Richmond pilot project to provide bulky items pickups for multi-family properties

Richmond pilot project to provide bulky items pickups for multi-family properties
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A pilot project offering pickups of bulky items to multi-unit properties in Richmond is set to begin in May.

In December 2016, Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsay announced the city had won a Cal Recycle grant for $434,000 to expand its bulky items pickup program, which is currently only offered to single-family properties. The grant will also be used for the city’s illegal dumping and abatement program.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, city staff is set to request approval to enter into a contract with Republic Services to pilot a Multifamily Bulky Item Collection Program for curbside collection of non-hazardous household bulky items. The grant also funds camera deployment to curb illegal dumping in the city.

The pilot program aims to evaluate the impact multi-family bulky item curbside collection would have on preventing illegal dumping in Richmond.

“Participation in the Pilot Program will be limited to multi-family complexes between three (3) and nineteen (19) units,” according to city documents. “During the Pilot Program, each calendar year, customers may request one bulky item clean-up per residential unit. Participation will be on a first come basis depending on scheduling capacity and limit of funding availability.”

The pilot project will accept similar items to the existing single-family program. Accepted items include furniture, appliances, mattresses, tires, televisions, and other oversized items. Items weighing over 200 pounds will not be collected without advance review and approval, according to city documents.

And just like the single-family program, residents can discard up to five electronic-waste items as one bulky item, including computers, monitors, printers, and microwaves.

The Pilot Program “will not accept municipal solid waste, commercial-sized appliances, water heaters, HVAC systems, etc., and hazardous, toxic, explosive, infectious wastes, or other wastes that require special handling.”

The pilot project will terminate when the grant funds have been expended, and no later than May 15 of next year.

Afterward, city staff will meet and confer with Republic Services to evaluate the feasibility of continuing the program at rates charged by Republic Services.