These Items Don’t Belong in the Landfill

Construction and cleaning projects happen all year round. Whether you are changing a lightbulb, cleaning the garage, remodeling the basement, or doing a full demolition of the kitchen, these projects create trash.


Sometimes lots of trash.


And some of this trash does not belong in the landfill.


Whatever you’re doing around the house, it helps to know what you can and can’t put in the trash. Below are some broad categories of items that cannot go to the landfill. If you are throwing any of these items away you will need to check local rules and regulations for how best to dispose of them.



Hazardous liquids


Because of their ability to catch fire, pose some hazard to waste workers, or seep into our ground and damage drinking water reserves, certain hazardous liquids are banned from most landfills.


You should be careful when throwing out items from these categories:


  • Paints and stains
  • Varnish and thinners
  • Devices that contain mercury such as thermometers and certain light bulbs
  • Used or new oil or oil filters
  • Other automotive fluids


When disposing of these items, check the label carefully. Then check with local resources to see how best to dispose of them.



Electronics and batteries


The chemicals, compounds, and minerals used to create electronics and batteries are precious in part because of their reactivity. However, the thing that makes them useful is also the thing that makes them dangerous when they are mishandled or disposed of improperly.


Because of the amounts of chemicals involved, you can generally simply toss in the trash small batteries such as those used for toys and radios.


However, if your items are on this list, you will want to check local regulations:


  • Televisions
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Large batteries such as car, lawnmower, sump pump, or boat batteries
  • Computers and some computer accessories


Take care with these items. In some cases, a hidden reward of checking might be that someone is willing to dispose of or re-use the item. In the case of electronic computer components, companies in some places disassemble the computer in order to harvest ingredients that can be resold or reused.


Your donation could actually work to save a precious resource and fuel the economy.



Other dangerous waste


Items on this list don’t fit easily into a single category. They do, however, sometimes show up in home projects and need to be disposed of according to local regulations.


  • Any medical waste including syringes and lancets
  • Explosives including fireworks
  • Fuels including gasoline, or gasoline mixes commonly used in lawnmowers, off-road recreation vehicles, or scale models
  • Chemicals for treating pools or ponds
  • Propane cylinders



Be careful when cleaning to make sure that the items listed above get disposed of properly. Doing so helps keep people safe.

What Can You Throw Away in a Roll Off Dumpster?

Every household/or business is liable for regulating what they toss in the trash. Batteries, broken glass, and certain cleaners (flammables) need special disposal. These rules and regulations are in place to protect you and the environment. These regulations extend beyond the household. Renting a roll off container for your project won’t allow you to bypass the guidelines. Knowing what you can and can’t throw away is one of the most frequently asked questions we discuss with our purchasers here at Big Daddy Dumpsters. Here’s a list of common products and materials that can and can’t be thrown into a roll off container.


What You Can Throw Away in a Roll Off Container?

Luckily, if you are renting a roll off dumpster for a construction or demolition project, a good portion of the waste can be tossed in the container.


Are you clearing out a house? Most “junk” can make its way to the dumpster. Everything from toys to pots and pans can get tossed into the heap. Before piling on the electronics, you’ll need to call Big Daddy Dumpsters to confirm we can dispose of the items before you put it in the container.


Sofas, tables, chairs, and beds are usually able to be thrown in. However not every landfill in Ohio allows mattresses and upholstered furniture. Your waste management company can give you more information and confirm what’s allowed.


Appliances are usually disposable in most roll-off containers. Washers and dryers typically are ok. The issue with appliances is some of them contain hazardous liquids. Freon is an excellent example of a hazardous material. You have to have it removed before it can make it’s way to the landfill.  These are commonly found in refrigerators, deep freezers, and ac units


Most TVs, printers, computers, and other goods are accepted in most roll-off containers. Sometimes though. Local pawn shops or electronic stores may buy used or old electronics. Be sure to check there first!

Yard Waste

It’s safe to say that almost all yard waste is safe for the roll-off dumpster. Some municipalities require the yard waste to be separated from other trash. You will need to confirm with Big Daddy Dumpsters whether or not you will need an extra container if you have a lot of yard waste and debris to remove.

Concrete and Asphalt

Roll-off containers are excellent for disposing concrete and asphalt. They can also carry brick and stone as well. These building materials are heavy.  Only our 10 yard dumpster is recommended for this. Also a good measuring method is to not fill it more than halfway with this type of debris.

Roofing Shingles

Replacing a shingled roof accumulates a lot of debris. Many project managers rely on roll off containers for assistance. Also with Big Daddy Dumpsters. We can stick that dumpsters right where you want it!

Other Construction Debris

Wood, siding, drywall and other construction materials are typically ok to throw away in a container. Keep in mind there are weight limits. Building materials quickly add up. Going over might cause us to drop off another dumpster to distribute the weight better.

What You Can’t Throw Away in a Roll Off Container

Hazardous materials can not under any circumstances be tossed in any dumpster or landfill. That rule is standard practice for almost every state. Where it gets tricky is deciding which products are considered “hazardous.” Here are a few things you can expect not to go in a roll off container.


Paint and lacquers (Sometimes latex paint is not. Empty paint cans can be recycled. )

Car batteries and dry-cell

Oil and fuel or other flammable materials like propane


We hope this helped you understand what can and can’t be thrown away. Always remember we are one phone call away!

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