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As you have undoubtedly noticed, there are many types of items that your trash hauler won’t pick up. This is usually due to the size/weight of the items or recycling and disposal regulations. These items include:

  • E-waste
  • Car parts including tires and car batteries
  • Household chemicals such as leftover paint, oil, and cleaning products
  • Large or bulky items such as old mattresses and furniture

In addition to not picking up these items, trash haulers will only pick up items in the trash bins. Any debris on the ground around the trash bins will not be picked up. Furthermore, if any items are blocking the bin from being easily accessed, the trash hauler may not be able to complete the pickup of that bin as scheduled. When trash haulers don’t perform a pickup, the community appearance suffers, and residents are inconvenienced by last week’s trash.

Here is how your community can take care of the types of waste that your trash hauler won’t pick up.


What it is: E-waste includes TVs, stereos, computers, monitors, radios, and other electronics.

Solution: Inform residents of their responsibility to pick up and take them to a recycling center or to an electronics store such as Best Buy.

Car Parts

What it is: Mostly tires and car batteries.

Solution: Take tires and car batteries to a recycling center or to your local mechanic.

Household Chemical

What it is: Household chemicals include leftover paint, oil, and cleaning products such as bleach & ammonia.

Solution: Take chemicals to the proper facility where they can be processed. For more information on the nearest recycling plant near you, follow the links below:

Orange County

Los Angeles County

San Diego County

Large Items

What it is: Old mattresses, furniture, and appliances.

Solution: In some cities, your trash hauler will pick up a limited number of large items if a resident calls them to request the pickup. 

Trash on the Ground

What it is: Trash that did not make it into the dumpster or fell out because of an overflowing bin.

Solution: Have your onsite maintenance team clean up this trash and put it in the dumpster.

If your community is suffering from the negative effects of items left behind by the trash hauler, there is another option available. Communities looking to maintain their appearance can hire a third-party service provider that specializes in responsibly hauling away and disposing of the different types of waste mentioned above. Depending on your community’s needs, these service providers can schedule regular pick-ups or provide their services on an as-needed basis. For more information about these options, check out Services.



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