What can I put in my roll off dumpster?

What Can You Throw in a Dumpster?

Roll off dumpsters can accommodate almost any kind of residential or construction waste – however there are a few items that could violate local law or be a safety hazard if thrown in a roll off dumpster.

If you’re unsure whether you can dispose of certain trash in a roll off dumpster, check the list below or give us a call at 844-460-2001.

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Disposable Garbage

We can haul the following materials in our dumpsters to landfills, recycling centers, or transfer stations.


  • Air Conditioners (surcharges apply)
  • Air Purifiers
  • Boilers
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezers (surcharges apply)
  • Garbage Disposal Units
  • Grills
  • Heaters
  • Hot Water Heaters
  • Dehumidifiers (surcharges apply)
  • Microwaves
  • Ovens
  • Paper Shredders
  • Radiators
  • Refrigerators (surcharges apply)
  • Sewing Machines
  • Stoves
  • Television (surcharges apply)
  • Vacuum Cleaners
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler (surcharges apply)

Small Household Appliances:

  • Toasters
  • Blenders
  • Coffee makers
  • Hair dryers
  • Vacuum cleaners

Yard Waste

  • Tree limbs
  • Leaves
  • Rocks
  • Dirt
  • Compost
  • Grass clippings
  • Other landscape debris

Construction and Demolition Debris

  • Bricks
  • Cabinets
  • Carpet
  • Concrete
  • Drywall
  • Fixtures
  • Insulation
  • Lath & Plaster
  • Metal
  • Shingles
  • Siding
  • Tile
  • Wood
  • Much more!


  • Cell Phones
  • Computer Monitors (surcharges apply)
  • Computers
  • DVD Players
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Stereo Equipment
  • VCR’s
  • Video Game Consoles

Garage Items

  • Air Compressors
  • Bicycles
  • Car parts
  • Engines
  • Gym Equipment
  • Hand Tools
  • Lawn Equipment
  • Power Cords
  • Power Washers
  • Small and Large Machines
  • Tires (surcharges apply)
  • Transmissions


  • Beds
  • Cubicles
  • Desks
  • Dressers
  • Entertainment Centers
  • Filing cabinets
  • Hot tubs
  • Hutches
  • Tables
  • Loveseat
  • Mattresses (surcharges apply)
  • Ottomans
  • Patio Furniture
  • Pool tables
  • Piano
  • Recliners
  • Sectional Sofa
  • Standard Sofa or Couch

Prohibited Items

The following materials CANNOT be placed in our dumpsters.

Items not allowed in Dumpsters:


Glues or adhesives are generally toxic and make materials stick to the inside of the dumpster causing “dig out fees”.


Asbestos is a carcinogenic material embedded into ceilings, roofing, and flooring in structures built prior to the 1970’s. Licensed professionals are required for any asbestos abatement because it poses a serious health risk.


Batteries contain toxic and corrosive materials that pose serious health risks. They must be separated from regular waste and recycled properly.

Cleaning Products

Most cleaning products are liquid based and liquids are not allowed in roll off dumpsters. Liquids make materials stick to the inside of the container and cause “dig out fees”. Some cleaning products contain hazardous chemicals that are not allowed in dumpsters.

Contaminated Soil

Any dirt that has come into contact with toxic materials will need to be put through a hazardous waste processor and cannot be placed into the dumpster.

Food Waste

Roll off dumpster rentals are not intended for food waste and can attract rodents. Consider disposing of your food waste through your regular weekly trash pickup.


Due to risk of fire, any flammable liquids are forbidden at landfills and transfer stations.


Roll off dumpsters are not water tight. If liquids are dumped into the container they might spill onto the pavement causing a big mess. Any liquids that remain could cause materials to stick to the inside of the dumpster and would be subject to “dig out fees”.

Motor Oils

Motor oils are generally petroleum based and are considered to be toxic. Toxic liquids are not allowed in roll off dumpsters.


Paints and stains contain harmful ingredients and are known to be hazardous. They can also discolor and damage dumpsters.

Propane Tanks

Propane and other fuel tanks pose a huge risk to landfill personnel if dumped with regular garbage. When dumped, pressurized tanks can be ran over by heavy machinery and explode causing injury or death.


Containers and appliances that are filled with toxic refrigerants are subject to special regulations. If you want to throw a Freon appliance in your dumpster please contact us and make sure its safe to do so.


Tires cannot be disposed with regular trash and need to be recycled. In some situations, tires can be thrown into dumpsters for an extra fee. Please contact us for fees regarding tires.

Travis Baker - Owner - Heartland Recycling Services

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