what can you throw in a dumpster

When you’re tackling a home improvement project or a spring clean-up, the amount of unwanted trash you accumulate can surprise you. Residential curbside trash & waste removal can make it difficult to get rid of your waste, with limits on the number of bags and over-sized items you can put out each week.

Roll-off dumpsters are perfect for situations where you’re accumulating a lot of trash all at once. Delivered right into your driveway or in front of your home, you can easily dispose of everything without worrying about the limitations imposed by your residential trash service. But, as tempting as it may be to think “everything goes!” when you’re looking at that huge, empty bin, you should be aware of certain household items that cannot be dumped into your dumpster.

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What You Shouldn’t Put In Your Dumpster

Here is a list of several materials that should NOT go into a dumpster:

  1. Electronics – computers, televisions, VCRs, DVDs
  2. Appliances – microwaves, fridges, toaster ovens
  3. Paints & Solvents – oil-based paint, lead-based paint, paint thinner
  4. Pesticides – no chemicals, granules, liquids or sprays
  5. Oil & Gas– motor oil, lubricants, gasoline, petroleum
  6. Yard Waste – grass, leaves, branches
  7. Recyclables – cardboard, glass, newspaper, plastic
  8. Light Bulbs –fluorescent bulbs, incandescent bulbs
  9. Batteries – car batteries, alkaline batteries, lithium batteries, rechargeable batteries
  10. Tires

So How Do I Properly Dispose of These Items?

Electronics and Appliances –

  • Some retailers, such as BestBuy, will offer coupons or discounts on replacement items when you bring these items back to the store for proper recycling.
  • Check with your township – Municipal sites may accept these items at certain times of the year for approved disposal.

Paints, Solvents, Oil, Gas, and Pesticides –

Many municipalities have drop-off programs for these types of waste. Contact your municipality for upcoming events.

If you are a business with large amounts of waste oil, gas, or other toxic substance – ERC can help!

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Recyclables –

Cardboard, paper, cans and bottles can be picked up with your regular residential service or dropped off at collection centers. Metal can be sold at scrap yards.

Yard Waste –

Some municipalities have drop-off centers and your residential trash hauler may offer curbside pick-up of specially tagged bags. Home compost kits are also available.

Tires –

Check with local tire or auto parts retailers for drop-off and recycle programs.

Do you have more questions about what you shouldn’t put into your dumpster? We’re happy to help you sort it all out! Contact us at 1-833-342-5372 or info@ercofpa.com.

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