Large item collection

You can set out some large items for collection on your pickup day or bring them to a drop-off location.

What to know

As part of your City garbage collection, crews will take up to two large items each week.

  • Large items must be out by 6 a.m. on your pickup day. 
  • Attach a note to each item that says "For Solid Waste." If items are not marked, we may not collect them.

Items for your garbage day

Large wood items set out for collection day.

Items we'll take

Non-metal items 

  • Wood tables
  • Plastic items
  • Wood or upholstered furniture
  • Couch (not a hide-a-bed or recliner)
    • Must be less than six feet in length
    • Hide-a-beds and recliners are accepted on recycling week only. 
  • Household items


  • Rolls must be under five feet long, less than 12 inches in diameter, and must weigh less than 40 pounds.
  • Roll and tie the carpet securely with rope, twine or tape. Do not use wire.

Non-recyclable large items are put directly into the garbage truck.

Items for your recycling day

Image of refrigerator and grill set out for recycling

If large items have recyclable parts, set them out on your recycling day.

  1. Crews will note these items on your recycling day and put a “We’ll be back” sticker on them.
  2. We'll come back the next business day to pick them up.
    • Our large item collection crews are significantly behind schedule. Please leave your items at the curb or alley line until they are picked up.
  3. Once back at our facility, these items will be properly recycled.

Items we'll take

Major appliances

  • Air conditioners
  • Freezers and refrigerators (you must remove the doors)
  • Microwaves
  • Ovens
  • Dishwashers
  • Dryers
  • Washing machines


  • TVs
  • Computers
  • Computer monitors
  • Accessories (speakers, keyboard, mice)

Hide-a-bed couches and recliners


  • Mattresses
  • Box springs

Waterlogged mattresses are not recyclable: To avoid rain and snow, do not put mattresses out until the morning of your recycling pickup. Or tell tell us ahead of time and we'll let the crews know. The collection crew will still take the mattress if it is waterlogged, but it will not be recycled. 

Metal items

  • Aluminum doors
  • Basketball hoops (remove all concrete)
  • Chairs
  • Filing cabinets
  • Shelves
  • Swing sets
  • Pipes
  • Poles (must be under 6 feet and free of concrete)
  • Small metal items such as pots, pans, hangers and nails (place in a box and set full boxes next to your cart)
    • Box of small metal items can not weigh more than 40 pounds.

Drop-off locations

Get rid of items right away by bringing them to a drop-off location. You can use up to six cleanup vouchers at the South Transfer Station each year. Each voucher is valid for up to two large recyclable items.

South Transfer Station

Hennepin County Green Disposal Guide

Find your pickup day

Find your next garbage, recycling or organics pickup day.

Contact us

Solid Waste & Recycling





Eastside Maintenance Facility

2635 University Ave NE

Minneapolis, MN 55418

Office hours

9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday

This building is closed to the public.