Many of our customers have never rented a dumpster and are unsure of what junk can be thrown into them. This section is focused on what can and more importantly what cannot be placed in our dumpsters.
We have four categories of junk that cannot be disposed of during our dumpster rentals. If any of these items are thrown into the dumpster, our customers are liable for these items and can face significant fines or possibly even jail time.
Most states have implemented Electronic waste disposal bans. This means these items cannot be dropped off at landfill or transfer stations. The electronics list of banned items includes, but are not limited to: television sets, central processing units (CPUs), computer monitors, peripherals, printers, fax machines, laptops, tablets, DVD players, VCRs, radios, stereos, video game consoles and video display devices with viewing screens greater than four inches diagonally.
Although these items cannot be placed in our dumpsters, Rubbish Works of Denver offers a disposal option for electronics using our On-Demand services. Find out more about that service by clicking here.
The hazardous material list could be a large book if we displayed a comprehensive list. Below is a shortened list to summarize what items are not allowed in our dumpsters: Oil, Paint, Batteries, Smoke Detectors, Asbestos, Gasoline, Liquids, Fluorescent Lights, Bio-Waste, Propane Tanks, Sewage Waste, Oil Filters
Hazardous Material is the only category of debris where we do not offer a disposal option for our customers. Your county or city websites may offer alternatives for this category of rubbish. In some cases, we can also offer alternatives depending on the city of residence.
The Freon gas in refrigerators and air conditioning units is a known contributor to the destruction of the ozone layer. State and federal laws now require that all Freon containing items to have the Freon removed prior to disposal.
Our On-Demand service offers an option for the proper disposal of Freon containing devices. Please click here to find out more.
For quite some time now, Tires have not been allowed to be thrown away as trash in landfills. There are a couple reasons for the restriction. First, tires increase the potential for long lasting fires. Second, tires create voids in landfills that allow for gas traps which can eventually lead to the destruction of landfill liners.
As with Electronics, our On-Demand service has a removal process for responsible disposal of tires, to find out more click here
Please be aware that heavy material such as brick, dirt, concrete, rock and gravel are allowed in our dumpsters. However, the ~12-ton weight limit of our trucks only allow 2.5 to 5 cubic yards of debris before our weight limit is reached. Our dumpster will only be one tenth to one quarter full when loading this material. The volume range depends on the type of material being hauled. Concrete is very heavy so only 2.5 yards of material is allowed. Dirt is a little lighter so up to 5 yards is permitted before our truck is overweight. Please talk to our driver during the dumpster drop off to understand fill limits for heavy items.