What Doesn’t Go In A Dumpster?
Especially when using a roll off dumpster for a cleanup project, it can be tempting to throw everything in! It’s a common story. You get a good groove going, and want to get everything finished ASAP. As usual, that means cutting some corners. Sure, it leaves a completely clear space that way, but the environmental cost can be HUGE. Here’s a guide with all the answers! All you need to do is ask yourself, what doesn’t go in a dumpster? We’ll split from here into two categories: Sometimes & Never!
First, the items that can Sometimes go in a dumpster. Call your provider beforehand to be sure!
- Appliances- most appliances are just fine, but refrigerators and water heaters can be incredibly dangerous in a landfill!
- Mattresses- typically a no go across the board, check with your service provider though
- Branches and stumps- if these aren’t accepted in your area, you can find yard waste alternatives relatively easily
- Aerosol cans- must be entirely empty to go in a dumpster!
Second, the absolutely not list! These are items that create significant risk to life or may damage the dumpster.
- Tires- can cause damage to landfills, may even “float” as methane builds up inside
- Paint- may contain lead or mercury
- Glue/epoxy- can attach items to the dumpster
- Car batteries- regular batteries are fine, just take the car batteries to an auto shop
- Medical waste- should go ONLY in marked containers specifically for medical waste
- Household cleaners- empty, rinsed containers are fine, but cleaners are an environmental hazard
- Oil/fuel- huge flammability risk
These are not comprehensive lists, but they cover some important items and should serve has helpful guidelines. If you have questions about a specific item not listed, contact us or your local provider. Remember, better safe than sorry when it comes to the environment!