Is fibreglass batting insulation considered to be hazardous waste? I
replaced a few feet of it in my attic and put the old stuff in my
regular trash barrel... and the trash crew didn't take it. They emptied
out the stuff in the top half of the barrel, but they left the
insulation below it. Some googling finds people talking about having to
treat the disposal of old loose blow-in insulation with care, but not
much is said about fibreglass batting. Do I have to treat it specially?
On Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 1:08:49 PM UTC-5, Nil wrote:
I would suspect that the issue isn't that it's fiberglass insulation,
but that it looks like construction debris. Here they won't take that.
It's not hazardous waste. But whatever we think doesn't matter, what
counts is what the local disposal people say the rules are. It's possible
they will accept it at one of their sites, with a fee. Here, you can
get rid of small amounts of construction debris by taking it to the
municipal facility and paying a fee. The fee starts at $5 for a garbage
can size. Another mistake you made was that it sounds like you just
put it in there exposed. If you put it in a garbage bag, they almost
certainly would have taken it. You could mix it in with regular trash,
in garbage bags, a little at a time.
Seems to me you can look at half the trash in my can and consider it to
be "construction debris". In this case there was only about a quarter
of a barrel of the stuff, so I hope that wasn't the reason they didn't
take it. Especially since I plan to replace some more of the insulation
over the next few weeks and throw away the old.
I did stuff it into a bag, so they will probably won't give it another
thought. I hate to play games like that, and it's a waste of a plastic
Fiberglass is not a hazardous waste.
Maybe it did not fall out of the can when they turned it over. I'd bag
it up in a regular trash bag and try again.
I had a similar problem with an old tomato cage taken out of the recycle
can even though iron is recyclable. I clipped it up, put it in a trash
bag in the regular trash and they took it.
That might be what happened. There was a chunk in the bottom that was
sort of stuck, but it looked almost like they may have dumped some, the
put it BACK in the barrel! I'm probably being paranoid.
I bagged it up and will try again.
Do they touch the barrel? Around here the trucks have articulated arms
that pick the containers up and dump them. Comes out, doesn't come out,
they don't know or care. Set it back down and drive on to the next one.
Trash is still picked up here by a guy with his own two hands, which is
why I think he intentionally left the stuff in the barrel, for whatever
reason. The recycle bin is picked up every two weeks by one of those
It isn't hazardous by any definition I know of but as you probably know
if you removed it, it can be miserable stuff to work with. Maybe the
trash crew didn't want to spend the day itching.
I agree with Frank though. They dumped the container and it didn't fall
out by itself. Even if they manually dumped the container it wouldn't be
heavy enough to attract attention.
They wouldn't have to have touched it, just give the barrel a second
shake. But I know from observation that they don't try too hard, and
this was after the New Year holiday, so maybe they were hurrying to
Trash men won't pick up construction debris.
That's why they left that stuff.
Fiberglass is just that glass.
The fibers can be irritating, and you don't want to get them in your
eyes or lungs. I think they'll send it to the landfill.
The trash people probably want you to call and arrange a pick up and
pay a fee. If you have enough stuff, Bagster is pretty cool.
I think it's hit or miss. Last week I had 4 exterior doors installed - entries and storms.
The installer wanted 30 bucks a door to take them. I told them to put them on the curb by
my garage driveway. Local metal scavengers took the aluminum storms right away.
The wood doors, framing and casings sat overnight, but were gone next morning, which was
trash pickup day. I didn't see them take it, but assume it was the regular trash pickup.
Saved me cutting it all up.
On 06 Jan 2019, email@example.com wrote in alt.home.repair:
I just bagged it. We'll see how it goes Wednesday morning.
I have a few times put organic trash, that is, leaves and stuff from
the gutter, in the trash, which I know I'm not supposed to do, but we
only get street cleaned once or twice a year and it gets ugly. I try to
keep the amount small and cover it up with regular trash, but a couple
of times I guess I overdid it and they refused to take it. Sometimes I
feel like they're still carrying a grudge against me!
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