Prohibited Items

What Can’t Go In a Dumpster?

When it comes to dumpsters, one of the biggest misconceptions is that anything can be thrown inside it. That’s not the case. While there are many items we can accept, there are some that require separate disposal, such as any flammable, toxic or hazardous materials.

Additional prohibited items we cannot accept include:

  • Adhesives: Epoxy, glue, polyurethane and other adhesives can damage the interior of a dumpster.
  • Asbestos: Considered a carcinogen and banned from most landfills.
  • Car batteries: Contain high levels of lead and can’t be mixed with other waste.
  • Contaminated absorbents and soils: Must be treated by hazardous waste processors.
  • Food waste: Can attract vermin and spoil.
  • Fuel: All types of fuel are prohibited inside our containers.
  • Industrial drums: Substances inside are considered hazardous.
  • Infectious waste: Poses environmental danger due to its biological risk.
  • Ink and resins: Can stain the inside of the dumpster.
  • Oils: Includes any oil used in automobiles and oil used as general industrial lubricants.
  • Paints and lacquers: Can damage or stain the interior of the dumpster.
  • Railroad ties: Prohibited in many landfills due to their creosote coating.
  • Refrigerants: Must be properly drained to be disposed of.
  • Tires: Can cause damage to landfills.

Find Dumpster Rental Availability in Your Area

Keeping your container free of these items will ensure a safe and low-cost dumpster rental. If you’re not sure of an item or need further insight as to what can’t go in a dumpster, call 888-905-2924 to speak directly with a customer service representative.




Worked out really good and delivery and pickup was really excellent!

Algona, Washington

I was very pleased with your service. Both of your drivers were courteous and spotted the dumpster down a narrow driveway. Both pickup and delivery were on time. I was very pleased.

Belleville, Illinois

We had an awesome experience with Roll Off Dumpsters from beginning to end! The customer service I received when I first called to place the order and then when I called to have the dumpster picked up was exceptional. The dumpster was delivered in a very timely manner and there was absolutely no damage done to our driveway. Pricing was super and I would definitely recommend them to all my friends and family. Many thanks!


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