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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Renting a Dumpster

Renting a dumpster is not something you think about until you need to get rid of large amounts of waste or debris from your home or business. Whether it’s a new construction or demolition project, yard waste, or cleaning out the basement, a dumpster will help you take care of the mess.

However, when renting a dumpster for the first time, most people get confused and make costly dumpster mistakes. There are many things that can go wrong when renting a dumpster that you should know before agreeing to the rental terms.

These mistakes are costly, can lead to property damage, and make the whole process inconvenient. To help you out, we highlight five common mistakes to avoid when renting a dumpster for your project.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Below are five common mistakes people make when renting a dumpster and how you can avoid them:

Picking a Dumpster That Is Too Small for Their Project

It can be challenging to judge how much waste your project will generate. Cost and underestimation make people rent a smaller dumpster than they require. This makes them end up renting an extra dumpster, which results in more charges.

It’s better to rent the next size up in case you generate more debris. NowRush offers dumpsters in four convenient sizes because we understand cleanup projects come in different shapes and sizes. If you have trouble estimating the right dumpster, you can call us, tell us what you need the dumpster for, and we will help you pick the correct size.

Incorrect Placement of the Dumpster

Before renting a dumpster, you need to select the location where the dumpster will be placed carefully. Where your dumpster will be placed is critical for the next few days or weeks during your clean up project. Most people make a mistake of placing a dumpster where it blocks windows or doors and hinders easy movement around the property.

Incorrect placement of a dumpster, like placing it on soft ground, can cause damage to underground equipment and plumbing systems. You should also avoid placing a dumpster on sloppy ground as it can slide away, especially during winter, causing more damage.

The dumpster location should be on a flat and obstacle-free area. Remove any obstacles like trees and rocks that can prevent the delivery truck from getting in and out easily. Remember, if you want your dumpster placed on the road, you need to get a permit to avoid fines and penalties from the city.

Placing Hazardous or Prohibited Material in the Dumpster

Just because you’re renting a dumpster, it doesn’t mean you can throw just anything in it. Throwing dangerous or prohibited materials into the dumpster can result in additional fees you hadn’t planned for. These items can cause environmental pollution and should be disposed of according to specific laws and regulations by skilled professionals. Some of the restricted items include:

  • Car pipes
  • Oil and petrol
  • Household cleaning chemicals
  • Tires
  • Old Paint
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Aerosol
  • Propane tanks

Remember, at the disposal facility, the waste placed in a dumpster is inspected. If prohibited items are found, the waste can be rejected or lead to additional fees. Ask us about the items you can dispose of in the dumpster. This will help you avoid any fees for throwing away toxic and prohibited materials.

Overfilling a Dumpster

Overfilling a dumpster creates a safety hazard when loading and hauling away your trash. When renting a dumpster, make sure you don’t fill it past the water line, or the top edges of the dumpster.

If you overfill your dumpster, a dumpster rental company will overcharge you for overloading. In some instances, the company might refuse to take the dumpster until you sort out the issue due to safety concerns. This can mean needing a separate trip for pickup which will lead to an additional fee. Avoid overfilling your dumpster at all costs.

Creating a Blockade

When placing the dumpster, we need to place in a place that doesn’t block anything on your property. A common mistake most people make is requesting the dumpster get placed somewhere that blocks the windows, doors, or driveway.

Although a professional dumpster company like NowRush won’t create a blockade intentionally, it’s best to ensure you are present on-site to guide us on where to place the dumpster during the delivery day. We can also help you choose a strategic position for easy accessibility.

Avoid Dumpster Rental Pitfalls with NowRush Recycling Solutions

If you or your business are looking to rent a dumpster for waste disposal, don’t hesitate to get in touch with NowRush Recycling Solutions. We offer a quick and easy dumpster rental process for your new construction, demolition, or home improvement project. Contact us for pricing and scheduling.