Moving House? Use a Dumpster to Declutter.

A bunch of moving boxes are stacked inside and outside a moving van in front of a home that failed to use dumpsters to declutter before moving.

Moving makes the top 10 list of the most stressful life events. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, it’s right up there with the death of a loved one, divorce, and job loss1.

The thought of packing up an entire household, transporting it to a new location, and then unpacking it all is overwhelming for most people. Using a dumpster to declutter your home before moving day can help alleviate some of the stress.

Taking the time to sort through your belongings and dispose of unnecessary items simplifies your move, saves time, and creates a fresh start in your new place.

Use the practical tips in this blog to maximize the benefits of a dumpster to declutter to make your transition as smooth and efficient as possible.

Why decluttering is essential before a move

Moving to a new home is a major life event that comes with a unique set of challenges and opportunities.

Decluttering before a move is more than a practical step. It’s a transformative process that makes transitioning to your new space smoother, more efficient, and emotionally rewarding. By reducing the physical and psychological burdens of moving, you set yourself up for a more positive relocation experience.

Here’s why.

  1. It reduces the amount of stuff to pack, move, and unpack
    One of the most obvious (and immediate) benefits of decluttering before a move is the reduction in volume of items you must handle. Take a systemic approach to sorting your belongings, donating and discarding the items you no longer need. Dumpsters declutter your home faster and more efficiently by giving you a convenient place to dispose of unwanted items.

    Fewer items to pack mean fewer boxes, less packing materials, and a shorter time spent loading and unloading. It

  2. It saves time and effort during moving
    Every item you decide to keep requires packing, transporting, and unpacking in your new location. Decluttering beforehand streamlines the entire moving process. Packing fewer items is quicker and means less trips between your old and new place. If you’re moving a significant distance away, fewer boxes can mean the difference between needing one moving truck or two.

  3. It creates a fresh start in your new home
    Moving is an opportunity for a fresh start that leaves unwanted clutter behind. Bringing only the items you need, love, and use regularly to your new space allows you to set up your new home with intention and purpose.

    Starting in your new space with a clean slate removes the stress and frustration of dealing with items you didn’t want before and resent dragging along for the ride. Your new home should reflect your lifestyle and aspirations, not serve as a storage space for outdated or unused items.

  4. It reduces stress and anxiety
    Clutter increases stress and anxiety2. The sight of piles of unused or unwanted items can overwhelm you and cause a mental burden. Decluttering before your move reduces this source of stress by creating a more organized and simplified moving process. You can focus on the excitement of your new place instead of feeling bogged down by chaos and disorder.
A KEI dumpster rental service truck drops off two red KEI dumpsters in front of a home.

The benefits of using dumpsters to declutter

Humans accumulate a lot of stuff. How much stuff, exactly?

Well, household moves outside the U.S. weigh between 2,500 pounds and 7,500 pounds3. An entire industry – self-storage – has emerged to handle the overflow that no longer fits inside our homes and garages.

If looking around at all that stuff makes you feel like you’re about to have a full-blown panic attack, it’s time to consider a dumpster to declutter before the big move.

Dumpsters make decluttering more efficient by providing a central and convenient location to toss unwanted items as you pack up each room in your home for the move. Always donate items that are in good condition and only toss out things no one else might find useful.

Speaking of packing, with less clutter overwhelming your space, the process becomes more manageable. You can save yourself significant money by eliminating unneeded items instead of paying extra to move them to your new location.

A graphic that lists the four dumpster sizes you can rent from KEI. Dumpsters declutter your home before a big move when you choose the right size to get the job done.

Choosing the right size dumpsters to declutter your home

What could be more convenient than having a dumpster – or two – in your driveway to efficiently clear your home of unwanted items? Short of magical elves that pack up and transport your stuff for you, not much.

However, the key to using dumpsters to lessen your burden during a move is to choose the correct size for the job.

You don’t want to run out of space or overpay by choosing a larger size than you need. Here are some tips for right-sizing your roll-off dumpster.

  • Take a walk-through of your home. Estimate the amount of debris and unwanted items you plan to discard before your move. Consider any larger items like appliances and furniture. Pro tip: furniture can be broken down by removing legs and other accessories to minimize the amount of space it takes up in a dumpster.
  • Measure the available space. Depending on where you live, you may have limited space for accommodating a dumpster rental. If you have more debris than space to house an adequate-sized dumpster, you can request fill-and-replace service with a local dumpster rental company to use a smaller dumpster to get the job done.
  • Consider dumpster dimensions. A 10-yard dumpster typically works for a one-bedroom apartment or small single-family home. Larger homes with multiple rooms and occupants may be better served with a 20-yard dumpster.
  • Rent for the right duration. Most dumpster rental companies typically provide a dumpster for 7 to 10 days as part of the standard rental agreement. If you need a more flexible rental period, talk with the company to make other arrangements.

Not sure what size or type of dumpster you need for your big move? Don’t hesitate to consult with the dumpster rental company. Experienced professionals can provide insights based on your specific needs and the type of materials you plan to discard.

Dumpsters declutter your mind and your home

Moving to a new home doesn’t have to be your worst nightmare. Dumpsters declutter your old space so you can get a fresh start in your new location.

By having a convenient place to toss unusable items at your doorstep, you can streamline the entire process and eliminate the need for multiple trips to the local dump (or hoping your weekly trash pickup will accommodate your extra discards).

Say goodbye to the stress of moving unwanted items and hello to a roll-off dumpster rental to make moving day a breeze. Give KEI a call today to schedule the right-sized dumpster for your move.

Sources

  1. The social readjustment rating scale. sciencedirect.com. Accessed June 4, 2024.
  2. Speaking of Psychology: Why clutter stresses us out…  apa.org. Accessed June 4, 2024.
  3. America’s Clutter Problem. time.com. Accessed June 4, 2024.

Using Dumpsters to Declutter Your Home

A bunch of old furniture and other household items sits in the yard in front of a home waiting for a KEI dumpster rental to dispose of the items.

Living in a cluttered and disorganized home can take a significant toll on your mental and physical well-being. Constantly navigating through piles of clutter can cause unnecessary anxiety and stress. It makes it challenging to find what you need while creating safety hazards. However, knowing where to start with a cleanout can feel overwhelming.

Using dumpsters to declutter your home can make the task less daunting. Including them in your plans to rid yourself of unwanted items not suitable for reuse or donation is a good first step toward ridding yourself of the mess.

Once you have a roll-off dumpster on site, you can systematically go through each room of your home to sort and dispose of unwanted items.

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Why decluttering your home is important

Decluttering your home is a transformative process. It enhances the physical appearance of your living space while improving your peace of mind.

Dusting around countless nicknacks and other items can slow down routine maintenance on your home. Once you sort and remove some of those items, you’ll spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying life.

Let’s not forget that excessive clutter creates tripping hazards, blocks exit routes, and increases the risk of fires.

A garage full of knick knacks collecting dust.

