Bulky Item Disposal

Keep Burlingame Clean

Illegal dumping is not only unsightly for neighbors and families, but also degrades the environment and presents a safety hazard for bicyclists and pedestrians. Help keep our city clean and safe by properly disposing your bulky and hazardous items or reporting illegal dumping online!

How Can I Dispose of My Items?

Dumping from BCD 2018 Got bulky items (e.g., mattress, furniture, TVs, appliances)?
  1. Schedule a bulky item pick up through Recology. Note: residents are entitled to 2 free pick ups per calendar year. Additional pick ups are available for a fee.
  2. Sell it on NextDoor, Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace.
  3. Donate it to a local thrift store, such as Goodwill. Note: mattresses and large appliances are usually not accepted. Call store ahead to confirm that they accept the item(s).
  4. Bye Bye Mattress offers options for getting ride of mattresses including locations for FREE drop-offs.

Got household hazardous waste (or waste that is toxic, corrosive, flammable or reactive, based on its chemical properties)?
Got used prescription?
  • Don't flush medications down the toilet. Instead drop it off at a local CVS, Walgreens, or the Burlingame Police Station. Find nearby locations here.

Got electronic waste?
  • Recycle it at GreenCitizen, a local electronic recycling center known for their responsible and trackable e-waste recycling. For a list of other locations to recycle e-waste, please visit http://recyclestuff.org.

How to Report Illegal Dumping

 If you find dumping in public spaces, like sidewalks or streets...  Report it in two ways:
 If you find dumping on freeways or off-ramps...  Report to Caltrans at https://csr.dot.ca.gov
 If you see dumping in progress...  Call the Burlingame Police Department at 650-777-4100.
  • If it is safe to do so, take a photo or video of the people dumping and/or their license plate. This evidence can be used in a city investigation, which can result in a citation.


  • Dumping bulky items and hazardous waste is a crime in Burlingame under Municipal Code 8.16.020.
  • Individuals who are caught illegally dumping can be fined up to $500 per day.
  • Remember that placing items on the sidewalk with a “free” sign is still illegal dumping. 


  • Quick Guide to Bulky Item and Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Fact Sheet (English, Spanish)
  • Are you a property manager? Free resources (such as Move In/Out Guides, kitchen pails, recycling buddy bags, and more) are available, visit Recology's Property Manager Lounge webpage for more information.