What Type Of Debris Is Allowed In A Dumpster


You may be thinking about renting a dumpster to get rid of your waste but you need to know that you can’t throw everything into it!

Rules exist to protect the environment and there are also local and state regulations for getting rid of waste.

Regulations vary between states so it’s best to check with your dumpster rental provider about what materials can and what materials can’t be disposed of.



      1. What You CAN Throw Into A Dumpster:


Non-hazardous waste (debris/junk) is allowed.

This includes (but is not limited to): wood, trash, furniture, roofing shingles, construction debris, yard waste and flooring. Some appliances are allowed.


Furniture: Includes tables, chairs, couches and most types of furniture.

If you’re looking to dispose of upholstered furniture or a mattress then check with your local dumpster provider.

Some states allow these to be thrown into landfill but will charge additional fees.


Appliances: Refrigerators, AC units, washers and dryers are allowed but you must first get rid off any hazardous fluid like Freon.

If your appliance contains Freon then you’ll need to hire an HVAC professional or a specialist that deals in appliance repair to remove the refrigerant first.


* Only once this is done will you be able to dispose of the refrigerator in the Dumpster *


If you have got an appliance to dispose of then you may want to consider using the Responsible Appliance Disposal scheme (https://www.epa.gov/rad).

There may also be a local utilities program that offers to recycle old appliances.

Check with your electricity supplier if they offer a bounty program to recycle your appliance or if they can offer you a discount on a new energy efficient model.  


Electronics: Personal computers and laptops, printers, TVs and other similar electronics are usually allowed in a residential dumpster. 

If you are hiring a dumpster to dispose of large amounts of electronic goods (for example a corporate clearance) then you may need to recycle these goods as e-waste.

It’s likely that you’ll incur additional recycling fees.

Some cities prohibit the disposal of electronics so always check with your dumpster provider.


Yard Waste: Green waste like trees, leaves, branches and grass is normally allowed and you should be able to fill the dumpster to its limit with green waste.

It is sensible to check with your local regulations however because the dumpster company may not accept yard waste or impose a limit on how much green waste you can send to landfill.


Tip: If you only have one type of material to dispose of then ask your dumpster company if they can offer you a discount.

Often it is possible to recycle the material without disposing of it into landfill. This is referred to as clean loading.


Other: Household materials like curtains, carpets, paper, toys and regular household waste can be put into a dumpster.


Construction & Renovation Debris: Concrete, brick and asphalt are allowed.

However, due to the weight of this type of waste you may require a special type of dumpster to accommodate them.

Wooden materials, drywall, siding and other type of renovation debris can go into a dumpster.


Roofing Shingles: Similar to construction debris, this material is heavy and may incur an additional fee for disposal.

Check with your dumpster rental provider about whether they charge extra. If they do, it may be worth looking into a recycling option.


Tip: Do not mix construction debris, concrete, yard debris or roofing shingles with other wastes.


Weight Limits

It is worth getting a quote from your dumpster rental provider before you fill the dumpster to it’s capacity or if the material you are disposing of is heavy.

If the filled dumpster is very heavy then you may need to either remove some of the additional weight and have it placed into a second dumpster or pay overage fees.



      2. What Is NOT Allowed In A Dumpster


Any type of hazardous waste e.g. oil, asbestos, household cleaners, medical waste, wet paint (including lacquers), wood stains, chemical waste, car tires and batteries.

The exception to this is latex paint which can be solidified and then disposed of.

If you have empty or dried paint cans, these can be recycled with your regular curb side bin.

To dispose of old tires, take them into a local tire dealership or auto parts store.

=> Alternatively you can give them to a local recycling company so that the tires can be converted into rubber mulch.


If you have hazardous waste like automotive fluids or medical waste you can check in your local community if there is a scheduled collection for you to dispose of this waste in the right way.

An alternative is to have a waste recycling kit specifically for household hazardous waste sent you to your home.

Batteries are not allowed in a dumpster because they leak chemicals that can harm the environment.

Stores that sell car batteries often have designated bins that you can return old batteries, including lithium batteries and dry cell like AA, into.



Recycling Options 


  • Televisions: consider donating working TVs and applicances to a local charity.
  • Electronic Waste: cell phones, batteries, tablets, laptops: search for a local e-waste recycler near you.
  • Used Motor Oil/Tires/Car Batteries: take it to a local auto repair garage where they will dispose of it.





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