Health risks of a cluttered home

Clutter collects dust, mold, and other indoor allergens that can cause respiratory issues1, even in otherwise healthy people. For those allergic to dust mites, pet dander, or pollen, all that dust traps their worst allergens and triggers sneezing, wheezing, and itchy eyes.

Using dumpsters to declutter your home makes it easier to eliminate the allergens2 associated with poor indoor air quality.

Beyond the physical symptoms living in a cluttered home can cause, there are also documented effects3 on your mental health. Clutter leads to depression and mood disorders, and can increase insomnia in people already prone to sleeplessness.

How to know when it’s time to declutter

It’s easy to accumulate more items than you need. Some people are in denial that they have more things than they could ever possibly use. Others may know but lack the resources or motivation necessary to begin decluttering.

People who are blissfully unaware of how their clutter affects them and everyone trapped living in the situation with them may need to pay closer attention to signals that it’s time to take organization more seriously.

Surefire signs it’s time to consider using dumpsters to declutter your home:

  • You waste countless hours searching for items you know you have but can’t find in the mess.
  • You feel overwhelmed by the amount of clutter but powerless to do anything about it.
  • You store unused or broken items for years because you can’t bear to part with them.
  • You have multiple versions of the same item and keep buying more.
  • You have run out of storage space in your home because you can’t part with any unused items.
  • You form emotional attachments to items that have no practical purpose.

Paying close attention to these signs is the key to creating a more functional, organized, and stress-free home.

A screenshot of a post on X from WPXI TV reporter Jennifer Borrasso about a hoarding situation in a local home. Dumpsters were brought in to help declutter.

When clutter becomes a problem

When junk of all shapes and sizes invades every corner of your home, it might be time to admit that clutter has become a real problem.

Hoarding disorder4 drives some people to create cramped living conditions because they have difficulty parting with possessions. Hoarders can experience genuine distress at the thought of decluttering their homes of these precious items they feel obligated to protect.

People suffering from hoarding disorder may not recognize there’s a problem. It can be up to family and friends – even neighbors5 – to encourage them to seek professional help and begin the decluttering process.

Working with a dumpster rental company to accommodate decluttering in a hoarding situation can expedite the cleanout process by providing a safe and convenient way to dispose of bulky, unwanted items.

Not all items can go in dumpsters during decluttering. As a guideline, you should avoid putting the following materials in a roll-off dumpster rental:

  • Batteries
  • E-waste items (computers, monitors, printers)
  • Freon-containing appliances (air conditioners, freezers, refrigerators)
  • Gasoline, oil, and other liquids
  • Hazardous waste
  • Paints
  • Televisions
  • Tires

If you have hazardous items such as these, consult with the dumpster rental service provider to get suggestions on how to safely dispose of them.

Tips for decluttering every room

One of the easiest ways to tackle a decluttering project is to conduct a room-by-room inspection. Inventory the items in each room. Then, make a list of the things you want to keep, the things you want to donate, and the things you want to dispose of in your rental dumpster.

Kitchen Decluttering

Kitchen decluttering should focus on cupboards and the refrigerator. Starting with the fridge, check the expiration date on all unused food items. If you have leftovers stored that you no longer recognize (or have visible signs of degradation), toss them immediately. Make sure you understand the difference between sell-by and use-by dates to avoid throwing out food that’s still safe to consume6.

Move to the cupboards next, where you should check expiration dates on non-perishable items. Then, evaluate drawers and other storage spaces to remove items that don’t logically belong in the kitchen. Consider donating old pots, pans, and dishes you no longer use but are still in good condition.

Living Room Decluttering

Living rooms have a way of accumulating a lot of junk. Old magazines and newspapers, junk mail, and DVDs and CDs you no longer use. Donate what is appropriate for reuse – second-hand stores love DVDs and CDs in good condition – and dispose of the rest in your dumpster rental.

If you have broken furniture, it should be broken down and tossed into the dumpster. Any furniture you rarely use is ideal for donating to a shelter, free store, or second-hand store.

A woman wearing a white shirt and blue pants sorts through her clothes in the closet to decide what to keep and what to discard or donate.

Bedroom Decluttering

If your go-to method for removing junk from your site is to shove it under your bed, you’re not alone. The out-of-sight, out-of-mind mentality is strong among most people. However, those items can collect dust and other indoor allergens, making getting a restful night’s sleep impossible.

Maybe you have so many clothes that you can no longer hang them all up or fold them all neatly into dresser drawers, so they’re tossed on the closet floor or other bedroom furniture.

To tackle this situation, sort through closets and donate or discard clothes and shoes you no longer wear. This includes decluttering under the bed.

Bathroom Decluttering

Do you have a collection of half-used toiletries in your bathroom? Start by combining like products into one bottle and recycling or disposing of the empty ones. Check makeup supplies and toss out ones that are more than a few months old.

One of the most effective ways to prevent overbuying toiletries is by investing in some organizers and shelving that allows you to clearly see what you have and what you need to replenish.

Never toss unused or expired medications into the trash or down the toilet. Some medications can end up in the water supply if not disposed of properly7.

Home Office Decluttering

Organize your paperwork into filing cabinets or other storage containers by type and date. You can also consider scanning and storing the documents digitally and then shredding the paper copies to save space.

If you have old printers, computers, and other office equipment sitting around, dispose of them properly. Most dumpster rentals for decluttering can accommodate some of this equipment. E-waste like computers, laptops, and cell phones must be disposed of another way.

Basement and Garage Decluttering

Inventory your tools and create used and unused piles. Any tools that are broken can go in the dumpster. If they are unused but still work, consider donating them.

Any old or broken furniture, sporting goods items, and other junk you’ve accumulated over the years can go in the dumpster as well.

A KEI truck delivers two red roll-off dumpsters to a home in a neighborhood.

Get dumpsters for decluttering

Organizing your living space doesn’t have to stress you out when you rely on dumpsters for decluttering. They’re a convenient way to dispose of bulky items and save you the time and effort of making several trips to the local dump yourself.

Having a roll-off dumpster rental on your property serves as a visual reminder to finish your organization project before the rental period expires.

If you’re ready to get started on your home cleanout project, give KEI a call to arrange for the right-sized dumpster delivery to your home. We serve residential and commercial customers in Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Mercer, and Venango counties.

Sources

  1. How Clutter Can Affect Your Health. webmd.com. Accessed May 8, 2024.
  2. Indoor Allergens. aaaai.org. Accessed May 8, 2024.
  3. The Connection Between Cleanliness and Mental Health. verywellmind.com. Accessed May 8, 2024.
  4. Hoarding Disorder. mayoclinic.org. Accessed May 8, 2024.
  5. Severe hoarding situation has neighbors concerned, frustrated in Plum. wpxi.com. Accessed May 8, 2024.
  6. Food Product Dating. fsis.usda.gov. Accessed May 8, 2024.
  7. Unused Medicine Disposal. pastop.org. Accessed May 8, 2024.

Dumpster Rental FAQs Asked and Answered

A KEI dumpster rental sits in the street in Butler.

Roll-off dumpster rentals are a convenient solution for homeowners, contractors, and businesses that need to dispose of large amounts of debris or waste. Having questions about the dumpster rental process isn’t uncommon.

