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What can you throw away in a Dumpster Rental?

Updated: Apr 6, 2021

In this guide we will go over all of the waste you can and cannot dispose of in a dumpster rental.

Instead of giving a list of all the waste that is not allowed to be thrown away, it is better to see what types of waste cannot be thrown away.

- Electronics

Electronics in general should not be thrown away in any kind of dumpster. The reason being is that they contain toxic chemicals that will leak into land fills.

The best move with throwing away old electronics is to either sell, donate, or leave on your curb.

With the help of the internet, you can post old and new electronics on different sites like eBay, OfferUp or Facebook Marketplace so you can get a little extra cash in your pocket.

You can donate your electronics at a Goodwill or Salvation Army and get a tax right-off.

If you're not in mood to sell or donate then you can probably leave a TV of PC on the curb for someone else to pick up. As the old saying goes, one mans trash is another mans treasure.

- Batteries

You cannot throw away batteries in dumpsters because they have the same issues as mentioned with electronics. They have toxic chemicals that can leak into land fills.

Your best move with disposing old batteries is to find a place to recycle them. Car batteries can be taken into auto stores to be recycled and regular consumer batteries can be recycled at electronics stores like Best Buy or Walmart.

- Appliances

Different appliances like refrigerators have hazardous chemicals like Freon that cannot be disposed of unless said chemicals are removed. In order to remove these chemicals you need to hire a professional to do so.

When it comes to removing appliances, a better option might be to check with the manufacturer, as they sometimes offer rebates for trading in your product.

If there are no rebates, then selling it on Craig's List can bring in some money.

- Hazardous Waste

It might seem obvious that hazardous waste such as chemicals should not be disposed of in land fills, but people often overlook what hazardous waste really is and how many regular products contain these materials.

There are five different types of hazardous waste: Flammable, Corrosive, Toxic, Reactive and Infectious.

Flammable waste are able to ignite and start fires easily and quickly, some products under this type are oils and fuels, matches, rubbing alcohol, etc.

Corrosive means that the waste contains materials that can erode different metals and can cause severe damages to people by burning their skin. Some products that contain corrosive waste are bleach, rust remover, and general cleaning products.

Toxic waste is material that can be dangerous for humans and can lead to injuries if inhaled, consumed, or touched. Toxic materials can be found in pesticides, medications and even fluorescent lightbulbs.

Reactive waste refers to materials that can explode in regular environments due to built up pressure. Ammunition, propane tanks, and fertilizer are some examples of reactive waste.

Infectious waste contain bodily fluid that can put someone at risk of infection. It's obvious that customers renting dumpsters won't throw used needles or blood bags into the containers, however, mattresses should not be thrown away because they may contain bodily fluids.

This was an overview on the products and waste you cannot throw away in your roll off dumpster rental. If you are still unsure about what you can and cannot throw away, just give your rental company a call and ask.


Here at TrashBox, our goal is to help relieve the stress of your garbage disposal needs, whether you're cleaning out your garage or renovating your house. We are here to answer any of your concerns and deliver your dumpster in a timely and safe manner.

Call us at (630)-450-3960 and our team will guide you on what dumpster is best fit for your project!

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