Dos and Don’ts of Using Dumpsters


Although you can toss almost anything into a dumpster, there are safety risks and restrictions that may apply. There are many reasons to clean out your home and business before the new year arrives.

  • Clear out holiday decorations to make more space in your attic
  • Are you thinking of selling your home?
  • Do you need to repurpose an area in your home to make it more useful?
  • You are growing your business and need a storage area for an office.
  • Remodeling your house.

A dumpster rental is necessary for any of these reasons. These are the basics and some frequently asked questions.

What is a dumpster?

You can use a dumpster to dispose of general waste. This is usually non-hazardous, junk, or any other material that would be involved in a general clean-up around your home or office. It is not liquid or hazardous. This includes things like furniture, trash, wood, siding, roofing shingles and siding, construction & demolition debris as well as yard wastes. Some exceptions include appliances.

What to do with a dumpster?

These items can’t be placed in a dumpster.

  • Batteries
  • Paint and Solvents
  • Automotive Fluids
  • Pesticides
  • Use powerful cleaning agents
  • Other Chemicals
  • Hazardous Waste – Asbestos
  • Electronics – TVs, Monitors, Fridges, etc.

Contact your county office to dispose of any items that are not allowed in your dumpster. You can get a plan and contact information from them.

What can I do about hazardous chemicals?

It is illegal to dispose of hazardous waste in a dumpster. Get in touch with your county office. They can provide you with a plan and contact information.

3 additional items that may cost more?

  • Tires
  • Mattresses
  • Appliances

How high is a dumpster allowed to be filled?

You can fill your dumpsters to the top.

What weight can I place in my dumpster?

It all depends on the dumpster size. You will find the maximum weight limit for each size dumpster when you place your order.

This article was written by a hauling service professional. At Par Hauling Solutions located in the heart of Largo, we are a full-service hauling and dump trailer rental company that can haul just about anything in the Bay Area. Our professionals have over 10 years of experience and can provide dumpster rental in Pinellas Park for large-scale construction and renovation projects as well as smaller dumpsters for residents.

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