What Can I Throw in a Dumpster?

Accepted and Prohibited Materials

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What is Allowed in My Dumpster?

You can put almost anything in a dumpster, but there are some restrictions to keep in mind. There are a few items you can’t throw out in a dumpster due to safety hazards and local regulations. If you’re not sure you can put a particular item in your container, check the list below or give us a call at 855-747-5943 to find out what’s accepted in your area.

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What Can I Put in a Dumpster?

Household junk and debris from construction or home improvement projects are typically allowed in a dumpster. This includes remodeling debris such as drywall, lumber, flooring, cabinetry and siding, as well as general household items from decluttering projects. Learn more about the items that can go in a dumpster in most areas.

Please keep in mind:

Some service areas have local waste ordinances that prevent us from disposing of certain items that we
normally accept. Contact Budget Dumpster at 855-747-5943 for your area's specific disposal guidelines.

Household Junk

Wooden Furniture

Brick, Asphalt, Concrete

Construction & Home Improvement Debris


Storm Debris


Aerosol Cans

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These Materials Can Sometimes Be Put in a Dumpster

Certain items, like upholstered furniture, appliances, electronics and mattresses are allowed to go in a dumpster in some areas, but not all. This is because dumpster rules and waste regulations can vary from state to state and even city to city. So for the following items, always call ahead to see if they are accepted in your location.

Upholstered Furniture

Yard Waste




Mattresses & Box Springs

Stumps & Large Yard Debris

Event Waste

Items You Cannot Put in a Dumpster

While the rules may vary on some materials, there are certain prohibited items you cannot throw in a dumpster anywhere. This includes items such as refrigerators, tires, hazardous chemicals, car batteries, railroad ties and any other materials that are toxic, pose a significant safety hazard or could damage the container. Read on to learn how to handle waste materials that are not allowed in your dumpster.


Hot Water Tanks


Paint Cans & Lacquers


Car Batteries

Medical Infectious Waste

Hazardous Materials

Contaminated Soils & Absorbents

Household Cleaners

Ink & Resins

Oils, Fuels & Propane Tanks

Railroad Ties


Industrial Drums

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