Whether you are doing a major spring cleaning or doing a home improvement project, you may need a trash container rental. However, you can’t throw everything into a dumpster, and every area has different rules as to what they allow in their trash containers. You may wonder what you can and cannot throw in a dumpster, so here is a guide to what you can put in your East Palo Alto, CA, trash container rental. Contact 1-877-DUMP-PRO for more information on dumpster rentals.
What you can throw away and how much of it you can put in a dumpster will depend on where you live and the dumpster size. From electronics to furniture to batteries: read below to learn what you can and cannot throw into a San Mateo County dumpster. Contact us so we can find out whether to charge a flat fee or to charge by cubic yards.
Luckily, any type of wood furniture is always acceptable to throw away in a dumpster; however, upholstered furniture is different. States and cities vary in their rules and depending on where you live, you can’t throw away your upholstered couch or even your mattress. This is because some landfills will not accept these items, so dumpster rental companies won’t allow you to throw them in their dumpsters.
That is not always the case, however. Some dumpster services may allow these items, but you will have to pay an additional fee to throw them away.
It’s not always clear what items you can and can’t throw away, and some items are gray areas. Electronics are one of those. In some states, you can throw electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and cell phones, into a dumpster; on the other hand, some states will not allow it. You should research the laws in your city and find a way to recycle them as e-waste rather than putting them in a dumpster. As well, if you are cleaning someplace where you need to throw away a lot of electronics, your dumpster rental in East Palo Alto, CA, may not allow for them.
For example, you may struggle if you have to clean out your office building. Chances are, you must throw out a lot of computers, monitors, and other electronic devices. Even if your dumpster company allows you to throw out electronics, they may not let you throw out that many computers. Before renting a dumpster from 1-877-DUMP-PRO in East Palo Alto, CA, check the laws for where you live and the rules of the dumpster companies in your area.
If you are planning on doing a home renovation, you may need to rent a dumpster. You’ll have to tear away so much wood, brick, and anything else from your house, and if you can’t throw them in a large dumpster, you’ll have to make trip after trip to the dump.
Lucky for you, renovation debris is allowed in most dumpsters. You can throw away everything from siding, drywall, brick, roofing shingles, and more in a dumpster. The only case where you cannot throw these items away is if they contain asbestos. If your home has asbestos in it, you should never do that renovation by yourself. Hire a professional to remove and dispose of the material properly.
Yard Waste removal
Many dumpsters allow yard waste disposal in dumpsters: you can throw out everything from trees, leaves, logs, and other types of wood. Since these items are natural and can decompose on their own, there is no issue throwing them in a dumpster. However, some companies may have a limit on how much you can throw away—you can throw out a pile of logs, but maybe not a whole evergreen tree. So, keep in mind how much you need to dispose of and do your research before choosing a dumpster rental company in San Mateo County.
Now that we have discussed what is generally accepted for disposal in dumpsters, we will discuss what you cannot throw away. One of the highest items on this list is paint. Most paints, lacquers, and paint thinners contain lead and mercury, which is toxic to the environment. The only type of paint you can throw away is latex-based paint; however, you can only throw it away once you dry it. To dry your latex paint, pour it into a box of kitty litter or shredded paper and let it sit. Once it’s dry, you can throw it into a dumpster safely. Once the paint on the inside of the can is dry as well, you can dispose of the cans.
While many states allow you to dispose of Alkaline batteries, it’s always best to recycle them, as they can release toxins into the environment. However, you cannot throw away any other type of battery. Car batteries, lithium batteries, computer batteries, and more contain hazardous waste that can harm the environment if it escapes from the battery. To keep the environment safe, you cannot throw these into a dumpster.
This may not seem as obvious as batteries and paint, but you cannot throw whole tires into a dumpster. Most landfills will not allow whole tires because of their hollow centers. As garbage piles on top of a tire, methane gas from the other trash will become trapped in the center. This trapping of methane gas is why dumpsters in East Palo Alto, CA, will reject tires.
Finally, you cannot throw any type of hazardous materials into a dumpster. This can include asbestos, pesticides, motor oil, and many household cleaners. You may wonder if you can’t throw them into a dumpster, how do you get rid of them? Most areas will have a hazardous waste drop-off center where you can dispose of your hazardous materials properly. This keeps the environment safe from these toxic chemicals.
When you need to rent a dumpster, you need to ensure that you can throw away everything you can do by renting a dumpster of the correct size. We have roll off dumpster rentals in a variety of sizes with sizes ranging from small to extra large. While you can throw away furniture, renovation debris, yard waste, and some electronics, you cannot throw away batteries, tires, or anything with hazardous waste. If you have a project coming up and you know you can throw the items away, you should find a trash container rental in San Mateo County. When you need to rent a dumpster, call 1-877-DUMP-PRO at 877-386-7776 today.
East Palo Alto is a city in San Mateo County, California, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of East Palo Alto was 28,155. It is situated on the San Francisco Peninsula, roughly halfway between the cities of San Francisco and San Jose. To the north and east is the San Francisco Bay, to the west is the city of Menlo Park, and to the south the city of Palo Alto. Despite being called “East” Palo Alto, the city is directly north of Palo Alto. While often incorrectly assumed to be part of the city of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto has always been a separate entity since its founding as an unincorporated community and its incorporation in July 1983. It is also in San Mateo County, while Palo Alto is in Santa Clara County. The two cities are separated only by San Francisquito Creek and, largely, the Bayshore Freeway. The revitalization projects in 2000, and high income high-tech professionals moving into new developments, including employees from Google and Facebook, have begun to eliminate the cultural and economic differences between the two cities. East Palo Alto and Palo Alto share both telephone area codes and postal ZIP codes.
The Ohlone tribe of Native Americans inhabited this area at least by 1500 to 1000 BC. One tumulus was discovered in 1951 during development of the University Village subdivision near today’s Costaño School. After a year-long excavation of 60 graves and 3,000 artifacts, researchers concluded Native Americans had utilized the area as a cemetery and camp, rather than as a permanent settlement. In later years another mound was found near Willow Road and the railroad right-of-way.
From the 1850s through the 1940s, the area which was to become East Palo Alto went through many changes. In 1849, Isaiah Churchill Woods (1825-1880) attempted to make the area around what is now Cooley Landing in the northeast of the current city a major shipping town and named the area Ravenswood. In 1868, after Woods’ investments failed he sold the wharf to Lester Phillip Cooley (1837-1882), who leased the land to the brick factory Hunter and Schakleford. When the brick factory left the landing in 1884, the land around the landing was reverted to a ranch.
With the outbreak of World War I, the north side of East Palo Alto became a military training ground, of which only the Veterans Administration Hospital in Menlo Park still exists (now as part of the VA Sierra Pacific Network). In the 1940s, East Palo Alto was a farming community with many Japanese residents. During the war, the Japanese were forced out, many to relocation centers, and did not return after the war. In the 1950s the farms were built over with cheap housing and many African-American families moved in.Learn more about East Palo Alto.