Situations where you need to eliminate large amounts of waste may be relatively rare, but if you find yourself in such a spot, it's important that you have a proper understanding of the way to handle that task. The process of renting and then using a roll-off dumpster may seem like a simple one, but without proper preparation, you could find yourself with a big mess and bigger challenges. Below, you'll find a guide to some tips that should make that process go much more smoothly and put you in a position to successfully complete your clean-out. Proper dumpster care may seem like a silly concept, but when you follow these suggestions, you'll quickly discover that a little bit of care can go a long way. 



Understand Dumping Restrictions 

The thing that draws so many people to roll-off dumpster rentals is, of course, their ease of use. Many people are under the impression that simply scooping up whatever items are in their way and tossing them in a dumpster is a perfectly valid disposal method, but making those decisions might result in an expensive mistake. In many jurisdictions, there are strong restrictions on the disposal of chemicals that you need to be aware of and follow. Common household items like paint, fertilizer, and even some cleaners may actually pose an environmental hazard and may not be allowed to be disposed of in a dumpster. If caught participating in illicit dumping, you might face stiff penalties and that knowledge should hopefully serve as a strong deterrent. 

Guarantee Access 

Big clean-out jobs often need to be completed on a specific timeline, and delaying that timeline with blockages and restricted access can create overarching frustration that lingers longer than any trash odor might. If you have to constantly dodge unstable footing, low hanging tree branches, and parked vehicles to successfully get trash in the dumpster, it's unlikely that you've thoroughly planned out the process. 

Not all access questions are about dumping, of course. The process of delivering and the retrieving the dumpster also needs to be considered, and that process can be more difficult if it needs to be completed in a residential area. The large trucks that handle dumpster transport may need a fair amount of space for maneuvering, making it necessary for you to clear the area. 

It's also important that the drop-off point is level and stable. Your dumpster service may not be able to leave your receptacle on uneven ground, and loose materials like gravel also may not provide the necessary stability to guarantee safe disposal. If a better surface isn't available, you may not be able to complete your dumpster rental. 

Select the Right Size

Since rates for dumpster rentals tend to vary based on the size of the unit you rent, it's important that you neither pay for space you don't need nor find yourself struggling to cram items into a dumpster that may be too small for your job. In fact, your dumpster service may not be able to pick up an overflowing dumpster, leaving you with an even bigger challenge. 

Your roll-off dumpster rental service can work with you to determine the scope of your job and the size of the dumpster that best suits your project. Relying on experience can be a valuable tool in uncertain situations, and unless you conduct a large number of intense clean outs, it's unlikely that dumpster rental will be in your wheelhouse. 

Waste Carting & Disposal has the necessary tools and knowledge to allow you to securely remove large quantities of trash, and once you commit to a rental, you can truly enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a clear space. Contact us today.