WHAT CAN I THROW IN A DUMPSTER? A CONVENIENT GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING THE MAIN WASTE TYPES

When renting a dumpster, there are rules and guidelines pertaining to what you can – and cannot – toss in your dumpster. It’s important to communicate with your dumpster rental provider to make sure the materials you are discarding are permissible so that you meet regulations and avoid unexpected fees.

Read this guide to learn more about the different types of debris and waste before choosing your next dumpster!

CONSTRUCTION/DEMOLITION WASTE

Construction/Demolition Waste (C & D) most commonly includes building materials and rubble that result from construction, remodeling, repair, and demolition operations on pavements, houses, commercial buildings and other structures.

Common C & D waste includes, but is not limited to:

  • Wood
  • Bricks
  • Metal
  • Concrete
  • Wall board
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Inert waste landfill material
  • And other non-putrescible wastes which have a low potential for groundwater contamination.
  • C & D waste does not include asbestos containing materials.

MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE

Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) includes any type of solid waste that is derived from single-family households, multifamily residences, hotels and motels, bunkhouses, campgrounds, picnic grounds, and day-use recreation areas. This type of waste includes, but is not limited to:

  • Garbage
  • Trash
  • Solid waste
  • Yard trimmings
  • Commercial solid waste
  • It does not include solid waste from mining, agricultural, or silvicultural operations or industrial processes or operations.

ORGANIC AND BRUSH WASTE

Organic waste is… you guessed it… the natural stuff! Organic and brush waste includes, but is not limited to:

  • Leaves
  • Brush
  • Grass
  • Tree clippings
  • Shrubs
  • Discarded Christmas trees
  • Nursery and greenhouse vegetative residuals
  • Vegetative matter resulting from landscaping development or maintenance (other than mining and agricultural operations)

So if it’s part of nature, you can dump it anywhere, right? Wrong. There are environmental regulations that enforce where you can and can’t dump your waste, so be sure to check your local and state regulations before disposing of it, or just ask us!

Note: Organic waste does not include biomedical waste, sludge, or dirt. These waste types may require special hauling.

CONCRETE AND HEAVY-DUTY SCRAP

Concrete and heavy-duty scrap means waste that is predominantly concrete, rubble, bricks, metal scrap, and/or other dense materials.

We hope this helps you plan your dumpster rental!

If you have any questions about different waste types, give us a call!