What can be thrown away in a roll-off dumpster?

What type of waste can go in a dumpster

Whether you are doing a bit of remodeling or moving and getting rid of unwanted items, a roll-off dumpster can help you dispose of most of your waste easily and efficiently. Simply apply for a permit at your Department of Public Works permit counter and schedule a dumpster rental delivery with your local hauler. Additionally, with a variety of sizes to choose from, you could fit almost anything in a dumpster.

However, there are some materials that are absolutely prohibited.  You can always call our customer service reps at 844-728-3533 to discuss your project – they’ll quickly help you decide if what you are throwing away will be allowed in a dumpster.

The first easy way to determine if an item can go into a roll-off dumpster is to check it for warning labels.

If the label contains a poison, chemical or biohazard symbol, it needs to be disposed of according to the instructions on the label. If there are no disposal instructions, you can call your local sanitation department to find out how to properly dispose of these dangerous materials.  Now, onto the less obvious items..

What types of waste can be thrown into a roll-off dumpster?

Common household items including clothes, various personal items, and housewares can be thrown into a dumpster. If you are renting a dumpster because of a remodel, most of the debris including lumber, drywall, flooring, siding, and cabinetry can be placed in it.

Other items that are acceptable are:

Appliances. Unless otherwise stated appliances like microwaves and washers are typically accepted. Refrigerators are not.

Furniture. Wooden furniture is always accepted.  Couches, bed frames, chairs, stools, tables etc…are very common items thrown into dumpsters.  Check local restrictions on upholstered pieces to be safe.

Yard Debris. Yard debris is usually accepted. In some locations, you may be able to dispose of tree limbs, bush trimmings, and shrubs in a dumpster. Other locations may only allow a few bags of leaves. Stumps are often not accepted.

Asphalt, Shingles, Brick, or Concrete. May be disposed of in dumpsters.  In some areas we have discounted price offerings specific to heavy materials.  Attention to weight limits is key when disposing of heavy debris.

What types of waste cannot be thrown in a roll-off dumpster?

There are a number of items that should not be disposed of in a dumpster. Most of these items have the potential to contaminate the environment or pose a health hazard. Some of these items include:

  • Automotive
    • Tires
    • Oil
    • Fuel and fluids
    • Batteries
  • Home & Office
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Cleaning products
    • Partially full aerosol cans
    • Mercury containing bulbs
    • Refrigerators
    • Hot water tanks
    • Mattresses
  • Building Materials
    • Paints, lacquers & stains
    • Adhesives, glues & epoxy
    • Inks/resins
    • Refrigerants & refrigerant containing products
    • Asbestos containing products & materials
  • Site waste
    • Stumps
    • Pesticides
    • Contaminated soil or absorbents
    • Railroad ties
    • Industrial drums & manufacturing by-products
    • Petroleum refining & chemical manufacturing wastes
  • Other Hazardous Waste
    • Food waste
    • Biohazardous or infectious waste such as medical needles & bandages
    • Highly flammable products or accelerants
    • Toxic and corrosive waste
    • Radioactive waste

When disposing of electronics, pharmaceuticals or refrigerators, check with your local sanitation department. Check out your city or town’s recycling programs that make disposing of these items easy, and usually free.

Do you have questions about what you can put in a dumpster? Contact us today for more information on available dumpsters in your area.



6 thoughts on “What can be thrown away in a roll-off dumpster?

  1. It’s interesting that most of the items you’ve mentioned that is allowed in a roll-off dumpster would fit our needs. That’s because we’ll be doing a kitchen renovation soon and some tree care service with it. Having a place to place our appliances, — aside from the fridge— stumps, and tree limbs would be very helpful as it would keep the things from lying around everywhere and flying to my neighbor’s property. I’ll be sure to rent a roll-off dumpster for our projects to be done neatly and free from any potential issues. Thanks!

  2. I’m going to be remodeling my home, but I’m not sure what to do with all the extra junk. It seems like a dumpster would be perfect for me! It’s nice that they can take away things like furniture and appliances.

  3. For a little while now, my brother has been looking into getting a roll off dumpster. He wants to start working on a yard project that would produce a lot of debris. I think he would like knowing that using a dumpster for yard debris is a great idea.

  4. My husband and I have been planning a remodel for a long time, and we thought about renting a roll off dumpster to throw everything away from the remodel. We have no idea what we can throw away in a roll off dumpster though. That is great that we can throw away appliances except refrigerators. Thank you for the information!

  5. Thank you for the post on what can be thrown away in a roll-off dumpster. I didn’t realize tires shouldn’t be thrown away in a roll-off dumpster. I wonder if that’s because of the materials that make up the tire and if so do tires go to specially designed landfills or breakdown facilities?

  6. I have a bunch of old junk that I need to get rid of. It makes sense that renting a dumpster would be beneficial! That seems like a great way to ensure that I get everything removed efficiently.

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