What can you throw in a dumpster? A common question asked by people when calling a dumpster rental service. The answer is, well, not everything. When you throw things away in a trashcan, there are rules that you have to follow. In the same way, you have to follow certain guidelines when you rent a dumpster. There are rules for waste disposal because of local and state regulations as well as environmental concerns.
Make sure you let the dumpster rental provider know what type of things you are planning to dispose of in the dumpster. They will tell you what you can and cannot throw away.
You are permitted to throw away most nonhazardous waste, debris, or junk. For instance, you can throw things in the dumpster, such as wood, furniture, trash, roofing shingles, C&D debris (construction waste and demolition debris), siding, some appliances, yard waste, and flooring.
Just about every kind of furniture from your home is allowed—tables, chairs, couches, etc. Some landfills, however, will not allow upholstered furniture or mattresses. Because of this, some rental providers will charge an extra fee for these items. There are also local regulations that may require you to pay extra for these things.
You should ask your rental provider what furniture they allow you to put in their dumpsters, just to be sure.
Most household appliances can be thrown into dumpsters—air-conditioning units, refrigerators, clothes washers and dryers, etc. However, before you throw these items into the dumpster, all hazardous fluids, such as Freon, must be removed.
A professional, such as an HVAC technician or repair specialist, must remove the Freon before you can throw the appliance in the dumpster.
Hint: You could save quite a bit of money by choosing a different disposal option. For instance, as an incentive to recycle appliances, some utility companies have programs called “bounty programs,” in which recyclers can collect a “bounty” for inefficient appliances.
There are also programs in which you can receive a discount on appliances that have the ENERGY STAR® seal on them. Do your research to see if there is a bounty offered in your area or choose new appliances that qualify for energy discounts.
Most dumpster providers accept electronics like television sets, printers, computers, etc. However, if you are cleaning out an office or another facility that has a large number of electronics, you will have to recycle them. This is called e-waste and usually requires an additional fee to cover the extra recycling cost.
There are, however, some areas have regulations that prohibit you from throwing electronics in a dumpster.
Most dumpsters allow you to throw away trees, grass, branches, and other green waste. Although, your area’s regulations may not allow you to throw yard debris away. This varies from one area to another, so be sure you know how much yard debris is allowed at your local landfill.
Hint: You can get an option called “clean load” at some companies for a discounted price. If you have a significant amount of one particular kind of yard debris, this option may be best for you. This is called “clean-loading a dumpster” and it usually includes things like concrete or yard waste. This is a great way to help save some money and it benefits the environment because the items are recycled instead of just going to the landfill.
Most carpeting, cardboard, toys, fabrics (clothes, curtains, lines, etc.), and other non-organic trash can be put in a dumpster.
Most heavy debris, such as brick, concrete, and stone can be thrown in a dumpster. However, some companies have special dumpsters they use because of the weight.
Another heavy debris that can be thrown in a dumpster is asphalt roofing shingles. Although you will sometimes incur an extra fee. Check with the rental providers about throwing away shingles and whether they charge an extra fee.
Construction and demolition debris, such as wood, siding, and drywall, can be thrown away in dumpsters.
There are weight limits for dumpsters, and when you’re throwing away heavy debris, it is important to know your limits. It can be a real inconvenience if you do go over. You may have to pay an extra fee, or worse, remove some things if you go over the weight your rental agreement included.
Make sure you know the available dumpster sizes and their prices to make sure you get the best deal. For smaller projects or lightweight debris, a 10- or 20-yard dumpster may be all you need. However, you will need a 30- or 40-yard dumpster for larger projects or heavier debris.
As a rule, hazardous materials are not allowed to be thrown away in a dumpster. This includes things like wet paint, asbestos, e-waste (electronics), oil, some furniture, and tires, to name a few. Read on to learn more.
Latex paints being the exception, you may not throw away lacquers, stains, or other paints. When you can’t recycle latex paint and need to throw it away, allow it to harden first. One way to do this is to pour it into a box of shredded paper or kitty litter. You may then throw it in the dumpster after it has hardened.
Most landfills in the United States do not accept tires; therefore, they cannot be thrown into a dumpster. There are ways to dispose of old tires; for instance, some auto parts stores or dealerships will accept them. There are also recyclers that convert tires into rubber mulch or asphalt.
You should never put hazardous wastes in a dumpster, including things like asbestos, engine oil, household cleaners, pesticides, propane tanks, contaminated soil, ink or resins, or medical waste. Your community may offer a special time or place for you to properly dispose of hazardous waste items.
A household hazardous water recycling kit may be an option in your area. They send the kit to your house and you can safely pack your hazardous waste and mail it to be properly disposed of.
Because of the chemicals in dry-cell batteries and car batteries, you cannot throw them into a dumpster, as they make leak and be harmful to the environment.
Any store that sells car batteries will recycle your old batteries. For dry-cell batteries, such common household AA or AAA, some stores have recycling bins just for recycling these types of batteries.
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