A roll-off dumpster rental is a great way to manage trash at a residential or commercial project site and have it hauled away. However, it’s not a magic solution to getting rid of anything you might want to put in it.
Local, state, and sometimes federal laws place restrictions on the types of items you can put into a dumpster. Failure to follow those laws can be costly at the very least and may carry even worse consequences depending on the circumstances.
It’s essential, then, to know what you can and can’t throw away in a rental dumpster.
The good news is that most of the debris you want to get rid of is acceptable to put into a dumpster. Let’s look at some categories.
This is an “it depends” one. TVs and computers may contain mercury or other harmful agents that can’t go into dumpsters. It’s best to check first.
If something fits inside the dumpster and doesn’t contain hazardous materials and the load stays under the weight limit, it’s okay.
In short, hazardous materials, which can cause environmental contamination or health risks to people, may not go into dumpsters. However, you might not know all the things that are and aren’t hazardous. What follows is a general list; particulars may vary by location.
Again, please don’t consider this to be a fully comprehensive list. When planning to rent a dumpster, talk with the company first about what you’ll be looking to throw away so that they can make sure you know what is and isn’t allowed.
So what happens if you do toss a forbidden item into your rental dumpster? What’s the big deal? What can happen?
First and hopefully foremost should be the concern about being a responsible neighbor and steward of the earth. Dangerous chemicals and other materials can put other people and the environment at risk, including the water we drink.
But beyond that, noncompliance can hit you hard in the wallet.
Say your dumpster rental company discovers that forbidden items are in the dumpster. They’re either going to have you remove them, extending your rental period, or remove them themselves (the former is more likely in order to protect their employees). That’s going to cost you more money either way.
Alternatively, the company may not discover the forbidden items until taking the trash to a landfill. In that case, they will incur extra disposal fees that they will pass on to you.
In the worst-case scenario, you could face heavy fines from regulatory agencies.
It pays in more ways than one to know what you can and can’t throw away in a rental dumpster. If you’re looking for a dumpster rental in Atlanta, GA, get in touch with Bin There Dump That for unbeatable service, value, and quality!
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