Renting a dumpster is a great solution when tackling projects that will produce a lot of debris and waste. Dumpsters can serve as your all-in-one place to discard of unwanted items. Once you have decided to rent dumpster, you are likely wondering, “What can I put in my dumpster?” We are here to help!
What Can I put in My Dumpster?
Each dumpster rental company has different guidelines about what you can and cannot put in a dumpster rental. Before renting a dumpster and having it delivered, you should check with your dumpster rental company to ensure you are following their policies, as well as federal, state, and local guidelines.
Typically, your dumpster rental can be filled with construction debris, household materials, landscaping materials, and trash that you can fit up to the upper rim.
Some common items you can put in your dumpster rental include:
- Construction material: asphalt, bathroom fixtures, brick, cabinetry, countertops, drywall, flooring, lumber, siding, stone, tiles
- Household trash
- Roofing materials
- Concrete, dirt, or fill
- Yard or organic materials
What Can’t I put in My Dumpster?
Dumpsters usually have a list of prohibited items that you should avoid putting in them. This list usually includes hazardous materials: including paint, tires, aerosols, chemicals, and cleaners.
Other common items not to dispose of in a dumpster rental include:
- Motor oil and fuels
- Propane tanks
- E-Waste: computers, televisions, VCRs, DVDs
- Check your local state’s recycling laws to better understand your guidelines
- Non-Alkaline batteries: car batteries, computer batteries, lithium ion batteries, rechargeable batteries
- Prescription drugs and other medical waste
- Some light bulbs
- Lawn chemicals
- Hot water tanks
You should not put anything that is considered hazardous in your dumpster rental. The EPA defines hazardous waste as any product that “can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances, or that are corrosive or toxic.” If you are unsure if something is hazardous, you can check the EPA’s household hazardous waste page to learn more.
Ask Your Dumpster Rental Company
To avoid putting something that is prohibited in your dumpster, and possibly a hefty fine from your local government, you should always do your research before you begin your project. It is recommended to contact your dumpster rental company to ask them for their guidelines and to also check the federal, state, and local regulations governing waste disposal in your area.
You can find additional information about what you can put in your dumpster, at the state level by contacting a state representative of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Rent a Dumpster Today
Haul-Away is a local dumpster rental company that provides 7 day dumpster rentals in Cleveland Ohio and surrounding communities in Northeast Ohio. We specialize in rentals for commercial or residential dumpsters.
Haul-Away rents various size dumpsters from 7 to 40 yards. We can accommodate special orders from customers who want multiple dumpster sizes or multiple dumpster deliveries. Contact us today to get started.