The 4 Categories Of Trash Designated By Dumpster Rental Companies

Whether you are cleaning up a home that has been long neglected, planning a home remodeling project, or redoing your landscaping, you'll be glad to know that dumpster rentals are available that will make the make the project significantly easier. However, the type of dumpster that you will need to rent will not only depend on the amount of stuff that you want to throw away but also on the kind of materials you'll be getting rid of -- and this is why dumpster rental they'll ask you what type of project you're planning when you inquire about renting a dumpster.  Along with providing dumpsters of varying shapes and sizes, most companies provide different types of dumpsters for different types of trash. Following are the four major types.

Household/General Trash

This term encompasses a large variety of items such as food waste, broken toys and furniture, and household goods that are no longer in good repair. It could also include torn clothing that isn't wearable anymore. These dumpsters are perfect for those who are giving them homes a good, thorough cleaning or who are cleaning up rental property after tenants have moved out. However, you should refrain from placing hazardous household waste in the dumpster, including:

  • Paint thinners
  • Swimming pool chemicals
  • Herbicides and insecticides
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Used motor oil or any other automotive chemicals such as antifreeze and brake fluid

Asking your dumpster rental company for a comprehensive list of hazardous household waste materials will prevent you from placing something in the dumpster that company policy may not allow. They will also be able to direct you to an area in your community here you will be able to drop these materials off so that they can be disposed of with no threat to humans or to the environment.

Construction Waste

If you are planning a home remodeling project, you will want to rent a dumpster that is designated for construction waste. Construction waste includes scraps of wood, shingles, loose bricks, broken pipes, rocks, concrete and other waste materials that result from home improvement projects. Just like with dumpsters that are desginated for household waste, you will have to make certain that you do not include any hazardous materials among the items that you throw away.

Green Waste

Green waste dumpsters are primary used by those who are giving their yard and garden areas a makeover. They are also very handy for leaf removal purposes for people who live on large lots that contain a substantial amount of deciduous trees, and some homeowners rent them for yard cleanup after major storms have knocked down branches. People who grow large gardens also find them useful when the time comes to perform annual autumn cleanup tasks after the growing season has ended. The typical materials that homeowners put in dumpsters designated for yard waste include:

  • Grass clippings
  • Small branches
  • Fallen leaves
  • Bark dust and other mulch materials that you plan on replacing

Basically, you can put any vegetative material into a yard waste dumpster.


This type of dumpster is often rented in tandem with another dumpster in order to provide a place for recyclable materials. These materials typically include empty glass bottles and jars, old magazines and newspapers, tin cans, and some construction materials such as asphalt shingles. Several different types of materials can be placed in a dumpster designated for recyclables as long as they are kept reasonably separated. Recycling guidelines vary by state and county, so be sure to ask your dumpster rental company for a list of recyclable items specific to your area.

If you're wondering why it isn't possible to simply rent a dumpster and toss all unwanted items into it, that's because the materials in the dumpster determine where it needs to be emptied -- and keeping these material categories separate will help ensure the lowest possible consumer costs!