Can i put yard waste in a dumpster?

Garden waste, such as leaves, branches and sticks, is usually safely disposed of in a rented garbage container. It should be safe to throw away anything that is organic and not dangerous, even if it has a lot of it. Trees, branches, brush, grass, and other green waste are allowed in most trash bins. Most garbage containers allow you to throw away trees, grass, branches and other green waste.

However, the regulations in your area may not allow you to dump garden debris. This varies from area to area, so make sure you know the amount of garden debris allowed in the local landfill. This is called the “clean load” of a dumpster, and it usually includes things like concrete or yard waste. Depending on the size of the project and the type of debris you have, you may only need a 10- or 20-yard container, but if your project is larger or heavier, a 30- or 40-yard container is probably your best option.

Unlike household batteries, which don't comply with federal regulations on household hazardous waste, many other types of batteries are highly toxic to the environment and should never be thrown into a landfill. For example, you can throw things in the trash, such as wood, furniture, garbage, roof tiles, rubble with C&D (construction waste and demolition debris), siding, some appliances, garden waste and floors. Most garden waste usually goes to the garbage bin, but there are specific rules about the size and type of waste, for example, some places may charge an additional fee per tree stump. The 4-yard dumpster is ideal for small jobs, cleaning a garage (a car), or maybe a small renovation job.

Some of these items can be incredibly dangerous, while others may simply earn you a fee for inadequate waste disposal by your government or your garbage container rental company. Alkaline batteries now don't meet federal and state regulations for household hazardous waste (in every state except California), and it's OK to throw them in a garbage bin. The 6-yard dumpster is ideal for small jobs, cleaning a garage (a car), or maybe a small renovation job. The 14-yard trash bin, due to its shorter walls, is ideal for major waste disposal projects where discarded items are thrown overhead.

If you decide that a dumpster is the best way to dispose of waste from your project, the next step is to determine the size of the container and the type of container you need. Technically, nature's trash isn't garbage, it was there first, but it's okay to throw things like sticks, leaves, brush, storm debris, and other floating environmental debris in the garden into a dump. Televisions, computers, printers and other electronic devices are generally accepted in most trash bins, but if you have large quantities of electronic devices, such as when cleaning an office, you may have to recycle them as electronic waste. Food waste and household waste should generally go to a household garbage dump, not directly to a garbage bin.

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