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Different Types of Waste and Why it Matters

October 11, 2019 0 Comments Cleaning Out Your Garage, Dumpster Rental, Types of Waste 16
Different Types of Waste and Why it Matters

What you put in your dumpster matters and can effect how much your dumpster costs. The reason for this is because different items costs different amounts to get rid of based off of DHEC regulations. Below we will go through the most common types.

  • C&D (Construction and demolition): These are materials that are allowed to go to a Class II landfill. This includes most non-asbestos construction materials. A DHEC approved list can be found at this link: Acceptable Waste for Class II (C&D) Landfills. This is a list of unacceptable items at a Class II landfill, which would have to go to a Class III (MSW) Landfill and incur additional fees Unacceptable Waste for Class II Landfills.
  • MSW: (Municipal solid waste) These are materials which are required to go to a Class III landfill. Class III landfills have special requirements to ensure the safe handling of potentially hazardous materials such as a lined bottom to ensure materials do not seep into the ground water. Generally, anything that a Class II (C&D) landfill will not accept goes here. This includes food waste, lumber treated with creosote, utility poles, liquid waste, TVs, computer monitors, most appliances, and other items. If you are unsure, please see the above links or give us a call.
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  • Concrete: Concrete for purposes of our dumpster’s use is defined as a strictly concrete load free from other debris (rebar is acceptable). Any plastic, wood, sheet rock, or other item can cause the recycling facility to reject the load, at which point we must take to a landfill. Depending on the materials mixed with the load, we will either have to take the container to a Class II or Class III landfill and charge the appropriate tonnage. This is at the sole discretion of the recycling facility. As long as the load is strictly concrete we can take it to the landfill and they will charge us a flat fee instead of per ton. They do this because they crush it down and use it as gravel for the roads within the site. If the load is mixed, they will make us dump it in the landfill though.
  • Dirt: Dirt for purposes of our dumpster’s use dirt is defined as clean top soil. Clay, mud, sludge, sand, or anything else is prohibited. The container must be strictly dirt and free from other debris. Any plastic, wood, sheet rock, or other item can cause the dirt pit to reject the load, at which point we must take to a landfill. Depending on the materials mixed with the load, we will either must take the container to a Class II or Class III landfill and charge the appropriate tonnage. This is at the sole discretion of the dirt pit. As long as it is solely “clean dirt” we can take it to a dirt pit that will charge us per load rather than per ton. This will save you money and make it easier for us to get rid of.
  • Other materials: Any other materials that may not fall in these categories we can probably still handle. Just give us a call at the office 843.300.8664 and we can walk you through any questions you may have. Hazardous materials, such as asbestos, have special regulations regarding their transport and disposal, and other materials, such as metal, may be recycled which can even make you some money.

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Gantt Taylor

Gantt is the co-founder and managing partner of Big Red Box- Coastal. He has over a decade of experience in the waste management industry and first got his start in college while attending the University of South Carolina. If there is a question about anything dumpster related, Gantt, is your man to answer it having successfully fulfilled thousands of orders over his career from Hawaii to Alaska, Maine to Florida, and just about anywhere in between. If it can go in a dumpster, Gantt's probably dealt with it.

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