Navigating Local Regulations: A Guide to Commercial Dumpster Rental Permits

A KEI truck delivers a commercial dumpster rental to a local construction site in Butler.

A commercial dumpster rental for your business is a convenient and cost-effective way to handle waste disposal. Whether you need it for day-to-day operations or to accommodate the debris and other extra waste generated during a renovation project, you’ll want to pay close attention to local municipal regulations.

Failing to get the proper permits or follow other local guidelines could get your business fined or slapped with other financial penalties.

Our latest guide walks you through the key regulations and permit requirements for renting a dumpster in some of our local service areas.

A KEI truck delivers a dumpster to a City of Butler business. The dumpster will occupy an on-stree parking space, which may require a permit in some municipalities.

Reasons why you might need a dumpster rental permit

Commercial dumpster rentals might need to occupy a space for a longer period than a residential dumpster. Oftentimes, businesses need them to safely dispose of debris and other waste during construction or renovation projects, which can take more than a few days or weeks to complete.

Depending on where a commercial site is located, the dumpster may require placement in the right of way such as on sidewalks or blocking public access roads.

Even if the roll-off dumpster is situated on privately owned commercial property, the municipality still may require a permit for its use. A good rule of thumb is to always check with the government body responsible for issuing permits to verify whether you need one.

Types of commercial dumpster rental permits in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has two types of permits for commercial dumpster rentals.

  • Dumpster permits. Most cities and municipalities in Pennsylvania require permits when placing a dumpster in public streets or alleys and on sidewalks. The permit application may ask for information such as dumpster size, placement location, length of rental, and the type of waste intended for disposal. Fees can range between $25 to $150 depending on your municipality.
  • Waste hauler permits. Companies that offer commercial dumpster rentals may need a waste hauler permit that regulates the transport and disposal of waste. Fees can range from $50 to $500 annually. These permits are obtained by the dumpster rental company.
A KEI commercial dumpster rental sits on a street in Butler Township. It's taking up some parking spaces, which may require a permit.

How dumpster regulations impact rental costs

Commercial dumpster rental companies can pass along the cost of dumpster and waste hauler permits to customers. Other regulations that can impact the amount you pay for a dumpster include:

  • Strict waste type rules. Many municipalities prohibit the disposal of certain types of waste in dumpsters, which requires added labor and disposal costs. Always review with your dumpster rental company how you plan to use the dumpster to verify whether you require special permitting.
  • Location restrictions. Smaller dumpsters with more frequent pick-up and drop-off service may be required if you’re limited to where you can place a commercial dumpster because of the size of the property.
  • Landfill fees. Some cities impose waste fees at municipal landfills, increasing the cost to dump commercial waste.

Regulations aim to improve safety and cleanliness. However, they can make commercial dumpster rentals more expensive for commercial property owners. Make sure all service fees are included in the contract before you agree to rent from a dumpster company to avoid surprise charges when you receive the final bill.

Allegheny County commercial dumpster rental rules

K.E.I. Dumpster Rental provides commercial dumpster rentals to customers in Northern Allegheny County. Service areas include Bakerstown, Gibsonia, and Pine Township.

Customers in these municipalities must check with the local government planning authority to determine whether they need a permit or must be other regulations before renting a roll-off dumpster.

Bakerstown and Gibsonia commercial dumpster requirements

Bakerstown and Gibsonia fall under the umbrella of the municipality of Richland Township. According to the township’s zoning office, commercial dumpster rentals require a permit if they block public access or if they will be on-site for more than a few days.

Commercial customers in these areas must contact the building and zoning offices to request a permit before renting a dumpster.

Pine Township commercial dumpster requirements

Pine Township does not require permits for renting roll-off dumpsters. However, the municipality prefers commercial property owners place the dumpsters on their property and not in the right-of-way.

According to Pam Alikhani, the township’s code support assistant, if placing a dumpster on your property isn’t possible due to space constraints, you must call the building, planning, and zoning offices to discuss options.

Blocking a street or sidewalk with a dumpster without authorization from the township isn’t acceptable and can result in consequences.

A KEI commercial dumpster rental arrives on a construction site in Butler Township.

Butler County Commercial dumpster rental rules

K.E.I. serves over 39 cities and municipalities in Butler County for all their residential and commercial dumpster rental needs. Some of our busiest areas may or may not require permits before you rent from us. Here’s a look at a few of those municipalities and their guidelines.

Butler City commercial dumpster requirements

Butler City doesn’t require permits for dumpster rentals. However, there are some rules they ask commercial and residential property owners to follow to make the process safe and convenient for everyone.

According to JoAnn Snyder, all dumpsters must be in a legal parking space and not block public access to intersections or sidewalks. The building and zoning department also asks for the placement of safety cones around the dumpster to alert pedestrians and other vehicles to its presence.

