What Can’t You Put In Your Rented Dumpster Bin?

If you are undertaking a new remodelling project or removing clutter from your home, or office, you likely are looking into renting a dumpster to store all of the junk and scrap material during the project. While it’s fine to throw most items into your dumpster, there are certain items that cannot go into your rented bin. Below are a list of some of the things that you can’t put in your rented dumpster bin.

Paints and solvents. Most people have some left over paint, or some type of finish or solvent sitting around their garage or storage shed that they would like to get rid of. Throwing paint and solvents into the dumpster is not advised as they contain harmful chemicals which, if not properly disposed of, can leech out into waterways.

Automotive fluids. Oil, engine coolants, transmission fluids and basically any liquids that you use to run your vehicle should not be thrown into a dumpster. They present similar hazards to the environment as paints and solvents and should be disposed of properly.

Powerful cleaning agents. Cleaning agents, especially ones that are not made from natural ingredients, such as the kind you would use on home appliances, or in drains are caustic, noxious and extremely harmful to the environment. There are usually special recycling and disposal facilities in most towns and cities specifically for these products.

Electronics. Electronic waste, or e-waste, should be properly recycled or disposed of at an e-waste facility. Many places have banned electronic waste in landfills and if your dumpster rental company sees that you have included e-waste in the dumpster, they will like add a substantial fee on top of everything else because it will have to then be removed.

Batteries. Batteries often contain mercury, and even though newer batteries don’t rely on it as much, it is still well advised to dispose of batteries properly, which means finding a facility that accepts used batteries and knows how to properly get rid of them.

You can put almost anything in your dumpster rental, but avoid including anything that seems like it would be hazardous to the environment and other people’s health. Harsh, unnatural chemicals, electronics and batteries are the main items on that list, but if you are unsure, you can always check with your dumpster rental company before proceeding.

5 Safety Tips When Working With Your Dumpster Rental

It may seem straightforward enough when you rent a dumpster how to go about disposing of your junk. Collect, toss and repeat. There are, however, some things you should know, specifically precautions to take and hazards to avoid when using your dumpster rental that every single dumpster rental company incorporates into their safety protocols for their employees to ensure that nobody is hurt on the job. Below are 5 safety tips when working with your dumpster rental unit.

Safety apparel. It is always advisable to wear safety gear when disposing of anything in a dumpster rental. Even if what you are throwing away seems like there are few moving parts, or has little chance of ricocheting back into your face, gloves, goggles and proper footwear are a must.

Tough clothing. You want to make sure that the clothing you are wearing is breathable, so that you don’t overheat, and also durable, so that any loose nails, screws, wood or metal splinters don’t cut, or puncture your skin.

Understand what you can and can’t place in the dumpster. Things like hazardous household cleaning agents cannot be disposed of in a dumpster rental. This is for the benefit of the environment, and you. Many of these cleaning products are highly toxic, as well as caustic, and can do serious damage to your skin, eyes and lungs if inhaled, or touched.

Fill the dumpster evenly. Make sure that the debris in the dumpster is spread evenly so that when it is loaded and dropped off, the company that has come to pick it up does not run the risk of spillage, or tipping which can cost them, and you money, and potentially hurt somebody.

Never attempt to move the dumpster. A full dumpster, depending on what you are putting in it, can weigh multiple tons and, without the proper vehicle and knowledge, can end up causing property damage and bodily harm if you attempt to move it on your own.

A dumpster rental is meant to make your life easier and your renovation, cleanup and decluttering jobs, hassle free. It is important, though, to make sure that you are keeping your safety, and that of the rental company, a top priority. Follow the above 5 safety protocols when filling up your dumpster and ensure that nobody, especially you, gets hurt in the process.

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We’re proud to announce that for the fourth year in a row, Junk It! has been named the winner of HomeStars’ Best Of Award!


Junk It has been providing affordable junk removal services to homes and businesses, including construction sites, retail stores, and offices since 2002. Our hassle-free service has resulted in a steady rise to the top of the garbage removal services in Toronto and four other major cities across Canada, which has contributed towards us winning this prestigious award yet again.

What is HomeStars Best of Award?

Winners of the Best of Award are the top performers on HomeStars, and range from independent companies to larger retailers. Winners are chosen using different criteria, including homeowner reviews and their responsiveness to homeowners.
The Founder and CEO of HomeStars, Nancy Peterson, stated that winning these awards is a true testament to a contractor’s quality of work, and could just as well be considered as the People’s Choice Awards because the outcomes are based on the reviews shared by homeowners.

Six Time Winners!

In this regard, it is a great honour and accomplishment to be recognised with a HomeStars Best of Award for the 6th year now. Junk It! first won this award in 2009, and again in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, and now 2016, making us the top rated junk removal company in the Greater Toronto Area.

Why Our Customers Love Us

Junk It! offers a range of services, including the full service garbage removal option whereby we arrive at the site, load your junk, clean up, and get rid of all your trash safely without requiring you to do a single thing; and the self service (DIY) option, whereby we deliver the appropriate size of bin or dumpster that you rent from us, and leave you to sort out your junk at your own pace. When you’re ready, we’ll come and pick up your dumpster and get rid of your junk; you don’t even need to be home for the pick-up.

Our exceptional junk removal and bin rentals services have wowed tens of thousands of customers in only 12 years; and if you book online at www.junkit.ca, you save $25 towards the price of your junk removal. Additionally, to aid in the efforts to conserve our environment, we make sure to donate and recycle as much as possible, which sometimes accounts to 60 percent of what we pick up!

We’d like to thank our amazing team of professionals for their superb professionalism and unmatched customer service for helping us yet again be dubbed the best!

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