Is your business planning a move? Are you doing a major renovation that requires you to clean house? Before renting a roll-off and dumping everything you consider garbage into it, do some research. You may find that many of the things you're trying to toss are simply not allowed in your dumpster.
Dealing with Waste and Debris
Many things that aren't allowed in landfills. When you rent a roll-off container to gather all of your garbage and debris, you will likely receive a list of things the company won't allow you to toss. If you purchase your own roll-off you need to make sure that you know local laws concerning what can go and what you have to recycle.
In general, most municipalities are firmly against you placing hazardous materials in with the garbage. The problem is you might not know what constitutes a hazardous material. Your municipality may have a list, but that list will most likely contain at least the following items.
Broad categories of hazardous materials include,
- Toxic materials
- Flammable materials
- Corrosive materials
- Reactive materials
Materials that fall in these categories are dangerous to both people and the environment. There are more narrow categories however. You likely recognize these things by sight and name.
- Fluorescent lights
- All batteries
- Materials containing asbestos
- Treated wood
Electronics are of particular concern and often have special rules strictly for their disposal. That's because electronics usually include toxic materials and components. Electronics can include,
- Cell phones
- DVD players
Of course, there are many more types of electronics. The point is that they don't belong in landfills.
What You Can Do on Your End
If you're moving, doing a renovation, or just emptying a facility, it's important that you take the time to separate your waste. Separation is the best way to make sure that you're not mixing your trash and debris. In the same places where you find your municipalities landfill rules, you will also likely find instructions on what you can do with hazardous and restricted items.
You can also speak with your roll-off rental service or seller (such as Chitty Garbage Service Inc). Many roll-off rental services will also handle some of the things not allowed with the general garbage. However, they will require that you separate those things into separate bins for disposal or recycling.
Assess your facility. For example, if there's an overabundance of desktop PCs that are going to the trash, then make sure you ask the dumpster rental service what you can do with them. Separate them from everything else and make sure you tell those working on the site to avoid placing them in with the general debris.