3 Dangerous Items You Should Never Toss in Dumpsters

Is your home or office building in need of a serious clean-out? If you have a major cleaning job on your hands and have chosen to work with 5 Star Waste to get everything cleared out, it can be tempting just to throw everything you don’t want into the dumpster and forget about it.

However, there are certain things that require professional disposal, especially in large numbers. Before you finish up with your dumpster rental with 5 Star Waste, double-check that you haven’t tossed out any of these three items.


If left in a standard landfill, batteries can often decompose and pollute groundwater, making them one of the most common things that harm the environment. The good news is that you are able to recycle batteries to create less stress on the planet. Most local recycling facilities accept used batteries, and many office supply stores will even give you a discount for properly disposing of them. Make sure to separate dead batteries of all types from the rest of your garbage.

Ink Cartridges

Same as batteries, ink cartridges pose a unique and serious threat to the environment, especially the water supply, as their contents are poisonous to humans and animals. Printer manufacturers will often supply you with a prepaid envelope to recycle used ink cartridges, and many office supply stores will also take them off your hands and ensure that they are properly disposed of.

Used Motor Oil or Antifreeze

Both used motor oil and antifreeze are dangerous toxins that need to be disposed of by a mechanic. You can pour your used motor oil and antifreeze into empty milk jugs or other plastic containers, and take them to your mechanic of choice for recycling. While most mechanics accept both antifreeze and motor oil, some may only take one or the other, or they may limit the quantity that they will accept. Be sure to call ahead to make sure that your recycling will be accepted before arriving.

If you’re interested in learning more about what you can and can not dispose of in a dumpster or are interested in renting a dumpster, contact our friendly team at 5 Star Waste today for more information.