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What You Can and Cannot Put in a Roll-Off Dumpster


There are certain things you can and cannot throw into a trash can, and the same is true with a roll-off dumpster. There are some guidelines that you should consider when it comes to your rented dumpster, which are there for environmental reasons. There are also state and local regulations with regard to the disposal of waste. You should always talk about what you want to dispose of with your roll-off dumpster rental provider because they can help you understand what you are and aren’t allowed to throw in your dumpster.

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What You Can Dispose of in a Roll-Off Dumpster

Most non-hazardous waste, junk, or debris is allowed. A general list of allowable items can include but may not be limited to:

  • Boxes.
  • Mattresses.
  • Dried paint cans.
  • Toys.
  • Rags.
  • Clothing.
  • Tables.
  • Documents.
  • Items damaged by fire.
  • Materials damaged by water.
  • Dirt.
  • Concrete.
  • Some types of rebar.
  • Metal.
  • PVC.
  • Cabinets.
  • Sinks.
  • Screens.
  • Wood.
  • Trash.
  • Furniture.
  • Roofing shingles.
  • Siding.
  • Construction and demolition debris.
  • All types of flooring.

Almost all types of furniture (including couches) are allowed in a roll-off dumpster. This can include any of the following:

  • Couches.
  • Tables.
  • Mattresses.
  • Box springs.
  • Chairs.
  • Dressers.
  • Bookcases.
  • Barstools.
  • Entertainment centers.
  • Hutches.
  • China cabinets.

Certain appliances can also be put in a roll-off dumpster, which can include, but may not be limited to:

  • Refrigerators.
  • Freezers.
  • Air conditioning units.
  • Washers and dryers.

The vast majority of household appliances can be thrown in a dumpster, but any hazardous fluids and components (such as freon) must be removed beforehand. The same precautions should be taken when disposing of electronics, which you can recycle as electronic waste (or e-waste). Yard waste can also be put in a roll-off dumpster, but you shouldn’t mix vegetative debris with construction materials, junk, or any other debris because landfills can recycle this material by mulching it.

What You Can’t Put in a Roll-Off Dumpster

As a rule, you can’t put any kind of hazardous materials or liquid-based items in a roll-off dumpster rental. This can include any of the following:

  • Wet paint.
  • Oil.
  • Asbestos
  • Sealed tanks and drums.
  • Electronics (e-waste).
  • Tires
  • Certain types of appliances.

With the exception of latex paints, you can’t dispose of paint, paint thinners, lacquers, or wood stains in a roll-off dumpster. If you do have leftover latex paint that can’t be reused or recycled, allow it to completely dry so it can be solidified. This can be expedited by pouring the paint into a shallow pan full of kitty litter or shredded paper. Once the paint has hardened, you can toss it in a roll-off dumpster.

Because most landfills in the United States don’t accept tires, you won’t be able to use a roll-off dumpster to dispose of them. But, there are a number of ways to get rid of scrap tires. You can take them to a local auto parts store or tire dealership, but you can also find a local recycler that can convert old tires into asphalt or rubber mulch.

If you’re looking for one of the best places for a roll-off dumpster rental in Corpus Christi, be sure to get in touch with Dawson Recycling and Disposal.