On one hand, waste management operations are doing what they can to ensure that bulky items are disposed of properly and not ditched on the side of the road, and that other special wastes receive proper disposal. Still, most waste managers would prefer to see fewer bulky items headed for the landfill and more put to good use for someone else.
Suki Janssen, interim solid waste director for Athens-Clarke County, GA, says the term “bulky waste” makes her uncomfortable. “It’s not waste,” she says. “It’s just items that have been misplaced or not in the reuse stream.”