FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What Materials are NOT ALLOWED in a Container?

Here are some guidelines of materials that are NOT generally allowed in most rented dumpster:

  • Aerosol cans
  • All liquids
  • Animals
  • Antifreeze
  • Appliances (acceptable in 10 yard containers only)
  • Asbestos (unless with appropriate paperwork)
  • Barrels
  • Batteries
  • Chemical products
  • Computers
  • Contaminated oils, solvents, gasoline, etc.
  • Dirt (acceptable in 10 yard containers only)
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Food & Food Waste
  • Furniture (acceptable in 10 yard containers only)
  • Hazardous waste
  • Herbicides and pesticides
  • Industrial waste (additional fees may apply)
  • Lubricating/hydraulic oil
  • Mattresses (acceptable in 10 yard containers only)
  • Medical waste
  • Microwaves
  • Monitors
  • Motor oil
  • Oil filters
  • Other flammable liquids
  • Paint (except dried latex paint cans, no liquids)
  • Petroleum-contaminated soil/lead paint chips
  • Propane tanks
  • Radioactive material
  • Railroad ties (additional fees apply)
  • Solvents
  • Televisions
  • Tires (additional fees apply)
  • Transmission oil
  • Keep in mind that larger dumpsters (30+ Yard Containers) may also prohibit additional materials, such as:

Concrete

Bricks

Demolition material

What is ILLEGAL to Dump?

Illegal dumping is the disposal of trash generated at one location and disposed of at another location without legal permission. This includes dumping yard waste, appliances, tires and other garbage in alleys, dumpsters, vacant lots and open desert locations.

If you witness illegal dumping in progress, call your local authorities.

If you have our services and illegal dumping is occurring at your site, below are some suggestions for preventative measures:

  • Put up “No Dumping” and “No Trespassing” signs
  • Install security cameras
  • Relocate if current placement permits locking of area
  • Call and report to the local authorities


What Happens if I Overfill My Dumpster?

An overloaded container happens when your trash or recycling materials exceed the top of the bin, prevent the lid from closing easily, or cover the ground around the container. It also applies when extra debris is found on top of a closed container lid. Overages may lead to an incomplete service or an additional charge of $65.00 per ton to your account.

If you notice overages occurring frequently, you may need a better fit.

What Do You Recommend As a Checklist Before Renting a Container?

It’s always a good idea to be prepared prior to your dumpster service.

Below are some action items to check-off as you complete them:

  • Picked the right size of dumpster for materials you plan to discard
  • Placed your dumpster order through brackenbox.com Costs will vary based on the size of the dumpster you select and the duration of time you need your dumpster on site.
  • Added drop off and pick up dates to your calendar
  • Identified designated location for dumpster placement
  • Secured City or Neighborhood Permit, if needed
  • Gained an understanding of what can and can’t go into the dumpster, based on local regulations
  • Communicated safety requirements and placement details to those near your dumpster, such as neighbors, the local fire department, and other businesses
  • Have a plan to monitor the fill line for your dumpster
  • Added support items for your dumpster; such as wheels, liners or locks, if needed.


What Construction (or Demolition) Materials May I Put into a Container?

Acceptable Materials Include (for a list of Unacceptable Materials, See the top Tab):

  • Brick
  • Carpet
  • Concrete
  • Insulation
  • Lumber
  • Masonry
  • Metals
  • Pipe (Metal and PVC)
  • Plastic
  • Porcelain
  • Rigid plastics
  • Rock
  • Tile
What Would You Recommend as a List of Safety Precautions When Managing an Onsite Container?

Safety is important. Keep your crew safe by reviewing the dumpster safety rules below and posting these at your job site. Appoint a crew member as a dumpster-captain, to help share the daily responsibility of managing a dumpster.

