What Can I Put In A Dumpster?

Our dumpsters are super handy for cleaning debris. Trash bins are available for large-scale cleanouts like full-house decluttering, demolitions, remodeling, and new construction. 

While you can toss non-hazardous garbage in the dumpster, there can sometimes be a grey line between what you can and can’t put in it.

What Can I Put in a Dumpster?

Understanding what you can put in a dumpster ensures we adhere to waste management guidelines and eliminate penalty fees. Sometimes, pick-up drivers may not haul your filled dumpster if it contains certain prohibited materials. 

Know what materials to put in your dumpster before renting it to avoid problems and delays. Our dumpsters are the ultimate choice for construction projects, home remodeling jobs, landscaping, demolition, estate cleanouts, and moving.

This post will help you understand acceptable materials in each project setup. Whether renting for residential or construction use, you can control your project. 

what can i put in a dumpster

Types of Construction Debris to Put In A Dumpster

Do you want to rent a construction dumpster? ABC Dumpster has multiple options, and we accept specific types of construction debris. 

Construction sites produce heaps of unsightly debris, and dumpsters simplify the cleanup process. Before tossing any construction waste in the dumpster, consider the weight and nature of the materials. 

We suggest using a heavy-duty dumpster for dense concrete, bricks, dirt, and shingles.

Typical construction debris you can put in the dumpster include:

  • Asphalt
  • Concrete
  • Tiles
  • Drywall
  • Plumbing materials
  • Wood waste
  • Windows and glass waste
  • Siding
  • Countertop and cabinet waste materials
  • Shingles
  • Flooring waste materials

Residential Waste You Can Put in A Dumpster

Do you have heaps of residential junk that can’t fit in your typical curbside bin? Get a residential dumpster for a renovation, landscaping, cleanout, or demolition job.

Here are some acceptable residential garbage you can put in the dumpster according to the project you’re tackling. 

Home Remodeling

Our dumpsters can hold wood, drywall, asphalt, bricks, glass, metal, cabinets, carpets, and more. They are suitable for disposing of construction waste and household items. 

Our dumpsters can handle any residential waste disposal when upgrading your bathroom, garage, attic, basement, kitchen, bedroom, or property.


Are you clearing the yard and redesigning your garden? ABC Dumpster accepts tree stumps, branches, dirt, rocks, grass clippings, bushes, leaves, and unwanted outdoor furniture. With the right landscaping dumpster, lawn care is effortless and fast. 

Home Cleanouts

Deep house cleanout project can breathe fresh hair into your home. It creates a healthier home by eliminating dust mites, mold spores, pet dander, and clutter in general. Acceptable home cleanout junk you can put in a dumpster include;

  • Unwanted wooden furniture.
  • Old bookcases
  • Boxsprings
  • Toys
  • Papers and cardboards
  • Plastics
  • Clothing
  • Books
  • Unwanted kitchen items
  • Old lawn care equipment
  • Broken household items
  • Electronics
  • Upholstered furniture

You can use a dumpster to dispose of items you no longer need. This is helpful when cleaning your home, clearing out an estate, moving, or updating a rental property.

Demolition Waste Materials You Can Put in A Dumpster

Demolition debris includes materials from destroying, rehabilitating, or repairing buildings, houses, commercial facilities, driveways, or roads.

Demolition debris you can put in a dumpster include;

  • Masonry materials
  • Stone
  • Wall materials
  • Carpeting
  • Asphalt
  • Metals
  • Insulation material
  • Roofing debris
  • Lumber
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Doors and windows
  • Glass

What Can’t I Put in A Dumpster?

ABC Dumpster has a comprehensive list of prohibited garbage. Understanding this ensures proper disposal of municipal solid waste and hazardous debris. Unwanted items you can’t put in our bins include;

  • Paint and paint cans
  • Old and used tires
  • Batteries
  • Gas and oils
  • Drums and barrels
  • Adhesives
  • Refrigerators
  • Propane tanks
  • Hot water tanks
  • Medical Waste
  • Highly reactive and flammable materials.

Hazardous materials pose a detrimental risk to the environment and those handling them. Toxic materials can contaminate the soil, water bodies, and the air we breathe.

Medical waste is a highly flammable biohazard material that can ignite devastating fires. 

What Happens to Items in A Dumpster?

Once you fill the container, we’ll promptly remove it from your job site and take it to our sorting facility. We sort out all the debris, separating recyclable and reusable materials from the rest. 

Recyclable debris goes to the recycling facility, while non-recyclable materials go to landfills.

How Do You Pack A Dumpster?

Understanding how to pack your dumpster is crucial to ensure a smooth waste disposal process. Our dumpsters are spacious enough to hold any size and shape of materials.

Tactically loading your debris ensures you don’t overload or overfill the container and everyone is safe. 

The first thing to do is understand the right dumpster for your project. You don’t have to worry about selecting the correct roll-off container; our highly knowledgeable crew can help.

Before loading bulky debris into the container, break it down to occupy less space. 

Walk your debris into the bin and stack it in the dumpster. Neatly packing it down helps maximize the dumpster space for discarding unwanted items. 

Another crucial tip when packing your dumpster is to load heavy items first. Putting heavy items like unwanted furniture, equipment, bricks, and dirt can help distribute the weight evenly. 

Throwing debris over the sides into the dumpster can create spaces. Fill those spaces with light debris like grass, dirt, leaves, and other small items.

Importantly, don’t pack your dumpster over the brim. We prohibit items sticking out of the dumpster.

Dumpster Rental FAQs

How Do I Choose A Dumpster?

Choose the right-sized dumpster. Consider the type and amount of waste, how long you need it, and the size of your project. We provide options for residential restorations, cleanouts, landscaping, construction, and demolitions. 

We have bins for all jobs, from hauling building materials to disposing of food waste. Choose from a 40-cubic yard or three-yard bin.

What is The Difference Between A Dumpster and A Bin?

Dumpsters are large metallic containers ideal for disposing of demolition debris, construction waste, landscaping materials, and extensive household junk. A bin, on the other hand, is the typical curbside trash container for everyday garbage.

How We Simplify Construction Projects

With over four thousand dumpsters serviced, you can bet that ABC Dumpster is the premier waste management company. Call and book your dumpster online and have it on-site the same or the next day. 

Our team can always help you determine the proper waste solution for your residential or commercial construction project. 

With our flexible rental periods, you can schedule a timeframe that fits your schedule. Are you ready to eliminate unwanted junk and construction waste debris? Call us here at ABC Dumpster so we can sort you out quickly.