Can I Throw This

In My Dumpster

This is a question we are faced with regularly. When you have rented a dumpster, you want to throw out as much as possible in it. Completely understandable. But some items are not okay to dispose of in a dumpster. You could end up breaking your contract with the dumpster rental company and have to pay fines if these items end up in the bin.
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Home Improvement and Construction Debris

Almost all types of construction site waste can be discarded in a dumpster, including:

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Bricks
  • Cabinets
  • Concrete
  • Countertops
  • Drywall
  • Flooring
  • Lumber
  • Siding
  • Stone
  • Tile
  • & More

There are weight limits on your rental, so be aware that loads exceeding your weight limit may incur additional fees.


Drain all hazardous fluids from appliances, including air conditioners and refrigerators, before discarding them in your dumpster.


25 states have electronics recycling legislation. For specific information on recycling electronics in your area, visit your local or state government website.

Household Waste

Non-hazardous household waste is acceptable to put in your dumpster.

The EPA defines household hazardous waste as “toxic, corrosive, ignitable, or reactive.” Some examples are paints and solvents, motor oil, automotive batteries, drain openers, household cleaners, and pesticides. Please avoid putting these items in your dumpster.

Yard Debris

Natural waste such as leaves, grass, dirt, brush, and rocks are all appropriate to put in your dumpster.

Asbestos and Hazardous Materials

Asbestos, and any debris that has been in contact with asbestos must be disposed of by a professional certified contractor. Please do not put asbestos in your dumpster rental.

Pesticides, freon, motor oil, auto fluids, and other hazardous materials may not be disposed of in your dumpster rental. Contact the state EPA office or local government to find out where you may discard dangerous waste.


Gas, oil, propane tanks, or other fuels or fuel containers may not be discarded in a dumpster. Contact your local fire department for disposal guidelines for these hazardous materials.


Do not dispose of tires in your dumpster. The hollow center of a tire can trap methane gas and cause severe damage to the landfill liner. Contact your local auto parts store for tire disposal options.

Not Sure?

If you’re not sure whether an item should be disposed of in your dumpster, call Simply Dumpsters at 888-404-2202. We are happy to answer any questions you may have!

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