From how much it costs to suitable delivery locations, we dive into your most frequently asked questions to help you make an informed decision before renting a roll-off dumpster for your next project.

What is a roll-off dumpster?

A roll-off dumpster is a large, open-top container designed for the temporary storage and removal of waste. Construction debris, household junk, and landscaping trimmings are all suitable for this method of disposal.

Unlike standard dumpsters from your local garbage collection service, roll-off dumpster rentals have a rectangular shape, include wheels for easy movement, and come with open tops for easy – and safe – disposal of items.

Roll-off dumpsters are delivered on-site and retrieved once full or when the rental period expires (whichever comes first).

Four red KEI dumpsters sit next to one another. The dumpsters are labeled by size.

What are the typical dumpster rental sizes?

Roll-off dumpster rentals come in various sizes. Most range between 10 and 40 cubic yards. KEI offers the following dumpster sizes to its customers:

  • 10-yard containers are 12 feet long, 4 feet high, and 8 feet wide. They hold up to 2 tons of material and are ideal for attic or basement cleanouts, small remodeling projects, and landscape debris.
  • 15-yard containers are 14 feet long, 4 feet high, and 8 feet wide. They hold 2.5 tons of material and are ideal for decluttering, apartment cleanouts, small remodeling or construction projects, and yard debris.
  • 20-yard containers are 16 feet long, 4 feet high, and 8 feet wide. They hold 3 tons of material and are ideal for new construction, large residential remodeling projects, and industrial sites.
  • 25-yard containers are 16 feet long, 6.16 feet high, and 8 feet wide. They hold 3.5 tons of material and work well for large construction sites, large house remodeling projects, and industrial sites.

If you’re not sure what size you need, talk to one of the team members at KEI when ordering. They can recommend the perfect dumpster size to meet your needs.

How much does it cost to rent a roll-off dumpster?

The cost of renting a roll-off dumpster varies depending on its size, rental duration, location, and the type of debris or waste you need to dispose of.

Requesting a quote from KEI is the best way to estimate how much you should budget for a dumpster for your next project. The larger the dumpster, the more expensive it is to rent.

A pile of old tires

Are there any restrictions on dumpster rentals?

Yes, there are several restrictions on what you can dispose of in your dumpster rental. Roll-off dumpster rentals in Pennsylvania are subject to statewide regulations that prohibit KEI from collecting specific materials.

The following items are banned or restricted for collection in our dumpster rentals:

  • Batteries
  • E-waste items (computers, monitors, printers)
  • Freon-containing appliances (air conditioners, freezers, refrigerators)
  • Gasoline, oil, and other liquids
  • Hazardous waste
  • Paints
  • Televisions
  • Tires

Items containing corrosive or explosive components also are prohibited. If you’re not sure whether the materials you want to throw out can go into one of our dumpsters, ask one of our team members before scheduling delivery.

How long can you keep a dumpster rental?

The length of dumpster rentals ranges between 7 and 14 days depending on which company you use. KEI’s rental agreements provide a standard 7-day rental period unless other arrangements are made.

If you need to keep your dumpster longer or need drop-off and pick-up services to accommodate a large construction project, let a KEI team member know when you call to reserve your dumpsters. Additional fees apply to rentals that extend beyond the typical 7 day period.

Do I need a permit to rent a roll-off dumpster?

The short answer to whether you need a permit to rent a roll-off dumpster is it depends on where you live. Most communities in Butler County do not require permits if the dumpsters are on private property.

If you must place a dumpster in the street or in a location that is blocking public access, check with your local municipality about permitting requirements for those situations. Failing to obtain a permit if your local government agency requires one can lead to fines and other punitive actions.

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What’s the best place to put a roll-off dumpster?

The best place to put a roll-off dumpster rental is on a flat, solid surface where it isn’t blocking public access to roadways or other amenities. KEI recommends driveways if you have one available on your property.

In a pinch, we can place our dumpsters at the curb in the public street. However, you may need a permit from your local municipality before doing so.

You’ll also want to check that there is enough clearance over and around the space where the dumpster will go. Dumpster delivery trucks need ample space to maneuver during delivery and pick-up to prevent damaging your property or the dumpster.

What happens if you exceed the dumpster rental weight limit?

Roll-off dumpsters have weight limits for a reason. If you exceed yours, you may be subject to additional fees from KEI to cover the costs of disposing of the additional debris or waste. Garbage dumps charge dumpster rental companies for disposal based on the total weight of items placed in the bin.

Overfilled dumpsters also pose a safety risk to our drivers and the general public because the excess weight can cause the bin to tip during loading.

If you’re unsure whether you’re overloading your dumpster, give the rental company a call before you fill it up.

Can recyclables go into dumpster rentals?

As a rule, you shouldn’t put materials that can be recycled into a regular roll-off dumpster. Items like cardboard, glass, and plastic can be repurposed and reused instead of tossed into the bin with other items headed to the local garbage dump.

Some rental companies offer options for recycling certain materials such as wood, metal, and concrete. Check with your local dumpster rental company before you dispose of recyclable materials to see if they have any recycling programs or guidelines for separating recyclable materials.

Goin’ Green: Commercial Dumpster Rental Boosts Sustainability

A KEI dumpster rental truck delivers a commercial dumpster rental to a business in Butler. The green "sustainability" symbol appears over the image.

As the world becomes more environmentally conscious, businesses are under increasing pressure to adopt sustainable practices.

One often overlooked aspect of going green is waste management. Proper disposal of waste can significantly reduce a company’s environmental footprint, lower operating costs, and enhance brand reputation – making it a win-win for the businesses and the planet.

Partnering with a reputable commercial dumpster rental company allows businesses to streamline their disposal processes while ensuring waste is properly sorted, transported, and processed in an eco-friendly manner.

In this article, we’ll explore the basics of green business practices that include waste disposal, answering questions such as:

Why opt for commercial dumpster rental?

Businesses generate significant amounts of waste. It can range from packing materials to obsolete equipment. Managing this waste responsibly is critical for minimizing its environmental impact.

Commercial dumpster rental provides a structured and efficient solution for businesses to handle their waste, ensuring proper disposal and recycling.

Beyond its environmental benefits, commercial dumpster rental is a cost-effective and convenient option for businesses that produce a lot of waste. Instead of dealing with individual waste pickups or managing on-site dumpsters, companies can rely on professional services to handle their waste efficiently and appropriately.

A hillside is pictured with a bunch of trash illegally dumped there.

How does commercial dumpster rental contribute to sustainability?

Improper waste disposal has severe consequences for the environment. Toxic materials can leach into the soil and groundwater, contaminating natural resources.

One of the key ways commercial dumpster rental services enhance sustainability is through effective waste segregation and recycling. Reputable dumpster rental companies prioritize separating recyclable materials from general waste, diverting items like paper, cardboard, plastics, and metals away from landfills.

Using commercial dumpster rental services helps businesses follow environmental regulations and guidelines. Proper waste disposal practices not only contribute to sustainability but also protect your company from potential legal issues related to improper waste management.

