Thanks to neighbor Kirk W. who asked me if bulk curbside pickup was scheduled this year. It’s a popular way to get rid of stuff, and is offered every other year. Our next bulk pickup will be in 2018. In the meantime, here are a few ways to get rid of unwanted items:

  1. If you have light household items or clothing, Simple Recycling will pick those items up with your regular recycling. If you didn’t get the orange plastic bags from them,  call 866-835-5068 or pick up bags at City Hall (4141 Douglas) at their reception desk.
  2. If you’d rather donate to charity, Bibles For Missions (36th & Noble Ave.) and ARC are two area non-profits who accept many items for drop-off. Disabled American Vets (DAV) and a few other charity organizations will pick items up at your home. Or view options and schedule a free home pickup service at
  3. Drop off items at the Brooklyn Park transfer station off 169 and Brooklyn Blvd. Here’s a link to see what items they accept (most are no charge except appliances/tires — just bring your drivers license). Also, if you have motor oil, paint or similar items, this is the place to drop them off.
  4. Post your item (for sale or free) on or put a Free sign on the item and place on the curb. Many have great success with this option! If you’re not familiar, NextDoor is a free app for your phone or desktop where you sign up in your neighborhood.

I hope this helps, and please let me know if you have any other suggestions or questions by contacting me. Enjoy that reclaimed space!