Items You Should Never Place in a Dumpster


Renting a dumpster can be of great assistance if you’re cleaning out a storage space or undergoing a remodeling project. You might assume that you can toss just about anything in a dumpster. However, there are rules and limits regarding specific items because some things present a hazard to the dumpster or the environment. So while it may be tempting to toss anything in the dumpster and forget about it, it’s a choice that could be costly later if the dumpster incurs damage or you’re found dumping something that has regulations regarding its disposal.

If you’re unsure if a dumpster is right in your situation, or you have questions regarding whether or not certain items you have can be placed inside, don’t hesitate to contact us at ABH Services Inc. We’re happy to answer your questions regarding all aspects of our roll-off dumpster rentals. For now, read on for this basic list of items that are prohibited from most dumpsters.

What You Can Toss in a Dumpster

Generally, most types of waste can be placed in a roll off dumpster. This includes most trash from renovations, wood, shingles, yard waste like branches and leaves, carpeting, general household items, and siding. If the item presents no hazard to the environment or dumpster, it can be tossed inside. If you have any questions about whether or not a certain item is allowed in a rental dumpster, call us at 781-941-2422 for help.

What is Not Allowed in a Dumpster

  • Appliances: Small appliances, such as microwaves, are okay to toss into the dumpster. However, refrigerators should never be put in a dumpster because they contain refrigerant. According to federal law, refrigerant has to be recovered. Refrigerators can, however, be recycled by a recycling service like ours. Other appliances, such as stoves and washing machines, can also be recycled.
  • Batteries: Batteries, especially lithium ion batteries and car batteries, should not be tossed in the dumpster. Car batteries can be taken to an auto parts dealer or hazardous waste collector, and the latter can also take lithium ion batteries. Check everything you throw away for batteries and remove them. While it is not illegal to toss alkaline batteries in the trash, it’s still bad for the environment and bad for the dumpster if the battery leaks or gets too hot and bursts. Collect your old batteries and take them to a city hazardous waste collection event instead.
  • Paint: Paint is considered by the EPA to be a pollutant, making it a potential contaminant hazard for the environment and water supply. Empty paint cans are allowed as long as any remnants inside are completely dry. Paint thinner, paint stripper, stains, and varnishes are also not allowed in dumpsters.
  • Hazardous Waste: This includes pesticides, motor oil and other automotive fluids, certain household cleaners, and a few other items. If you’re not sure if an item qualifies as hazardous waste, make sure to do your research.
  • Printer/Toner Cartridges: You may be surprised to discover that you’re not supposed to put these in a dumpster. Even pens are discouraged from being included in your dumpster waste. This is because these items can leak or burst, causing stains and damage to the dumpster’s interior. Recycle them instead.
  • Tires: It can be hard to know what to do with old tires, because they’re not supposed to go out with your standard trash, and they cannot be placed in roll off dumpsters, either. Contact us to take care of your old tires instead of placing them in a dumpster if you’ve rented one. Tires can be recycled into new rubber products.
  • Mattresses: It’s always nice to get a new mattress, but your old mattress can be a big nuisance if you’re not sure what to do with it. Mattresses are not allowed to be placed in dumpsters for health and safety reasons, as well as due to their weight when wet. If you do end up tossing a mattress in the dumpster, you will be charged an additional fee. Investigate mattress disposal services local to you to take care of yours.
  • Electronics: Also known as eWaste, old electronics are a big no-no for dumpsters, and for throwing away with your curbside trash. Electronics need to be disposed of properly due to mercury, nickel, and other substances in the electronics which are harmful when they build up. ABH Services Inc. can recycle practically any electronic waste that you want to get rid of. Recycled electronics can be used for new products, as they are broken down into their component parts. Contact us for a full list of eWaste that we can recycle for you.

Other items that are not allowed to be disposed of in dumpsters include dirt, concrete, excessive food waste, asbestos, and insulation.

If you’re looking to rent a roll off dumpster for your residential or commercial cleanout, ABH Services Inc. would happy to be of assistance. We offer a selection of sizes of roll off dumpsters to suit your needs. Contact us at 781-941-2422 today to discuss your project and we can help you select the dumpster that’s right for you.

2018-03-22T12:30:00+00:00April 9th, 2018|News|