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  • Roll-Off Dumpsters: What You Can And Cannot Fill Them With

    July 26, 2021
    Just like there are rules on what you can and can’t put in your regular dumpster, you can’t just throw anything in a roll-off dumpster. Roll-off dumpsters can be a huge time saver at your worksite, but regulations on what can go in the trash and what can’t still apply. The federal government, Nevada law, and Las Vegas city ordinance regulate what can end up in landfills to protect our environment from long-term impact. Throwing hazardous and not accepted waste away in a roll-off dumpster can result in fines, but more importantly, could start dangerous fires or contaminate our groundwater if it’s not disposed of properly. So, what can, and can’t you throw away in a roll-away dumpster? Luckily, you can throw almost any trash in a roll-off dumpster. They’re great for construction and demolition debris, yard waste from large landscaping projects, old furniture or household items during a move, or any number of other projects. Anything that your normal waste management service would take for regular or bulk pickup should be able to go in a roll-off dumpster– and a lot more of it too. What you cannot throw into a dumpster typically falls into one of two categories. . Though there are some notable exceptions like old tires that have been barred from landfills for the sheer volume at which they are thrown out, most of what you can’t throw in a landfill and therefore can’t throw in your roll-off dumpster is either E-Waste or hazardous household waste (HHW).

    Hazardous household waste

    HHW is a wide category that covers anything that may be potentially harmful or reactive in a landfill. These may contain toxic, corrosive, ignitable, or reactive ingredients that won’t be safe to add to a landfill. While some hazardous items like cleaning chemicals, paint, or motor oil are fairly intuitive, you may not be aware of some items that may be hazardous. There are many items that are specifically banned from landfills here in Las Vegas, but some of the items that people commonly miss are:
    • Old Medications
    • Ink or ink cartridges
    • Adhesives, epoxy, or glue
    • Human waste or any septic contents
    • Bandages or wound dressings
    • Grease trap contents

    E-Waste

    Electronic waste includes any electronic equipment or appliance that has either stopped functioning or is at the end of its lifespan. The usual rule of thumb is if it has a plug, it can’t be thrown away. E-waste typically needs to be recycled since in a landfill electronic components can release harmful chemicals like lead and arsenic as they corrode. These items will have to be recycled to ensure that they don’t end up in landfills. It’s important to note that you should use caution when dealing with electronic devices that may be broken or in pieces. The chassis of a desktop computer may not be hazardous e-waste by itself, but every component of the computer that has a circuit board or power supply is. E-Waste can cause serious damage to the environment right where we live, so when in doubt about electronics, take them for recycling.

    Everything else

    While there are some things that a roll-off dumpster can’t haul away, it can handle the vast majority of trash from most job sites, messy projects, or work weekends. Using a roll-off is a huge time saver. It goes where you need it, saving you time hauling a mess around. With a roll-off, you don’t have to be at the mercy of pick-ups and running out of capacity when you need it most. Here at Lunas, we have 6 convenient sizes of dumpsters available from six yards all the way up to 40 yards. We’ll drop off your dumpster when you need it anywhere in Las Vegas, and pick it up when you’re done. Don’t work harder than you have to on those hard jobs– get a dumpster today.