Port Coquitlam residents who are spring cleaning and need to get rid of furniture, appliances and other heavy household items can book for a free pick-up.
Monday, the municipality began taking appointments from PoCo residents with city waste collection to haul away their junk — at no extra cost.
Operated by CleanStart BC, the large item curbside program is a first for the city, and is being launched to coincide with Earth Week.
Up to six large items will be allowed, per year, for collection: They include mattresses, furniture, appliances, tires and exercise gear.
Pick-ups can be scheduled for up to twice per calendar year, for up to three items each time.
And discarded materials will be donated to people in need, through CleanStart BC’s partnerships with social housing providers and non-profit groups.
“We’re happy to introduce this new service and want to make sure everyone has a great experience trying it out,” said Coun. Darrell Penner, council designate for public works, in a press release. “Before booking, we strongly encourage residents to closely review the requirements online because items that don’t meet the criteria will not be picked up.”