A waste disposal bin can take a lot of stuff, but there are some things that should be disposed of in a different manner.

There are many companies that deal with waste disposal services that will let you know what you can and can’t include in a dumpster or waste disposal bin. Here are a few of those items:

  1. Hazardous waste and liquids
    A waste disposal bin is no place for materials that are hazardous to humans or to the environment. Neither are they a good disposal option for liquids. Some hazardous waste includes the following:

    • medical waste/syringes
    • refrigerators
    • paint cans
    • solvents and
    • asbestos.

    Your municipality can give you a list of services to safely get rid of any of these and other chemicals or hazardous items.

  2. Some household debris
    Other items considered household debris that should not be thrown into a waste disposal bin are:

    • food waste
    • insulation
    • appliances
    • mattresses
    • computer monitors/hard drives
    • any electrical devices with plugs
    • dirt
    • concrete and
    • bricks.
  3. Yard waste
    There are special brown paper bags that can be purchased at hardware stores or large department stores for yard waste. Bags should not contain things like metal, food scraps, sod, soil or stones. Some things that can go into a yard waste bag include: hedge and tree trimmings, leaves, twigs and branches, plants, garden trimmings and lawn edging.
  4. E-waste
    Electronics don’t belong in a waste disposal bin either. Here is a list of what is considered electronic waste and should be taken to a proper facility to be disposed of:

    • Cameras
    • cell phones, telephones and answering machines
    • batteries
    • microwaves
    • fax machines, printers and copiers
    • televisions and monitors
    • radios and receivers
    • amplifiers and speakers
    • projectors
    • DVD and VCR players
    • Mp3 players
    • E-readers and tablets
    • small appliances
    • pagers
    • computers and computer equipment
    • turntables
    • digital watches
    • scanners
    • tuners.

Companies that deal in waste disposal services can advise you on how to properly dispose of waste and what receptacles you will need. You must make sure that you get rid of waste in a way that not only follows the rules, but is safe for humans, animals and the environment. You must adhere to the guidelines set out by your municipality and province. Thankfully, there are many ways to get rid of things that you can’t put out on the curb for pickup.