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What You Can Put in a Dumpster –

Renting a dumpster is the obvious choice if you’re going on a cleaning binge and need to get rid of a lot of trash around your home. But what is permitted in a dumpster? Isn’t everything garbage?

When using a dumpster, also known as a container, to dispose of your rubbish, several restrictions must be followed because waste segregation is not that straightforward. What may be disposed of in a dumpster? Most of your non-hazardous rubbish and junk can be safely disposed of in a dumpster. Listed below are a few broad categories:

Wooden Furnishings

Nearly all forms of furniture, including wooden couches, tables, and chairs, are permitted in dumpsters.

Leaf Waste

In most cases, yard trash like trees, branches, and other green waste is permitted in rubbish containers. You might be asked in some places to restrict how much green garbage you can dispose of in landfills.

Debris From Home Improvement and Construction

Dumpsters can be used to dispose of nearly all of the heavy construction waste, including brick, concrete, and asphalt. The dumpsters can also hold construction waste including drywall, siding, and wooden items. When removing this heavy material, however, be mindful of the weight restrictions on the dumpsters. Although it may incur a fee, it is possible to dispose of construction waste such as asphalt roofing shingles in the dumpsters.

General Garbage

Toys, carpets, outdated paperwork, cardboard boxes, and other non-organic waste can all be thrown in the dumpster along with normal trash.


Wood leftover from construction work can be disposed of safely in a dumpster. However, keep in mind that treated timber, such as railroad ties, is rarely permitted in the trash.


In every state but California, alkaline batteries—regular ones like AAA, AA, C, D, button cell, and 9 volts—can be thrown in the trash. However, it would be preferable to recycle these batteries by bringing them to the municipal recycling facility in your area. Sometimes, these materials can be disposed of in a dumpster. You should double-check if these goods can be disposed of in a dumpster because each area’s local disposal laws are different.

Upholstered Furniture 

Although you can throw furniture in the trash, you should verify your local regulations on disposal to see if you can also get rid of upholstered furniture in this manner.

Household Equipment

You can throw away your electrical equipment like refrigerators, air conditioners, and washing machines as long as all Freon and other potentially harmful materials have been removed. To remove these components before disposing of them, you might need to get in touch with an expert.

Water heaters are not permitted, however appliances like microwaves, stoves, and dishwashers are accepted. Before getting rid of household appliances, it is best to familiarize yourself with local disposal laws.


Most dumpsters allow electronics like TVs, laptops, and printers, but it is advisable to check your local disposal laws before getting rid of them. As an alternative, they can be recycled as e-waste or donated to organizations like Habitat for Humanity.

Box Springs and Mattresses

Only a few local garbage disposal regulations permit the dumping of mattresses. In rare circumstances, there can be a charge added to cover the expense of dismantling a mattress prior to recycling.

Food Waste 

Small amounts of food waste may occasionally be disposed of in your dumpster. However, some places forbid the disposal of food waste. To dispose of your organic waste, check with your community composting facility. To learn more about our trash management services, get in touch with us.

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