If you
are planning a home renovation or large clean out project, chances
are you will need to rent a dumpster for your waste disposal needs.
While many people imagine dumpsters to be a large metal box that you
can throw anything in, that is not the case. There are certain items
which cannot be thrown in your rental dumpster, such as:

  • Toxic Waste. This
    is a broad category and can cover many items such as asbestos,
    batteries, fluorescent lights, and items which contain mercury such
    as thermometers. All of these items are dangerous to the environment
    and must be properly disposed of.
  • Hazardous Materials.
    This includes electronics and appliances such as televisions,
    computers, and refrigerators. It also includes pesticides and other
    types of poisons.
  • Medical Waste.
    Medical waste cannot be thrown
    in the dumpster because it presents a hazard to both people and
    wildlife. If a person was to come in contact with a used needle for
    example, they may have to be heavily medicated for weeks to prevent
    infection.
  • Paints &
    Solvents.
    If you are cleaning
    out a garage, shed, attic, or basement, you may come across old cans
    of paint and be tempted to throw them away – don’t do it. Paint
    contains harmful chemicals that have been known to contaminate water
    sources.
This
list is not exhaustive. If you are unsure about whether or not an
item can go in your rental dumpster, ask one of our experts by
calling 1-866-935-8654. For more than 15 years, 1-866-We-Junk-It has
provided Long Island and New York City with high-quality dumpster
rentals and clean out services. To learn more about what we can do
for your home or business, click here.