5 Tips to Simplify Your Dumpster Rental Experience

How to Get the Most Out of Your Dumpster

Renting a dumpster is often the easiest waste solution for any residential or commercial project ranging from home renovations and cleanouts to regular business waste. Whether you are scheduling temporary dumpster or permanent dumpster services, we suggest following these simple steps to make taking out the trash as painless as possible.

1) Prepare for Dumpster Delivery and Pickup

Clear the area of any obstructions that may result in a failed delivery or pickup attempt. Your designated placement location should be at least 10 feet wide and clear of any hanging objects like wires or tree branches. For commercial dumpsters, be sure that the space around the corral or enclosure is clear and that no trash is sitting outside of the dumpster. 

2) Fill Your Dumpster Evenly

Begin by unlatching the dumpster door and filling the dumpster from the back towards the end with the loading door. Going through the door, rather than tossing items over the sides of the dumpster, is the safest and most efficient method to dispose of large or heavy items. Working your way from the back of the dumpster to the loading end allows for an even distribution of weight.

3) Know What Can and Cannot Go in Your Dumpster

Although our goal is to make waste removal of any kind as easy as possible, there are certain items that we absolutely cannot accept in our temporary and permanent dumpsters. Flammable, toxic, or hazardous materials must be taken to a hazardous waste collection center near you. Be sure to check for warning labels and symbols on questionable items to avoid extra fees.

Keep Your Dumpster Clear of These Items:

  • Tires
  • Batteries
  • Stumps
  • Railroad Ties
  • Paints & Lacquers
  • Oils
  • Asbestos
  • Infectious Waste
  • Contaminated Soils & Absorbents
  • Ink & Resins
  • Industrial Drums
  • Food Waste
  • Fuel
  • Adhesives
  • Refrigerants

4) Avoid Extra Dumpster Weight and Overfilling

Be sure to consider the weight of debris being placed in the dumpster, not just the volume or the dumpster’s capacity. When finished filling the dumpster, ensure that the door is secured and the dumpster is covered. Permanent dumpsters feature a lock for added security. This helps prevent illegal dumping and keep neighbors or passersby from adding their own trash to your dumpster.  

5) Avoid Extra Costs & Dumpster Fees

You can rent a temporary dumpster for as long as you need, but be sure to call us to avoid extra costs when you are finished. Most service areas include a rental period covering over a week of use, with an extra fee for additional days.  Also, check with your city to ensure that you have the necessary permits if placing your dumpster on a residential street, sidewalk, or any form of public property.  

For permanent dumpster services, make sure that the size of your dumpster and pickup schedule meet the waste needs of your business. If you have any questions about pricing or terms and conditions, our dedicated customer service team is always here to help.


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