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What Can you put in a Home Dumpster Rental?

When tackling large projects around your home, such as: a basement or attic clean-out, redoing your landscaping or building a new patio or deck, remodeling a room, or just getting rid of old junk, renting a dumpster is a great solution. To successfully complete your home project, you will need the right tools, including a dumpster. Dumpsters are great for getting rid of a large amount of debris all at once, quickly and affordably. While you may already know that you need a dumpster, you are probably asking yourself, “What can I put in a home dumpster rental?”

What Can I put in a Home Dumpster Rental?

Every dumpster rental company has different rules about what you can and cannot put in a home dumpster rental. Before renting a dumpster and having it delivered, you should be sure to check with your dumpster rental company to ensure you are following their policies, as well as federal, state, and local guidelines.

Some common items to put in a home dumpster rental include:

  • Construction material: asphalt, bathroom fixtures, brick, cabinetry, countertops, drywall, flooring, lumber, siding, stone, tiles
  • Household trash
  • Roofing materials
  • Concrete, dirt, or fill
  • Yard or organic materials
  • Alkaline batteries

Common items not to dispose of in a home dumpster rental include:

  • Paints and solvents
  • Motor oil and fuels
  • Propane tanks
  • Certain electronics: computers, televisions, VCRs, DVDs
    • Check your local state’s recycling laws to better understand your guidelines
  • Non-Alkaline batteries: car batteries, computer batteries, lithium ion batteries, rechargeable batteries
  • Prescription drugs and other medical waste
  • Some light bulbs
  • Lawn chemicals
  • Household cleaning fluids
  • Hot water tanks
  • Fireworks
  • Tires
  • Asbestos

You should not dispose of anything that is considered hazardous in your home dumpster rental. The EPA defines household hazardous waste as any product that “can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances, or that are corrosive or toxic.” If you are unsure if something is hazardous, you can check the EPA’s household hazardous waste page to learn more.

When in Doubt… Ask, “What Can I put in a Home Dumpster Rental?”

To avoid any confusion and possibly a hefty fine from your local government, you should always do your research before throwing anything in your dumpster rental. You can contact your dumpster rental company to ask them for their guidelines and you should also check the federal, state, and local regulations governing waste disposal in your area.

You can find additional information about what you can put in a home dumpster rental, at the state level by contacting a state representative of the Environmental Protection Agency.

You should also check with your dumpster rental company to see if they have guidelines for how full your dumpster is. Typically, your dumpster can be filled all the way to the top, as long as it is level with the utmost rim of your container. If you overfill it, you may have to remove the excess until it is level with the rim. Save yourself time and money and don’t overfill your home dumpster rental.

At Dumpster Express we offer a variety of dumpster rental sizes. If you are afraid there won’t be enough room in a specific dumpster size, size up to avoid penalties and to keep your project on track.

Rent a Dumpster Today

Dumpster Express provides dumpster rental services for residential and commercial needs. We handle the disposal of rubbish, household cleanouts, construction, and demolition debris. Dumpster Express provides 7-day dumpster rental to customers in Ohio and Florida. We offer great rates on a wide range of dumpsters.

Contact us today to get started with your home dumpster rental.