5 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Renting a Dumpster

why you can't fill a dumpster to the top

Never fill your dumpster to the very top.
The dumpster on the left is too full to be safely hauled.

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.

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Building the Next 4 Rivers Smokehouse Joint in East Orlando

new construction on 4 rivers smokehouse in orlando

Are you ready to savor Texas barbecue flavor in East Orlando? We’re currently working with general contractor Friedrich Watkins Co. on the brand new construction of a sixth Florida location for 4 Rivers Smokehouse. This cult favorite barbecue joint brings Texas style, flavor and flair to the Sunshine State.

The project has been on-going since 2013 and is expected to wrap up in the early spring of this year. The newest location is anticipated to officially open around May 15. This is the second ground up construction of a 4 Rivers Location. We provided dumpster rentals and hauling services for the construction and renovations of the other five locations in Jacksonville, Gainesville, Longwood, Winter Garden and Winter Park, FL.

The newest location in East Orlando is located on University Boulevard, close to the University of Central Florida campus. The restaurant will include beloved in-house bakery, Sweet Shop, and, according to chef, owner and pitmaster John Rivers, this location will feature more style elements that are reminiscent of the smokehouses he grew up visiting in Texas.

We are providing 30-yard dumpsters on the site to collect construction debris as well as regular hauling services; this size dumpster is the most efficient for collecting construction debris. Commonly discarded construction items include cardboard and packaging, paper, wood trim and scrap, metal, glass and plastic. Bits and trimmed edges from flooring, tile, and drywall are also often discarded in our dumpsters.

We’re excited about the newest barbecue offerings and we know 4 Rivers Smokehouse fans are anxiously awaiting the grand opening. Offering multiple daily or weekly hauls, depending on the needs of the contractor, ensures that a project is never delayed while the crew waits for a dumpster to be emptied and returned.

You can learn more about dumpster rentals for construction and demolition projects on our website, and contact us today for a free quote to get your next construction project started!

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Residential Dumpster Rental Helps You Tackle Big Cleanup Projects

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If you’re planning a spring cleaning or home renovation project in the new year, consider renting a dumpster. We often share how our roll-off dumpsters are working on construction sites around Orlando, but smaller size dumpsters, however, are always available for rental by homeowners.

Roll-off dumpsters are commonly used to collect large amounts of waste and debris during home renovation projects (such as redoing your bathroom or kitchen), or large-scale cleaning projects (like emptying your cluttered attic or garage).

10-yard and 20-yard dumpsters are the most common sized dumpsters that are rented for residential use. We often suggest the 20-yard dumpster because the larger size can accommodate both small and mid-size jobs without filling up too quickly. With a 20-yard dumpster, you can get the job done quicker because we won’t have to make as many trips hauling your filled dumpster to the landfill or recycling center.

The 20-yard roll-off dumpster is 22 feet long and 4 to 4.5 feet tall. It’s completely open at the top, so you can easily toss in your trash. Roll-off dumpsters are delivered to your home on a special truck outfitted with a flat bed that tilts for loading and unloading.

The dumpsters can be placed anywhere on your property as long as it is accessible to our trucks and does not block traffic on your street. If you live in a neighborhood with an active homeowners’ association (HOA), please check with them regarding placement restrictions or rules regarding the amount of time a dumpster can remain on your property.

There are several items that are never allowed in our dumpsters because they are cost-prohibitive or are unsafe for disposal. These items include:

  • Appliances
  • Anything that has an electrical power plug
  • Tires
  • Paint
  • Chemicals, including common household items that may be environmentally harmful
  • Gasoline, motor oil, antifreeze and other automotive chemicals

If you’re undertaking a large project, we can provide multiple pick-ups to haul away waste and debris, returning the empty dumpsters to your home.

Start your project today! Call us at 407-843-7990 for pricing and details for residential dumpster rentals.

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We’re Providing Dumpster Rentals around Orlando for Several New Construction Projects

dumpster rental service in Orlando working on new construction projects

We’re excited to announce several new projects in and around Orlando. These projects are new construction, and we’re providing dumpsters as well as other construction necessities like portable toilets.

Construction is now underway on a new Nissan automotive dealership in Clermont, FL. We’re providing three 20-yard dumpsters to collect debris as the land is prepared for construction. We’ll also collect all of the typical construction waste like cardboard, paper, and even drywall to be hauled to either a local recycling facility or landfill.

We’ve also recently secured several other projects. A new liquor store, ABC Liquor, is under construction, located on Hwy 50 in Clermont. We’re partnering with general contractor RD Michaels, Inc.

Additional projects include the construction of a new 4,000-square-foot home in Mt. Dora. We’re partnering with The Collage Companies Construction and providing both 20-yard dumpsters to collect debris and portable toilets for the workers. In Orlando, we’re working with Aagaard Juergensen, Inc., commercial general contractors, on the construction of a new office building. We’re also providing 20-yard dumpsters on that project.

20-yard dumpsters, as well as 30-yard dumpsters, are a common size to collect construction debris, especially during demolition or the early stages of construction. Waste collected during this time, such as concrete, is often larger and heavier and the smaller size dumpster will not be too heavy to transport once filled. These are called roll-off dumpsters. They are open at the top and are transported by specialized trucks and can be left at construction sites until they are ready to haul.

We’re capable of providing dumpsters for and working on multiple projects simultaneously. We can provide multiple hauls each day so that construction projects are never delayed simply because dumpsters are full. As an independent hauler, we’re able to haul to the nearest waste or recycling facility, saving you time and money. In addition, as a LEED-certified company, we’re familiar with the process of recycling construction waste and we are capable of recycling much of the debris collected that is typically disposed of in landfills.

For more on how our rental process works, please visit our FAQ page.

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We’re Providing Roll-Off Dumpsters for Retirement Community Construction in Clermont

Orlando dumpster rental service provides dumpster during construction

We’re currently working with Colson and Colson General Contractors, a company based in Salem, OR, on a construction project for Orchard Heights Gracious Retirement Living in Clermont, FL. We’re providing porta-potties and roll-off dumpsters at the construction site.

The project is expected to be complete in the spring of next year. The new construction is building one- and two-bedroom apartment homes with amenities for seniors in the retirement and assisted living community. Community amenities include exercise and shopping opportunities, a barber and beauty shop, crafts, cards, billiards and entertainment. There’s even a dining hall staffed with a chef who prepares three nutritious meals each day, along with a 24-hour fruit bar, coffee and snack bar. Apartments will be furnished with drapes and linens, and will include kitchenettes and 24-hour emergency cord pulls in each room. Staff is on-site 24 hours each day to assist residents.

Orchard Heights has communities across the United States in 17 states. In Florida, there are two communities in Oxford, one under construction in Clermont and another community in Spring Hill. In addition, Orchard Hill manages communities in Ontario and Saskatchewan, Canada and several locations in the United Kingdom.

Colson and Colson General Contractors was founded in 1963 between Hugh Colson and his son. In 1979, they began working exclusively on constructing retirement residences. As of December 2009, Colson and Colson has built over 300 retirement residences in the United States, Canada and even England!

“Our roll-off dumpsters on site will collect all the standard construction debris like wood, paper, metal and cardboard. We’ll then haul the debris to the right waste management or recycling facility,” said Chuck Herb, owner of Sunshine Recycling. “In addition, we’re providing porta-potties on site for the contractors.”

For more information about the services we provide, please visit our Services page or check out our FAQs  to learn more about our dumpster rental process.

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