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What Can Go in a Dumpster?

A Pile of Debris in a Roll Off Dumpster.

Items You Can Toss in a Dumpster

You have trash to get rid of, and we have the dumpster to do it. We accept a wide variety of items in our containers. However, what can go in a roll off dumpster and what’s allowed in a commercial dumpster may not be the same. Additionally, there will be some items that are only accepted in certain areas.

To see what is allowed in a dumpster, select the container type below or give our team a call at 855-378-9829.

Roll Off Dumpster in Front of Historic Brick Building With Trash on Curb.

What Can Go in a Roll Off Dumpster?

You can throw most types of household junk, construction and remodeling debris in a roll off dumpster. However, in some areas, not all items are allowed in the same container because they are sent to separate landfills, transfer stations or recycling facilities. This table shows you what materials are generally accepted and what type of roll off you should rent to toss them.

Accepted Debris Dumpster Type Common Materials
Household JunkResidential DumpsterBoxes of junk, tables, chairs, bookshelves, desks, flooring materials, pots and pans and toys.
Remodeling DebrisConstruction DumpsterLumber, drywall, plaster, siding, scrap metal, countertops, cabinets, vanities.
ShinglesRoofing DumpsterAsphalt, slate and metal shingles, flashing, underlayment, gutters.

Accepted Items That Vary by Location

While the table above shows debris that is widely accepted, some materials are wild cards. Cities and states often have their own landfill regulations. For example, California doesn’t allow electronics in landfills. As a result, there are some materials that can be thrown away in our roll off dumpsters in specific locations only. To find out if we accept these materials near you, give our team a call.

Yard Waste

Dirt

Appliances

Electronics

Upholstered Furniture

Heavy Debris

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What Is Allowed in a Commercial Dumpster?

You can put common trash like food waste, office supplies and shipping materials in your commercial dumpster. Additionally, we offer single-stream and cardboard-only recycling containers to toss your everyday recyclables. This table shows what’s allowed in your bin and any notes you should be aware of.

Accepted ItemNotes
General TrashAll types of everyday waste are accepted in our front load dumpsters.
Recyclable MaterialsGet a single-stream recycling dumpster to toss plastic, glass, paper, cardboard and aluminum or ask about a cardboard-only container to manage large shipments.
Food WasteMake sure food waste is bagged to discourage pests. We also have drain plugs in most areas to accommodate wet waste.
Packaging MaterialsBreak all the packaging down prior to tossing to save space in your bin.
ElectronicsLocal restrictions may limit or prevent e-waste from landfills. Check with your account manager.
Broken DishwareBag any dishes before tossing to help protect anyone handling your trash.

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Accepted Items FAQs

Why do accepted items change by roll off dumpster type?

Certain waste types need special disposal, requiring them to go to different landfills, recycling centers or transfer stations. As a result, they cannot be mixed with other types of debris.

Will I be charged for throwing out a restricted item?

Yes. If the driver notices restricted items in your dumpster when we arrive for pickup, we may not collect the container until the materials are removed, resulting in a trip fee. If the landfill discovers prohibited items, you may be billed separately for disposal fees.

Why are some debris types allowed in roll off dumpsters, but not commercial containers?

Commercial dumpsters have lower weight limits, so items like construction debris and appliances aren't permitted. If you need to toss heavy waste, consider renting a roll off dumpster instead.

If I need to toss more than one type of debris, should I rent multiple containers?

Sometimes. If the debris needs to be taken to different locations for disposal, multiple containers are required. If you give our team a call, we’ll talk through your cleanup with you and let you know the best solution for your disposal needs.

More Dumpster Resources

Use this information to guide your dumpster rental experience, from tips for roll off and commercial containers to helpful disposal options for bulky waste.