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What Can Be Put In a Dumpster?

Acceptable Items:

While most items can be put into a dumpster, there are some items that should not be placed into a dumpster.  Here is a guide to what can typically be put into a dumpster.  If you are unsure, please call us and we will be happy to help. 

Please keep in mind that there are certain items SteelSmith cannot dispose of due to local regulations.  Please contact SteelSmith at (813) 210-1608 to get specifics on your area.

Most appliances such as dishwashers, microwaves, and stoves are allowed to be put in a dumpster.  Refrigerators generally are not accepted and may have additional charges associated with disposing of them. 

Electronics such as TVs, computers, printers, cell phones, tablets in small quantities can  be accepted, but please inquire with us before placing such items into the dumpster, as some landfills charge per item for these items.  

Wooden furniture is always fine, but upholstered furniture is not always accepted.  There may be additional fees for disposing of such items. Please call us for more info.

Tree limbs, shrubs, and other yard waste can be placed into a dumpster, but generally tree stumps are prohibited.  Please check with us before disposing of dirt, as some areas consider dirt a contaminated item and would charge an extra fee.

Storm debris material is generally accepted as long as it is uncontaminated and does not contain hazardous materials.  Please check with us if you are unsure.

We offer specific dumpsters for very heavy items, but these items can be disposed of in our dumpsters.  

Empty cans can be put into a dumpster, but the contents should be emptied before placing in dumpster so it does not have the potential to explode.  

A photo of SteelSmith dumpster rentals filled with wood

Prohibited Items:

All items listed below, but not limited to, are prohibited from disposal inside SteelSmith roll-off dumpsters. If you have items listed
below, or an item you have questions about that is not mentioned below, please contact us for further assistance with your disposal
needs. We may still be able to assist you in your waste disposal need. Check for warning labels on the items in question to
determine if your material(s) are toxic or hazardous, including the symbols above. Most chemical products fall under those
categories, including household cleaning solutions and sprays. If your item(s) are marked as such, do not throw it in the SteelSmith
roll-off dumpster. Please contact us for further assistance with your disposal needs. We may still be able to assist you in your waste
disposal but will need to handle it in a responsible manner.

Flame retardant material found in older homes and different types of industrial products. Labeled as a carcinogen, it cannot be
mixed with general waste stream and needs to be handled separately. Please contact us as we can still help you with your
responsible waste disposal need with this material.

Items containing high levels of lead and other heavy metals should not be mixed with other waste streams.

Infectious Waste material consisting of but not limited to medicine, medical equipment that has come in contact with bodily
fluids, used medical supplies, needles, bandages, biomedical waste, etc.

Refrigerators contain toxic chemicals and are not allowed in most landfills.  Items containing refrigerant must be evacuated according to federal disposal guidelines. Properly drained refrigerators and a/c units can be disposed of inside of our roll-off dumpster and roll-off containers. Contact us so we may help you determine if we can accept your material.

Propane Tanks, Sealed Units, Aerosol Cans, Freon Aerosol Cans , Foam Aerosol Cans , Empty Oil Cans , Fuel Tanks, Used Oil,
Used Oil Drums, Paint Cans (that are not empty), Fuel, Oil Filters,

Railroad ties are treated in creosote, which is harmful when handled incorrectly. SteelSmith can still help you with your waste
disposal of this material but will require additional paperwork and it cannot be mixed with general waste streams.

Unprocessed tires can damage equipment and structures within landfills. Tires cannot be mixed with general waste stream
material and needs to be handled separately. Please contact us as we can still help you with your responsible waste disposal
need with this material.

TV’s, computers, monitors, computer parts, radios, etc.

Contain small amounts of mercury. Mercury is a toxic heavy metal that can cause severe damage to the brain, nervous system,
kidneys, lungs, and other vital organs and must be handled and disposed of properly.

Used as coolants and lubricants in transformers, capacitors, and other electrical equipment because they don’t burn easily and
are good insulators. Build up in the environment can cause harmful health effects and should be disposed of properly. This
includes ballast.

Cannot be mixed with or into other waste stream loads. We can dispose of yard waste but it needs to be handled separately.

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