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Do Not Throw These Items In Dumpsters

It is important to remember some items cannot be put in dumpsters for environmental as well as health and safety reasons – to avoid these items ending up in landfills. These guidelines are regulated by the federal government. Read on to learn about items you should not throw away in dumpsters.

  • No flammable materials
  • No explosive materials
  • Infectious waste, except as provided by N.C. Solid Waste Management Rules. “Infectious waste” means a solid waste capable of producing an infectious disease. The types of waste designated as infectious are microbiological waste, pathological waste, blood products and sharps.
  • Hazardous wastes-“Hazardous waste” means a solid waste or combination of solid wastes that,because of its quantity, concentration or physical, chemical or infectious characteristics, may:
  • Barrels and drums that are not perforated sufficiently to ensure that no liquid or hazardous waste is contained therein
  • Burning or smoldering materials
  • Construction and Demolition debris
  • Flammable and volatile wastes
  • Semi-solids
  • Cause or significantly contribute to an increase in mortality or an increase in serious irreversible or incapacitating, reversible illness; or
  • Pose a substantial present or potential hazard to human health or the environment when improperly treated, stored, transported or disposed of or oherwise managed.
  • Lead-acid batteries – accepted at Multi-Material Recycling Facilities
  • Pesticide containers – accepted at Multi-Material Recycling Facilities
  • Raw sewage sludge, septic tank pumpings, or raw manure
  • Aluminum beverage cans – accepted at Multi-Material Recycling Facilities
  • Used scrap tires – accepted at Multi-Material Recycling Facilities
  • White goods – accepted at Multi-Material Recycling Facilities
  • Any other item or material prohibited by local, state and/or federal regulations
  • Liquids
  • Sludges from industrial processes or sludges containing free moisture

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