Special Pickups

Free Annual Special Pickups for Residents


Each residential customer in the City of Rock Island receives one free Special Pickup per calendar year on an appointment basis. Additional Special Pickups may be scheduled for a service charge of $25 per special pickup. Pickups may be scheduled by calling the Public Works Department.

Rules & Regulations


  • All items must be placed at your normal collection site by 7:00 am on the morning of the Special Pickup. Items may be placed at this location up to 48 hours prior to the pickup date.
  • Small items such as clothes, books, dishes, and toys must be bagged, boxed, or placed into a container and weigh no more than 50 pounds. Loose items will not be picked up.
  • Large items such as building lumber and carpet must be tied in bundles no longer than 4.5 feet in length and weigh no more than 50 pounds.
  • Tree limbs and branches must be cut into lengths no longer than 4.5 feet and weigh no more than 50 pounds. Limbs and branches less than two inches in diameter must be tied into bundles with twine or rope and weigh no more than 50 pounds.
  • Place tree and yard debris three feet from other items. It will be picked up by a separate truck.
Please note: Special Pickups may not be used for appliances, used tires, or household hazardous materials. Bricks, concrete blocks, and masonry can be taken to Millennium Waste.