What types of businesses can benefit from commercial dumpster rental?

Whether you’re a restaurant, a retail outlet, an office space, or a manufacturing facility, businesses of all types and sizes benefit from efficient waste management.

Construction sites, with their unique waste challenges, can particularly benefit from commercial dumpster rental. These services can handle construction debris, helping to divert materials like concrete, metal, and wood away from landfills.

Using a commercial dumpster rental service provides several benefits for businesses looking to boost their sustainability efforts, including:

  • Reduced environmental impact. By properly sorting and disposing of waste, businesses can minimize their carbon footprint and prevent pollution.
  • Cost savings. Proper waste management leads to cost savings in the long run as businesses reduce their waste disposal fees and potentially earn revenue from recycling.
  • Compliance with regulations. Many cities and states have strict regulations regarding waste disposal. Commercial dumpster rental services can help businesses remain compliant and avoid costly fines.
  • Improved public image. Customers and stakeholders are increasingly aware of environmental issues. Businesses that adopt sustainable practices enhance their reputation and brand image.  
Two KEI dumpster rental service trucks delivery commercial dumpster rentals to a construction site in Butler.

How do you choose the right commercial dumpster rental service?

Incorporating commercial dumpster rental services into a business’s waste management strategies takes a significant step toward boosting sustainability and reducing environmental impact.

When selecting a dumpster service, consider the following factors:

  • Waste streams handled. Verify the service provider can accommodate your business’s specific waste streams, including recyclables and compostable materials.
  • Service area and frequency. Choose a provider that services your area and picks up waste on a schedule that meets your needs.
  • Pricing and contract terms. Compare pricing and contract terms among different providers to find the most cost-effective solution.
  • Environmental certifications. Look for providers with certifications or accreditations that demonstrate their commitment to sustainable practices.

KEI – your partner in sustainable waste management

Sustainable waste management drives cost savings, improves regulatory compliance, and boosts brand reputation. Choosing a commercial dumpster rental service that shares your commitment to eco-friendly waste disposal is just one component of green business practices.

Whether you’re a small retail shop, large manufacturing facility, or commercial office building, KEI can help you achieve your environmentally friendly waste management goals. Give us a call today to discuss dumpster rental options.

Your Big Guide to Commercial Dumpster Rental

KEI trucks deliver a commercial dumpster rental to clients in Butler.

Running a successful commercial business often means dealing with large amounts of debris, trash, and other waste. A commercial dumpster rental is an efficient, cost-effective way to handle the constant stream of garbage generated by your company’s operations.

Unlike residential dumpster rentals – which are typically just for occasional clean-ups or other small projects – commercial dumpster rental provides an ongoing waste management system for businesses. You can use roll-off dumpsters to dispose of routine waste and heavier debris from renovations, equipment upgrades, and other industrial processes.

Figuring out how – and what size – bin you need can feel overwhelming if you’ve never rented a dumpster before. This big guide to commercial dumpster rental answers questions such as:

Four different sized KEI commercial dumpster rental options are pictured: 10, 15, 20, and 25-yard containers.

What size commercial dumpster rental do you need?

Figuring out what size dumpster you need is the first step in the process. Consider how much debris or other waste you must dispose of and choose a dumpster that matches the volume.

KEI offers four container sizes suitable for most commercial jobs.

  • 10-yard containers are 12 feet long, 4 feet high, and 8 feet wide. They can hold up to 2 tons of material.
  • 15-yard containers are 14 feet long, 4 feet high, and 8 feet wide. They hold up to 2.5 tons of material. 
  • 20-yard containers are 16 feet long, 4 feet high, and 8 feet wide. They hold up to 3 tons of material.
  • 25-yard containers are 16 feet long, 6.16 feet high, and 8 feet wide. They hold up to 3.5 tons of material.

As a rule, it’s better to get a slightly larger dumpster than you think you’ll need rather than one that’s too small. Underestimating the size can leave you in a pickle, and you might end up spending more to get a second dumpster to accommodate the leftovers.

How do you choose a dumpster rental company?

Most dumpster rental companies offer similar-sized containers for roughly the same prices. What differentiates them is their customer service.

Look for an established local commercial dumpster rental company with excellent customer service. You can check customer reviews on Google and other review sites and visit the Better Business Bureau to see how previous customers have rated their experience (and whether there are any ongoing disputes).

Important characteristics that define customer service excellence include:

  • Affordable pricing. Reputable companies that prioritize the customer experience are upfront about their pricing. Be sure to ask if the quoted price includes everything before you sign a rental contract.
  • Flexible terms. Choose a commercial dumpster rental company that offers customized rental terms that suit your individual needs.
  • Reliability. Find a roll-off dumpster rental service with a proven track record of prompt dumpster deliveries and pickups.

What does a commercial dumpster cost?

Several factors go into determining the cost of a dumpster rental. Dumpster size, rental duration, and fuel surcharges are among the things dumpster rental companies consider when preparing an estimate.

Typically, the larger the dumpster, the higher the rental fee. National averages for roll-off dumpster rentals are between $325 and $375 for 10-yard containers and $375 to $425 for 20-yard containers.

Other components that go into determining rental costs include:

  • Delivery and pickup fees that pay for the labor and transportation costs of placing and later hauling away the dumpster.
  • Disposal and landfill fees are estimated by the ton and can vary by region.
  • Overweight fees become an issue if you overfill your dumpster and exceed the weight limit, which means the landfill will charge a higher rate for disposal.

Ask if your quote includes all fees before signing the contract.

A KEI commercial dumpster rental is loaded at a construction site using a crane.

When should you schedule a dumpster rental?

Most commercial dumpster rental services can accommodate you within 2 to 3 days of your requested delivery date. Demand is always highest on the weekends, so make sure you book by mid-week if you need a weekend rental.

The typical rental period is 7 days. If you’re done sooner and want the dumpster off your property, give the rental company a call and let them know you’re finished. Most accommodate early pickups.

Summer and fall are the peak seasons for commercial dumpster rentals. If you need one during these times, be sure to reserve it one to two weeks in advance.

What can go in a commercial dumpster?

Commercial dumpster rental customers have different needs than their residential counterparts. They may have large volumes of non-hazardous construction debris or excessive packaging materials that can’t be recycled.

Those items are generally acceptable for disposal in your roll-off dumpster rental, along with furniture, appliances (non-freon-containing), and landscaping waste.

Prohibited items usually include:

  • Biohazards such as medical waste
  • Electronics like computer monitors
  • Hazardous materials such as batteries, chemicals, and paint
  • Liquids such as oil and gas
  • Tires

If in doubt, check with the commercial dumpster rental company for their specific policies. Extra charges may apply if prohibited items are found in your dumpster.

Do you need a permit to rent a dumpster?

Commercial dumpsters placed on private property and out of the right-of-way typically don’t require a permit. However, some cities and municipalities may demand a permit if the dumpster’s placement blocks a public street or sidewalk, even temporarily.

