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What Can I Put in a Dumpster?

Learn What Is Allowed in a Dumpster

If you have a junk removal project or debris cleanup consisting of common nonhazardous waste, chances are you can dispose of it with a dumpster. If you’re unsure whether or not a certain item can be thrown in your dumpster, call 408-872-2385 and one of our experts will help you determine if your items are acceptable for disposal.

Commonly Permitted Items

  • Aerosol Cans: Empty cans are okay to throw away inside a dumpster.
  • Appliances: Dishwashers, microwaves and stoves are generally accepted in roll of dumpsters. Refrigerators are typically not accepted because the refrigerant they contain is toxic.
  • Heavy Debris: Asphalt, brick, concrete, dirt and other heavy debris are accepted in temporary roll off dumpsters.
  • Electronics: Computers, printers, TVs and more. May not be acceptable in permanent dumpsters in some areas due to local regulations.
  • Furniture: Beds, chairs, desks, dressers and tables. May not be acceptable in permanent dumpsters in some areas due to local regulations.
  • Yard Waste: Grass, dirt, leaves, logs, shrubs, small branches and stumps.

What Is Not Allowed in a Dumpster?

While there are many items we can accept, there are some that require separate disposal through a municipal or specialty service. This includes any flammable, toxic or hazardous materials. Our expert dumpster rental staff will help you determine which items are deemed acceptable and which items are prohibited when you call to set up your order.


Commonly Prohibited Items

  • Adhesives: Epoxy, glue and other loose adhesives can damage the dumpster.
  • Asbestos: Considered to be a carcinogen and banned from most landfills.
  • Car Batteries: Car batteries contain high levels of lead and can’t be mixed with other waste.
  • Contaminated Absorbents and Soils: Must be treated or disposed by hazardous waste processors.
  • Food Waste: Can attract vermin and spoil.
  • Fuel: All types of fuel are prohibited in dumpsters.
  • Industrial Drums: Substances inside are considered hazardous.
  • Infectious Waste: Consists of materials used in medicine, such as used bandages or discarded surgical gloves.
  • Ink and Resins: Any ink used in pens and printers, as well as resins, can stain the interior of the dumpster.
  • Oils: Any oil used in automobiles and oil used as general industrial lubricants.
  • Paints and Lacquers: Contain harmful elements that can damage or stain the interior of the dumpster.
  • Railroad Ties: Generally not accepted by landfills due to their creosote coating.
  • Refrigerants: Only properly drained refrigerators can be disposed of.
  • Tires: All tires are prohibited from dumpsters due to the damage they can cause to landfills.

If you have any further questions about what is allowed in a dumpster and what is not allowed in a dumpster, call 408-872-2385 to speak with a customer service representative. They’ll help you identify any materials that may not be acceptable for disposal.

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