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Some items just don?t belong in a dumpster.


Whether you?re renting a dumpster for short-term storage or a large ?construction project, each trash service company in Springfield, MO and the surrounding areas have different rules when it comes to items that cannot be put into rental dumpsters.

Automated Waste Services gladly provides dumpster rentals to residential and commercial clients in Greene and Christian counties, but there are certain prohibited items that should never be tossed into a storage container from Automated Waste Services. If these items are discovered, you could very well incur additional fees so make sure to review this list before proceeding with services.

prohibited dumpster itemsLiquids

Containers of liquid soaps, full bottles of beverages, or any other household liquid should not be disposed of in a dumpster. Not only will you be charged an additional fee, but large quantities of liquid can also quickly add to your dumpster?s total weight. If the waste management company you are renting from has a weight limit, you won?t want to exceed it.


Some batteries will begin to leak hazardous materials if they?re exposed to high heat and should not be tossed out with all your other trash. So does that mean you?re stuck with all those old batteries for life? Not at all. Many local businesses in the Springfield area will recycle batteries for you. All you have to do is transport them. Call the Springfield Recycling Hotline at 417-864-1904 for a list of participating businesses.

Hazardous or toxic waste

When we think of hazardous or toxic waste we may think of metal bins seeping with green, bubbly liquid, but in reality, many household items have serious consequences when they?re disposed of improperly. Examples of hazardous household products include weed killer, aerosol cans, fluorescent bulbs, pool chemicals, rat and mouse poison, and household cleaning products. All of these products can be taken to the Springfield Household Chemical Collection Center.

Major appliances

Not only is it extremely difficult to ?toss? a refrigerator into a dumpster, but it?s just a really bad idea. To practice responsible waste management, donate your old major appliances and ?white goods? to organizations like Red Cross, the Salvation Army, or Habitat for Humanity. This is if they are in working condition, of course. If your old appliances don?t work anymore, call the Springfield Recycling Hotline listed above for information on companies that will accept these products. Sometimes construction companies will accept old appliances and reuse the metal for building materials.


Although you can?t put them in a dumpster, getting rid of old tires doesn?t have to be a hassle. There are several local businesses in Springfield that will accept old tires including:

Yard waste or brush

Brush, grass trimmings, leaves, and large branches are all things that should not be put in a dumpster, but that doesn?t mean you can?t get rid of them when needed. The Springfield Yardwaste Recycling Center accepts the large quantities of residential brush that most trash services companies in the area will not. Check out our blog on waste management for leaf disposal for more information on the Springfield Yardwaste Recycling Center.


If you take care of your own oil changes at home, you?ll need to make sure you?re disposing of your used oil correctly. The Household Chemical Collection Center in Springfield accepts all kinds of automotive products like used oil and oil filters, antifreeze, gasoline, transmission fluid and more.

Paint products

Cans of paint, paint thinner, stains and the like are not accepted by landfills in Missouri. Instead, you?ll need to take these to the Household Chemical Collection Center, as mentioned previously. You?ll find it at 1226 W. Nichols St. in Springfield.

Have any other questions about dumpster rentals with Automated Waste Services? Give us a call today!