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While most trash removal companies are more than willing to take what you're throwing out, there are some items of note which are not allowed to be thrown out into dumpsters. Due to safety concerns, most companies are unable to dispose of any of the items on the following list, and ask that you dispose of them via other means. If you are still unsure if an item qualifies after reading the list, contact the vendor of the item directly or your local EPA, and they will be able to inform you of the item's status. A questionable item must be verified by the vendor, which will result in them taking it away directly. The following list is a brief rundown of items which could prevent your trash removal
company from emptying your dumpster.

  • Hazardous waste
  • Medical waste
  • Industrial waste
  • Dirt
  • Chemical Items
  • Oil Filters
  • Herbicides
  • Pesticides
  • Radioactive Items
  • Solvents
  • Paint
  • Any Other Flammable Liquids
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Propane Tanks
  • Motor Oil
  • Transmission Oil
  • Lubricating Oil

  • Hydraulic Oil
  • Oil Filters
  • Contaminated Oils
  • Anti-freeze
  • Household or Commercial Appliances
  • Petroleum-contaminated Soil/Lead Paint Chips
  • Tires
  • Batteries
  • Monitors
  • Televisions
  • Microwaves
  • Fluorescent Tubes
  • Railroad Ties
  • Asbestos
  • Animals
  • Barrels
  • All Liquids

Use your judgement when considering what is permitted to be thrown out. Anything that is of potential harm to the environment and/or the person(s) picking it up should not be thrown away in the dumpster. Contact your vendor for obtaining other means of disposal. Also of note, no items in the dumpster can exceed the height of the dumpster itself. There should not be anything sticking out.

Remember not to look at this as an inconvenience, but rather a precautionary measure for both you and the company picking it up. Most of the aforementioned items contain dangerous chemicals that could possible leak and as a result, catch fire, or expose someone without the proper protective gear to something poisonous or something carrying disease. This can create a serious and urgent health problem.

Contact your local EPA for guidelines on how to safely dispose of these items.


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