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12-23-2016, 02:34 PM
Hey folks,

I have hardened thinset but in small pieces. Largest maybe 3/4 size of a golf ball. Is it ok to include them as trash and have it picked up by our garbage services?


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12-23-2016, 02:50 PM
This is going to depend on what your specific trash provider's policy is. We can't give you the green or red light because we don't run nor know the landfill you use. When in doubt you can call them and ask if cured thin set falls into their acceptable waste policy or not.

12-23-2016, 03:46 PM
Put it inna bag, put it inna trash. How they gonna know it ain't a dead cat?

I disagree with John on accounta it's easier to get forgiveness than permission. :)

My opinion; worth price charged.

Houston Remodeler
12-23-2016, 04:14 PM
Save them up for Halloween and give them out to kids you don't like. I have half a garage full.


12-23-2016, 05:29 PM
Once cured, the stuff is pretty inert. It's not like a florescent bulb or a mercury thermometer, or lithium batteries. It shouldn't be an issue. Often, you can go on the trash hauler's website and view the exclusion list. Unless you had hundreds of pounds of the stuff, I can't imagine it being an issue...just don't try to dump it down a drain before it cures! Now, that will create major problems!

12-23-2016, 07:15 PM
OMG.....Put it in the trash and be done with it. The guys on the trucks give 2 craps what's in the bins except maybe a dead body.
.....and if you helped them put it in the truck they might even look the other way.

Steve in Denver
12-23-2016, 08:54 PM
I'd reckon I've thrown away more thinset than I've put on the back of tiles. If I had 25 lbs of it, I might spread It out over a few collections, but I wouldn't think much about it.

Tool Guy - Kg
12-23-2016, 11:43 PM
Extra points for Craig's answer! :tup2:

12-24-2016, 11:21 AM
Yep, I put it in my trash cans as well. Left over scrap tiles, thinset, mud, old grout, you name it. Now days they have one man running the truck that has the arm that reaches out and grabs the can and lifts it. So he can't really tell if the can is a little bit heavy. Years ago when they lifted it by hand, if it was too heavy, they would leave it behind.

But when I tear out a shower or large floor, that goes in my dump trailer and I haul it to the landfill after it gets full.