Wednesday, June 20, 2018

What Materials Are Not Safe to Throw in My Dumpster?

One question we receive daily from customers and people inquiring about renting a dumpster, is "Are there any items that I can't throw in the dumpster?"  The answer is, Yes! We cannot accept any hazardous, regulated, or dangerous materials.

Federal, State, and Local governments regulate certain materials which are hazardous to people or the environment. These items include (but are not limited to): asbestos, bio hazardous waste, medical waste,  pesticides, paints or stains, car batteries, oils, antifreeze.


Additionally, we cannot accept dangerous materials that are flammable or combustible. These are items which can cause injury to transfer station workers or other customers disposing of their debris at the site. The heavy machinery running over refuse can cause items to explode. For safety, we cannot accept items such as: ammunition, aerosol products, gasoline, oils, paint thinners, or other combustible chemicals. Many are surprised to find we ARE able to accept tires and appliances, as well as electronics and mattresses. These items however, are at an additional cost to your rental, but can be recycled appropriately for you as a valued added service. 

If you are unsure if an item can go in the dumpster just give us a call at 978-582-1176, or contact us online and we will be happy to answer your questions. 

If you do have toxic or hazardous materials to dispose of you can contact your local Board of Health Department or click here for more information. 

For additional disposal information try these sites:

Earth911.com
Recyclesearch.com
Mass.gov

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