Frequently Asked Dumpster Rental Questions
Find the short answer to VIP’s most frequently asked questions. The links to the full answers, tools, and resources related to each answer can be found on our Top 10 Best FAQ page here!
1. My dumpster rental is full, can I have my bin dumped and returned empty?
Most trash removal companies are responsive to requests to have a bin dumped and returned. Why? It’s because this dumpster service costs the same as the original bin cost. If you hired an unreliable dumpster service, and are on a short project timeline, you may run into trouble. We’ve heard horror stories of our competitors waiting 60 days to remove containers. Hire a company who guarantees service timelines.
2. Can I change dumpster service times to keep it longer, or remove it sooner?
Yes, often you can change bin serving times. Call your trash removal company at least 24-hours in advance to avoid confusion and industry standard dry-run fees. To keep your bin longer, be prepared to pay a daily rental rate. If you have time sensitive projects, hire a responsive waste management company. Hire a dumpster rental company focused on providing quick quotes and first class experiences.
3. Can I load the rolloff using a skid-steer?
Please DO NOT load the rolloff using motored machinery. Bins loaded with Bobcats often experience serious problems.
- Even skilled operators damage the roll off, which you are liable for repairing.
- Bins loaded with motored machines often pick up tons of dirt and other debris so heavy it renders the bin too heavy to lift or legally haul. You have to unload the garbage to an acceptable weight. That’s a costly mistake to fix.
4. What is your dumpster rental company doing to minimize environmental impact in Austin, Texas?
We like the term Conscious Capitalism coined by another Austin original, Whole Foods Market. We are actively involved with non-profits locally and worldwide. At home we provide in-kind donations of friendly dumpster services to churches and non-profits to help people who cannot help themselves. Worldwide we financially support teams creating sustainable food, farms, and clean water wells in developing communities. When possible we donate, reuse, and recycle materials.
5. How do I estimate the weight of trash material being placed in my rolloff container rental?
You can avoid overweight fees (and other headaches). Smart contractors “measure twice and cut once”. The same idea applies to loading your rolloff. One material that plays tricks on you is concrete. A 20-yard dumpsters with 2-yards of concrete is only 10% full, but likely 100% of your weight capacity. Know the weight before loading. Get our chart for weight of trash by material type, roofing estimates, and alternative solutions for heavy materials.
6. Can my Texas rubbish bin be placed on the street?
It depends on your municipality’s regulations, often requiring paying for a permit. Usually a efficient footprint roll-offs will fit on your private property and not require much space. Compact small dumpsters can fit in tight spaces like townhouses and downtown communities without parking. If you require your box to sit on the street, ask the city about a TURP (Temporary Use Right of Way Permit). They will need to have your bin verified and insured. For details on getting a TURP in Austin Texas visit our top 10 best FAQs page.
7. Can I use my rolloff dumpster for roofing shingles?
Due to recent Texas government regulations it is no longer cost effective for roofers to have laborers haul shingles to the dump in a trailer. More roofers are renting cans at economical prices. But before loading your bin rental full of asphalt shingles, be sure your trash removal company can legally haul the weight. If not, you may be stuck unloading the container, and having to redo the work. Use the helpful free tool for quickly and easily calculating which size dumpster you need according to your roof measurements, and in our top 10 best FAQ page.
8. What can you put in a roll-off? What hazardous waste is prohibited?
Most municipalities allow trash from: your yard, construction dumpsters, demolition, and regular household waste. However, there is a long list of prohibited items that cannot be accepted in a residential roll off rental without penalties. You must contact your local government’s hazardous waste recovery program.
Some hazardous waste items like Televisions, Tires, Freezers, Electronics and more can be accepted for an additional fee and require special loading so the item can be sorted out, avoid landfill charges, and go to the appropriate disposal facility.
9. How much space is required for rolloff bin delivery?
Most trash removal companies deliver using essentially a Semi truck. Their boxes are 22 feet long. If your driveway cannot fit two semi-trucks in front of each other, you have a problem. If you have trees, power-lines, or other low hanging obstructions, most waste management companies cannot safely deliver due to their lift system. It is also a no-go if your property has slopes or slants. Some rental companies have created slope-safe, space-efficient setups that allow for dumpster service almost anywhere. For more delivery requirement problem details and solutions see our Top 10 Best FAQ page.
10. Can I put dirt, concrete, tile, brick, or other earthy materials in my dumpster rental?
Often materials like these are prohibited because they cause the bin to be too heavy to legally haul. Then you have the cost of removing the materials to a acceptable weight. And if you didn’t ask ahead about how to make it qualify as clean-fill waste recycling, then you have large extra weight fees for regular landfill disposal. Best idea: ask your trash removal company how to properly dispose of these materials and which size bin they recommend.
11. What if garbage extends above the dumpster wall height?
You must remove all materials extending above the heigh of the dumpster wall for your trash removal company to legally haul the steel boxes. If the bin is not ready to haul according to the driver’s opinion, then you are hit with several fees until you fix the problem. Overfilled garbage falls out on roads causing accidents, property damage, personal injury and even death. This is a five, six, or seven figure liability you have. For the rest of the story on how to avoid trash container rental problems read the full articles from our main FAQ page.
12. Will the roll off container scrape, fracture, or damage my driveway?
It depends on which trash removal company you hire. Most companies have equipment built for industrial uses, not fragile residential uses. Plus, the measures taken by most companies who claim they won’t damage your property is inadequate.
Either they do nothing, or they ask you to spend big bucks on sheets of plywood for under the bin. A few companies specialize in effective driveway protection systems that are include in the flat rate cost of dumpster rental. Learn more about what to look for in our Top 10 Best FAQ section.
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