So I’ve come to a bit of a dead end. Back home in New York City, we had municipal dumpster sites where you could bring things to throw away that were too big to leave on the sidewalk for regular collection. Now that I’m moving to another apartment and have furniture to get rid of- where do I go?
Web searches have not come up with anything other than private companies that will come take away your stuff for a hefty price. :-( Is there no such thing as a city dumpster here in Philadelphia?
Anyone have any experience with this?

4 Comments so far

  1. Tamara (unregistered) on June 20th, 2007 @ 11:03 pm

    It looks like it’s the same system as we had in Baltimore (where I used to live). If you have bulk trash (big things like furniture), you just call and alert them so they’ll know to be prepared for whatever it is you’ve got. I don’t have any experience with this in Philly, but looking at the trash collection website, it looks like it’s the same system. (Scroll down on that page to “Bulk Items”.)

  2. Reader (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 1:14 am

    The info you want is just a little further down that page:

    Sanitation Convenience Centers are also available for your use. These locations accept for disposal any rubbish, recyclables, bulk items, or tires that would normally be collected at curbside. Please note that all relevant regulations on limits and types of materials still apply. All locations are open Monday through Saturday, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., except on City holidays.

    Southwest Philadelphia – 1600 S. 51st St., off Grays Ave.
    Southwest Philadelphia – 3033 S. 63rd St., near Passyunk Ave.
    Northwest Philadelphia – 300 block Domino Lane, near Umbria St.
    Port Richmond – Delaware Ave. & Wheatsheaf Ln., north of Castor Ave.
    Northeast Philadelphia – State Rd. & Ashburner St.

  3. Joe S (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 7:55 am

    Yes you call Bulk Trash before your regular trash day, you tell them what you are putting out.
    If you have a problem call your city council person for your district, they will get it done.

  4. Ruth (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 10:47 am

    Uhuru (The African People’s Education and Defense Fund) will come and take furniture, etc., for resale. I believe they take it for free. The store is at 1220 Spruce St.
    website: http://www.apedf.org/index.cgi/programs/furn/furn-philly.html

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