Safety Rules

  • Clean the area around the dumpster several times during the day
  • Clear any tripping hazards
  • Do not enter the dumpster
  • Never move or compress trash with your hands, feet, or body
  • Use caution when dropping contents
  • Watch hand and body placements and potential pinch or strain points
  • Be cautious on adverse weather days
  • Secure lightweight items to prevent fly-outs
  • Do not place liquids or hazardous materials in the dumpster
  • Never fight a dumpster fire, please notify the Fire Department immediately
  • Do not remove animals or pests, please call your local Animal Control


Is a Permit Always Required to Rent a Dumpster?

Not all locations need a permit, but some Homeowner Associations, Improvement Districts, and Municipalities may require permitting. Be sure to check with your local governing authorities.

Be ready to provide the size of your dumpster and expected placement and duration. They may also ask the time of day you will be filling, to see if you are working past any prescribed noise ordinance hours. The municipality may ask about your plans to keep the debris area secure and clean.

How is Household Hazardous Waste Defined & What Should I Do with It?

Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes, glues, adhesives, cleaning fluids, oil-based paints, paint thinners, stains, lawn and garden chemicals, pool and spa chemicals, propane and butane tanks, and automobile fluids are all considered household hazardous waste (HHW). These items generally contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients. Improper disposal of HHW has been known to pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health?

The disposal of these items are generally governed by local or state laws/regulations and local government offices should be contacted.

What Are ‘Best Practices’ for Construction Waste?

Dealing with construction project waste is the last thing you want to worry about on a job site. With a large selection of roll-offs and a dedicated team of service representatives, we can take care of your waste and recycling the right way so you can get the job done.

Not sure if those leftover materials are recyclable? Some examples of recyclable construction debris include:

  • Concrete
  • Porcelain
  • Rigid plastics
  • Tile
  • Lumber
  • Metals
  • Masonry
  • Plastic
  • Rock
  • Carpet
  • Insulation


What Counts as Yard Waste?

Before you start disposing of all the debris from your yard, it’s important for residential customers to know what items do and do not count as yard waste.

The items listed below are acceptable to throw into your trash bin for collection on your service day:

  • Tree trimming/branches
  • Leaves, and house/garden plants
  • Brush, grass clippings and lawn edging

Due to the weight, the items listed below are NOT considered yard waste:

  • Soil
  • Sod
  • Bricks
  • Stones


PLEASE BE ADVISED: RESIDENTS & CONTRACTORS WITHIN THE CITY OF CHICAGO:

The City of Chicago provides for only TWO durations for placement of a roll-off waste container:

  • 3 Day Duration – $90.00 Additional to the cost of your rental
  • 30 Day Duration – $175.00 Additional to the cost of your rental
  • These permits will be arranged by Brackenbox and added to your invoice.

At Brackenbox, we are committed to offering dumpsters and recycling services at competitive prices while striving to exceed your expectations. If you are unsure about the type of dumpster you need, please feel free to get in touch with us so we may assist you. We have a wide range of sizes and are happy to provide you with our expert advice.

WHERE TO FIND US:

2300 W. 167th Street Markham, IL 60428

Yard Waste

Here are some things you should know about disposing yard waste:

  • Under Illinois Law, it is illegal to put yard waste in your weekly garbage can, so a rented waste container is the only option for most homeowners.
  • Yard waste includes organic materials like grass, leaves, dead plants, and branches. It does not include dirt, rocks, tree stumps, sod, and food scraps.
  • If you are attempting to dispose of excavated soil, you will need to submit a form LPC-662 to the Illinois Dept of Environmental Protection.
  • And if soil is your yard waste, please order a 10 yard dumpster.

Seasonal & Remodeling

Here are some things you should know about disposing seasonal items:

  • Christmas trees and wreaths are fine, but please be certain to remove the lights.
  • Please see our details on yard waste for brush and leaves.
  • Old snow and other tires are subject to a collect fee.

Here are some things you should know about disposing remolding debris:

  • Most fixtures, removed during a renovation or remodeling project are accepted in a waste container; but please review our page on appliances before throwing it all together.
  • Light fixtures and other such items are acceptable, but please do not dispose of any bulbs at the same time. Also be sure to remove any batteries that may be in some items .
  • Kitchen cabinetry, doors, wallboard, trim and other demolition debris is completely acceptable as well.

