What Can You Throw Away in a Rental Dumpster?

A roll-off dumpster can help you easily dispose of unnecessary items, especially during house remodeling, relocation, or any construction project. However, you’ll want to make sure that you’re throwing away the right objects and not violating any rules. Thus, you might ask, “What can I put in a dumpster rental?”

When you throw items in a dumpster container, they are driven away to a landfill. Depending on the landfill, there are specific items that are allowed and not allowed to be placed underground. To understand better, Gregory Roll-Off Containers deposits waste into different types of landfills.

Different Types of Landfills

Modern landfills are well-engineered and managed facilities for the disposal of solid waste. Landfills are located, designed, operated and monitored to ensure compliance with federal regulations. They are also designed to protect the environment from contaminants, which may be present in the waste stream. Landfills cannot be built in environmentally-sensitive areas, and they are placed using on-site environmental monitoring systems. These monitoring systems check for any sign of groundwater contamination and for landfill gas, as well as provide additional safeguards. Today’s landfills must meet stringent design, operation and closure requirements established under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

Disposing waste in landfills is one part of an integrated waste management system. EPA encourages communities to consider the waste management hierarchy – favoring source reduction to reduce both the volume and toxicity of waste and to increase the useful life of manufactured products – when designing waste management systems.

What Waste Goes to a Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Landfill?

Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Landfills — more commonly known as trash or garbage landfills — take everyday items we use and then throw away. These items come from our homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses. If you are a residential or commercial customer, your dumpster container is most likely going to an MSW landfill.

Permitted (MSW)

Some items that can be sent to an MSW landfill are:

  • plastic
  • furniture
  • clothing
  • bottles
  • food scraps
  • newspapers
  • household appliances that don’t have refrigerants
  • paint (dried and non-lead based)
  • non-hazardous materials
  • everyday trash or garbage

Not Permitted (MSW)

However, there are certain items that are prohibited in an MSW landfill:

  • batteries
  • pesticides
  • mercury
  • lamps
  • refrigerants
  • yard waste
  • lead based paints
  • liquids
  • medical waste
  • tires
  • electronics

What Waste Goes to a Construction and Demolition (C&D) Landfill?

Construction and Demolition (C&D) Landfills accept debris generated during the construction, renovation and demolition of buildings, roads, and bridges. If you are a construction customer, your dumpster container is most likely going to a C&D landfill.

Permitted (C&D)

Some debris items that can be sent to a C&D landfill are:

  • wood from construction
  • cardboard debris
  • asphalt shingles
  • gypsum (the main component of drywall)
  • plaster
  • metals from construction
  • bricks
  • tile
  • glass
  • paint (dried and non-lead based)
  • salvaged building components (doors, windows, and plumbing fixtures)
  • items related to building a structure
  • concrete (call beforehand)
  • trees, stumps, earth and rock from clearing sites (call beforehand)
  • dirt and yard debris (call beforehand)

Not Permitted (C&D)

However, there are certain items that are prohibited in a C&D landfill:

  • everyday trash and garbage
  • hazardous wastes
  • wastes containing PCB
  • friable asbestos-containing materials
  • liquid waste
  • putrescible waste
  • corrugated cardboard
  • household appliances
  • tires
  • drums
  • fuel tanks
  • plastics

What Can You Throw Away in a Rental Dumpster?

Turns out, you can dispose of quite a lot. You can place household junk, wood furniture, shingles, storm debris, yard waste, and some appliances and electronics in a rental dumpster. However, do not throw away toxic materials because of their potential danger when buried.

Reserve Your Dumpster Today

Ready to rid your home or construction site of waste so you can finally breathe easy? Let Gregory Roll-Off Containers provide you a dumpster at your location. Contact us today to schedule your delivery of a dumpster container.

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Gregory Roll-Off Containers LLC is a waste management company in Akron, Ohio, offering dumpster rentals and junk removal services to residential, commercial, and construction clients.