Not sure what furniture you can throw in a dumpster? Read this helpful guide before you decide to throw your old furniture in the dumpster up the street.
Throwing Furniture in a Dumpster is Often Illegal
Just because you can physically throw your furniture in a dumpster, it doesn’t always mean you’re allowed to.
No matter where you live, it is usually illegal to throw furniture or other items in someone else’s dumpster located on private property without permission.
Private property is simply that which isn’t owned by a state entity or a group of non-governmental entities. Dumpsters located at office buildings, apartment complexes and within shopping centers are technically considered to be on private property, and using them to throw away old furniture items is illegal.
If you get caught using a dumpster illegally, you’re in for a hefty fine. Although they vary on a state-by-state basis, fines for illegal dumping are generally upwards of $500.
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Can You Leave Furniture by a Dumpster?
Although you may not be physically placing an old piece of furniture in a dumpster, it’s likely that the dumpster you’re scoping out is located on private property. Even if you aren’t throwing the furniture away in the dumpster, leaving it next to the dumpster will get you in trouble for trespassing and littering.
What Not to Throw in a Dumpster
Even when you are allowed to throw something in a dumpster, that still doesn’t mean you need to or that you should.
Did you know…? Many of your furniture items are made of hazardous or toxic materials that have to be disposed of properly.
When you throw something away in a dumpster, it eventually ends up in a landfill. There are better ways to get rid of unwanted furniture than by filling up landfills and further polluting the environment.
In fact, there are a lot of eco-friendly, cheap, quick, and easy ways to get rid of that old, unwanted furniture. So, let’s talk about whether or not you can throw your old furniture in a dumpster and how you can find an even easier option for furniture disposal.
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Furniture and Other Items You Can’t Throw in a Dumpster
There are several types of junk and waste items that you can’t dispose of by throwing in a dumpster, due to safety concerns and local waste ordinances.
Even though every city and municipality’s disposal regulations are each a little different, there are certain things that are almost universally not allowed to be disposed of in a dumpster. These prohibited items are generally considered hazardous or have a potential to damage the dumpster.
Here are some of the things that you usually can’t throw away in a dumpster:
- printer cartridges
- large appliances
- propane tanks
- air conditioners
- paint & paint cans
- car batteries
- household cleaners
- light bulbs
- pesticides & herbicides
If there’s ever something you’re just not sure about in terms of whether you can toss it in a dumpster, contact your local public works department or office of solid waste for a list of items you can’t throw away in a dumpster.
Although these items can’t be thrown away in a dumpster, they often can be disposed of by dropping them off at your local recycling center, transfer station, or landfill.
Some neighborhoods even sponsor annual cleanup events which allow you to drop your junk off at a central location, for a fee, to be disposed of properly.
If you don’t have the time or energy to haul your unwanted sectional or sleeper sofa to the dump, you’ll want to consider booking a pickup with LoadUp.
They’ll pick up your old furniture and dispose of it for you through donation, recycling, or another eco-friendly method.
Unfortunately, furniture is one of the items on the list of things you can’t throw in a dumpster. That’s because furniture has to be disposed of in a particular way.
Or, you could have your old furniture picked up and disposed of properly by a junk removal company, which is actually the fastest and easiest way to get rid of furniture you don’t need or want anymore.
A junk removal company uses junk haulers that are trained in properly disposing of bulky junk items like furniture, mattresses, appliances, and electronics.
A junk removal company also has access to specialized equipment and waste resources that other people in the community do not, which makes it easier and more efficient for them to dispose of your furniture and other junk items for you.
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What Can I Throw in a Dumpster?
Small junk items like home decor, clothes, and linens are generally okay to throw in a dumpster. Things like tiles, wallpaper, asphalt, roofing, wood scraps, and other demolition and construction waste are also usually allowed.
Here is a list of things that can generally be thrown away in most dumpsters:
- storm debris
- heavy debris
- yard waste
- aerosol cans
- small appliances
Some areas have local waste ordinances that can prevent junk removal companies or dumpster rental services from disposing of certain items that they usually take.
To learn the official disposal regulations in your neighborhood, you’ll need to contact your local Public Works Department or Office of Solid Waste.
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Furniture Removal & Disposal
Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to get rid of old furniture, no matter where you live. Many regular garbage removal services will haul away certain bulky waste items when you request and schedule a special pickup, but they won’t pick up furniture that’s been left on the curb.
You may be thinking about doing some good and helping others by donating your unwanted furniture to a local charity. Organizations such as the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and similar charities usually accept donations of gently used household items.
However, you can’t donate a used mattress to charity. Charities can’t legally accept a used mattress donation, even if it’s in the original packaging. You also want to make sure when donating any other used furniture items that they are still in excellent, working condition.
The truth is, you’ll probably have to haul your unwanted furniture to the landfill or recycling center yourself if you want to have it disposed of responsibly.
This means having to rent a truck, pay high disposal fees, and get someone to help you haul everything. Especially if you aren’t really physically able to carry a sofa or mattress around, disposing of old furniture on your own probably isn’t your best option.
You can completely avoid the hassle and frustration of furniture disposal by calling a professional furniture removal service like LoadUp to haul away and responsibly dispose of your old furniture for you.
When you book a pickup with LoadUp for them to haul away and dispose of your old furniture, you save yourself tons of time and energy.
LoadUp provides excellent furniture and junk removal service at an honest, affordable price while using eco-friendly disposal methods, all across the United States.
LoadUp disposes of the junk they pick up by donating items to local charities or taking them to the local transfer station to be recycled, so they have less overhead disposal fees and are able to charge customers an average of 20-30% less than what most other junk haulers and junk removal franchises cost.
Because they give you a low, upfront and honest final price before you even book your pickup, you don’t have to worry about experiencing sticker shock when the Loaders arrive to haul away your old furniture. This is rarely the case with most other junk removal companies.
Whenever you need to get rid of old furniture, appliances, electronics, exercise equipment, or just about any other junk you can think of, call LoadUp to make sure your furniture disposal experience is the best thing about decluttering or moving.
Still have some questions about whether or not you can toss that thing in the dumpster? Take a look at our guides to getting rid of your bulky junk.
You can also call our customer service team at 844-239-7711 or chat with us through our website to let us know you want to book a pickup and take the heavy lifting and guesswork out of furniture disposal.
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