At Sunshine Recycling, we work hard to make renting a dumpster an easy, uncomplicated process. Over the years, there are several dumpster myths and misconceptions that we’ve encountered time and again. Here are 10 things to keep in mind when planning your next dumpster rental.
1. Fees are assessed every time.
We offer competitive costs compared to other dumpster companies in the area including a small one-time delivery fee to drop the dumpster off at your residence or job site. We also provide a flat-rate hauling fee up to a certain tonnage (that means up to a certain total weight of the dumpster once it is filled).
What many people don’t realize is that flat-rate fee is accessed every time your dumpster is hauled to be emptied. To avoid any billing surprises, discuss the size and scope of your job with our sales representatives. They will recommend the best size dumpster for the job and may be able to help determine if you’ll need more than one pick up and haul during your rental period.
2. Overfilling a dumpster is a safety hazard.
If your dumpster is heavier than the allowed weight for our flat-rate fee, you’ll definitely incur more costs. An overloaded dumpster is also dangerous to load and transport. Materials are more difficult to contain in an overfilled dumpster and can easily fall out of the dumpster during transit, jeopardizing the safety of other motorists.
You’ve probably seen pictures of dumpsters filled to the brim, overflowing with trash or debris. In reality, you should never fill a dumpster more than halfway, or three-quarters full at the very most, depending on what you’re dumping. When collecting concrete, for example, or other heavy or bulky materials (like dirt) the dumpster should never be more than half full.
3. Dumping tires is expensive.
Local landfills in Orlando won’t accept tires. When we deliver a dumpster to be emptied and the load includes tires, the landfill assesses a $25 fee for each individual tire!
Other items that cannot be dumped or recycled and should not be included in our dumpsters are paint, wet concrete, appliances, computers or other electronics, refrigerators, stove tops and ovens, and hazardous chemicals or medical waste.
4. Dumpster placement could violate city codes.
If you’re renting a dumpster for residential use, make room on your property before we deliver the dumpster. You may lay down a tarp or plywood to protect your driveway or yard from the weight of the dumpster.
For residential rental, dumpsters cannot be placed on the street in front of your property. Not only is the dumpster a traffic hazard, but dumpsters placed in the street may also violate local city code. If you need to rent a dumpster and do not have space on your property, contact your local city government offices to find out if there are any permits you need in order to place a dumpster on your street.
5. You’re responsible for what other people dump.
If your dumpster is placed out in the open or close to a public road where others have easy access, you’re liable for whatever is placed in the dumpster. If someone comes along and tosses in 5 tires, you’re responsible to pay the $125 fee assessed by the landfill when your dumpster is emptied. If you’re unaware of other materials being tossed into your dumpster, you may end up overfilling the dumpster which will incur additional costs when we haul it.
To protect your dumpster investment, place the dumpster out of visible site, behind a fence or away from main roads. When you leave a job site for the night, place a tarp or cover over your roll off dumpster to prevent someone from easily dumping things in the top and make sure the door on the rear of the dumpster is closed and locked.
Please discuss any dumping safety concerns with our sales representatives. They will be able to recommend additional services or offer more suggestions to prevent others from using your dumpster to toss their trash.
Renting a dumpster can be easy and a stress-free process if you take a few simple steps to protect your investment. Limit access to your dumpster and ensure everyone takes appropriate measures to prevent overloading the container for a low-cost, additional fee free, dumpster renting experience.