What Can You Put in a Roll Off Dumpster?


Dumpsters are used to collect debris and waste from demolition, construction, renovation and even landscaping projects. They’re used for both residential and industrial projects. Typically, roll-off dumpsters are a temporary waste management solution for the duration of a construction project, however these dumpsters can also be used for long-term waste collection.Waste that’s okay to toss in the dumpster is anything that a landfill or recycling center will accept. Common materials that are safe to toss into a dumpster are carpeting, drywall and wood. Plaster tiles, shingles and Styrofoam are also safe to put in a dumpster. Concrete, rock, brick and asphalt are also acceptable, as is landscaping debris like dirt, grass clippings, tree limbs and scrub brush.

Common waste including plastics, metals, paper, cardboard and glass can also be disposed of in a dumpster. If you intend to recycle your debris, there are additional restrictions on what items can be recycled and how they must be disposed of in the dumpster. Please discuss recycling options and requirements with a Sunshine Recycling representative.

There are several materials considered safety and environmental hazards:

  • Automotive Fluids
  • Paints and Solvents
  • Pesticides
  • Lithium-ion Batteries
  • Tires
  • Appliances
  • Cleaning Agents
  • Electronics

Electronics such as TVs, computers, stereos and mobile phones, no matter the size, should never be thrown into a dumpster. These items are usually filled with substances that are detrimental to the environment. As an alternative, try taking your mobile phones back to your cell phone provider. For other electronics such as your TV or stereos, these can be taken to a local thrift or pawnshop if they are still in working condition, and may also be recycled.

Compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs contain traces of mercury and should be thrown in a dumpster. On a positive note, CFL light bulbs have a long lasting life and won’t need to be disposed of very often.

You may come across a chemical that you are unsure about whether or not it can be disposed of in the dumpster. Please consult Sunshine Recycling before throwing any chemical into the dumpster.

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