A Roll Off Container is a great thing! We deliver the dumpster to your location. You throw your trash into it. Then call and have us come to pick up the dumpster. The trash is gone and you feel good knowing that we will sort and recycle, saving you time.
But, not everything can go in your dumpster. There are certain guidelines for what can and cannot go into a rented dumpster. Local and state regulations require you to dispose of certain hazardous materials in other ways, to avoid damaging the environment.

What can I throw into my Roll Off Dumpster?

old pianoAny nonhazardous material is permitted.

  • Wood
  • Paper
  • Furniture
  • Roofing Shingles
  • Yard Waste
  • Construction Debris
  • Appliances (with exceptions)
  • Household Junk
  • Pianos
  • Carpet

What about those appliances?

Feel free to throw them in there, but if it’s a refrigerator, HVAC unit, or any other appliance with freon or hazardous fluids, they must be drained first. This requires you to hire a professional to remove and dispose of the refrigerant or fluids.

The better option is to call a local appliance recycler or someone who deals in used appliances. More often than not, they will be happy to come and haul it away for free.

A Word about Yard Waste

Sometimes clean-loads (all yard waste or other material) are discounted. The contents are recycled rather than sent to the landfill. Call and ask if your dumpster load qualifies.

Do NOT Put These Items in a Roll Off Container!

tires in roll off container

Generally speaking, you cannot put any hazardous materials in your rented dumpster.

  • Wet Paint (you can fill latex cans only with cat litter or let them dry before disposal)
  • Asbestos
  • Tires
  • Motor Oil
  • Pesticides
  • Medical Waste
  • Batteries
  • Appliances with freon or other hazardous fluids
  • TVs (call first)

If you have any question about whether or not your item is acceptable, call your dumpster rental provider.

How can you get rid of hazardous items?

There are several ways to dispose of hazardous materials.

  • Take used motor oil to a local automotive shop.
  • Most auto stores will accept used batteries.
  • Take your tires to the local tire store. (most will recycle for a small fee)

Your dumpster rental company should be able to guide in the best way to dispose of these types of items.

Can I mix construction debris with other trash and junk?

Most dumpster rental companies would rather that you separate construction debris from other trash. This helps them with recycling efforts and also allows them to keep costs down for the consumer.


If you have questions about what can or cannot go in your Roll Off Container, call Strouse Roll-Offs. We deliver dumpsters to businesses and homes throughout the Indianapolis Metro area. Our family-owned business provides small-town service in a big-city environment. We have a large fleet of trucks and containers for any sized project.