Prohibited Items for Dumpster Disposal

Written by  //  June 15, 2020  //  Construction Materials  //  Comments Off on Prohibited Items for Dumpster Disposal

For most large construction projects, dirt and debris are a necessary evil. Even renovations that require minimal demolition can produce a significant amount of waste, often in the form of excess materials or empty product containers.

As the construction comes to a close, it’s time to set your sights on the cleanup process. In some instances, tidying up after a large project is more difficult than one might think. The natural desire is often to just throw everything into a dumpster.

While this may be an acceptable means of disposal for some items, certain types of waste are not appropriate for disposal in a dumpster. This guide explores several prohibited items for dumpster disposal and more appropriate means of waste management for each.

Paints and industrial adhesives

Paint and adhesives are a common component of many home renovations. While they may not seem problematic at first glance, they are still unfit for disposal in a dumpster.

Paints and industrial adhesives often use various chemicals in their mixtures. Waste management workers could inhale these chemicals during the disposal process, placing them at risk of bodily harm, or they may leach into the nearby environment after disposal in a landfill.

The same is true of industrial adhesives. Additionally, these adhesives can cause other items in the dumpster to adhere to one another or the side of the dumpster itself, making the entire disposal process much more difficult and potentially dangerous.

Large appliances

In most cases, large household appliances are not acceptable for disposal in a dumpster or even in a landfill. Items such as refrigerators, air conditioning units, and hot water tanks all present specific risks that make them unfit for this manner of waste disposal.

Refrigerator coolant uses certain chemicals that can be harmful to waste management workers, as do air conditioning units. Hot water tanks are unacceptable for dumpster disposal for a different reason.

Empty hot water tanks can fill with gas after disposal at a landfill, which then becomes pressurized and poses an explosive threat. Homeowners should recycle these items or dispose of them through a waste removal service that specializes in large appliances.

Otherwise hazardous waste

Hazardous waste can come in many different shapes and sizes, all of which are prohibited items for dumpster disposal. Caustic, acidic, explosive, and chemical waste all qualify as hazardous and require specialized waste management services to ensure it is disposed of in as safe a manner as possible.

While some forms of hazardous waste may be instantly recognizable, such as large chemical containers and corrosive materials, others may be a bit more difficult to spot. Smaller items, including used medical equipment, discarded military munition, and certain cleaning products, are also hazardous.

Some household items may even require special disposal services, as they too could be hazardous. Dispose of all hazardous materials according to their unique specifications instead of placing them in a dumpster.

image credit:

About the Author

View all posts by

Comments are closed.