How to get rid of items too big for your trash can

October 23, 2018

Cream colored leather couch on hardwood floor against a white wall. Above the couch are the City of Hayward logo and the words, " you call, we haul - get rid of your bulky items, it's free!"

Hayward residents are entitled to up to two free “bulky item pickups” per year—which can be scheduled through the City’s waste collection and recycling contractor, Waste Management.

Waste Management will accept up to two cubic yards of trash from your curbside, including bagged garbage; oversized branches and pruned vegetation tied into bundles up to four-feet long and four inches in diameter; oversized wood, painted or unpainted, up to four-feet long; up to three appliances or other scrap metal items; up to two TVs, computers, monitors or printers; up to four passenger car tires; and up to two mattresses, without any items stacked on top.  Appliances may not be leaking oil or other hazardous materials, must be placed upright, and doors and lids should be secured or removed for safety.

Waste Management will not accept hazardous materials, including paint, motor oil, solvents, cleaners, pesticides or car batteries; items over 75 pounds except furniture and appliances; medical waste; construction or demolition debris; rocks, bricks, dirt or concrete.  Hazardous materials can be dropped off at the Hayward Household Waste Facility.  Visit for hours and details.

Residents in single-family homes, duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes can schedule a bulky item pickup by calling (510) 537-5500.  Residents in multi-family properties can schedule a bulky item pickup through their property manager.

As an alternative, each Hayward household is entitled to one self-haul coupon per year, entitling the holder to free disposal of up to two cubic yards of garbage at the Waste Management Transfer Station, 2615 Davis Street, San Leandro. To request a coupon, call (510) 537-5500.