We all know we can’t put anything we want in our trash cans at home (according to the rules of the EPA). The same thing is true of a dumpster. To follow state, local and federal rules and laws, here are some tips about how to use your dumpster. If you have any questions, be sure to contact us for more information.
What can I put in my dumpster rental?
You can put any kind of junk or debris in your dumpster rental except for hazardous waste. When people rent a dumpster, they commonly want to know what kinds of items they can put inside. Here are some common examples:
- Wooden Furniture
- Household Trash (hello, garage or basement clean-out)
- Roofing Shingles
- Debris from Construction
- Yard Waste and Storm Debris
- Appliances (additional fee of $15)
- Tires (additional fee of $7)
Chairs, tables, bookshelves, couches – you can put almost any type of furniture in a dumpster. Be aware, however, that upholstered furniture and mattresses can’t be put in landfills in some areas. And other areas will allow these types of items but charge an additional fee. Check with us for more details.
Most household appliances can be put in a dumpster, but there is an additional fee from the dump site of $15. All fluids must first be removed (like freon). To throw away an appliance containing freon, you’ll need to hire a repair professional (HVAC specialist or appliance repair person) to remove the freon first.
There are a variety of recycling options for appliances as well, and these have the benefit of not requiring you to remove the freon or other fluids first AND helping out the environment.
You can put TVs, computers, printers, monitors, speakers, and other electronics in your dumpster. However, recycling programs are also available for these items, including some which pick up the items for free. And if you are disposing of a large quantity of electronics, you may be required to recycle them by law.
There are some areas which do not allow electronics to be thrown in a rented dumpster at all. Be sure to check with your dumpster rental provider.
Most dumpster rental companies will allow you to dispose of tree branches, brush, leaves, grass, and other yard waste. Some areas do place a limit on how much of this type of waste you can put in a landill.
Demolition and Construction Waste/Debris
Roofing shingles can be disposed of in a dumpster. As can most renovation waste like drywall, siding, wooden material, flooring, cabinets, etc. However, if you have a large amount of brick, stone, concrete or asphalt your dumpster rental may include an additional fee due to the weight of these materials. Check with us before you load up.
Paints, Stains, Lacquers
You cannot put paint, paint thinners, lacquers, or wood stains in a dumpster, with the exception of latex paint. If your latex paint can’t be reused or recycled, put kitting litter or shredded paper in the can to cause it to become solid. Once it is dry, it can go in your rented dumpster.
In Omaha, we recommend you take your other paint and lacquer items to Under the Sink for free disposal that won’t harm the environment.
In the Omaha area, Under the Sink has a listing on their website of businesses which accept old tires, motor oil, and antifreeze. You can put tires in the dumpster for an additional fee of $7.
You can never put the following types of items in a rented dumpster. In Omaha, check with Under the Sink for tips on disposing of these types of items.
- Motor Oil or other fluids from cars & trucks
- Propane Tanks
- Household Cleaners
- Ink and Resins
- Contaminated Soil
- Medical Waste
We hope this information is helpful to you when deciding what you may put in a dumpster rental. Please contact us to schedule your dumpster drop-off or for more information.
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