There are a few common dumpster rental mistakes people make. These mistakes are simply due to a lack of experience or information. Read on for advice from Bargain Bins, and your dumpster rental service will be a breeze. 

Bargain Bins specializes in residential dumpster rental services and supplies dumpsters for commercial use as well. We offer dumpsters in four sizes with a rental period of seven days and deliver the dumpsters at your home at a time and date convenient to you. Dumpster collection takes place after the rental period expires or the bins reach capacity. 

Order residential dumpsters from our helpful Bargain Bins team on the phone or make the reservation request online. Advance payment via debit or credit card will reserve the dumpster delivery slot of your choice, based on availability.

Mistakes people commonly make when renting a dumpster

Renting a dumpster is a matter of convenience. It’s so much easier to have a dumpster close by when you are busy with a home renovation or cleaning out the basement. It should also be cost and time-saving. But what are the five biggest dumpster rental mistakes to avoid? 

1. Picking the wrong size dumpster

There are only two options when it comes to picking the wrong size dumpster. It is going to be either too big or too small. Selecting a smaller dumpster to cut costs can be expensive in the long run, as you might have to order a second bin. 

The better option is to take stock of your project and how much waste you think will be discarded. Then order a larger dumpster. During an active project, there is always more waste than expected. If the dumpster you rent is too large, use it to your benefit. There is always yard waste to throw away. You might also talk to your neighbors about using some of the unused capacity in return for sharing the cost.

2. Disposing of the wrong waste

One of the main dumpster rental mistakes made is disposing of prohibited items. You cannot dispose of certain materials in residential dumpsters for safety and environmental reasons. These materials include:

  • Chemicals
  • Batteries
  • Electronics
  • Hazardous materials
  • Pesticides
  • Liquid paint 

Unacceptable materials found in dumpsters can incur additional charges and fines. A list of acceptable and unacceptable materials is available on the Bargain Bins website.

3. Overfilling the dumpster container

Overfilling the dumpster container is unsafe. Most dumpsters have a line to which you can load it. By law, a tarp must cover each dumpster load during transport. If the dumpster is overloaded, the tarp cannot keep the waste inside the bin. This will be dangerous to other road users.

4. Overloading the dumpster by weight

Each dumpster has a weight limit. This is not only for safety reasons, but also legal. For example, for our Max Bins, we are required by law to keep the total weight, including the bin itself, less than 7,000 pounds. The weight limits are listed on our website. To avoid additional charges, or worse, having to remove waste when we come to pick up the bin, be sure to follow these weight guidelines. 

5. Putting the dumpster in the wrong place

Putting the dumpster in the wrong place is unsafe and inconvenient. It should be on a level, firm surface with easy access by the user and delivery truck. The best spot for a residential dumpster is in the driveway. 

Dumpster placement in a public location such as a street or sidewalk will require a permit if you are in the Colorado Springs city limits. The dumpster should not impede traffic or block driveways and parking. Are you a member of a Homeowners Association? Check with the association for regulations around dumpster placement and rental.

Bargain Bins is locally owned and serves residents within twenty-five miles of Colorado Springs. Starting with a home renovation project but want to avoid dumpster rental mistakes? Contact us today.