While regulations vary from city to city, regular household trash, clean yard waste, clean wood waste, vehicle tires and smaller furniture items are acceptable at many public dumps. Individuals should check the regulations of their city or county (usually available on the city or county website) to ensure disposal compliance.
There are several items that are not accepted at public dumps. For example, the City of Virginia Beach public dump does not accept animal manure or carcasses, loose leaves, medical waste, radioactive waste or commercial tires. In addition, some items are acceptable at a public dump but are not transported by the regular city trash service, as in the cases of large furniture items. The City of Philadelphia does not carry away over-sized metal items and also requires private haulers to remove stoves, washing machines and other large appliances. The city does carry away large furniture that can compact.
Many cities have regulations guiding the disposal of certain hazardous items, such as electronics or batteries, and have services, such as the Salvation Army, that accept certain electronic items. In addition, several communities have intensive recycling programs, and offer recycling centers alongside trash dumps. Customers can check their city website to see which items are accepted at local recycling centers.