PLEASE KEEP THESE SUBSTANCES OUT OF YOUR DUMPSTER:
The list below is a list of common items that may not be disposed of when you rent a dumpster. These include all flammable, toxic and hazardous materials, as well as certain items that may damage the dumpster. Please keep these out of your container and we will help you keep your disposal cost to a minimum.
Automotive oils/fluids are not accepted. Most auto parts store accept automotive fluids for recycling, though fees may apply. Call your local auto parts store.
Tires are prohibited b/c they float landfill conditions. Whole tires trap gases inside the tire. Tires then ‘float’ as the contents of landfill settle around them. Most auto parts stores and municipal waste departments will accept old tires for recycling, though fees may apply.
Car batteries are hazardous and contain high levels of lead and other heavy metals. Most auto parts store accept automotive batteries for recycling, though fee may apply.
All fuels are banned by landfills. Gasoline or petroleum products are very combustible. These materials should only be disposed of if they can no longer be used as fuel. Look up waste oil collection centers near you for safe disposal; if those aren’t an option then look for hazardous waste collection.
PAINTS AND LACQUERS
Paints and lacquers are prohibited because they may contain heavy metals, typically: lead or mercury. Those manufactured prior to the 1990s are more likely to contain these contaminants. If you have leftover paint cans, your local municipality typically has a program, most Habitat Restores will accept paint if you follow their guidelines.
Items containing refrigerant must have the refrigerant removed before disposal. This procedure must be done so in accordance with federal regulations. Drained refrigerators –with sticker certifying refrigerant is removed- can be disposed of using our dumpsters. Call to determine if we can accept your refrigerator.
Hot water tanks are not accepted at contained landfills, for the same reasons as tires. If you need to dispose of a hot water heater or tank, your local metal recycler will likely accept them.
INKS & RESINS
Ink used in pens and printers, as well as resins, can damage equipment and stain the interior of dumpsters, or cause items disposed of to bind to the walls. This is timely and expensive to remove.
Though food waste is accepted in landfills, food waste is not allowed in our dumpsters. This is because our dumpsters do not have lids, and sit sometimes for weeks where animals could spread disease. If you have to dispose of large amounts of food waste, please use your municipal trash services.
CONTAMINATED SOILS & ABSORBENTS
Contaminated soils and absorbents that are mixed with hazardous substances – such as diesel- cannot be disposed of through normal waste haulers. Contaminated soils require manifesting that is not typical for a general waste hauler such as a dumpsters company. These contaminants typically need to be incinerated or treated or contained per federal superfund guidelines.
ADDITIONAL BANNED MATERIALS
Asbestos is a flame retardant found in older homes and various industrial products. It is considered a carcinogen in most U.S. states, resulting in landfill bans. If you know your home contains asbestos, you should contact a licensed contractor to ensure safe removal.
Any materials that have come into contact with bodily fluids are considered medical waste, as they could be infectious. Used medical supplies should be handled by licensed medical waste disposal haulers.
Industrial drums contain potentially dangerous chemicals for/or byproducts of industrial processes. These should be disposed of through haulers licensed for hazardous waste disposal.
Adhesives – e.g. epoxy- are not permitted in a dumpster as they can bind other materials to the interior of the container. It is very difficult to remove epoxied materials from a dumpster wall. Instead, throw these items out with your regular household trash.
RAIL ROAD TIES
Railroad ties may be treated with harmful preservatives, such as arsenic. Due to this rail road ties are not allowed in our dumpsters. Most landfills will accept railroad ties. They can also be recycled or reused for landscaping supplies or parking lot bumpers.