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3 Items That Can't Be Put In Roll Off Construction Containers

Roll off construction containers are large containers for waste. They are typically used on construction or demolition sites; however, they are available in sizes that are suitable for use on residential sites as well. Whether you are renovating your home, cleaning up a hoarder's home, or simply cleaning out the garage, roll off containers make it easier to contain the waste for disposal. A roll off construction container is a convenient and cost-effective way to dispose of most day-to-day items that are often tossed in the garbage during a major cleanup or renovation. Although you can typically throw almost anything into a dumpster, there are certain things that cannot be put in a roll off container. Here are three of the most commonly disposed of items that cannot be put in a roll off container.


Batteries have strict disposal protocol and should not be put into roll off construction containers. This applies to any type of battery or anything that is attached to a battery, such as cellphones. Most batteries, especially vehicle batteries usually contain mercury, lead, cadmium and other materials that are extremely harmful for the environment. If you have batteries to dispose of, most places that sell batteries will often take back used batteries and disposed of them properly.

Toxic Chemicals

Chemicals that are found in items such as paints and solvents, pesticides and some cleaners are harmful to the environment and are not generally permitted to be put in roll off construction containers. If you are unsure whether or not a product contains toxic chemicals, it's best to put it aside for disposal later instead of throwing it in the container. One of the most common mistakes many people make is putting Freon containing appliances in roll off containers. Freon is a liquid that is used in appliances like refrigerators, air conditioners and water heaters. Freon is a toxic chemical, so you should find another way to dispose of these appliances. One possibility is to contact an appliance store that resells these items or contact your local utility company for suggestions.

Automotive Fluids

Engine coolant, oil and transmission fluid are hazardous to the environment, so they must be disposed of properly. If you have these types of items, consider taking them to an auto repair shop to dispose of the liquid. Because most landfills do not accept tires, they are also generally not acceptable to put in roll off construction containers. However, old tires can be recycled by taking them to recycling centers; a scrap yard or some auto parts stores accept them.

If you have any items that you aren't sure whether or not they can be safely put into roll off construction containers the best thing to do, is set them aside and contact the company where you rented the container to ensure the items are safe to dispose of in the container.  Some rental companies charge fees for improper items that are put in the container, so it's best to ask first and avoid the risk of unexpected fees.