You need to follow a few fundamental safety procedures to ensure that your cleanout goes well. It is extremely safe to use a roll-off dumpster for this purpose, but it pays to be conscious and maintain good health and safety practices. Here are five vital dumpster safety tips:
- Choose the right size dumpster: Avoid the temptation to get as small a dumpster as you can and then stuff it as full as possible. Overfilling a dumpster is both a safety and legal issue that can lead to extra fees.
- Place it in a safe location: The dumpster should be placed close enough to your house to be accessible, but far enough away that safety is not compromised inside the house or near any of its entrances.
- Keep the work area clear: Check the area around the dumpster regularly to make sure that it is clear of debris and tripping hazards.
- Don’t try to move the dumpster by yourself: Dumpsters are heavy even when they are empty. They should only be moved with trucks that are specially fitted to do so.
- Never climb inside the dumpster: Once the dumpster is starting to fill up, you should never climb in. You do not know what you might be stepping on and you could get hurt. Perhaps you threw out a lot of broken glass the day before, which is now scattered around the dumpster with all kinds of other debris. Exposed screws and nails or sharp edges from other broken debris is very dangerous. It is best to stay out of the dumpster completely.
How Full Can Dumpsters For Rent Be Filled?
You may think that dumpsters for rent can simply be filled as you see fit – until you have gotten rid of all you need to throw out – even if the junk towers above the rim of the dumpster. The truth is that dumpsters need to be filled in line with certain rules. Exceeding the filling guidelines can make the dumpster dangerous to you and anyone else on your site, to the people who collect the full dumpster, and even to other road users around the truck that is carrying the overloaded dumpster. No dumpster should ever be filled above the rim. If we come to collect your dumpster and it is overloaded, we will have to ask you to offload the excess, and we will charge you for the extra time it will take to do so.
If we were to haul an overflowing dumpster, we would put the lives and property of other road users at risk. All it takes is for one sizable piece of debris to fall off during the trip. It could block the road and cause an accident, or it could hit a vehicle and cause damage and injury. Not to mention, this would violate local laws. In short, it is always safer to ensure that the junk does not exceed the height of the dumpster itself.
Common Mistakes When Renting a Dumpster
Renting a dumpster is an extremely easy thing to do, but there are still a number of common mistakes that renters tend to make. Here are some of the main ones we have noticed. Be sure to avoid these the next time you rent a dumpster.
Renting the wrong size dumpster: If you get a dumpster that is too small, you could find yourself overloading it. A dumpster that is too large will simply end up being a waste of money. If you are not sure which dumpster you need, it is best to ask for advice from the dumpster rental experts.
Improper dumpster placement: It is so important to place your dumpster correctly. Preferably, the dumpster is placed on your property, not on the street. The City of Colorado Springs requires a permit to place a dumpster in the street. Be sure to choose a good space that is clear of any obstructions, and that is close enough to the house to make carrying and loading convenient, but far away enough not to cause any obstructions.
Disposing of prohibited items: Unfortunately, you can’t throw just any old thing into your dumpster. Carefully check the list of prohibited items and make sure not to dispose of them in the dumpster. If you do, we will have to ask you to remove them.
Misjudging the amount of time you need: You may think a cleanout project will take you five days, only to find that you really need seven to ten days. You can always arrange for an extension if you need the dumpster longer. Note that we are often booked out for weeks at a time, so we may not be able to accommodate all requests for extensions.
Green Bags vs Dumpsters, Which One Should You Use
While planning a home cleanout, you have two choices when it comes to disposing of your junk. You can either purchase a green bag or you can rent a dumpster. What is the difference?
A dumpster is a large steel bin that is delivered to your property by a dumpster rental company, like Bargain Bins, for a certain number of days. Once you have filled the dumpster, Bargain Bins then comes and takes it away again. A green bag, or bagster, is a durable, single-use bag used to hold and transport waste. You purchase one at your nearest hardware store, place it in your yard near the street and fill it up as you need. You can then call Bargain Bins to come and collect it for you. There are pros and cons to both options, so consider the costs, availability, placement limitations, restrictions on the items you can dispose of, and weight limits, among other things.
Bargain Bins specializes in dumpster rentals and roll-off container rentals for residences and businesses in Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas. Our range of roll-off dumpsters starts with our 3-yard Clutter Buster, and goes up to our giant 20-yard dumpster, which can take up to 5,000lbs of junk. If you are planning a house cleanout or remodel project, first think about the above expert tips for cleaning out your home, then call us and ask about our residential dumpster rentals. We have the right bin for the job.