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Why is it when people see a dumpster, they assume that they can "just throw a couple things in it"?
Recently I have just been staging debris in the garage and have junk services in periodically. I'd love to go back to the dumpster route but I know that every morning my blood pressure will be through the roof when I discover lawn mowers, tires, etc. in the dumpsters I paid for.
(PS my jobs are in affluent suburbs-so the illegal dumpers can usually afford to get rid of their own junk)
Do any of you guys have any tricks (fake cameras) or verbiage you put on your containers that work well?
 

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Why is it when people see a dumpster, they assume that they can "just throw a couple things in it"?
Recently I have just been staging debris in the garage and have junk services in periodically. I'd love to go back to the dumpster route but I know that every morning my blood pressure will be through the roof when I discover lawn mowers, tires, etc. in the dumpsters I paid for.
(PS my jobs are in affluent suburbs-so the illegal dumpers can usually afford to get rid of their own junk)
Do any of you guys have any tricks (fake cameras) or verbiage you put on your containers that work well?
Agreed. Ticks me off when there's a couch and a TV in my dumpster on Monday morning. Why is that any different than stealing? It's taking money out of our pocket for their benefit with no benefit to us. I've been thinking about some sort of sign warning they''ll be prosecuted.

Then again, I try to save my blood pressure for other things. Glad to know other people find the dumpster thing frustrating.

(BTW, where is your dumpster? I have an extra couch......)
 

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(fake cameras) or verbiage you put on your containers that work well?
I like that idea.:thumbsup: While gates and barriers would deter some illegal dumpers, I could also see the tvs and tires thrown over the gates or just in the yard.
A camera (fake or not) would not only eliminate the dumpster problem but probably stop lumber theft and vandalism.

Unless they stole your camera :sad:
 

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On residential jobs we always make dumpsters an allowance for just that reason. You will just have to explain, as we do, that you have x amount of boxes for the job and 1 for the neighbors. If the neighbors don't use it they get a credit. If 3 neighbors are pitching furniture, they will get an extra. I have gotten suprisingly little resistance from our customers over the years on this.
 

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I go thru 3-4 40 yard dumpsters a week. I always shoot for a completely
full dumpster friday at quiting time. People that are moving are the worst for filling your dumpster as are other contractors.
 

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I used to have a dumpster behind my shop on MY property. I got so tired of people putting their stuff in it I paid extra for the lockable top.
Helped somewhat but some crap-heads just left their junk on TOP of the dumpster.

No work now means no dumpster...I would rather have the work and the dumpster headaches.

Andy.
 

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Why is it when people see a dumpster, they assume that they can "just throw a couple things in it"?
Recently I have just been staging debris in the garage and have junk services in periodically. I'd love to go back to the dumpster route but I know that every morning my blood pressure will be through the roof when I discover lawn mowers, tires, etc. in the dumpsters I paid for.
(PS my jobs are in affluent suburbs-so the illegal dumpers can usually afford to get rid of their own junk)
Do any of you guys have any tricks (fake cameras) or verbiage you put on your containers that work well?

Ron

We have been doing the garage staging thing. Before we sign a contract, we explain the issues of a dumpster. When a customer discovers they are responsible for any extra costs associated with illegal dumping, they don't mind losing a space in the garage for a few days. Getting a dumpster in and out in 1 day is the idea. I think some customers don't like the "look" of one sitting in front of their house for days. Besides, they normally get a much cleaner garage once we're done!

Angus
 

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It does seem funny that everyone not working on the job are throwing things in the dumpster, But everyone working on the job are not throwing things in the dumpster
 

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It does seem funny that everyone not working on the job are throwing things in the dumpster, But everyone working on the job are not throwing things in the dumpster

There goes your answer... :laughing:... either one must work or throw... pick one choice of action only... Your choice is..?? :whistling
 

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I knew this would make for some interesting fodder. It's still frustrating as he**, but you guys are at least helping me laugh about it!
I like the cover ideas, the "found" idea, the allowance idea is especially good because the homeowner will be on the lookout too. I am too small for the running pile thing to work. I have to keep it on site for a few weeks.
Thanks for the input guys!
 

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Best thing we have found is to just get the tall 40 footers and always close and latch the door when we leave. Being 8 foot tall seems to keep most people from being able to reach over them.
 

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I have a trailer that fits about 10 yards. Never had a problem, other than candy wrappers. I do have a problem behind my house in the city. People just throw anything back in the alley. I caught one of them by digging in his garbage for envelopes with his name on, called the police and they gave him a fine.
 
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