Check with your local permitting office to ask if any regulations apply to a commercial dumpster rental in your area. The dumpster rental company also can advise you on necessary permits.

Work with the commercial dumpster rental pros

Renting a commercial dumpster disposes of large volumes of debris and other waste from your business efficiently and affordably.  

Don’t let waste pile up. Now that you know what to consider when choosing a commercial dumpster size, rental company, and schedule, you can book a roll-off dumpster with confidence.

Still have questions? Give us a call at 724-996-6713 and our team will be happy to assist.

Dumpsters Aren’t Just for Spring and Summer Cleanouts: Experience the Year-Round Benefits

A roofing contractor repairs a problem with a gutter on a roof. Roofing projects require local dumpster rentals during all seasons of the year.

When most people envision renting a roll-off dumpster, they imagine using it for big spring cleanouts or summer renovation projects that generate a lot of waste. While local dumpster rentals are most popular in the spring and summer months, they can be helpful year-round if you know how to think outside the bin.

Consider roll-off dumpsters as more than temporary trash bins for home decluttering. Yes, they’re handy for curbside tossing unwanted items without the hassle of making multiple trips to the local dump.

However, the benefits extend to all four seasons when you start to list the many ways that they make the removal of unwanted trash and other debris convenient and safe.

Let’s explore some of the seasonal joys of local dumpster rentals to give you an idea of how to get the most bang for your buck.  

Winter Benefits of Local Dumpster Rentals

You never know what kind of weather you’re going to get in Western Pennsylvania during the winter months.

The region might be blessed with mild temperatures that make it ideal for some outside projects that normally must wait until spring.

Other times, it might be cold and snowy, making you dread leaving the house.

No matter which scenario happens, you can find creative ways to use local dumpster rentals to get things done around your home or office.

Home or office remodeling projects

Wintertime is the perfect opportunity for home or office remodeling or renovation projects. For starters, there’s less competition for contractors during these times of the year. Another perk is you’re not spending time inside working on improvements when you’d prefer to be outside enjoying the warmer temperatures of the spring and summer.

It’s a win-win situation.

Roll-off dumpsters are a convenient way to dispose of debris and other waste from remodeling and renovating. Just make sure you choose the correct size to accommodate your disposal needs.

Wintertime yard maintenance

Milder winters mean more of an opportunity for outside improvement projects around your home. From cleaning up fallen branches and other debris left over from the fall to building a retaining wall alongside your driveway, plenty of outdoor winter projects benefit from having a dumpster on-site.

If you plan to use your roll-off dumpster for disposing of concrete or other heavy construction materials, be sure to alert the rental service so they can match you with an appropriately sized dumpster with a reinforced floor to accommodate the extra weight.

A man and woman clean out their garage during the spring, disposing of items through local dumpster rentals.

Spring Benefits of Local Dumpster Rentals

Spring is one of the busiest times of the year for dumpster rentals. People emerge from their winter cocoons, eager to shed their homes and offices of clutter and embark on improvement projects that generate significant waste.

Because dumpsters are in such high demand, you might have to wait to get access to the size or number of dumpsters required to accommodate your needs (which is one more reason to consider a wintertime rental instead).

Home and office cleanouts are among the most popular uses for local dumpster rentals in the spring.

Some of the other ways residential and commercial property owners use roll-off dumpsters in the spring include:

  • Disposal of junk and debris from basement, garage, and shed cleanouts that can’t be repurposed or donated.
  • Removal of old playground equipment and other outdoor furniture and features that are no longer useful or in working order.
  • Tossing bulky waste items like appliances, furniture, and mattresses that some curbside trash collectors won’t accept.
  • Yard trimmings and other lawn debris that collected during the winter months.

Summer Benefits of Local Dumpster Rentals

Next to spring, summer is one of the busiest seasons for local dumpster rentals.

Summertime is prime for yard cleanups, remodeling projects, and estate sales that require cleanouts before inviting bidders onto the property.

Buying and selling homes – which requires relocating – is also popular during the summer months when school-aged children are on break. Roll-off dumpsters accommodate the disposal of unwanted items before a big move.

Outdoor festivals and events require an efficient cleanup solution that can handle the volume of waste large crowds produce.

Let’s not forget commercial cleanouts. Businesses often use the summer months to conduct deep cleaning, renovations, and reorganizations that produce plenty of debris and other waste.

A man wearing a glove cleans leaves out of a gutter and disposes of them in local dumpster rentals.

Fall Benefits of Local Dumpster Rentals

Local dumpster rentals help with many projects around your home or office during the fall. Fallen leaves, tree branches, and other yard debris aren’t always collected by curbside trash collectors, leaving you holding the bag.

Roll-off dumpsters provide an alternative for disposal, with the added convenience of curbside pickup once it’s full.

Weatherproofing and repairs in preparation for the winter can also generate quite a bit of debris. Gutters need cleaning out, and you’ll want to have a handy place to dispose of the gunk you find trapped inside them.

Experience the year-round convenience of local dumpster rentals

Local dumpster rentals deliver valuable benefits in every season. With the variety of cleanup, maintenance, and remodeling tasks that pop up throughout the year for both home and business owners, it pays to know you can conveniently dispose of debris and other unwanted items with a roll-off dumpster when needed.

Give KEI a call today to schedule your next roll-off dumpster rental.

5 Things to Ask About Local Dumpster Rentals for Home Projects

A red KEI roll-off dumpster sits in front of a home that needed local dumpster rentals for a home project.

Local dumpster rentals make just about any home project easier. From DIY bathroom remodeling to roof replacements, a dumpster is a necessity for the convenient and efficient removal of debris and other construction waste.

Asking the right questions before you reserve a roll-off dumpster rental helps you have a better experience. You’ll want to choose a waste management service that meets your specific project needs and budget.

Not sure what to ask? No problem! Our latest article guides you through the process with the 5 most important things to know, including:

What size dumpster do I need for my project?

Choosing the correct size for local dumpster rentals prevents problems down the road. If it’s your first time using a roll-off dumpster, you might be confused about how to decide whether you need a 10-yard or 25-yard container.

Follow these 3 tips to get sizing right:

  • Estimate the amount of debris your project might generate. Take some measurements of the area of your home you’ll be working on. Then, make an informed decision about the amount of waste you’re likely to produce. For example, a 15-foot by 10-foot room with 8-foot ceilings that are being fully gutted may generate between 20 and 30 cubic yards of debris.
  • Match up your anticipated waste with the correct dumpster size. With your estimated debris calculations, you can now determine what size dumpster best accommodates your needs. It’s better to overestimate slightly than to find yourself with a dumpster that’s too small for your entire load.
  • Avoid the pitfalls of over or under-filling your dumpster. Overfilling your dumpster creates safety hazards for dumpster delivery drivers and other motorists on the roadways. Likewise, choosing a container that’s too large and then underfilling it costs you money.

Don’t be afraid to ask the dumpster rental company for assistance if you’re truly confused and don’t want to make the mistake of requesting the appropriate size container. Consider it a red flag if the roll-off dumpster rental service won’t help with this request.

