Deciding to rent a dumpster is an excellent way to deal with the waste or rubbish produced by various activities. Those of you with large (or small) scale home-improvement projects on the go may find that a roll off dumpster rental is one of the most convenient ways to tackle the resultant mess, particularly if they are cheap to rent, such as the 12 foot units offered by Junk King. Similarly, a dumpster rental can be a viable disposal solution for contractors or event organizers under the right conditions.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t make the process even easier on yourself with a little forethought. Renting a dumpster is a practical solution, but it isn’t a magical one. It can save you a lot of money and give you more control over the process than other junk disposal methods, but it’s even more effective when you know just what you’re doing. Learning a few handy shortcuts can help you avoid errors and achieve truly desirable results.
One of the most effective ways to make your rental go smoothly is to pay strict attention to loading your dumpster. To help you rent a dumpster with confidence, we’ve put together a list of five tips you can use to make the loading process more efficient. Be sure to apply these tips to your next dumpster rental, and give us your feedback afterwards! Hopefully, our advice will help you load your dumpsters quickly, neatly, and cost-effectively.
- Know the Capacity of Your Rental Dumpster
Not all dumpsters are the same, which means that not all rental dumpsters hold the same amount of material. Don’t assume that you’re just getting a “standard size” when you arrange for a dumpster rental, or trust that it will hold as much material as you need. Make sure that you’ve thought carefully about exactly how much room you’ll need for the material you must dispose of, and inquire with your rental company about their different options.
One idea is to measure the amount of waste that you need to dispose of before you arrange for a rental. Some materials will allow you to acquire a more accurate measurement than others, but you should be able to land in the ballpark regardless. Conversely, you can describe the amount and type of material to your customer service representative when calling for a rental, and let them tell you whether the dumpsters they have available will fit the bill. Junk King typically offers the most optimal home and light use size of 8 x 12 ft. dumpsters that hold up to 12 cubic yards of material. Our relatively cheap dumpster rentals are the favorite of homeowners and contractors alike due to their efficiency and place-ability.
- Learn How Loading May Affect Your Costs
One of the most important things you should consider when loading your dumpster is how your approach may raise or lower costs. Some dumpster companies charge by weight, but Junk King take a different approach—one that can work to a renter’s advantage under certain circumstances.
Junk King differs from other companies by charging you based on the amount of space that you use. This method is significant for several reasons. First, it means that you can save money when disposing of heavy items if they don’t take up an immense amount of space. More to the point, however, is the fact that you don’t necessarily have to load your dumpster evenly. Many dumpster rental companies encourage you to do this so that the weight isn’t point loaded, but remember: we don’t charge for the weight of your material. In fact, if you can pack it into your rented dumpster creatively, you might be able to rent your dumpster at far lower prices than you would by evenly distributing material throughout it.
- Avoid Overfilling Your Dumpster
It’s important to note that packing material into your dumpster “creatively” doesn’t mean packing it in unsafely. In fact, you should be extra careful to make sure that your material is secure before your dumpster is picked up and moved. Some of you might think that if weight isn’t a factor, you can overfill the dumpster and save money. However, California State Law, for example, prohibits anyone from moving a dumpster if its contents protrude above the top or over the sides of the container. If you’ve rented your dumpster for a fixed period and the contractor who comes to pick it up is legally unable to take it away, you could find yourself faced with late fees for every day (or hour!) you must spend moving the excess material.
Overfilling your dumpster can cause other headaches for renters, and can prove hazardous to neighbors or pedestrians. If your dumpster is at the edge of your driveway or in another space where children or neighborhood pets could access it, the presence of loose or exposed material could set the scene for an accident. Keep everyone in your area safe and avoid an incident by making sure that you never overfill a rented dumpster.
- Think About the Materials that Can (and Can’t) Occupy Your Dumpster
Knowing how to load your dumpster is important, but knowing what to load in it is just as significant. A lot of people make the mistake of assuming that once they’ve rented a dumpster, the materials they can fill it with are up to their discretion. However, it’s important to note that every city has their own rules for what may or may not go into a roll off dumpster. Generally, yard waste and construction materials are safe if they do not contain toxic chemicals. Poisonous substances, explosives, and highly flammable liquids are prohibited. When you hire from Junk King, our representatives can typically give you full details on what you can or can’t put in your rental dumpster. However, a little common sense is usually all it takes to make sure you’re following the law.
- Don’t Take the Dumpster to an Inconvenient Place for Loading
Successful loading begins with proper dumpster placement. If you’re renting a dumpster for your own property, you’ll have a wealth of different spots to choose from, but not all of them will be equally effective or convenient. For example, you want to make sure that your dumpster is in a place you can easily reach with the material you plan to put inside of it. That’s not all, though. You’ll also want to make sure that the vehicle that eventually comes to pick up your dumpster can reach it easily. Avoid corners, landscaped areas, and spaces blocked by structures. Any of these places have the potential to cause trouble for your rental company when they eventually come to pick up the dumpster and take it away at the end of your rental period.
The Better Your Planning is, the Better Your Results Will Be
It’s not that dumpster rental is necessarily difficult. It’s just that a bit of planning makes it so much easier. When you decide to rent a dumpster, make sure you review the tips above and follow them carefully. If you do, our cheap dumpster rentals should be able to save you considerable amounts of time, stress, and even money. It’s all about what you know ahead of time. Know your waste, know the pricing model for your rental company, know how to stay safe, know the law, and know the layout of your property. If you do, you should find that dumpster rental is an easy experience. Call us at: 1-888-888-JUNK for the details.