Prohibited dumpster items
Renting a dumpster for your home or business is an easy process. You call us, we deliver the dumpster you ordered, you fill it up with items you no longer want and we pick it up. BAM! It is that easy. Your space is now clear and all your discarded items have gone to trash heaven.
However, trash heaven is a part of our environment and we have to respect it by keeping potentially harmful items from being discarded of improperly in landfills. This is why dumpster companies and sanitation services do not allow harmful items to be thrown away in their trash bins. These items need to be disposed of properly, complying with state and federal laws.
Since each dumpster company has their own rules and regulations for what they will and will not take, ask your dumpster company before you rent to learn what materials they will not accept.
Generally speaking, it is common that the following items won’t be accepted by your dumpster company:
- Heavy items
- Computers, Monitors and TVs
- Paints and solvents
- 55 Gallon Drums
- Oil and Oil Filters
- Propane tanks
- Railroad ties
- Toxic, flammable or Hazardous materials
Let’s take a look at why these items aren’t allowed to be dumped in your dumpster.
Heavy items ARE allowed. We just want customers to be aware that a dumpster rental is based on weight. If you exceed the weight limit for the size dumpster you rented, you will be charged for the extra weight. Most customers believe they can fill the dumpster up as much as they want as long as all the trash fits in the dumpster.
For example, our 30-yard roll off dumpster can be filled with up to 4 tons of trash and debris. Even though 4 tons is a lot of weight, adding large pieces of concrete or asphalt from a driveway removal will make you reach your 4-ton limit in no time. Even though the dumpster is only halfway full, you could already be at your 4-ton limit. Be mindful of the weight you are acquiring in the dumpster as you load it to avoid an overweight charge.
Some chemicals that can’t be thrown away include pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, solvents and strong cleaners. These items are not allowed to be placed in your rental dumpster or in your curbside garbage collection due to the potential contamination at the landfill and contact with employees. These chemicals should always be handled with extreme care to keep your family and environment safe.
Also known as Hazardous Household Materials, these can typically be dropped off at a local recycling facility. To find out where you can drop off your items, visit search.earth911.com.
Whether you are trying to get rid of a car battery or just a box full of D batteries, they can not be placed in a dumpster or your local curbside trash collection. This is because they still contain large amounts of cadmium, mercury, and lead inside of them. Properly disposing of batteries is import to protect our environment.
The good news is, most large automotive batteries can be sold to recycling companies for money. Simply find a local recycling center that takes them and drop your battery off.
Small batteries can be recycled at places like Best Buy and other local electronics stores. Or visit recyclenation.com to find a store near you.
Electronic waste or eWaste
TVs, computers and other electronics are not allowed in dumpsters. This is due to the large amounts of nickel, cadmium, and mercury present in electronic devices. The great news is that there are many safe places where you can dispose of your electronic waste for free. Your county government should have a list of drop off places. To search for your local drop off place, visit search.earth911.com
Paints and solvents
Oil based paints, thinners, varnish, strippers and stains can not be placed in dumpsters. These items have to be disposed of properly to prevent them from contaminating landfills and possibly water supplies. Again, your local government should have a drop off point for these items.
Not all paints are hazardous. A water-based paint can be left open to dry out. For large amounts of water-based paints, stir in an absorbent such as kitty litter, sand or sawdust to help speed up the drying process.
Refrigerators and freezers can not be thrown into dumpsters. They contain refrigerants, oils and other products that, by federal law, must be recovered. The best option for refrigerators and freezers is to recycle them. They contain a lot of steel and other materials that can be recycled for money. Instead of spending money to get rid of them, recycle them at your local recycling center and make money.
Tires are always a sore subject. They are not allowed in roll off dumpsters or in curbside trash pickup and most people do not know where or how to dispose of them. Tires do not belong in a landfill and should be dropped off at your counties designated area. Nowadays, tires are recycled into mulch and other rubber products. Visit search.earth911.com to find out where your county drop-off point is.
Oil and Automotive fluids
Automobiles require several different fluids to keep them running at peak performance. However, most of these fluids need to be disposed of in the proper manner. From Antifreeze to transmission fluid to power steering fluid, find your counties designated drop-off point and make sure they are properly disposed of. No oils or automotive fluids are allowed in dumpsters.
Not being able to throw away everything into your dumpster can be annoying, but there are usually dedicated places in every county to recycle these restricted items. If there are any items not on this list that you are concerned about throwing into your rented dumpster, contact the dumpster company and they will be able to further assist you on their procedures.
Renting a dumpster comes with a great deal of responsibility, so please be sure to take care of your environment by properly disposing of items safely and properly. Remember to recycle any item that you can to keep it out of the landfill and help our environment.