What Can You Dispose of in a Dumpster?

Have you been considering renting a roll-off dumpster for your clean-up, home renovation, to simplify a move, or for another use? If you have, you likely wonder exactly what you can dispose of in a dumpster, or more pressing, what you can’t put in your dumpster. You may be surprised at house simple the whole process is. 

What Can You Dispose of in a Dumpster? 

  • You can throw away most household items, including most furniture and regular mattresses. 
  • You can dispose of lawn clippings and landscaping debris in a mixed load, but often when you mix items, dumping costs increase. 
  • You can dispose of much of the debris from a home improvement project, including broken mirrors, ceramic, and even old toilets. 
  • You can dispose of drywall, wood, wood paneling, and tiles. 
  • Items such as demolished concrete need special consideration due to the weight but are permitted to be disposed of up in our dumpsters. 

What Can’t You Put in a Dumpster?

  • You cannot put liquids or liquid-based items in a dumpster. This is a big fire risk and biohazard. Even if they are just water or a known non-toxic liquid, you should not throw them in your rental dumpster because of the weight. 
  • No tires are permitted to be put in a dumpster. 
  • No waterbed mattress or mattress with electronic parts should be thrown in a roll-on dumpster.  
  • Asbestos in any form cannot be disposed of in a dumpster. 
  • Contaminated soil cannot be disposed of in a dumpster. 
  • Car batteries are not permitted to be thrown in a dumpster because their contents must be recycled for environmental safety. 
  • No electronics can be disposed of in a dumpster. 

There is a middle ground of items that you can technically throw away in our dumpsters, but it may be beneficial not to. For example, many people can update furniture if it is worn but worthy of a "Curb Alert." This can save you money, and it will be gone without much effort on your part. Furniture can also be donated. Many appliances can be picked up for free by companies that profit by either repairing or disassembling for parts. All these items may be permitted in a dumpster, but you may save money by finding alternative ways of easy disposal.

Another way to cut costs is to rent different dumpsters at different times if you have a large project that includes yard work and inside work because each load may be charged differently per pound. Keep in mind that much yard debris can be composted, and often local gardeners may pick up your organic debris if they know about it. 

Contact us at Griffin Waste Services to schedule your rental. We will be happy to answer any further questions about dumpster rentals and your options. Call today, (615) 562-4000.  

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