Some people, especially new homeowners and those who live in rented accommodation, have little experience in renting dumpsters to dispose of the waste generated from construction work and renovations. However, it's highly likely that one day, you will have to learn more about dumpster rental. Even seasoned homeowners often don't know the laws surrounding dumpsters, but a misunderstanding isn’t a good enough excuse to avoid penalties.
Fortunately, most reputable dumpster rental services, such as Junk King, can place mini dumpsters on your driveway without causing any damage. More importantly, you don't have to worry about placement regulations and permits to situate a dumpster on your property. However, if you need to place a large receptacle on the road, don't worry, because we've answered some of the most frequently asked (yet hard to find) questions below.
- Can I Use a Dumpster Rental for Asbestos Removal?
If you recently detected asbestos inside your home, you no doubt want to remove and eliminate it as fast as possible. It's crucial to get rid of asbestos for the sake of your health, but you should never attempt to do so without professional help. First, only qualified asbestos removal service are legally allowed to remove the dangerous substance because they have the required training to dispose of it safely and responsibly. Second, it's better to keep yourself out of harm's way by letting the specialists do their job.
Because only certified companies can deal with asbestos removal, most waste disposal services can't retrieve dumpsters containing asbestos. However, for the second reason detailed in the previous paragraph, you shouldn't attempt to eliminate asbestos alone anyway. If you're renovating a property that was built in the 60s or before, you might want to consider having an asbestos inspection before making any significant changes.
In a similar vein, you can't throw household hazardous waste (HHW) into a dumpster. It's prohibited to put any HHW in a landfill because it can be toxic to sanitation workers and react to form harmful chemicals. HHW includes paint, oil, varnish, medication, fuel, and more, and you can speak to the manufacturer to learn more about safe disposal.
- Can I Rent a Dumpster Without a Permit?
Whether you need a dumpster permit depends on where you wish to place it and for how long. A mini dumpster can usually hold up to 12 cubic yards of waste, and they fit comfortably on your driveway or elsewhere on your land. You don't need a permit for a mini dumpster because it doesn't affect anybody's right of way on a public road. Plus, it's your land, so you can decide how to utilize it. Bear in mind that you can't extend your home or make structural changes without the relevant permit, but you won't need permission to dispose of the waste in your mini dumpster.
If there isn't enough space for a large dumpster on your property, you should hire a licensed company to place one on the street directly in front of your accommodation. Fortunately, the service you choose is responsible for obtaining permits, though what they must pay may affect the total dumpster rental cost.
- What Happens to the Junk I throw Away?
Increasingly, people want to know what a dumpster rental service does with the waste it collects, probably because more people are becoming aware of the dangers of landfills and their effect on the environment. We throw more trash into landfills per capita than any other country, and landfills generate a significant amount of methane, a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. In addition to air pollution, landfills can contaminate waterways, destroy habitats, and cause health inflictions in sanitation workers, which is why most dumpster rental services now take recycling seriously.
Take Junk King, for example, which aims to recycle at least 60 percent of the waste it collects (a target it often beats), and you can see how it can be more environmentally friendly to let the professionals dispose of trash rather than do it yourself. Of course, you don’t need help to recycle the small amount of junk you generate at home in a typical week, but a waste disposal service can be a real asset to the environment when you have piles of junk on your hands.
- Is There Anything More Affordable than Dumpster Rental?
In recent years, junk removal services have increased in popularity, and they offer an alternative to renting a dumpster. Instead of placing a dumpster on your driveway for a few days or a week, a waste retrieval company drives a truck, which can comfortably accommodate the waste from a small-scale renovation or spring clean, to your property. Then, in the space of a day or as little as a few hours, the junk removal service will load their vehicle with all the trash you want to throw away.
Reputable waste retrieval services put the same amount of care into recycling as the best dumpster rental companies, and they can be more affordable than dumpster rentals in certain situations. While you need to cover labor fees to have the professionals do the heavy lifting, you won't need to worry about contributing to the permit fees that dumpster rental services have to pay. Plus, a junk removal company finishes the task in the space of a day rather than a week. If you have too much waste for their truck, have any odd-shaped possessions to dispose of, or need its drivers to travel far away, junk removal companies may be more expensive than dumpster rental. It's best to do your homework to see which is cheapest for you.
- Why Rent a Dumpster When I Could Use a Junk Removal Company?
Now that we've mentioned some of the benefits of junk removal companies, you may wonder why it's worth renting a dumpster for small waste loads, especially if it can be more expensive. While it's true that junk removal companies have their benefits, they also have some downsides that you need to know. Of course, nothing in this world is without its pros and cons, but it's best to be aware of them so that you can make educated decisions.
If you generate waste gradually while revamping your property, you'll find having a dumpster that you can fill as and when you please will be more convenient than hiring a junk removal company. A junk removal company usually makes just one trip to collect your waste in its entirety, meaning you'll have to find somewhere to store it until they arrive. Instead, however, you could just have a mini dumpster placed on your driveway for up to a week and let the professionals retrieve it when you're finished.
Hopefully, this article has equipped you with the knowledge you need to press ahead with that revamp with an understanding of which waste disposal method is best for you. With a dumpster rental, you won't need to contribute to permit fees or worry about breaking laws if placing it on your property, but permit fees will inevitably affect the overall price if you need to place a large dumpster on the street. However, you might not need a dumpster at all if you have lots of waste gathered in one place, so consider your options wisely to protect your investment.
Are you working to help create a more sustainable environment while focusing on recycling, reuse and waste minimization? Junk King is ready to assist you with your unwanted junk removal while keeping those same goals as top priority. If you are ready to experience top-rated customer service please consider using Junk King for your dumpster rental and junk removal. Call today (612) 345-9058 or visit Junk King online to get a quick and easy quote for dumpster rentals or for more information on what size dumpster would best suit your needs.