Vine Disposal

What You Can and Can’t Throw Away: Dumpster Dos and Don’ts

Renting a dumpster is one of the most crucial considerations when planning for any residential or commercial renovation project. While dumpsters may seem like a great catch-all for your renovation debris, this isn’t entirely the case. There are a few regulations regarding what you can and can’t throw away in a dumpster. Before diving headfirst into your next renovation project, check out this helpful list for all the dos and don’ts of dumpster disposal.

Acceptable items for dumpster disposal

Building materials

When it comes to home renovations, you’ll likely be using large amounts of building materials. Luckily, many dumpster companies permit the disposal of (most) building materials, including brick, asphalt, and concrete. However, you should be cognizant of the weight of these materials, as all rental dumpsters have a maximum weight limit. For instance, a 30 cubic card dumpster can support a higher weight than a smaller dumpster. The weight and size of your building materials can severely influence the size of your rental dumpster. For more information and tips for choosing the right dumpster size, check out our helpful guide.

Home improvement debris

As you bring in new building materials, you’ll likely also be disposing of other renovation debris. These materials may include drywall, plaster, subfloor materials, or old tiles. Companies generally accept all these items for disposal in a rental dumpster. Heavier debris, such as countertops or lumber, are also acceptable.

Aerosol cans

This is perhaps the most common misconception regarding what you can and can’t throw away in a dumpster. While it is true that full or partially full aerosol cans are not disposable in a dumpster, empty aerosol cans are admissible. Aerosol cans, such as bug repellant, spray paint, and spray lubricants, do have the potential to combust when full or partially full. However, when empty, these cans pose no danger and are safe for dumpster disposal.

Household junk

If you have a lot of junk taking up space in your house, the best way to dispose of it is in a dumpster. Rental companies will accept smaller items, such as knick-knacks, clothing, and toys, along with larger items, including pots and pans, and even furniture. You can also dispose of garbage and kitchen waste in your rental dumpster.

Smaller appliances

While the disposal of smaller appliances may not be acceptable in every city, in most locations it is perfectly fine to do so. These smaller appliances may include (but are not limited to) microwaves, stoves, dishwashers, and washing machines. Before disposing of these items in a dumpster, however, be sure to check with your local government.


As with other appliances, electronic disposal will depend on the regulations for each city. Areas that require e-waste recycling may not accept disposing of electronics in a dumpster. Further, they may require an additional fee to cover the costs of recycling these items. However, most locations do allow the disposal of electronics in a dumpster, including TVs, computers, and printers.

Items not permitted in dumpsters

Paints and adhesives

While some liquids are acceptable for disposal via dumpster, paints and adhesives are not. Paints, including paint thinners, lacquers, and wood stains, can contain small amounts of lead or mercury which can be hazardous. This is particularly true of paints produced before the 1990s. You should also not dispose of adhesives via dumpster, as they can bind other materials to the inside of the dumpster. This makes the disposal process much more difficult for waste management workers and can potentially damage the rental dumpster.


Unlike some smaller appliances, do not throw refrigerators away in a dumpster. Not only are these items exceptionally large, but they contain a toxic material that can be hazardous to humans and the environment. The refrigerant used in most refrigeration units is quite toxic and has the potential to leak out during disposal. Rather than getting rid of your refrigerator in a dumpster, contact an appliance retailer or a trained professional to aid in the disposal process.


Tires may seem harmless, but they’re quite dangerous to landfills. Tires can cause damage to the landfill structure and the equipment used by waste management workers. Additionally, the methane gas produced by the landfill can build up within the inner walls of the tire, causing it to seemingly “float” to the top of the landfill. This will disrupt the rest of the structure in the process. For these reasons, you should never dispose of tires in a dumpster. Luckily, many auto repair shops and auto part stores will accept old tires and may even recycle them into asphalt or playground mulch.

Potentially hazardous materials

The spectrum of hazardous material is wide and can include many different materials. In general, however, these materials can be defined as “any item… which has the potential to cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment, either by itself or through interaction with other factors.” This can include contaminated soils, absorbents, and medical waste. Medical waste, including used syringes and bandages, should never go in a dumpster—these materials by can be extremely dangerous and potentially cause infection if waste management workers were to come in contact with them.

Car batteries

While you can safely dispose of smaller batteries within a dumpster, this is not the case with car or lithium batteries. These large batteries can leak hazardous chemicals into a landfill and cause significant harm to the environment. Similar to tires, you can recycle most car batteries at auto shops or auto part stores. Similarly, try bringing lithium batteries to any nearby electronic stores.

Water and fuel tanks

In general, dumpster rental companies will not accept most tanks, including hot water and propane, fuel, or oil, tanks. The harmful gases emitted by landfills have the potential to collect within the empty hot water tanks. At the same time, small amounts of flammable materials, which may remain inside propane, fuel, and oil tanks, can pose a dangerous threat. If not properly disposed of, they could combust.