Hazardous Waste

Here are some things you should know about disposing hazardous items:

  • Motor oil, gasoline, heating and diesel fuels are all BANNED disposal items.
  • Lithium batteries are considered hazardous and are banned from waste containers.
  • Spent car batteries, which contain lead and harmful acids are hazardous and banned from waste containers.
  • Asbestos waste is hazardous and is banned from disposal in a waste container.
  • Propane tanks are considered hazardous and are banned from disposal in a waste container.
  • Antifreeze of any type contains glycols that considered hazardous and are banned from disposal in a waste container.
  • Pesticides and pool chemicals, especially chlorination tablets are hazardous and banned from disposal in a waste container.
  • Pressurized fire extinguishers and aerosol cans of all types are hazardous and are banned from disposal in a waste container.

Furnishings

Here are some things you should know about old disposed bulk furnishings:

  • Bulk furnishings are acceptable in a rented waste container
  • Mattresses; however, are subject to a State-mandated $10 Fee.
  • Please remember that these items are called 'BULK' because they are BULKY and may take up valuable space in your container. If the items are still in good, serviceable condition, consider reaching out to organizations like Goodwill or The Salvation Army that may have just the use or place to rehome such items.

Electronics

Here are some things you should know about electronics:

  • Illinois has an extremely strict E Waste Ban; hence, there are a number of items we are unable to accept in our dumpster units. These include: Televisions, Computer Consoles, Video players of all types; Cellphones, Smartphones, Gaming Consoles & Stereo Equipment.
  • Many such items are subject to recycling and any electronics store may be able to assist in such matters. .
  • Lithium batteries (rechargeable) and Fluorescent Light Bulbs are readily recyclable at most home centers and may not be placed in a rented waste container.
  • Any of these banned electronic items will be rejected if found in a rented container.

Appliances

Here are some things you should know about appliances:

  • Dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, washers and driers are allowed in a dumpster; however, the doors MUST be removed ahead of disposal. If this is not done, we reserve the right to reject the item(s) or charge a fee for door removal. This in accordance with State Law.
  • Water heaters may be placed in your dumpster unit; but please ensure that it has first been thoroughly drained.
  • By State Law, microwaves must be recycled, which begins with returning them to the appliance store.
  • Should you have any further questions, please call us at 708.339.4100.

Are You a Contractor, Looking for Additional Services?

Then, if you are new to Brackenbox, please be sure to drop us a line at...

Dump & Return -

Need us to come, grab your container, empty it and return it for refilling? We can do that!

Attentive Driver -

(Live-Load)- Need our driver to stay on-site while you fill your container? We can do that!

Container Liner -

(10 Yard Containers Only) - Need us to transport wet concrete or other saturated materials? We can install a liner into our 10 Yard Containers.

Relocation Service -

Need us to move your container from one area of your jobsite to another? We can do that!

Switch-Out Service -

Need us to bring an empty container when we come to pick-up your full unit? We can do that!

Wood Driveway Protection -

Need us to bring a selection of material to place under your container to protect your driveway? We can do that!

What Materials Are Prohibited?

For a more complete listing, visit this page...

  • Aerosol cans
  • All liquids
  • Animals
  • Antifreeze
  • Appliances
  • Asbestos
  • Barrels
  • Batteries
  • Chemical products
  • Computers
  • Contaminated oils (mixed with solvents, gasoline, etc.)
  • Dirt
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Hazardous waste
  • Herbicides and pesticides
  • Industrial waste
  • Lubricating/hydraulic oil
  • Medical Waste
  • Microwaves
  • Monitors
  • Motor oil
  • Oil filters
  • Other flammable liquids
  • Paint (except dried latex paint cans, no liquids)
  • Petroleum-contaminated soil/lead paint chips
  • Propane tanks
  • Radioactive material
  • Railroad ties
  • Solvents
  • Televisions
  • Tires
  • Transmission oil
  • Keep in mind that larger dumpsters (30+ Yard Containers) may also prohibit additional materials, such as:
  • Concrete
  • Bricks
  • Demolition material