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Berkeley Trash Schedule 2024 (Bulk Pickup, Holidays, Maps)

We’re here to help you find the Berkeley trash pickup schedule for 2024 including bulk pickup, recycling, holidays, and maps.

The City of Berkeley is in California with Richmond to the north, Walnut Creek and Concord to the northeast, Oakland to the south, Dublin to the southeast, and San Francisco to the southwest.

If there’s a change to your normal trash collection schedule then there’s a good chance your street sweeping schedule has changed too so make sure to check for updates.

Berkeley Trash Collection Calendar 2024

To find out what your collection day is, call Customer Service at (510) 981-7270.

Trash Pick Up Holidays

Here you can see the city-observed holidays.

  • New Year’s Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

If your scheduled collection falls on the holidays listed above, your pick-up will happen on the day after the holiday.

Berkeley Trash Collection Map

Berkeley Trash Pickup Schedule Map

Bulk Waste Pickup Calendar 2024

Property owners can schedule one free bulky waste pick-up per calendar year for their 1-4 unit residential buildings. Bulky waste pickups happen on Wednesdays.

  • Call (510) 981-7270 to schedule a bulky waste pickup for an upcoming Wednesday
  • If you need to cancel, call by 2 pm on the business day before the scheduled pickup
  • Set materials for pickup at the curb by 7 am on the pickup day
  • Put out a maximum of 3 cubic yards (9′ x 3′ x 3′), the equivalent of 20 large trash bags

Acceptable Items for Bulk Pickup

  • Bulky household trash (all small items must be bagged or boxed)
  • Painted or stained wood smaller than 5′ (bundle wood pieces, cut doors in half)
  • Rugs rolled at 5′ lengths up to 12″ diameter
  • Small, non-programmable appliances (less than 50lbs and without a circuit board)
  • Sinks and toilets (separate tank from toilet base to reduce weight)
  • Bed frames

Unacceptable Items for Bulk Pickup

  • No hazardous waste (e.g., treated wood, motor oil, pesticides, cleaners, paint, propane tanks, etc.)
  • No recyclable mattresses (see section below about mattress pickups)
  • No large appliances, refrigerated appliances, electronic waste, or programmable appliances (e.g., stoves, refrigerators, televisions, microwave ovens)
  • No universal waste (e.g., batteries, mercury devices, fluorescent light bulbs, etc.)
  • No items longer than 5′ or heavier than 50lbs (sofas okay)
  • No construction or demolition debris
  • No ammunition
  • No rocks, dirt, or concrete
  • No tires or auto parts
  • No recyclables or organic waste (please use recycling and compost carts for regular weekly pickup)

Have bulky items the city won’t pick up? You need a junk removal service.

If you have large items that the city won’t take from you, you may need to hire a junk removal service.

Junk removal services are not be as picky about the items they’re collecting so if the city won’t take the item, this may be your best bet. There’s usually a fee involved with junk removal but most companies can tell you ahead of time approximately what it’s going to cost.

There are a number of junk removal services in Berkeley and I’m sure many of them will be able to help you out.

Recycling Collection Calendar 2024

You can verify your exact day by calling Customer Service at (510) 981-7270.

Container Recycling


  • Glass (e.g., bottles and cans of all colors; lids and labels can stay on)
  • Cans (e.g., “tin” and aluminum cans, aluminum foil and trays)
  • Plastic (e.g., bottles, dairy-product tubs, “clamshell” containers, buckets, planter pots, food trays, and plastic cups)


  • Food, liquids, cardboard, paper, plastic bags, light bulbs, dishware, ceramics, glass bakeware, or windows.

Paper & Cardboard Recycling


  • Mixed Papers (e.g., office papers, junk mail, cereal boxes, wrapping paper, envelopes, magazines, catalogs, phonebooks, and newspapers)
  • Corrugated Cardboard (Cut it to fit into the cart, or flatten and bundle cardboard and set out next to the cart)


  • Food-soiled paper or cardboard (e.g., pizza boxes, greasy paper bags), plastic-lined paper (e.g. milk cartons, paper cups, aseptic soy milk cartons), plastic, glass, metal, food, liquids

Frequently Asked Questions

When is bulk pickup in Berkeley?

For large items that do not fit or belong in your bins, you call (510) 981-7270 to schedule a bulky waste pickup. Bulky waste pickups happen on Wednesdays.

What day is trash pickup?

To find trash pickup on your street, please call Customer Service at (510) 981-7270.

What time does trash collection start?

Trash collection starts at 7 a.m. Make sure to have your bins on the curb by then.

How can I contact the Berkeley Zero Waste Customer Service?

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (510) 981-7270

Did we miss anything?

Hope you were able to find everything you need for the Berkeley trash pickup schedule. We strive to provide the most up to date information so please let us know if you need anything else.

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