How to prepare for renting a dumpster for the first time

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Is it time for a clean-up? Renting a dumpster is easier than people may think. If you’re considering renting a dumpster for the first time (or have one scheduled for drop-off), there are a few things you should know before it arrives. In this article, we help you prepare for your dumpster rental, as well as answer some of the most common questions asked by our clients. 

  • Where to find a dumpster rental near me?

You decided that you need a local dumpster rental, but where will you even find a company? Doing a search on Google for “roll-off dumpster rental near me” is sometimes not enough. Of course, you will find top local businesses but how do you know these businesses are legit? When you need to prepare to rent a dumpster, it’s important to do your research. Don’t simply go for the first name you hear or the first thing that pops up on Google. Research each company thoroughly to ensure they follow all the legal steps and procedures needed for trash removal. Here are some tips to help you out.

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  • Make sure the company has a physical address

Where is the company located? A physical address is the best way to see if a company is legit. Use Google Maps to check the location. It’s likely the business will have a Google Business listing so their name will appear on Google Maps. Sometimes a new business or a business that is still setting up their Google listing might not show up when you search for their location.

  • Look for contact details

Is there a clear phone number or contact details on their website? Social media links are great but unless a profile is verified, you cannot confirm it is set up by a company. Call the company to confirm they supply a service. Apart from contact details being important to verify a company, it is also a sign of good customer service. A company that has multiple contact details will be easy to reach should you have an issue during your dumpster rental.

  • Look for testimonials or reviews

A lot of companies have reviews on their website. You can also look for testimonials on their Google reviews or other review pages. You can also ask around to find out if you know anyone who rented a dumpster with them. If there are more good than bad reviews out there, you’ll likely get the best priced dumpster rental service for your money.

  • Find out about their dumping procedure

Will your unwanted items be properly disposed of? Even if you are not the one doing the disposal, wouldn’t you like to know that your items are being legally disposed of? Check with the company about their disposal procedure. Make sure your items are going to be dumped in the right places. Dumpster rental companies won’t take items that are prohibited at landfills such as flammable items.

  • Find out if they have a variety of dumpster sizes available

You need to choose the right dumpster for your project. To do this, you need to determine the size of the dumpster for your items. Renting a large dumpster is not necessary if you only have a few items. A good company will offer you a small dumpster rental if you have a few items and a larger dumpster if you have a big cleanup. Don’t settle for a size you don’t need. Speak to the companies about the sizes available to you or for other discount dumpster rental options.

How to prepare for your dumpster cleanup

Prepare for your dumpster cleanup by sorting out your items. Ideally, you need to create a space where you sort through your items and arrange your piles. Sort your unwanted items into four piles:

  • Donate pile

These are items that are still in good condition but you no longer use. Keep items like clothes and shoes that you don’t need in one pile. Once you are done with your donation pile, you can arrange to drop it off at a charity or non-profit organization that can give your clothes to the vulnerable in the community.

  • Give away pile

These are items like family heirlooms or other trinkets that are special to you. You don’t want to keep it or they are taking up space in your home so it’s best to give it away to those close to you. Maybe your friend was eyeing a lovely necklace you have or you want to give your grandkids something special to you. 

  • Sell pile

Your sell pile will have items that you can make some money from. These can be ornaments, books, or tools among other things. Collect these items to sell at a garage sale or online. You can advertise on websites that sell items or on social media to find buyers.

  • The dumpster pile

Finally, sort through the unwanted junk that cannot be sold, given away, or reused. These are the items that you need to toss out in your dumpster. Remember that not all dumpster rental companies will accept certain items so call them up first and ask them if you can throw these items in the dumpster. If the items are accepted, it’s time to set up a date for your cleanup. 

