What NOT to put in a dumpster

Dumpsters are a simple solution to getting rid of a lot of unwanted trash all at once. You may need to resist the urge to toss everything you come across. First, you’re going to want to take a look at this list of items than cannot go in the dumpster.


  • Appliances containing Freon such as refrigerators and air conditioners
  • Batteries – lead-acid batteries; e.g. car battery
  • Explosives and fireworks
  • Whole tires & mattresses
  • Electronics – This includes televisions, computers, radios, monitors, mobile phones, microwaves and other similar items
  • Paints and chemicals – lead paint chips (except completely dried latex paint cans, no liquids)
  • Flammables – Any type of liquid or aerosols that are flammable/ propane tanks
  • Automotive items – Fluids used in automobiles and car
  • Asbestos – roofing or insulation that contains asbestos
  • Hazardous waste – antifreeze, oils, and contaminated soils are all prohibited
  • Chemicals – herbicides & pesticides, solvents, strong cleansers
  • fluorescent tubes
  • medical waste
  • railroad ties,
  • animals


If you find yourself unsure about an item you’re thinking of putting in the dumpster, feel free to contact us and ask.