulk materials set out at the wrong time are considered "out-of-cycle" and bulk materials set out that are not allowed in the program are considered "non-compliant". Out-of-cycle and contaminated bulky waste pile collection rates are as follows:

  • $123.52 per 5 cubic yards and $107.40 per 5 cubic yards thereafter, up to 30 cubic yards ($123.52 minimum fee charged to household).

Step 2.Consider bulk disposal for free!

Bulk waste, along with trash, recyclables, yard waste/brush, and household chemicals, can be taken to any city Drop-Off Station for proper disposal. There are four locations open to Fort Worth homeowners and some renters. Visit Drop-Off Station webpage for details. 

Contact the Customer Call Center at 1234@fortworthtexas.gov or by calling 817-392-1234 for additional questions.

City of Fort Worth curbside garbage and recycling services are provided by Waste Management and Knight Waste Services.

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