The Complete Guide to What Can You Put in a Dumpster

What can be thrown out in a dumpster?  Of course garbage.

However, there are many restrictions on what you may and cannot put out in municipal trash. It is unlawful to throw things like full tyres or dangerous materials into the trash, and you could be penalized. Furthermore, if you are renting a dumpster, you may be in violation of your rental agreement if you place specific items in the trash.

What can you throw in a dumpster?

Most non-hazardous rubbish and junk can be securely disposed of in a dumpster. Here are some examples of broad categories:

  • Wood
  • Yard Waste
  • Wooden Furniture
  • General Trash
  • Construction and Home Improvement Debris
  • Food Waste
  • Household appliances
  • Household electronics
  • Alkaline Batteries

The Complete Guide to What Can You Put in a Dumpster


What Can You Put in a Dumpster - wood waste

Dumpsters can be used to dispose of materials such as wood.

Dumpsters have weight limits, and knowing what those limits are when disposing of away big garbage is important. If you go over, it might be quite inconvenient. If you exceed the weight limit specified in your rental agreement, you may be charged an additional cost or, worse, have items removed.

Yard Waste

In most circumstances, yard waste can be disposed of in a dumpster. You may be able to throw tree limbs, bushes, and other trash in a yard waste container in some regions, but you may only be able to put garden waste like a few bags of grass or leaves in others. Some localities accept tree stumps in dumpsters, but not all, so call ahead to double-check before putting them away. Additionally, some locales may charge a per-stump disposal cost.

Wooden Furniture

Wooden Furniture

Almost all types of furniture are acceptable in dumpsters, including couches, tables, and chairs. You can discard furniture and mattresses in a dumpster, but it may incur additional fines depending on your local restrictions. Upholstered furniture and mattresses are not allowed in certain landfills.  Always double-check to see what kinds of furniture they permit in their containers.

General Trash

Cardboard boxes, old carpets, old documents, old toys, and other non-organic waste can all be thrown away in the dumpster.

Construction and Home Improvement Debris

Construction and Home Improvement Debris

A dumpster can hold the heaviest material, such as brick, concrete, and stone. However, because of the weight, some businesses use customised dumpsters.

Asphalt roofing shingles are another hefty item that can be tossed in a dumpster. You may be charged an additional cost on occasion. Check with the rental companies to see whether they charge an extra fee for removing shingles.

Food Waste

Small amounts of food waste might sometimes be thrown in your dumpster. Food waste disposal is, however, restricted in some locations. Instead, contact your local composting facility to dispose of your organic waste.

Household appliances

Household appliances

Air conditioners, refrigerators, laundry washers and dryers, and other household appliances can all be dumped into dumpsters. All hazardous fluids, such as Freon, must be removed before throwing these objects in the dumpster.

Before you can toss the device in the trash you must check whether Freon was removed or not.

Household electronics

Most dumpster companies take Household electronics such as televisions, printers, and computers. You will have to recycle electronics if you are cleaning out an office or another facility with a significant quantity of them. This is known as e-waste, and it normally comes with a surcharge to compensate for the additional recycling costs because of e-waste management. However, some jurisdictions have laws prohibiting the disposal of electronics in dumpsters. Check your local council whether they accept these kinds of electronics.

Alkaline Batteries

Normal alkaline batteries such as AAA, AA, C, D, button cell, and 9 volts are to be thrown away. However, recycling these batteries at your local municipality’s recycling facility is a preferable option.

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Sam Anderson
Sam Anderson
Certified Junk Clearance Professional at Express Waste Removals.