While municipal dumpsters are free to use, there are strict laws about what can and can’t be disposed of in the dumpsters. You could be penalised if you throw stuff like whole tyres or hazardous chemicals into a trash. In addition, if you’re using a rented dumpster, you’re agreeing to terms of your rental agreement if you place prohibited items in there.
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Before disposing of anything suspicious in the dumpster, it’s a good idea to bone up on the knowledge of the rules. To understand more about what you may and cannot put in a dumpster, continue reading.
A Dumpster’s Uses: What Else Can You Throw Away?
Dumpsters can be used to dispose of nearly any non-hazardous garbage or trash. Among these are:
AA And AAA Batteries
California is the only state that does not allow ordinary batteries to be disposed of in the trash. You can, however, take your old batteries to the recycling facility in your town if you’d like to recycle them. Find recycling facilities near you by using Earth911’s Recycling Search.
Many individuals may remember that they had to recycle solitary batteries for a long time. There was a time when alkaline batteries were made with dangerous mercury until the mid-’90s.
Alkaline batteries are no longer considered hazardous waste by the federal and state governments (except in California), and can now be disposed of in a dumpster.
Appliances That Have Been Drained
In order to dispose of appliances like dryers, dryers, and air conditioners in a dumpster, hazardous fluids or components must first be drained. In order to dispose of them without emptying them, a specialist must be hired.
Refrigerators must be properly drained of their freon before they’re even disposed of in a dumpster, so it’s typically more convenient to pay to have them removed from your property.
Individual household electronics can usually be thrown in a trash at a servicing location. You may have to recycle e-waste if you’re clearing out a workplace or to have a lot of equipment to get rid of.
Empty Cans Of Aerosol
This means that a dumpster is not a good place to dispose of aerosol containers (including such hairspray, non – stick cooking spray, and so on). If an aerosol can is even partially full, there is a risk of it exploding.
Junk From The Home
Any non-hazardous household waste can be disposed of in a dumpster. Any product that “may catch fire, react, or burst under certain conditions, or that are caustic or toxic” is considered household hazardous waste by the EPA.
In addition to typical trash, furniture, lawn materials such as shingles or siding and construction waste are examples of nonhazardous domestic junk that can be disposed of.
The EPA’s household toxic waste page can help if you’re unsure if something is hazardous or not.
Furniture Made Of Wood
Tossing a piece of wood furniture in a trash is almost always permissible. The safest way to dispose of wooden furniture, including chairs, tables, cabinets, and shelves, is to put them in a landfill.
Sofas and armchairs that are upholstered are subject to varied rules depending on where they are located. If you’re interested in learning more about upholstered furniture, continue reading this page.
Dumpsters can be used to dispose of things like leaves, shrubs, storm debris, and other environmental detritus that you find throughout your yard.