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Dumpster rental can be a lot of fun and an excellent way to save money. But when you’re about to throw something away, it’s worth asking yourself if it’s worth the hassle of loading it into your car and driving to a nearby dumpster or recycling center. If not, read on! We’ll go over everything you need to know about what goes into a dumpster—and what doesn’t.


Furniture is one of the most common items in a dumpster. Whether it’s wood, metal, or plastic furniture, if it can be broken down into smaller pieces and does not exceed the dumpster’s maximum weight capacity (typically around 15 tons), it is likely to be considered acceptable for recycling. Many people who rent dumpsters do so simply to get rid of old furniture that they no longer have space for at home or that needs to be replaced.

Determine whether your furniture can be recycled by measuring its width and depth with measurements taken from outside surfaces only (don’t include any parts that go inside the piece). If it’s small enough to fit through your doorways, it’s safe to throw into a dumpster–though some large pieces may still require special handling due to their size or weight!


In general, most appliances can go into dumpsters. This includes refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, microwaves, and other appliances. Check with your local waste management company for specific rules before you throw something away.

Carpeting and flooring

Generally, carpeting and flooring are considered to be a bulky waste. This means that your municipality may not collect them separately from regular garbage. However, it’s important to note that these items can still be recycled or donated—even if they can’t be thrown away.


If you’re throwing away technology and electronics, make sure they are broken (or otherwise useless) before tossing them in the dumpster. While most people would leave their old cell phones out on the curb instead of throwing them into a dumpster, many charities will gratefully accept usable devices for recycling. Several companies work with electronics recyclers to responsibly dispose of them when possible.

Construction materials and debris

Construction debris, construction waste, and construction trash aren’t the same things. But they can all be thrown into a dumpster.

Construction debris is what you might find at a construction site—like bricks, concrete chunks, and other large pieces of material that are too large to fit through a disposal chute or down a garbage chute. Construction waste includes wood scraps and shingles (which we’ll get to in just a moment). Construction trash includes smaller items used on the job site—paint cans, old tools, and hand tools.

Plumbing fixtures

Plumbing fixtures can be thrown into the dumpster. Fixtures must be disconnected from the water supply, removed from the home, and free of hazardous materials, such as chemicals that could harm your workers or contaminate the soil.

Yard waste

Yard waste is the best kind of “trash” in the world because it can be turned into free mulch! Try composting if you want to save money on landscaping and gardening supplies. Composting turns organic material into a soil amendment that can be added back to your yard or garden as fertilizer. Composting also helps reduce landfill waste by recycling food scraps and yard waste like leaves, grass clippings, and other plant matter.

When composted properly, compost will become dark brown or black in color and have an earthy smell rather than smell like rotting food (which would indicate that you need to add more nitrogen). The best way to turn your trash into treasure is by shredding down more significant pieces of yard waste before placing them in your bin, along with other materials like tea bags or coffee grounds for extra nitrogen content.

What Can’t You Put In A Dumpster?

Hazardous materials typically cannot be disposed of in a dumpster. This entails, to name a few things, wet paints, asbestos, e-waste (electronic trash), oil, some equipment, and tires. Learn more by reading on.

Stains, Paint, AND Lacquers

You cannot discard lacquers, varnishes, or other paints; latex paints are the exception. Allow latex paint to harden before disposing of it if you can’t recycle it. One method is pouring it into a box of cat litter or shredded paper. Once it has dried and become solid, you can throw it away in the trash.


Tires cannot be dumped in the trash because most American landfills do not take them. There are various ways to get rid of old tires; for instance, some dealerships or auto parts retailers will take them. Additionally, some recyclers turn tires into asphalt or rubber mulch.

A Dangerous Waste

Things like asbestos, motor oil, household cleaners, pesticides, propane tanks, polluted soil, ink or resins, or medical waste shouldn’t ever be disposed of in a dumpster. There may be a designated time or location in your town where you can properly dispose of hazardous garbage.

A household hazardous water recycling kit can be a possibility in your area. Your home receives the kit, which you can use to safely package your hazardous waste and mail it for proper disposal.


Dry-cell and automobile batteries cannot be thrown away because of the chemicals they contain, which could cause them to leak and harm the environment.

Your used batteries will be recycled at any shop that sells automobile batteries. Some establishments feature recycling boxes specifically for dry-cell batteries, including regular household AA or AAA batteries.

What Should You Do  With Dumpster-Prohibited Items?

Where to Get A Dumpster in Springfield, MO?

If you need a dumpster, finding one can be a real hassle. You could drive around for hours, looking for dumpsters for rent. Which can be more of a hassle than it’s worth.

The solution is simple. Working with Roll Off Express LLC saves you time, fuel, and frustration. We have dumpsters available in Springfield, MO, and surrounding areas. Call us today at (417) 838-4398, and we’ll deliver a clean, affordable dumpster to your home or work site once you need it, without you needing to hunt one down first.

How Does It Work?

1 – Choose the size of the roll-off container you want to rent from our website (the largest we offer is 20 yards).

2 – Decide how long you need the container and tell us this in the special instructions area on our order form (the cost will depend on the container’s size and rental length).

3 – We’ll deliver your container when you need it.

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  1. I don’t think the title of your article matches the content lol. Just kidding, mainly because I had some doubts after reading the article.

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