Questions to ask before renting a dumpster

As we mentioned, there are some questions you need to ask before renting a dumpster. To sum it up, here are a few:

  • Will these items need a dumpster or can I throw them out in my weekly trash bin?
  • Can I afford the cost of renting a dumpster?
  • How do I load a dumpster the correct way?
  • What size dumpster will I need – a small dumpster or a 20-yard dumpster rental?
  • How does renting a dumpster work? How to decide on your dumpster placement?
  • What are the prohibited dumpster items?
  • What are safety precautions to take when managing a dumpster?

We answer all these questions below.

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How to decide on your dumpster placement

Where you keep your dumpster depends on what building or room you are cleaning out. If you have commercial cleanup to do, you can place a dumpster near a building or construction site that you are working on. You may need a permit depending on your area or business. If you have a home cleanup, you can have the dumpster placed by your driveway if it does not obstruct traffic or your neighbors. Again, you need to check if your area has regulations against dumpsters. Speak to your dumpster rental company about areas where they can place a dumpster and prohibited areas.

How to load a dumpster – the correct way

Loading a dumpster takes some planning. Remember you can’t fill a dumpster to the top. The load must be covered for travel to the disposal site. Place large items at the bottom but stack items carefully, rather than throwing items in the dumpster. When placing smaller items such as paper, try to wedge it to the bottom of the dumpster or place something heavier on it so that it doesn’t blow away. 

What are the prohibited dumpster items?

There are some items that you can’t throw in a dumpster as they will cause a danger to the dumpster movers and others. You can be fined for throwing out these items and the dumpster rental company will not accept your loaded bin. These items include flammable items such as aerosol spray cans, fuel cans, gas appliances, oils, etc. Some other restricted items are:

  • Chemicals
  • Fluorescent Bulbs
  • Food waste
  • Freezers
  • Refrigerators
  • Tires
  • Wet concrete
  • Adherent substances
  • Wet glue
  • Wet paint
  • Plaster
  • Batteries
  • Carcasses

Choosing the right dumpster size for your project

Choosing the right dumpster size is an important step in the process. Whether you need a move-out dumpster rental or a cleanup dumpster rental, it will come down to one thing – how many items do you have to remove? You need to pile all your items up and then assess how many dumpsters you will need by measuring your pile. If you have a lot of items but they are light and compactable like paper, you may not need a big dumpster. Other bulkier items like rubble may require a large dumpster. Find out which works for you and your budget. 

Safety precautions to take when managing a dumpster

A dumpster can be dangerous. Here are some safety precautions you should take when you rent a dumpster.

  • Make sure the dumpster area is free of obstacles so that nobody trips over items when loading the dumpster
  • Don’t load prohibited items into the dumpsters
  • Ensure that nothing falls on the ground as it may cause a tripping hazard or it may be dangerous for children and pets playing near the dumpster
  • Don’t load a dumpster past the top as items may fall out
  • Place heavy items down slowly. Do not throw heavy items into the dumpster or you might risk injury

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Why should you rent a dumpster from Bargain Bins?

Bargain Bins has years of experience serving residents, businesses, and contractors near Colorado Springs. We are a locally owned and affordable dumpster rental company. We offer you a range of options when it comes to dumpster rental, including small and large dumpster sizes. 

At Bargain Bins, we work hard to be the right choice for our customers. We strive for excellent and friendly service. Our residential-friendly team ensures that you get the bin that is the correct size for your cleanup needs. We are here to serve the community that has kept us operating for over 30 years.

What dumpster sizes do we offer?

We have different sizes for different jobs. Our Clutter Buster is our famous 3 cubic yard dumpster for general waste and heavy materials with a 1,000 lb and 300 lb limit. You can keep anything from sod, bricks, roofing shingles, concrete, dirt, dry plastic, and rock in this bin. 

Our Bargain max bins come in three different sizes namely, 12 yards (3,000 lbs capacity) 15 yards (4,000 lbs capacity), and 20 yards (5,000 lbs capacity). If you need more space, you’ll save with our discount on multiple bin options. It is the best solution to take our bulk bargain of dumpsters as you will be charged for going over the weight limit – safety first!

Call the professionals when renting a dumpster in Colorado Springs today!