Local dumpster rentals are specific to the type and amount of debris you plan to dispose of. This construction dumpster is full of drywall, boards with nails, and insulation.

Do you offer different types of roll-off dumpsters?

Not all containers are created equally. Reputable local dumpster rental services should have various sizes and types to accommodate a variety of home projects and other waste disposal needs.

Ordering the container best suited for your project prevents contamination, avoids extra fees, and makes proper disposal of your debris and other waste easier.

Consider these types of dumpsters for specific home projects:

  • Concrete dumpsters are ideal for brick rubble and concrete blocks because they accommodate the extra weight.
  • Roofing dumpsters have reinforced floors and are best suited for old roofing shingles, which can contain nails and tabs that might damage regular dumpsters.
  • General construction dumpsters come in a variety of sizes and can handle typical construction debris from DIY home projects like bathroom remodels or floor replacements.
  • Yard waste dumpsters

Waste materials not suited for local dumpster rentals

Not all materials are suited for local dumpster rentals. Most local dumps won’t accept these items because they have the potential to pollute the environment.

  • Hazardous wastes such as paints, solvents, gasoline, lubricants, and electronics are prohibited.
  • Regulated materials such as vehicle tires, car batteries, and appliances containing freon or other refrigerants.
  • Problematic materials such as flammable items (propane tanks, gas cylinders) and biohazards like medical waste.

If you’re not sure whether the items you plan to dispose of during your home project are suitable for local dumpster rentals, ask the company before placing your order. You’ll save yourself a huge headache later if you dump materials that are toxic and not accepted by the local dump.

What is included in your roll-off dumpster rental fee?

When budgeting and planning for a roll-off dumpster, it’s important to understand what your rental payment does and doesn’t cover.

Typically, the base fee includes the following:

  • Dumpster container. The roll-off dumpster for the duration of your rental period is included in the main rental fee. The amount you pay depends on the dumpster size you select.
  • Delivery and pickup. Transport fees for your roll-off dumpster are bundled into your standard rental rates. KEI’s delivery trucks can handle every size of dumpster they rent.
  • Disposal and dumping. Tipping fees to dispose of waste at the local municipal solid waste landfill, recycling center, or transfer station are built into rental costs. Taxes and government environmental fees also may be included.

Combining these expenses into one rental price simplifies the rental process for all parties. Be sure to clarify any extra charges for things like extended rental periods, overloading weight fees, and limitations on materials.

A KEI dumpster rental truck picks up a full dumpster and replaces it with an empty one.

How long can you keep a roll-off dumpster rental?

Most local dumpster rental companies have standard rental terms of between 5 to 7 days. The timeframe compromises between giving customers enough time to finish their projects and not having a dumpster blocking a driveway, street, or sidewalk for longer than necessary.

KEI offers standard 7-day rentals for all its roll-off dumpsters. However, for more extensive home projects generating high volumes of waste over longer periods, you can request an extended rental agreement. In this scenario, KEI recommends a pickup-and-replace option.

A KEI delivery driver collects your full dumpster and replaces it with an empty one. This cycle is repeated for the duration of your project. Inquire during the rental request call if this is a benefit you may need to use.

What steps should you take to prepare for your dumpster delivery?

After ordering your dumpster, taking a few quick preparation steps can help with a smooth delivery. The first thing you should do is confirm access requirements with the rental company.

Measure the width of access routes like gates and alleyways. Check for low-hanging tree limbs or wires. Dumpsters typically require 12 feet wide and 15 feet high clearance.

Some municipalities require permits for local dumpster rentals. Check with yours to secure the appropriate permissions to avoid hefty fines and other repercussions. Some dumpster rental services won’t deliver if they know you need a permit for your area, and you’ve not provided one.

Lastly, clear plenty of space for your dumpster. As a general guideline, it’s best to leave between 40 and 50 feet of empty area for the delivery truck to maneuver. Avoid placing the dumpster by utility meters, lines, and AC units. If you need to place your dumpster on a city street, traffic cones are useful for reserving the space.

Get local dumpster rentals for every home project

KEI offers local dumpster rentals for every home project. Asking our team important questions upfront ensures you select the right method for waste management.

We’re committed to making the experience a positive one, so don’t be afraid to ask us any questions you have to help you feel more secure in your rental decision. We’ll help you carefully estimate your needs, review our rates and fees, and provide tips for preparing your site for our dumpsters.

Your Helpful Guide to Local Dumpster Rentals

KEI truck delivers local dumpster rentals to a customer's preferred site.

Local dumpster rentals are your go-to resource for seasonal decluttering and efficient disposal of debris and other waste from construction projects.

Choosing a roll-off dumpster rental service doesn’t have to be complicated when you understand how the process works. In this helpful guide, we explore some of the most common questions about local dumpster rentals to help make the process smoother.

Whether you’re a homeowner trying to declutter before overnight guests arrive or a business owner renovating your retail space to improve the user experience for customers, you likely have some or all of these questions:

What are local dumpster rentals?

Local dumpster rentals are a service provided by waste management companies. They offer temporary access to roll-off dumpsters of all sizes to help you conveniently and efficiently manage waste disposal.

You can reserve dumpsters to accommodate home or business renovations, construction, decluttering, and other activities that generate too much waste for curbside pickup with your regular trash hauler.

Some of the key features of local dumpster rentals include:

  • Convenience for disposing of large amounts of debris and other waste in one central location.
  • Cost-effective compared to making multiple trips to the dump using your vehicles.
  • Flexible pickup and drop-off delivery options that coordinate with your project timeline.
A KEI delivery truck leaves local dumpster rentals on site for a client.

Why choose local dumpster rentals over other options?

Choosing local dumpster rentals over other waste disposal options depends on the specific needs of your project, the volume of waste generated, and other considerations like cost and convenience.

Let’s compare the benefits and best uses of roll-off dumpster rentals with some of the alternatives to help you make the best decision.

Local dumpster rentals

Local dumpster rentals are convenient, cost-effective, and versatile, making them one of the best options for everything from construction projects and renovations to cleanouts.

  • Convenient – roll-off dumpsters are delivered to your location and retrieved by the dumpster rental service when your agreed-upon rental period ends.
  • Cost-effective – most local dumpster rental companies charge reasonable fees for using their services compared with what you could expect by making trips to the local dump yourself.
  • Versatile – roll-off dumpsters are a convenient and safe way to dispose of debris and other waste from a variety of projects.

Bagster removal systems

Some home and tractor supply retailers offer Bagster removal systems. Consumers buy a “bag” of a predetermined size and then fill it with debris and other waste.

While this might seem convenient and affordable, there are some drawbacks to using this kind of service.

First, they have limited capacity, making them an unsuitable choice for big cleanouts or small construction projects. Most hold up to 3,300 pounds (the equivalent of roughly one cubic yard of heavy materials).

Second, these types of systems are limited to certain areas of your property for convenient pickup. These restrictions might make trips to the Bagster carrying heavy debris awkward.

Traditional curbside pickup

Traditional curbside pickup has many restrictions on the types of materials it accepts. Weight restrictions also can be an issue when trying to dispose of materials from even the smallest renovation projects.

