Unless you’ve made other arrangements with your client, you’re responsible for dumpster rental for any demo work you’re performing on a job site. As straightforward as it may sound, there are some considerations to keep in mind when scoping out dumpster rentals for your next job site.
Unscrupulous individuals see a large dumpster as an open invitation to offload their trash — and occasionally hazardous materials they’ve been storing. Your dumpster rental company will not look too kindly on any hazmat that makes its way into their trash stream, and you’ll incur fees if you go over limit because of excess garbage in your dumpster.
While no dumping signs can be a deterrent, a temporary locking fence or locking lid is better if you’re leaving your dumpster unattended after hours.
Location and Positioning
Where are you going to put your dumpster? Smaller dumpsters that need more regular pickups need an easy in and out for pickups, as well as enough easement so as not to block traffic. You might also be limited by your client’s landscaping, outbuildings or other permanent obstructions.
Larger dumpsters take up more room, naturally. If your job requires a large container-style dumpster, you’ll have to find a place to park it that takes into consideration all of the above, while keeping it accessible to yourself and your crew with minimal inconvenience to clients or those who need to regularly access the parking lot. For example, if your clients are staying in their home during a renovation, you can’t really take up all their parking spots or block in their cars.
Scope out your job site beforehand to find the best place to park your dumpster before having it brought to the site.
Imagine a client in a rural setting whose driveway is long, winding and steep. You don’t want to park your dumpster at the bottom of that driveway, even if it does make it easier for pickup. You’ll spend extra time hauling debris.
Accessibility isn’t just about positioning though: the type of dumpster you rent depends on the type of debris you’re disposing of. If you’re doing a kitchen renovation, you may want to consider a dumpster with a walk-in door for heavy sinks, appliances and piping. A standard renovation that has you disposing of drywall and lumber might not require a door — but if you’ve got a larger dumpster at your disposal, consider how you’re going to get things up and over the sides.
What does the weather have to do with dumpsters? Excess water can add to the tonnage fee you pay for removal. If your dumpster is frozen to the ground due to winter temps, you’ll have a frustrating time loosening it without damage so it can be hauled away or emptied. Muddy ground from flooding, similarly, makes a rough time for dumpster removal. Consider investing in a dumpster tarp to keep out extra water. A good dumpster liner can keep debris from soaking up any water, snow or runoff and add an extra layer of insulation to the dumpster — reducing tonnage, washout costs post-rental and the possibility of a stuck load of garbage.
Considerations for Your Next Dumpster Rental
Have a plan in place for where you’ll place your dumpster and how you’ll protect it from both the elements and unscrupulous people who see an opportunity for illegal dumping. Reduce your costs with a dumpster liner and make sure you rent the right type – and size – dumpster for the job. Don’t forget to factor in rental costs in your estimate.