Bulk Waste Disposal: How to Throw Away Difficult Items
Learn the Best Way to Get Rid of Your Bulky Waste
Figuring out how to dispose of bulky and difficult items can be frustrating. Use our resource pages below to learn how to dispose of some of the trickiest household items.
How to Get Rid of Bulk Waste and Difficult Items
There are several ways to get rid of or dispose of bulky waste, though your options may be limited based on the condition of your items. In general, things like mattresses, furniture, appliances and electronics can be:
- Donated to local charities and nonprofit organizations.
- Recycled through local companies or government programs.
- Disposed of using a dumpster, curbside service or local dump.
If your couch or computer is still in good shape, you should find a local organization that can give it to someone in need. As an added bonus, you can claim a tax deduction for the fair market value of the items you donate – generally defined as thrift store prices. However, there are certain guidelines you must follow in order to claim a deduction:
- Items Worth Less Than $250: No receipt required if impractical.
- Items Worth Between $250 and $500: Both receipt and written acknowledgement from the organization are required.
- Items Worth Between $500 and $5,000: Both receipt and written acknowledgement are required, along with a completed Form 8283 explaining how you acquired the item.
- Items Worth Over $5,000: Requires written acknowledgement from the organization, Form 8283 and a qualified appraisal. It is recommended that you hire a tax professional for high-value donations.
For other tricky items that aren’t useable anymore, the best thing you can do is either find a local recycling facility that will accept them or dispose of it responsibly using a roll off dumpster rental or your city’s curbside collection service, if applicable. It’s important to note that disposal laws and regulations vary by location. Always do your research before disposing of bulky items through your curbside service or in a dumpster.