Additionally, your regular weekly trash day may not align with your project timeline, leaving you storing unwanted waste on your property for longer than you’d prefer.

Hauling to the landfill

Hauling debris and other waste to the landfill yourself is an option. However, you can rack up a lot of miles handling disposal in this manner. Not to mention you may need to rent a pickup or box truck to move larger items that don’t easily fit into a passenger vehicle.

Another issue with this method is it’s very time-consuming.

By the time you add up all these factors, it’s likely cheaper to rent a roll-off dumpster from a local dumpster rental company.

Professional Junk Removal Services

Professional junk removal services are convenient if you prefer to have someone else handle all the hard work of removing and disposing of clutter and other waste from your home or business.

However, you’re going to pay for the convenience. Professional junk removal specialists are more expensive than dumpster rentals, which can be a costly mistake for smaller projects you could easily handle yourself.

A Bagster disposal system sits at the curb loaded with black garbage bags full of debris.

How do you choose the right-sized dumpster for your project?

Most dumpster services offer several sizes to accommodate your needs. The smallest unit KEI offers is 10 yards, which is ideal for cleanouts, concrete disposal, and light demolition projects.

You don’t have to guess to find the right-sized dumpster when you consider the following factors:

  • Available space – evaluate how much space you have on-site for a dumpster, then choose from the options offered by the dumpster rental service that are ideal for your space limitations. Make sure you leave enough room for the delivery truck to load and unload the dumpster safely.
  • Amount and type of waste – estimate the volume of waste you expect to produce with your project to ensure you choose a dumpster sturdy enough to handle it.
  • Project timeline – for smaller projects that take a few days to complete, you can probably get away with the smallest sized dumpster available.
  • Weight restrictions – roll-off dumpsters include weight restrictions. Overloading them can pose safety hazards for you and for the dumpster delivery driver.

If you’re stuck, local dumpster rental companies can help you choose the best-sized roll-off dumpster for your project. Just provide some details about how you intend to use it and they can recommend the best option.

What items are prohibited in local dumpster rentals?

Roll-off dumpster rentals aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution to your waste disposal needs. There are restrictions on the types of debris and other materials you can toss into them.

Most local dumpster rentals prohibit the following items:

  • Batteries
  • E-waste items (computers, monitors, printers)
  • Freon-containing appliances
  • Gasoline, oil, and other hazardous liquids
  • Paint
  • Televisions
  • Tires

Never toss items with corrosive or explosive components into a roll-off dumpster. If you have items of this nature that need disposal, ask for recommendations from the dumpster rental service on the best way to handle those needs.

A KEI local dumpster rentals bin that's overfilled with construction debris.

What are some tips for a smooth dumpster rental experience?

Scheduling your roll-off dumpster delivery well ahead of time is one of the smartest things you can do to ensure a smooth dumpster rental experience. This is especially important during peak rental times (spring and summer).

Some other tips for achieving local dumpster rental satisfaction include:

  • Avoiding prohibited items to prevent problems at pickup or disposal.
  • Loading materials in a way that evenly distributes the weight and avoids overloading.
  • Monitoring weight limits to avoid additional fees or other issues at pickup time.
  • Securing permits, if necessary, for the placement of your dumpster on your property.

Local dumpster rentals for all your projects

Tackling home renovations, decluttering the basement, or other ambitious construction projects don’t have to be a hassle when you choose local dumpster rentals for your waste disposal.

KEI has the right-sized dumpster to fit every project. Give us a call today to schedule your next roll-off dumpster rental.

Safety First: Tips for Using Construction Dumpsters

KEI construction dumpsters are delivered to a work site.

Construction projects signal something new – or improved – is on the horizon. An active work site brings its fair share of challenges and risks.

Proper management of waste and debris is among them. Construction dumpsters make the waste disposal process more efficient while improving safety for everyone.

In this blog, we explore how to use construction dumpsters to prioritize safety on construction sites. We answer some of the most common questions, including:

How do you choose the right-sized construction dumpster for safety?

Choosing the right size construction dumpsters is one of the most effective ways to manage waste safely on a construction site.

The first place to start is to assess the scale and scope of the project. Consider the type and volume of debris and other materials requiring disposal.

Not sure how to determine the volume? You can estimate the volume of waste your construction project will generate by measuring or calculating the dimensions of the materials you’ll be disposing of, including building materials, furniture, and other bulky items.

If in doubt, consult your roll-off dumpster rental service for assistance. KEI offers expert advice on the size and number of construction dumpsters you’ll need.

What materials can you put in your construction dumpsters?

Not all construction materials and debris can go into your construction dumpsters. It’s best to check with your roll-off dumpster rental service about prohibited items before you order dumpsters for your work site.

Some of the items most Pennsylvania dumpster rental companies accept for disposal include:

  • Construction debris such as bricks, concrete, drywall, flooring, insulation, roofing materials, and wood.
  • Plumbing and fixtures such as sinks, toilets, and piping. 
  • Scrap metal such as aluminum, copper, and steel.
  • Soil, dirt, and rocks that are clean and free of contamination.

Some items are classified as hazardous waste and can’t be tossed out into your construction dumpsters. Asbestos, chemicals, oils, paints, and solvents are among the prohibited materials.

What is the proper way to load construction dumpsters safely?

Loading construction dumpsters safely is essential for preventing accidents, injuries, and overloading that can end up costing you extra money.

To maximize safety and prevent any surprises at pickup time, follow these guidelines:

  • Wear personal protective equipment (PPE). Before you start loading construction dumpsters, make sure all workers handling debris and other waste materials are wearing the appropriate PPE. Gloves, safety glasses, hard hats, and steel-toed boots are recommended.
  • Break down large items. When possible, disassemble large items to save space and ensure more even weight distribution.
  • Cover sharp objects. Place materials with sharp edges or protruding nails in containers or wrap them in cardboard to prevent injuries.
  • Distribute weight evenly. Heavy items should go on the bottom of the construction dumpster. Then, distribute the weight of the other items evenly around it to ensure safe transport of the dumpster once full. Never overfill the dumpster. It can cause it to tip during loading or transport, which puts everyone at risk.

If you have heavy items that are difficult for workers to lift, consider using a crane to move them from the job site to the dumpsters.

A crane is used to load KEI construction dumpsters with debris from a construction site.

How do you prevent accidents around construction dumpsters?

Working with construction dumpsters poses certain hazards on a job site. Recognizing these dangers and taking steps to avoid them is crucial for ensuring the safety of your workers and maintaining efficient operations.

Some of the common risks associated with construction dumpsters include:

  • Exposure to hazardous materials. Construction dumpsters may contain dangerous materials or substances, which can pose health risks to your workers if not handled properly. Identifying and separating harmful debris and using the appropriate personal protective equipment during handling.
  • Falling objects. If construction dumpsters aren’t loaded properly, it can increase the risk of heavy and dangerous construction debris and other waste falling out of them during loading or transport. Stack materials evenly within the dumpster and avoid overfilling it to avoid this hazardous situation.
  • Inadequate space and placement. Poor placement and lack of space for the dumpster hinder access, creating congestion that can pose risks to workers. Plan for adequate space for construction dumpsters on the work site, ensuring safe access and maneuverability for equipment and vehicles.
  • Tripping and falling. Uneven ground, debris, and materials around construction dumpsters can lead to trips and falls. Keep the area around the dumpsters clean and organized. Provide clear walkways and use appropriate signage to indicate hazards.

