There are many reasons why someone may want to order a bin, including needing a large bin in order to declutter a storage space, or needing a dumpster bin for a home remodeling project. Regardless of the reason, there are actually several different items that you should not throw into your rental bin, as it may be illegal to do so. In fact, if you fail to adhere to your local bylaws regarding proper waste disposal, then you may be subject to hefty fines and other penalties.
Hence, it pays to know what you can and cannot throw into your rental bin, and there are some items that will need to be properly handled and disposed of because they are considered safety hazards. Here, we will discuss ten items that you cannot (or should not) put in your dumpster bin for either legal or safety reasons.
Solvents and Paint Products
Many people usually have a few cans of paint that have been left in their attic, cellar, or garage for several years. However, you should not simply chuck your leftover paint cans into your rental bin, even though it may be tempting to do so. This is because leftover pain products actually contain oils, chemicals, and other harmful and noxious liquids that can be very dangerous in large quantities.
In fact, they will contaminate local water sources if they are not disposed of properly, so you should avoid throwing them into your dumpster bin the next time you decide to clean out a storage area in your home.
Unfortunately, paints and solvents are not the only things that you should avoid throwing into a bin. Other harmful materials include transmission fluid, engine coolant, and vehicular oil. The aforementioned automotive fluids actually serve as dangerous biohazardous materials, so you should take the time to carefully dispose of them in a safe, legal, and ethical manner in order to avoid contamination.
Now, you may be wondering why you should not throw your pesticide sprays and cans into your rental bin because you’ve routinely used them on your lawn without issue in the past. However, in this instance, the primary issue isn’t the actual product itself, but the concentration of the chemicals in said product.
That is, while pesticides can be sprayed on lawns and other fauna in small quantities with little to no problem, they can create havoc on the local wildlife in your city when left to accumulate in landfills in large quantities.
Abrasive Cleaning Products
There are many very potent and abrasive cleaning agents currently sold at many supermarkets and hardware stores that contain powerful chemicals. As such, you should proceed with caution when handling such powerful cleaning products, and you should not simply throw them into your rental bin because they will harm the environment and wildlife in the area.
Other Miscellaneous Chemical Agents
For the purpose of brevity, we have not listed all of the harmful products that you should not throw into your rental bin. In other words, there are literally hundreds of different household cleaning products that are commonly sold in North America, with most containing malevolent chemicals and additives that will harm the environment if not disposed of properly.
However, if you are not certain as to whether or not a cleaning product you own is hazardous, then you should check online or contact poison control to know for sure. More often than not, the product you own will contain at least a few dangerous chemicals, and, as such, should be safely disposed of to avoid endangering the ecosystem.
E-waste refers to electronic waste, and should be disposed of properly in order to avoid a bevy of environmental issues down the road. In fact, e-waste has become such a significant issue in many countries that the dumping of many electronic products has been banned. This is because e-waste products do not biodegrade, and contain many harmful chemicals, liquids, metals, and other materials that can rot and emit methane and other toxic gases, and also leak into the soil and water supply after years of sitting in landfills.
As such, if you decide to dump your defective or obsolete electronics into your rental dumpster, then you may end up having to pay exorbitant fines, or your dumpster rental company will charge you significantly more than the original price.
We would highly recommend that you avoid throwing your dead batteries in your dumpster or in the trash, as most contain mercury. While today’s batteries contain less mercury than their predecessors, they still contain enough to cause serious harm to the environment, so it is best to dispose of them in a safe manner.
Appliances, Mattresses, and Tires
While you can, in theory, dump tires, appliances, and mattresses in your rental bin, your rental bin company will likely charge you more to do so. The actual amount will vary from company to company, but expect to pay at least $50 in most cases. Now, you may feel that the rental bin company is simply trying to nickel and dime you, but, in reality, the reason why they charge extra is because there are additional steps involved in properly disposing of tires, mattresses, and appliances.
In sum, you should be prudent in the handling of many materials, as they may be harmful to the environment, and may end up costing you more to dispose of. If in doubt, always check with the proper authorities in order to determine what should and should not be thrown into your rental bin to avoid any issues or pitfalls in the future.
If you would like to rent a dumpster for your home renovation projects or for a move, then please visit our website or give us a call at 905-230-1300 for a free, no obligation quote and consultation. Our disposal bins vary in size from four to forty cubic yards, and we also offer clean fill and mixed waste bins as well as dump trucks if needed.