Stay safe & avoid fees. Learn what isn’t allowed in our dumpsters.

**** Waste restrictions and weight limits vary by city, county & dumpster use.  Always review the waste restrictions of the specific dumpster you plan to order to confirm that it can be used for your intended use.

The vast majority of your trash can be thrown away in our roll-off containers making it quick and easy to clean up. But for safety reasons there are some prohibited items that can never be thrown away in our containers.

Prohibited items include any material that is:

  • Flammable
  • Toxic
  • Hazardous
  • Corrosive

Almost all chemicals and fuels will fall into these categories. If you’re unsure about whether a material is allowed in your dumpster rental check the product for warning labels. Any time you see a skull and crossbones, the biohazard symbol or the 3, 2, 1, W chemical symbol look for disposal directions on the label. You can also call your local waste department for guidance on how they should be disposed.

The breakdown below provides an overview of different types of items that cannot be put in any commercial or residential dumpsters. If you have questions don’t hesitate to give the Dumpsters.biz team a call. We’re here to help make your waste removal as easy as possible.  Any prohibited items disposed of in our dumpsters will result in additional fees at the dump, which will be added to your bill.

Items not allowed in our dumpsters include:

Adhesives

Glues and other adhesives can damage a dumpster container and cause trash items to adhere to one another. Instead of putting these in the waste dumpster throw adhesives in small quantities out with your regular trash.

Asbestos

Asbestos is a highly dangerous mineral fiber that was used to make construction materials more flame resistant. It was used for ceilings, roofing, flooring, insulation and more primarily in structures built before the late 1970s. It was banned from use after it was discovered to be carcinogenic. Licensed experts are required for any asbestos removal because it poses a serious health risk.

Batteries

The chemicals, metals and corrosive materials in batteries can pose a serious threat. This is particularly true for car batteries, which have lead-acid composition. Lead, along with other heavy metals, has to be disposed of separate from other waste.

Cleaning Products

Most cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can become hazardous if they aren’t disposed of in a certain way.

Contaminated Soil

Any soil that you believe came in contact with hazardous material such as chemicals and vehicle oils should be treated as if it is hazardous as well. The soil can be treated or it will need to be put through a hazardous waste processor.

Food Waste

Food waste should be thrown out in your regular garbage container, not a rental dumpster. These materials can go in the landfill, but they can attract rodents and vermin. Consider composting food waste or disposing of it through your municipal waste removal department.

Fuels

Petroleum and gasoline are highly flammable and for that reason they are banned at landfills. Unusable fuels can be disposed of at a hazardous waste center.

Infectious Waste

Any material or items that contain or have come in contact with bodily fluids and medication are considered infectious waste. There are specialty waste removal experts that are licensed to handle these materials.

Industrial Drums and Waste

The byproducts of industrial processes are typically contained within industrial drums. Often these byproducts are hazardous materials that must be transported by licensed haulers and disposed of at a specialized processing facility.

Ink

The inks and resins that are found in printers and pens can damage waste containers, which is why they should be brought to a recycling center for proper removal.

Motor Oils

Oils that are used in vehicles and industrial equipment are generally considered to be hazardous. Consult with your local hazardous waste facility for information on how and where to dispose motor oils.

Paints

Paints, lacquers and even their cans sometimes contain harmful elements such as mercury and lead. This is typically the case for paints that were made before the 1990s. On top of containing hazardous materials, paints can also stain dumpsters and other waste removal equipment.

Refrigerants

The refrigerants that are used in machinery and vehicles are highly dangerous and regulated by federal guidelines. If you want to throw a refrigerator in your rent dumpster contact our customer service team for information on the proper draining that is required.

Tires

All tires need to go through a special recycling process instead of being thrown in a landfill. Methane gas can actually build up in tires allowing them to rise to the surface of a garbage pile and break liners.

Stumps (only allowed in specified dumpsters)

Anything that is heavy, bulky and won’t break down can cause problems at a landfill. Stumps fall into this category. Instead of putting stumps into a yard waste dumpster they should be sent to a yard debris recycling center, removed by a landscaping company or ground into mulch using a wood chipper.