Responding to an emergency

Responding to an emergency with a construction dumpster requires quick and effective actions to ensure the safety of everyone on the job site.

First, assess the situation. Determine the nature and severity of the emergency. Do you need medical care, hazardous materials cleanup, or is it another type of emergency?

Other helpful tips include:

  • Ensure your safety. Before you respond to an incident with a construction dumpster, ensure your safety and the safety of others in the vicinity. Move to a safe location if there are immediate risks.
  • Call for help. Dial 911 or your local emergency number to report the incident. Provide exact details about the location, nature of the emergency, and any injuries or hazards involved.
  • Control fire or hazardous materials. If the emergency involves a fire or hazardous materials and it’s safe to attempt control measures, use fire extinguishers or spill control materials to mitigate the situation until help arrives.
  • Provide first aid. If anyone is injured, administer basic care until professional medical help arrives on the scene. Ensure anyone who is hurt is moved to a safe location until help arrives.
  • Document and report the incident. After the emergency is under control, document the incident with photos and notes and report it to the appropriate supervisor, project manager, and relevant authorities.

Construction dumpsters keep your work site safe

Prioritizing safety when working with construction dumpsters is more than a matter of compliance. It’s a fundamental responsibility that ensures the well-being of everyone on or near a job site.

Proactively address any issues and work with roll-off dumpster rental services like KEI who assist with every step of the process.

Construction Dumpsters: 5 Costly Mistakes

A KEI Dumpster Rental truck delivers two construction dumpsters to a project site.

Construction projects, regardless of their scale, can generate a substantial amount of waste. Effective waste management is more than a matter of convenience. It helps you stay on budget and finish your project successfully.

Construction dumpsters play a significant role in helping you manage project debris and other unwanted items. However, while these large roll-off dumpsters make waste disposal more convenient, there are several pitfalls that can turn what should be a seamless process into an expensive disaster.

To get the most value out of your dumpster rental, avoid these 7 costly mistakes.

1 – Choosing the Wrong Dumpster Size

Choosing the wrong-sized construction dumpsters can complicate your project in several ways. One of the consequences of picking a dumpster that’s too small is that you must schedule more frequent pickups for emptying the container and returning it. Doing so wastes time and can cause project delays.

On the other hand, choosing a roll-off dumpster that’s larger than needed means you’re paying for unused space. You’ll incur unnecessary rental fees, which can significantly impact your project budget.

To avoid sizing challenges, carefully assess your project’s waste disposal needs. Include the types of materials for disposal and the estimated volume of waste generated.

When in doubt, consult with your dumpster rental service provider. They can help you determine the most efficient size to meet your needs.

2 – Inadequate Planning

Inadequate planning for waste disposal from a construction project can significantly impact your overall budget and your decisions regarding the rental of construction dumpsters.

Without a well-thought-out waste management plan, you may encounter unexpected costs. Those extra expenses include additional dumpster rental fees, overtime labor costs, and disposal fees for waste that wasn’t properly managed.

To mitigate these impacts and maintain control over your project budget, it’s essential to:

  • Develop a comprehensive waste management plan that outlines waste reduction strategies, recycling practices, and waste disposal methods.
  • Accurately estimate the volume and types of debris your project will generate to choose the right dumpster size.
  • Work with a reputable dumpster rental service that can advise you on the most cost-effective and efficient dumpster options for your project.
  • Continuously monitor and adapt your plan as the project progresses to address any unforeseen issues and maintain cost control.

3 – Ignoring Local Regulations

Ignoring local regulations when it comes to construction dumpster rentals can negatively impact your construction project. Local regulations are in place to ensure safety, protect the environment, and maintain the integrity of the community.

Some of the consequences of disregarding these rules include:

  • Fines and penalties. Municipalities and local authorities can impose fines and penalties for non-compliance with dumpster-related regulations. these fines can vary in severity and can significantly increase your projected costs.
  • Project delays. Non-compliance may lead to legal disputes or the need to rectify violations, which can result in costly project delays.
  • Increased liability. Failing to follow the rules can increase your liability in case of accidents, injuries, or property damage related to the dumpster.
  • Loss of permits. Local regulations often require permits for dumpster placement. Ignoring the guidelines can result in permit revocation, requiring you to remove the dumpster and apply for a new permit. The delays can disrupt your project and incur additional costs.

To avoid these negative impacts, research your local regulations before renting construction dumpsters. Obtain all necessary permits and follow proper waste disposal rules. If you have someone managing the construction project on your behalf, perform regular compliance checks and address any issues promptly.

An overloaded KEI dumpster.

4 – Overloading the Dumpster

Overloading is a common issue for dumpster rental companies. Despite clear rules about fill lines for safety purposes, some customers push the limits in how much waste they try to stuff into their construction dumpsters.

An overloaded dumpster poses safety hazards for all involved in your project. They can become unstable, making them more likely to tip over or spill their contents during loading, unloading, and transporting. Accidents of this nature can result in property damage, leaving you on the hook for expensive repairs.

To avoid overfilling your construction dumpster, follow these suggestions:

  • Monitor the dumpster. Regularly check the dumpster’s fill level to ensure it doesn’t exceed its capacity. Implement procedures to prevent overloading.
  • Train your team. Educate your construction crew on proper waste disposal and loading techniques to prevent overloading.
  • Work with a reliable provider. Choose a reputable dumpster rental service that can offer guidance on selecting the correct size dumpster and provide prompt waste removal services.

5 – Mismanagement of Hazardous Materials

One of the costliest mistakes you can make with construction dumpsters is mishandling hazardous materials. Not only can bad decisions affect the construction company, but they also can impact the dumpster rental service you choose.

Mismanaging hazardous materials can cause accidents and injuries on the construction site, putting workers, contractors, and the public at risk.

Ignoring regulations about what can and cannot be placed in a construction dumpster can lead to regulatory violations that result in steep fines and even the halting of your construction project by local or state authorities.

To avoid expensive errors over hazardous materials:

  • Conduct a thorough assessment to identify and separate hazardous materials from regular construction waste.
  • Comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding the handling, transportation, and disposal of hazardous materials.
  • Work with specialized hazardous waste removal services to ensure these materials are safely removed from your construction site and disposed of properly.

Avoid costly mistakes when renting construction dumpsters

There’s no doubt that construction dumpsters make projects of all sizes easier to manage safely. Partnering with a reputable dumpster rental agency plays a pivotal role in helping you avoid costly mistakes.

They can assist with proper dumpster sizing, local regulations, and waste management expertise that helps you minimize waste disposal costs and reduce the environmental impact of your construction project.