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:
- Fuel and fluids
- Home & Office
- Cleaning products
- Partially full aerosol cans
- Mercury containing bulbs
- Hot water tanks
- Building Materials
- Paints, lacquers & stains
- Adhesives, glues & epoxy
- Refrigerants & refrigerant containing products
- Asbestos containing products & materials
- Site waste
- 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.