A critical thing for customers of Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems to know is what not to throw in your dumpster rental. It’s on all of us to abide by all laws and be sure that we take care of our planet. Certain things should not go to the landfill and we ask that you do your part by knowing what’s acceptable and what’s not.
That sounds scary and like something that you wouldn’t just have lying around, right? That’s not typically the case. All sorts of everyday things fall into the category of hazardous chemical waste. For example, motor oil, household cleaners, transmission fluid and pesticides.
Often these chemicals are fine on their own, but when mixed in with other trash can have a hazardous reaction with the chemicals someone else threw away. See why it is so important to know what not to throw in your dumpster rental?
Batteries are chock full of all sorts of nasty chemicals like lead, mercury, and cadmium. All that stuff sitting in a landfill will eventually start to poison the surrounding environment. A good way to get rid of batteries is to talk to local retailers where batteries are sold and see if any of them have a program for accepting and properly disposing of batteries.
But, you say, what could be poisonous about electronics? Many electronics like computers and hard drives contain the same chemicals that are present in batteries. If you happen to be in one of the 17 states where dumping electronics is illegal, you could get a hefty fine if you are caught throwing electronics into a landfill, or a roll-off dumpster headed for the landfill.
You might not realize it, but paint is full of chemicals and nasty oils. If you throw your old paint cans into a dumpster and they sit in a landfill, eventually, that stuff is going to start seeping into the ground and could potentially poison the water supply.
Bulky and Heavy Items
Big stuff like old tires or building materials like concrete or bricks shouldn’t be thrown into your rented roll-off dumpster. It’s not safe for the people that will be handling the dumpster on it’s way to the landfill, nor is it good for the dumpster. Bulky items can significantly reduce the amount of time that a dumpster is usable. To get rid of heavy items, check out the large item removal schedule for your town and place them out on the curb.
We hope this information about what not to throw in your dumpster rental has been informative for you. We here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems want our customers to have a satisfactory experience, and we know the best way to do that is to make sure that everyone is on the same page. If you have further questions about what may qualify as a hazardous chemical, or anything else, feel free to talk to one of our knowledgeable representatives. We’re here to help!