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5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.

Where can I get rid of household hazardous wastes?

Household hazardous wastes, or HHW, includes liquid cleaners, aerosols, automobile tires, paints, car batteries, automobile fluids, e-waste and other potentially toxic materials and debris. These items aren’t allowed in dumpsters or trash cans, so you must dispose of them properly.

Either drop HHWs off at the nearest HHW drop-off facility, or visit your local government website to find out when the next HHW collection event is being held. Most municipalities hold one or two such events per year where you can drop off HHWs for free or for a small fee.

State of Illinois Waste and Recycling Tips

It’s illegal to throw away e-waste in Illinois

Most electronic items, including (but not limited to) computers, TVs, printers and MP3 players, must be recycled or reused and cannot be mixed in with the general waste stream.

Public Act 97-0287, passed in 2012, mandates that e-waste be sent to an EPA registered e-waste collector. See a statewide list of registered e-waste collectors here.

In most cases you can also return electronics for proper recycling at the point of sale. Check this list of registered manufacturers to see which electronics makers accept e-waste for proper recycling.

***First-time offenders to Illinois’ e-waste law face a $25 fine; the fine increases with subsequent offenses.

Proper disposal of other “special wastes”

E-waste isn’t the only type of waste that can’t enter the general waste stream. Other wastes that can’t, or shouldn’t, be tossed in the trashcan or dumpster include:

Recycling rate in Illinois

According to 2010 figures, Illinois’ total waste diversion rate (recycling and composting) is around 37%. That’s about on par with the national average.

However, Illinois residents generate more waste per capita than the other states. So, there’s still a great potential to increase recycling rates in the state, particularly in the Chicago area where the majority of the state’s waste is generated.

The Waste and Recycling in Illinois report of 2010 points out that recyclable materials that make its way into Illinois landfills could be worth about $600 million to the state economy if recovered.

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