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Items Not Allowed in a Dumpster Rental

Whether you are renting a dumpster for the first time or the hundredth time, it is important to know the items that are not allowed in a rented dumpster. Many communities and companies have prohibited items in dumpsters due to health, environmental, and other factors. Therefore, it is essential for you to carefully review the provider’s fee and policy if you want to dispose of such an item. Other items might include toxic, flammable, and hazardous things.

Always check with your dumpster provider to see a list of items that are not allowed in a dumpster rental

Items Not Allowed in a Dumpster Rental

Hazardous waste is never allowed in dumpster rentals.

Automotive Waste

Items that are not allowed in a construction dumpster need to be responsibly disposed of. Here are some of them:

  • Tires: tires can easily disrupt the landfills and cause damage to the equipment and the structure. Disposing of the tires with municipal waste departments and auto parts stores are the best way to get rid of the debris. 
  • Batteries: due to heavy metals and high levels of lead, car batteries are hazardous. These materials are dangerous and cannot be mixed with other types of debris. A dead car battery can only be recycled with an authorized recycling center or an auto parts store. 
  • Oils: oil used in vehicles or industrial lubricants is prohibited in dumpster rental and is only recyclable with household hazardous waste shops, facilities, or other collection sites.
  • Fuel: landfill sites have forbidden all types of fuels because they are highly flammable. Check for the centers collecting hazardous waste for safe disposal. 

Household Items

  • Lacquers and paint: lacquers and paint contain mercury or lead, especially if they are dated before 1990. Please search for the recycling centres near your place to dispose of them.
  • Refrigerants: items having refrigerants should be thrown away according to the federal disposal instructions. 
  • Hot water tanks: these water tanks might fill up with dangerous gases inside a landfill. In such a case, contact your city council to search for a recycling service accepting such appliances. 

Additional Items Prohibited in Dumpster Rentals

  • Aerosol cans
  • Animals
  • Antifreeze
  • Appliances (including but not limited to computers, monitors, microwaves, refrigerators, stoves, televisions)
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Barrels
  • Biohazardous materials/medical waste
  • Equipment containing gas/oil
  • Flammable liquids
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Gasoline
  • Herbicides or pesticides
  • Industrial waste
  • Liquid/wet paint
  • Liquids/solvents/freon/chemicals
  • Mattresses
  • Motor oil/contaminated oil (mixed with solvents, gasoline, etc)
  • Petroleum products
  • Propane tanks
  • Radioactive materials
  • Railroad ties
  • Tires
  • Water heaters

For a full list of items not allowed in a dumpster rental be sure to check out this comprehensive list.

For all of you dumpster rental needs, residential or commercial, Blue Bear Waste Services is here for you! Call us today to schedule a dumpster rental.

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