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May 21, 2022

City restarts bulky items collection program

WATSONVILLE—The city of Watsonville has reinvented its Bulky Items Collection Program.

Abandoned years ago, the program now offers Watsonville residents a free chance to unload mattresses, appliances, some furniture, tires, carpeting and more.

Gabe Gordo, Solid Waste Division Manager, said the program is available to residents living within city limits who have a garbage utility bill with the city of Watsonville, except apartment complexes and businesses. One free pickup is available per calendar year with a maximum of three bulky items per service. Additional pickup(s) are available at a cost. Service charges may be paid by phone or added to utility bills.

Items that won’t be picked up include garbage, roofing and construction materials, car parts, mirrors and glass, yard waste, oversized items like pianos, cast iron tubs and anything over 100 pounds.

“We used to have the program back in the ’90s,” Gordo said. “We have a scheduled route.”

Additionally, Gordo said the Waste & Recycling Drop-Off Center on Harvest Drive is fully operational for Watsonville residents to drop off items such as clean wood, yard waste, tires, mattresses, electronic waste, garbage, metal, plastics (all types except Styrofoam), household hazardous waste, batteries and recyclables.

Gordo said people should separate their trash in the mentioned categories prior to drop-off. 

For information, visit

Bulky Items Pick Up

  • Contact Customer Service at least 48 hours in advance to schedule a bulky item pickup.
  • Provide a list of the 3 bulky items to be collected. Only items placed in the service order will be collected.
  • Place bulky items on the curb by 7 am on your collection day.
  • Leave a 3-foot space between your items and your garbage carts, parked cars, and mailboxes.


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