What size dumpster do I need?

What Can You Put in a Dumpster?

A Guide to Recycling and Waste Disposal

Waste and recycling dumpsters are hired for various reasons, from recycling glass bottles or cardboard to getting rid of construction materials. If you’re working on a landscaping project, you may have decking, paving, branches and other waste to dispose of. Let’s look at the most common reasons businesses rent commercial waste dumpsters.

What Can You Put in a Dumpster?

Commercial waste dumpsters are available for most kinds of commercial and household trash. Companies commonly rent dumpsters for construction materials and remodeling debris. It’s worth noting that you won’t be able to put all your waste in one dumpster in some states as it will need to be separated. Some items such as electrics will need to go to separate landfills or be sent to a recycling facility.

Construction Waste

Commercial dumpster rentals are commonly booked by construction companies who want to get rid of things like lumber, siding, flashing, guttering, drywall, and plasterboards. Scrap metal cabinets and countertops can also be put into a commercial dumpster. Roofing materials such as slate, shingles, or metals can be deposed of with the help of a dumpster.

Yard Waste and Dirt

Yard waste can also be put into a dumpster; this includes tree stumps, gravel, branches. In some states, there are rules about the length of organic materials. Often branches that are longer than three feet long will need to be cut into smaller pieces before they can be disposed of. In many cities, yard waste dumpsters are available to recycle organic matter.

Rather than putting dirt in the dumpster, it’s best to reuse it where possible or recycle the soil by selling it go giving it away. Often landfills are unable to accept dirt.


In most cases, you can add home or commercial appliances to a dumpster. Some landfills have restrictions on dumping white goods. It’s more challenging to dump appliances such as air conditioning units and fridges as these require Freon. You’ll need a technician to get rid of the Freon before you can put the appliance in the dumpster. This will allow the products to be disposed of in accordance with safety rules and regulations.


It depends on which state you live in as to whether electricals can be put in the dumpster. Many states such as California have stopped e-waste from getting into landfill. If this is the case, you’ll have to take your electronic waste to a different area or recycling plant.


Household items such as furniture, mattresses, and kitchen work surfaces, and cabinets can be put in a dumpster if you’re clearing a house. It may be beneficial to first break down the framework so that you can fit more into the dumpster.

Heavy debris

Heavy debris from construction and landscaping projects can be added to a dumpster. This includes concrete, bricks, blocks, and asphalt. In some states, the rules surrounding this type of waste vary, and you may need to separate heavy debris from other waste you’re disposing of.

Contact Recycle Capital Today!

If you live in the Florida area and are looking to get rid of waste or recycle glass or cardboard, Recycle Capital provides commercial dumpster rentals. Don’t hesitate to contact the team at 305-418-0147 for more information about the size and type of dumpsters available.

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