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Nov 17, 2017 Return to Headlines

Free Service Picks Up Appliances, Furniture and More

by Robbin Whachell |

COQUITLAM, BC, ​Nov. 17, 2017 – Want to clear out that lumpy mattress or ratty old couch before the holidays? Coquitlam residents can get rid of these and other large items for free through the City’s year-round large item pick-up service.

Anyone who receives Coquitlam curbside collection can have up to four large household items picked up for free per year.

The program runs from July to June – that leaves more than seven months in the current program year for free pick-up of items such as furniture, fridges, freezers, barbecues (without tanks), mattresses, box springs, and white goods (non-CFC appliances) such as washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers, stoves, lawn mowers, heaters, microwaves and hot water tanks (drained).

There is no maximum weight or size, although crews must be able to safely load the item into a five-tonne cube truck.

To participate:

  • Schedule a pick-up by calling Waste Connections of Canada at 604-636-3521. They will need to know the number and type of items.
  • Set out four items at the curb, or up to four items at pick-ups throughout the year (maximum of four per year). 

Items not eligible for pick-up include tires, propane tanks, car parts and batteries, carpets, tree stumps, paint and other hazardous materials, windows and mirrors, toilets and tubs, air conditioners, containers with liquids, electronics, building or construction waste, animal carcasses, biomedical waste, or anything that can be disposed of through a take-back program.

For proper disposal of these and other items, use the Coquitlam Waste Wizard search tool at, or download the free app to search on a mobile device (see links on webpage).

Demand for the service is lowest in the late fall and winter, and highest from late spring to summer. In 2017, 9,317 items were picked up through the large item pick-up service, which the City provides to help reduce dumping of large items. Up to October of this year, 7,594 items had been collected.

Furniture is consistently the most requested pick-up item, followed by mattresses and white goods (non-CFC appliances).

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Steffanie Warriner
Manager Environmental Services
City of Coquitlam



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