Do's And Don'ts For The Best Utilization Of A Rented Roll-Off Dumpster

If you are planning to clean out your home's detached garage or shed this spring season, then following these do's and don'ts will allow you to save both money and valuable space in your rented roll-off dumpster:

Do plan to have the rented dumpster delivered during a period of dry weather. Excess water sitting in the trash container will make it heavier and may cost you additional Western disposal fees. 

Don't place any items in the upper portion of the dumpster that stick up above the top rim area. These items can easily spill out when the dumpster is hauled to the transfer station or landfill. Additionally, the waste management company may refuse to haul trash containers that are overfilled. Overfilled dumpsters create additional dangers in transport for truck drivers and other motorists.

Do ensure that you rent a dumpster that is big enough to accommodate all of your refuse. While you may be tempted to rent a dumpster that is smaller than necessary, it is always a good idea to rent one that is slightly larger than you think you will need. Breaking down larger items that have empty spaces contained within them will also save room in the dumpster and allow you to place more items in it.

Don't plan to include items in your dumpster that are recyclable. Eliminating recyclable items from your rented dumpster is better for the earth and your wallet. Some recyclable items, such as metals and plastics, often can be recycled for their scrap value. Additionally, in order to encourage recycling in your community, your local recycling center will often recycle e-waste and building materials for a lower cost than it would be for you to dump them in a dumpster. Communities often help fund these services in an effort to get their citizens to recycle more.

Do make sure that your rented roll-off dumpster is placed in an area that meets your local regulations and home owner's association rules. If possible, you may want to have the trash container placed on the street in front of your home where it will not damage your landscaping or driveway.

Don't have the dumpster placed in an area where you have grass, asphalt, or cement without placing its wheels on sheets of plywood. Plywood sheeting will disburse the weight of the dumpster and prevent it from sinking into the ground and causing damage to asphalt and concrete.