Dangerous Items You Should Never Throw in the Dumpster

Is your home or office building in need of a serious clean-out? If you've got a big cleaning job on your hand and have chosen to work with a dumpster service in Philadelphia. PA to get everything out, it can be tempting just to throw everything that you don't want into the dumpster and forget about it.

However, there are certain things that require professional disposal, especially in large numbers. Before you finish up with your dumpster rental in Philadelphia. PA, double-check that you haven't thrown in any of these three things.

  • If left in a standard landfill, batteries can often decompose and pollute groundwater, making them one of the most common things that can harm the environment. The good news is that you can recycle batteries to create less stress on the planet. Most local recycling facilities accept used batteries, and many office supply stores will even give you a discount for properly disposing of them. Make sure to separate dead batteries of all types from the rest of your trash.
  • Ink cartridges. Like batteries, ink cartridges pose a unique threat to the environment, especially the water supply, as their contents are poisonous to humans and animals. Printer manufacturers will often supply you with a pre-paid envelope to recycle used ink cartridges, and many office supply stores will also take them off your hands and ensure that they are properly disposed of.
  • Used motor oil or antifreeze. Both used motor oil and antifreeze are toxins that need to be disposed of by a mechanic. You can pour your used motor oil and antifreeze into empty milk jugs or other plastic containers, and take them to your mechanic of choice for recycling. While most mechanics accept both antifreeze and motor oil, some may only take one or the other, or they may limit the quantity that they will accept. Be sure to call ahead to make sure that your recycling will be accepted before arriving.

If you are interested in learning more about what you can’t dispose of in a dumpster or are interested in renting a dumpster, contact our friendly team at WRS Dumpster Rental today for more information.