Imagine you’re about to move out of your apartment and into a new house. You’ve been meaning to declutter for months, but somehow the piles of stuff just keep growing. Finally, you’ve reached your breaking point and decide it’s time to get rid of some stuff. So you start loading up your dumpster…and then realize you have no idea what you can and cannot put in there.
To save you the headache, we’ve compiled a list of 10 things you cannot put in a dumpster:
- Hazardous Waste: This includes things like oil, paint, chemicals, batteries, and more. If you’re not sure if something is considered hazardous waste, err on the side of caution and don’t put it in the dumpster.
- Electronics: This includes items like computers, TVs, printers, and cell phones. Many of these items contain harmful chemicals and should be recycled at a designated facility.
- Mattresses: Mattresses are bulky and can be difficult to dispose of, but they cannot go in a dumpster. There are often specific regulations on how to dispose of mattresses, so be sure to check with your local waste management authority.
- Appliances: Large appliances like refrigerators, ovens, and dishwashers also cannot go in a dumpster. Many of these items contain harmful chemicals and must be disposed of at a designated facility.
- Yard Waste: This includes things like leaves, grass clippings, branches, and more. Yard waste takes up a lot of space and can quickly fill up a dumpster. Plus, many dumpsters have weight limits and yard waste is heavy!
- Construction Waste: This includes things like drywall, lumber, tile, and bricks. Construction waste is heavy and can quickly fill up a dumpster. Plus, many dumpsters have weight limits.
- Food Waste: Food waste can attract pests and animals to your dumpster. Plus, it takes up valuable space that could be used for other items. For example, a 30-gallon bag of food waste takes up the same amount of space as a couch!
- Liquid Waste: This includes things like paint, oil, chemicals, and other liquids. Liquid waste can be difficult to dispose of and can often leak out of dumpsters, causing environmental contamination.
- Flammable Materials: This includes things like propane tanks, gasoline, oil, and more. Flammable materials are dangerous and should never be placed in a dumpster.
- Propane Tanks: Propane tanks are dangerous and should never be disposed of in a dumpster. If you have an old propane tank, be sure to take it to a designated disposal facility or have a professional dispose of it for you.
By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your dumpster experience is safe and hassle-free.
If you have items that you need to dispose of, be sure to check with your local dumpster rental company to see if they are accepted. Midwest Companies is one such dumpster rental company. They offer a wide variety of dumpsters for rent, as well as recycling services for items that cannot be disposed of in a dumpster. Contact them at (847) 426-6354 today to learn more!