Rented dumpsters are those that are provided by the waste management in your local area. They do not allow just any type of waste into the dumpster. The waste allowed varies from one state to another, depending on that particular state’s environmental rules and regulations. Therefore, before tossing anything in your rented dumpster, it is important that you consult with your rented dumpster provider. They will advise you on what wastes should go into the dumpster and what is not go in, failure to which you might find yourself on the wrong side of the law. This article looks at the type of waste that you can put in a rented dumpster.
- Household Appliances
Most household appliances, if broken are unrepairable. For this reason, it is always a good idea to get rid of them. They do not pose serious environmental risks. Many waste management companies do not have issues with household appliances going into the dumpster, but it is always advisable to first confirm if it they accepted or not. Most of these appliances are later taken to recycling plants.
- Yard Waste
Yard waste includes leaves from trees and flowers around your houses. It could also be dead plants such as flowers and grass as well as dirt. Most waste management companies have no problem with such waste being thrown into the dumpster since these do not pose any threat to the environment or general public health. There is a limit however to how much green matter you can throw into the dumpster. Upon decaying, the green matter releases gases that could end up destroying the material used to make the dumpster. Most companies do not allow green matter at all.
- Construction and Demolition Waste
Construction and demolition wastes range from drywall, concrete, floor, bricks and tile debris. These do not pose any harm to the environment. They are just unsightly and can injure you in some cases. Upon being thrown into the dumpster, they are picked up by hands wearing gloves to avoid being hurt. Most of these are used for landfills while some like drywall and bricks can be recycled to make new bricks and tiles. The only challenge with this kind of waste is that it is heavy and takes so much space, hence your dumpster fills faster, incurring you more charges.
- Household Junk
Some unwanted items such as clothing, shopping bags, packaging bags, books, pens, item wrappers, mattresses, utensils and other small items in your home are collectively categorized under household junk. These make the majority of the waste that ends up in the dumpsters. This is because as we go on with our day-to-day lives, we use such items on a daily basis. Almost every company allows these materials to go into the dumpster. They do not pose any environmental hazard and are thus recycled.
- Wooden Furniture
Many homeowners barely change their furniture on a regular basis. For this reason, furniture materials take the least space in the dumpster. This is because most people change furniture once in a span of like 5 years, while others take even close to 10 years or forever. Wood is recyclable, unless very damaged. It does not have any environmental effects. Because of the large size, furniture waste would take the largest space in the dumpster.
- Broken Electronics
Televisions, radios, phones, printers and computers are some of the electronics that can be thrown into the dumpster. However, with electronics that use paint like computer printers, it is advisable that you first empty the paint since most waste management companies do not allow paint into the dumpster. Almost all broken electronics are non-hazardous and for this reason, they go to recycling plants
Different waste management companies have their own set of rules and regulations about what goes into the dumpsters and what should not. These rules and regulations are in line with the requirements set by the local authorities in a particular state. Therefore, before you toss anything into the dumpster, it is always advisable to first confirm with your rental dumpster provider that it is allowed, to avoid imprisonment or hefty fines. In addition, all individuals have a responsibility to protect the environment. One way to do that is to contribute to proper waste management, bearing in mind that it is people that sort out these wastes and you do not want to endanger their health. If you are unsure of the kind of waste to put in your dumpster, be sure to reach out to your dumpster provider for assistance.