Of course, this is not a comprehensive list of all permittable items for dumpster disposal. For further information regarding what items and materials are acceptable for dumpster disposal, contact your city’s local government officials and waste management department. They can provide you with further information regarding the disposal of hazardous materials or particularly large items, such as refrigerators or tires.

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Dumpster Specifications

What size dumpsters does Vine Disposal carry?

Will my dumpster have a door that swings open?

Yes, all our dumpsters have a hinged back door that will swing open.

What are the dumpster dimensions?

Please see our dumpster size guide.

What are does Vine Disposal service?

Metro Atlanta Area. Service Area On The Map.


What’s the prices to rent a dumpster from Vine Disposal?

The 10 yards are priced at $305.00
The 15 yards are priced at $305.00
The 20 yards are priced at $350.00
The 30 yards are priced at $398.00
The 40 yards are priced at $500.00 .

Does Vine Disposal dumpsters have a weight limit?

DOT regulations limit the weight of any roll off dumpster to approximately 10 tons (20,000lbs).
10 yard price covers 4000 lbs.
15 yard price covers 6000 lbs.
20 yard price covers 8000 lbs.
30 yard price covers 10000 lbs.
40 yard price covers 12000 lbs.

If the dumpster is more than the covered weight limit is there a fee?

Yes, there is a $35.00 fee for every 1000 lbs that exceeds the covered amount.

Are mattresses allowed in Vine Disposal dumpsters?

Yes, Vine Disposal charges $20 per mattress.

Ordering / Scheduling Dumpster Rental

What are my payment options?

We accept all major credit / debit cards (Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover). Credit card payment can be made online or over the phone.

Is same day delivery available?

Same day delivery are based upon location and availability. Please call 678-315-2193.

How far in advance do I need to order a dumpster rental?

We recommend ordering at least 24 hours in advance to ensure we have a dumpster available. Please note there is no guaranteed delivery time, so if a roll off dumpster is needed first thing in the morning, delivery should be scheduled for the day prior.

Once You’ve Ordered Your Dumpster Rental

What type of materials can I put in a Vine Disposal dumpster?

Anything that is not hazardous to the environment.

What if my dumpster is full and I need another dumpster?

Please call us at 678-315-2193 or online if you need your dumpster emptied and returned to you (SWAP). There will be repeat charge equal to the amount paid for your previous dumpster.

How long may I keep the roll off dumpster?

Our standard included rental period is 10 days. Extended rental fees will apply when keeping your dumpster longer than the included rental period ($16/day).

Do I need to schedule removal of my dumpster?

Yes, you need to let us know when to remove the dumpster. We do not automatically remove the dumpster at the end of the included rental period. You can schedule removal online or via telephone 678-315-2193.

What if I need to keep my roll off dumpster longer or have it removed sooner?

If you want to modify the date your roll off dumpster rental is picked up, please call 678-315-2193 or contact with us online.

Materials – Weight, Extra Costs and Prohibited Items

How is the weight of my debris determined?

The truck drives onto a scale at the disposal facility where an initial weight is recorded (gross weight). The truck then empties the contents of the dumpster. Next, the truck drives onto a second scale that records the weight of the truck and the empty dumpster (tare weight). The difference between the first and second weights (gross – tare) is the weight of the debris in the dumpster. The scales are regulated by state bureaus of weights and measures.

What materials may incur extra costs?

$20/pc - mattresses.
$15.00/pc - non-commercial tires, no more than 10 per dumpster.
$150.00/pc - commercial tires, no more than 2 per dumpster.

What materials are prohibited?

Hazardous waste, dirt, industrial waste, chemical products, oil filters, herbicides, pesticides, radioactive material, solvents, paint (except completely dried latex paint cans, no liquids), other flammable liquids, aerosol cans, propane tanks, motor oil, transmission oil, lubricating/hydraulic oil, oil filters, contaminated oils (mixed with solvents, gasoline, etc.), antifreeze, appliances, petroleum contaminated soil/lead paint chips, tires, batteries, computers, monitors, televisions, microwaves, fluorescent tubes, railroad ties, medical waste, asbestos, animals, barrels, all liquids.
Nothing can be sticking out of the top of the roll off dumpster.

Property Considerations

Will the dumpster cause driveway damage?

Although driveway damage is unlikely, please be aware of the possibility of damage caused by the weight of the dumpster and the contents placed in the dumpster.
Prevent Scratching & Cracks
We recommend that you place 4′ x 8′ sheets or 2″ x 4″ plywood on your driveway where the dumpster will be placed. The wood will prevent the dumpster from scratching or cracking the driveway. Please take the proper precautions to protect your driveway!

Do I need a permit to place a dumpster on my property?

Dumpster permits are typically only required when placing a dumpster on public property such as a street, easement, or sidewalk.
Please contact your local township office or public works department to determine exact permit requirements for your specific situation. Permit requirements can vary within the same town based on placement specifics!

How large of a space do I need for delivery of the roll off dumpster?

It is recommended to allow 4’ of clearance on all sides of the dumpster to assure adequate clearance. Please refer to our Dumpster Selection Guide for dumpster dimensions.

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