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Can You Throw Away Chemicals or Liquids in a Dumpster?

What Can Go in a Milwaukee DumpsterCan You Throw Away Chemicals or Liquids in a Dumpster?

If you are renting a dumpster for the first time in the southeast Wisconsin area, you should be aware that not everything can be thrown away. Dumpster rentals have certain restrictions due to environmental concerns, and the city of Milwaukee won’t permit certain types of materials in dumpster rentals.

Chemicals and liquids are on a list of restricted items in Milwaukee, meaning they are not allowed to be thrown away in a dumpster. Some examples of chemicals and liquids not allowed in a dumpster rental include:

  • Motor Oil
  • Gasoline
  • Antifreeze
  • Household Cleaners
  • Paint
  • Paint Thinner 
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Pesticides

If you have chemicals you need to throw away, get in touch with your Milwaukee-area recycling center to find the best way to dispose of it.

The City of Milwaukee Office of Public Works

Phone: (414) 286-CITY

Drop Off Center Locations
North - 6660 N Industrial Road
South - 3879 W Lincoln Avenue

Summer Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 7AM – 3PM

Winter Hours
Tuesday-Saturday 7AM – 3PM
Sunday-Monday CLOSED

Live somewhere else in the southeastern Wisconsin area? Find your local recycling center here.

Have questions about what items can and can’t be thrown away in a dumpster? Contact us today for more information!