Why You Shouldn’t Throw Hazardous Waste In The Dumpster?

Disposing of hazardous materials in the garbage may seem like an easy thing to do. It might save you a few dollars but it will be costly to your health and to the environment. It is important that you follow safety precautions when it comes to disposing of hazardous materials. This Blog will help you understand how to dispose of hazardous materials in the right way.

There are many reasons why people shouldn’t throw hazardous waste in the dumpster. For example, hazardous waste can be very flammable and can ignite when exposed to an open flame. This can cause fires that can burn your home and even your entire neighborhood. Hazardous waste can also be a health hazard to you, your family and even your neighbors. Additionally, if you throw hazardous waste in the dumpster, you will be charged extra fees to have the hazardous waste removed.

What Are The Approved Ways For Disposal?

Hazardous Waste Disposal: What you can and cannot throw away in a dumpster: Hazardous waste is a serious issue that needs to be handled safely and carefully. Do not throw hazardous items in a dumpster or anywhere else that is not a waste management facility, or you will be charged with illegal disposal. Hazardous waste includes: Pesticides, radioactive materials and waste, flammables, corrosives, explosives, compressed gases, acids, lithium batteries, aerosols, asbestos, medical waste, laboratory waste and more. If you have hazardous waste, you have to recycle it, bring it to a hazardous waste disposal facility, or call a disposal center to pick it up. For example, if you have old batteries, bring them to a hazardous waste disposal facility.

What To Do If You Think Your Waste Is Hazardous?

If you have waste products that you think might be hazardous, you should consider taking them to a special facility that has the proper equipment and personnel to dispose of them safely. Waste Management has a facility that can help you. Please visit our locations page to find the right facility for you.

How To Handle Hazardous Materials?

If you are wondering how to handle hazardous materials, there are some very important steps you need to follow. It is important to note that these steps are for those who are disposing of these items, not for those who are preparing to dispose of trash. You should never throw hazardous materials into a dumpster. If hazardous materials are placed in a dumpster, a Waste Management employee will be required to go through and remove them. This is not only time consuming, but also can be dangerous to the employee as well as the surrounding environment.


It’s a matter of pride for Waste Management to support and adhere to safety precautions for hazardous waste. We place a high value on environmental safety. Dumpsters should not be used to dispose of hazardous materials such as batteries, asbestos, hazardous chemicals, flammable liquids, and more. If you put these items in a dumpster, you will be asked to remove them from the dumpster.