What Items Can and Can’t Be Thrown in a Dumpster?

What Items Can and Can’t Be Thrown in a Dumpster?


Often, residential or commercial authorities pre-own dumpsters in order to ensure garbage disposal without any problem. On the other hand, renting a dumpster is still an option.


Let’s take a look at some of the ways to maintain dumpsters and find what items you can and can’t throw in a dumpster.

What Can You Throw in a Dumpster?

·        Yard Waste

Although some counties in certain states limit the level of organic garbage disposal in dumpsters, you can always avail of the discounts that come along with one-type dumpsters for all your yard waste. You can throw away waste like bushes, logs, branches, and loads of twigs in a dumpster.

·        Home Appliances

Home appliances like dryers, washers, and old refrigerators can go into dumpsters. Nevertheless, it is vital that you remove the environmental-degrading materials from the appliances, for example, fluids and gas compartments.

·        Furniture

You ca n also throw furniture in the dumpsters that are capable of heavy waste disposals. You can dump things such as couches, sofas, tables, and other related stuff into a dumpster. You might have to check the strength of the dumpster before throwing such heavy stuff away.

·        Household Waste

You can dispose of rugs, old carpets, curtains, toys, blankets, and other inorganic waste in a dumpster. In contrast, many authorities encourage the recycling of things made from paper, such as cardboard and books, due to environmental concerns.

·        Other Solid Waste

The other solid wastes that can go in the dumpster include the grains and asphalts from the roof shingles, dirt, bricks, house sidings, drywalls, etc. Also, ensure that the dumpster is charging adequate fees for such heavy waste.

What Can’t You Throw in a Dumpster?

·        Paint

Remember not to throw wet paint away into the dumpster as it is difficult to get rid of. Besides, it carries harmful environmental pollutants that can cause health risks.

·        Batteries

You should know that it is illegal to throw batteries in dumpsters (just like mercury thermometers). Batteries contain harmful chemical solvents that produce harmful gases capable of depleting ozone.

·        Medical Waste

Never consider dumping the needles, band-aids, and other medical waste into the common heavy dumpsters, especially if they have bodily fluid on them. Contact a company with a license for the disposal of medical waste.

·        Adhesives and all Pollutants

Adhesives such as motor oil, epoxy, or even glue are not advisable for dumpster disposal. Nevertheless, there are companies that help in processing such material to decrease the environmental impact.

Moreover, tires, rubber, etc., are also not for dumpster disposal. Burning leads to harmful gas and chemical liquid production that is greatly harmful to the environment.

Contact Schiebel Waste 

It can get difficult to determine what to throw and what not to throw in a dumpster. If you’re still unsure on some items, the experts at Scheibel Waste are here to assist! We provide all roll-off containers and dumpster rental services for your residential and commercial needs. Give us a call for further inquiry at 978-361-5254. 



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