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What Can’t Go in a Dumpster?

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Things You Can’t Put in a Dumpster

If you’re tossing everyday waste, chances are we can take it. However, to avoid additional charges, it’s important to know what is not allowed in a dumpster. Prohibited items may vary depending on your location and container type. There are different restrictions for a roll off dumpster— rented for one-time projects like a remodel—than for commercial dumpsters, which are designed for regular trash collection at a business.

For questions about a specific item, call our team at 877-814-9748.

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What Is Not Allowed in a Roll Off Dumpster

While you can toss most household junk and construction debris in a roll off dumpster rental, a few restrictions apply. Usually, this is because some items must be handled separately from other debris for environmental or safety reasons. The list below shows items typically not allowed in a dumpster and explains why they’re prohibited.

Restricted Items

Car Batteries
Fluorescent Lightbulbs
Food Waste
Hot Water Tanks
Household Cleaners
Inks & Resins
Oils, Fuels & Propane Tanks
Paint and Lacquers
Railroad Ties & Telephone Poles

Hazardous Waste

Flammable or Ignitable Wastes
Corrosive Wastes
Reactive Wastes
Toxic Wastes
Biohazardous or Infectious Wastes

Not Sure About a Specific Item?

Items You Can’t Put in a Commercial Dumpster

While your commercial bin is the right place for most of the trash your business produces, some restrictions do apply. Hazardous items, like the ones outlined above, aren’t allowed in dumpsters for safety reasons. Plus, certain bulky items are too big for regular garbage truck collection or need to be transported to a different landfill. This table shows the debris types that typically can’t go in a commercial dumpster and alternative ways to get rid of them.

Prohibited Item

Disposal Recommendation

Fuels, Oils & Batteries

Contact a hazardous waste disposal service.

Industrial Drums & Liquid Chemicals

Contact a drum disposal or chemical collection service.

Medical Waste

Contact a medical waste collection service.


Find a local tire recycler or auto shop.


Rent a temporary roll off dumpster.

Construction, Remodeling & Roofing Materials

Rent a construction dumpster.

Concrete, Brick, Dirt & Asphalt

Rent a demolition dumpster.

FAQs for Prohibited Items

What happens if I toss a prohibited item?

We may not be able to pick up the dumpster until the prohibited item is removed, which will result in a failed trip fee. Or, if we do pick up the dumpster without knowing about the item, the landfill may charge an disposal fee when your load is dumped and sorted. In this case, you will receive a separate invoice for the charge.

How do I know what isn’t allowed in my container?

When you call to rent a dumpster, our team will review all of the items that are not accepted. This list will also be included with your invoice sent via email. If you have questions as you load your dumpster, you can contact us via call, text or email.

Why is it important to follow the rules?

Ignoring these dumpster rules can increase the overall cost of your dumpster rental or cause interruptions to your service. If you toss prohibited items in your bin, the landfill will charge you extra to cover the expense of safely handling those materials or transferring them to the proper facility.

Are there restricted items specific to my city or state?

Yes. Your local landfill may have restrictions depending on state or city disposal laws. We will review this information with you when you order so you know what to expect, and you can always contact us during your agreement if you have questions about a particular item.

More Disposal Resources

Use these helpful resources to guide your dumpster rental process, from selecting a dumpster to following the terms of your agreement, to avoid extra charges.

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