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Waste Types That Can and Can’t Go in a Roll-Off Dumpster

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A roll-off dumpster can be helpful when remodeling, moving or doing more. After all, one thing to recognize when looking for a dumpster is what type of waste you can put into it.

It’s best to call hired dumpster services and get a written list of what you can and cannot put in the dumpster to ensure what’s acceptable. Continue reading to have a general understanding of what can and can’t be thrown away in a roll-off dumpster:

Reasons to Check Waste Type

People’s health and safety are the number one concern when using a roll-off dumpster. Waste that is not safe to go in a dumpster has the potential to cause harm to the people handling it, so make sure that you can put the items in a dumpster and not leave them out in the open. Plus, checking the waste type can ensure that the garbage you’re throwing away is recyclable and acceptable.

Type of Waste to Throw Away

When you’re remodeling a room or the entire house, you will probably find yourself throwing away many different items. The good news is that there’s a good chance that most of what you’re throwing away is alright to put in a roll-off dumpster. Here are some types of waste that you can generally throw away in a dumpster:

  • Appliances. Whether you’re remodeling or moving, you will be throwing away many devices such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves, ovens, and the like. Luckily, these can all be thrown away in a roll-off dumpster as long as they are empty, not leaking any fluids, and do not contain any hazardous materials.
  • Furniture. If you’re remodeling your office, kitchen, dining room, or any other home area, you will probably need to throw out some furniture pieces that don’t fit the new look anymore. It’s often easiest to bring the furniture out of the house or apartment to the roll-off dumpster and clean it out there.
  • Yard Debris. If you have a fence or a tree that needs to be taken down, then you can throw them in the roll-off dumpster. There’s also yard debris, such as leaves, grass, small branches, and the like, which can be thrown in.
  • Heavy Debris. There are things such as appliances, furniture, and yard debris that don’t really weigh that much. However, some items weigh a lot, such as concrete, shingles, and more. Some roll-off dumpsters can accommodate these items.

Type of Waste to Not Throw Away

While there are some things you can throw on a roll-off dumpster, there are also some things that should not be put in a roll-off dumpster. Here are a few examples of some of the types of waste that you shouldn’t throw away:

  • Automotives. If you’re trying to throw away an automobile or automotive parts, then a roll-off dumpster most likely isn’t the best choice. They can be way too large and heavy for those containers.
  • Cleaning Products. Some cleaning products can be hazardous to human health and the environment. Even when packaged, it’s best to think twice before putting them in a roll-off dumpster.
  • Contaminated Waste. A roll-off dumpster isn’t an ideal solution if the waste you have is infested or contaminated with hazardous chemicals. Ask your services on how to dispose of this.
  • Flammable or Radioactive Waste. Don’t ever throw away flammable or radioactive materials in a roll-off dumpster. No one wants the dumpster to catch fire and cause an unnecessary hazard.


A roll-off dumpster can be an excellent tool for people who are remodeling, doing construction, or just throwing away a lot of waste. However, you should know what types of waste are acceptable and which are not to avoid infestations, fires, or other problems.

Looking for a roll-off dumpster? Waste Works USA offers a variety of open-top, roll-off dumpsters for rent in Birmingham, AL, and surrounding areas. Give us a call today![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]