what can you recycle? materials that are often missed

what can you recycle? materials that are often missed

Doing A Top To Bottom Home Renovation? Find Out What's Allowed In The Dumpster!

by Jessica Scott

So, you're finally renovating your home like you always wanted. Renovations can result in the disposal of huge quantities of waste--so much waste that you're going to need a dumpster to help you get rid of all that trash. Before you rent a roll off dumpster from your local provider, there are a few items you should be aware of that you can't put in your dumpster. Dumpsters are for throwing away most things, but not all things. Familiarize yourself with this list before that dumpster gets delivered, so you can make arrangements for the non-disposable items.

Household Paint and Solvents

You might be doing a lot of painting during your home renovation, and maybe you'll be doing some paint stripping with solvent. Unfortunately, paints and solvents are both considered hazardous waste that can poison the ground and contaminate the groundwater. The only proper way to dispose of these chemicals is to take them to a household hazardous waste recycling center. To find out where the nearest recycling center is, contact your local sanitation department. 

Too Much Concrete

Most companies will allow you to dispose of concrete in your roll off dumpster. However, most companies also put a cap on the weight you're allowed to put in your dumpster, because too much weight is just unsafe. If you're trying to dispose of a lot of concrete or some other heavy weight demolition debris, contact the company in your area that deals with construction debris. There are ways to recycle construction waste that can keep that concrete out of your dumpster and also out of your landfills. 


If you're remodeling your living room, you might be throwing out a television or two. Televisions are known to contain a variety of harmful chemicals that can do damage to the environment. Contact your local sanitation department to find out how to dispose of anything electronic that you might want to throw away. 


Batteries contain a lot of harmful chemicals, including mercury and lead. When these chemicals seep out of the battery (and eventually they will), they can contribute to ground contamination. If your home renovation calls for you to clean out the garage or attic and throw away portable electronics, you'll have to take away the batteries first. Luckily, there are a variety of locations around the country set up to accept batteries for recycling.

For more information about what isn't allowed in roll off dumpsters, contact a dumpster company like East Central Sanitation & Recycling. Doing this in advance of the dumpster's arrival will give you the chance to make other arrangements. 


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what can you recycle? materials that are often missed

We only have one earth to leave for our grandchildren, so we need to do everything in our power to ensure that it is a healthy environment for them to raise their children in. Do you recycle? If so, do you recycle everything that you could be recycling? Many Americans think that they are doing everything that they can to keep trash out of landfills, but many of them are missing several materials that could be eliminated from the landfill. Visit my site to learn more about those missed or forgotten materials so that you can improve the recycling efforts in your home.