The City of High Point is changing up its bulk waste collection practices.  Starting on Monday, Nov. 1, the city will switch to a biweekly schedule for picking up bulk items.

The change will apply to bulk waste pickups only – other refuse removal schedules will stay the same.

The bulk waste pickup service for High Point is intended for the “occasional collection of large items” such as sofas, chairs, mattresses, desks and other furniture, as well as carpets, appliances and similar bulky waste.

Under the city’s new bulk waste schedule, collection days for High Point residents will coincide with their recycling collection days.

The High Point City Council approved the change to biweekly bulk collection at the council’s meeting on Monday, Aug. 16.  The move is being made to help make the service more efficient and create a reduction in fuel consumption, as well as bring down the high cost of employee overtime that the city has been experiencing under the existing schedule.

According to city officials, the change will “enable more consistent collections, increase route efficiency and protect and relieve an overextended waste collections staff.”

The Environmental Services Division – within the city’s Public Services Department – provides garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulk item collection services weekly throughout the city.  However, city officials say that a change was needed because, in recent years, bulk item collection volumes have increased significantly, and pickups have often had to be postponed when there were staffing shortages, equipment shortages or vehicle breakdowns.

For more information on the schedule change, visit

At the same site, you can find more detailed information on which items are acceptable for bulk pickup.