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Things to Avoid –

Renting a 30-yard dumpster from Ready2Go Dumpsters is a convenient way to handle waste from your large project, whether it’s a home renovation, a major cleanout, or a landscaping overhaul. However, not everything can go into the dumpster. Certain materials are prohibited due to safety, environmental, and legal reasons. Here’s a guide on what you should avoid putting in your 30-yard dumpster and why.

1. Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials can pose significant risks to people and the environment. Avoid putting these in your dumpster:

– Chemicals: Items like paints, solvents, pesticides, and household cleaners are considered hazardous. They can leak and contaminate soil and water, and can be dangerous to handle.
– Batteries: Car batteries and other types of batteries contain toxic substances like lead and acid. These should be taken to a recycling center or special disposal facility.
– Flammable Items: Gasoline, propane tanks, and other flammable substances can ignite and cause serious harm. These require special handling and disposal.

Alternative Disposal: Many communities have hazardous waste collection events or facilities where you can safely dispose of these items.

2. Electronics

Electronic waste, or e-waste, includes items like:

– Computers and Monitors: These contain hazardous materials like mercury and lead.
– TVs and Phones: Old televisions, phones, and other gadgets should be recycled properly.
– Appliances: Items like refrigerators, air conditioners, and microwaves can contain refrigerants or other harmful substances.

Alternative Disposal: Check for local e-waste recycling programs or drop-off locations that accept electronics for safe recycling.

3. Tires

Tires are not allowed in dumpsters for several reasons:

– Space Issues: Tires take up a lot of space and don’t compact well, reducing the efficiency of your dumpster use.
– Environmental Concerns: They can create problems in landfills and should be recycled instead.

Alternative Disposal: Many auto shops or tire retailers will accept old tires for recycling.

4. Medical Waste

Medical waste includes items like:

– Sharps: Needles and syringes pose a risk of injury and infection.
– Medications: Old or unused medications should not be thrown in the dumpster due to contamination risks.

Alternative Disposal: Use designated drop-off sites or pharmacy take-back programs for safe disposal of medical waste.

5. Asbestos

Asbestos is a hazardous material often found in older building materials. It can cause serious health issues if inhaled.

– Building Materials: Asbestos can be found in old insulation, tiles, and siding. It requires specialized removal and disposal.

Alternative Disposal: If you suspect your project involves asbestos, contact a professional for safe removal and disposal.

6. Wet Paint and Solvents

Wet paint and solvents are flammable and can be hazardous:

– Paint: Leftover paint should be dried out before disposal or taken to a paint recycling facility.
– Solvents: These need to be disposed of according to hazardous waste guidelines.

Alternative Disposal: Use paint hardeners to solidify leftover paint or check local guidelines for proper disposal.

7. Large Quantities of Dirt or Concrete

While small amounts are generally acceptable, large quantities of dirt or concrete can be problematic:

– Weight Issues: These materials are very heavy and can exceed the dumpster’s weight limit, leading to additional charges.
– Disposal Restrictions: Some landfills have restrictions on large volumes of dirt and concrete.

Alternative Disposal: Consider a separate disposal service for large quantities of these materials or reuse them in landscaping projects.

8. Appliances with Freon

Freon, found in refrigerators and air conditioners, is a regulated substance:

– Refrigerators: These should be properly drained of Freon before disposal.
– Air Conditioners: Like refrigerators, these need to be handled according to environmental regulations.

Alternative Disposal: Contact a certified technician to remove Freon before disposing of the appliance.

9. Propane Tanks and Other Pressurized Containers

These items can be dangerous due to their potential for explosion:

– Propane Tanks: Should not be disposed of in a dumpster due to the risk of explosion.
– Aerosol Cans: If not completely empty, these can also pose a danger.

Alternative Disposal: Many retailers offer propane tank recycling or exchange programs.

10. Yard Waste (in Certain Areas)

In some places, yard waste like branches, leaves, and grass clippings is not accepted in dumpsters because it can be composted or handled separately.

– Organic Waste: Check local regulations, as some areas have specific disposal requirements for yard waste.

Alternative Disposal: Use local yard waste collection programs or composting facilities.

Why Choose Ready2Go Dumpsters?

At Ready2Go Dumpsters, we help you navigate the rules for waste disposal:

– Clear Guidance: We provide information on what can and cannot go in your dumpster to keep you compliant.
– Safe Disposal: We ensure that your waste is disposed of properly, protecting you from potential fines or environmental issues.
– Reliable Service: Our team is here to answer any questions and provide solutions for items that can’t go in the dumpster.

By avoiding these prohibited items, you can ensure a safe and efficient use of your 30-yard dumpster rental. For any questions or to schedule your rental, contact Ready2Go Dumpsters today! Contact us to learn more.

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