Lastly, they ask that dumpsters not occupy parking spaces for any longer than necessary. Contact the offices if you have any situations that may require a long-term placement of a roll-off dumpster rental to ensure you’re still meeting these requirements.

Mars Borough and Slippery Rock Borough commercial dumpster requirements

Neither Mars Borough nor Slippery Rock Borough require property owners to obtain a permit before renting a commercial dumpster.

Zelienople Borough commercial dumpster requirements

Zelienople Borough doesn’t require a permit for roll-off dumpster rentals. However, they do have some safety guidelines they ask all property owners to follow before having a dumpster delivered to their site. Those instructions are available from the local police department, which can be reached at 724-452-3003.

If the dumpster is fully on your property, there is no need to notify the police. For dumpster placement on a local street or that otherwise might interfere with the public right of way, code enforcement officer Jason Sarver said you must reach out to the borough police before renting.

Precautions are like those required by the City of Butler and include placing orange construction cones to make sure the dumpster is visible to the public to ensure their safety.

Consequences of not following dumpster rental rules

Full compliance with any city or municipal ordinances about commercial dumpster rentals protects your business from penalties.

Some of the most common consequences for failing to follow dumpster rental rules for your community include:

  • Fines. Local governments can issue citations for unpermitted dumpsters that levy a financial penalty against your business.
  • Liability for injuries or damages. An improperly permitted dumpster that causes injuries or damage to public property creates a financial liability for your business.
  • Revoked service. Dumpster companies can halt service or refuse service if they discover you’ve failed to secure the proper permits when required.

To avoid these and other headaches, K.E.I.’s team recommends checking permit requirements and other regulations before reserving a commercial dumpster rental with us.

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.

Emergency Cleanups: Construction Dumpsters to the Rescue

Several businesses on a block that were destroyed by fire await construction dumpsters and a restoration crew.

In the face of unexpected disasters, the road to recovery often begins with safe and efficient cleanup efforts. Construction dumpsters can help you take a strategic approach to debris management after a flood, fire, or other unexpected disaster.

These robust bins become lifelines for homeowners and businesses. They offer a reliable solution to what can feel like an overwhelming task of clearing waste and reclaiming spaces in the wake of an unforeseen calamity.

In this blog, we explore three times construction dumpsters can help with emergency cleanups, plus how to reach out to a roll-off dumpster rental service in your time of need.

1 – Construction Dumpsters for Flood Cleanup

Flooding can cause extensive damage to homes and businesses. Whether it’s from a flash flood or a busted water line that went unnoticed over the weekend at your business, destruction can be swift and severe.

Quick action is necessary to prevent the buildup of toxic mold growth and to prevent further damage.

Construction dumpsters help with the removal of water-damaged furniture, flooring, and other materials that can’t be disposed of in regular curbside pickup.

Choosing the right sized dumpster

Choosing the right-sized dumpster is essential for cleaning up quickly. You want to make sure all the damaged items fit in the bins for safe transport.

If you’re unsure what size you need, consult the roll-off dumpster rental service. Tell them what kinds of materials are damaged and require removal from the premises. They can help you choose optimal dimensions – and even help decide if you need more than one dumpster on site – to get rid of items quickly.

A home destroyed by fire sits in the foreground. Behind it is a construction dumpster from KEI.

2 – Construction Dumpsters for Fire Damage Restoration

Fires can leave a trail of devastation, causing extensive damage to homes and commercial properties. The aftermath often includes charred remnants of personal belongings, compromised structural elements, and other debris.

After the flames are extinguished, home and business owners face a comprehensive cleanup and rebuilding process that can generate a lot of waste materials.

Construction dumpsters provide a safe and efficient way to remove fire-damaged items and other construction materials during rebuilding. You can work with a roll-off dumpster rental service near you to choose the appropriate size and number of dumpsters needed for cleanup and restoration efforts.

Fire restoration waste disposal plan

Dumpsters have weight limits. Large items already have bulk to them. Adding water-logged carpeting and other fabrics can add up quickly.

It’s best to load large items first, then pack everything else around them. You may need more than one dumpster on site or arrange for pickup and return service once a dumpster gets full.

Never dispose of E-waste and hazardous materials in your dumpster. If you have these items, you must talk with your roll-off dumpster rental service about how to dispose of them properly.

A tree lays on the roof of a home and has crushed part of the roof after a storm. Construction dumpsters are needed to handle the debris.

3 – Construction Dumpsters for Severe Storm Debris Removal

Severe and fast-moving storms aren’t uncommon in Western Pennsylvania. High winds and tornados, flash flooding, and hail can leave quite a bit of damage behind.

Home and business owners may need a construction dumpster to clear fallen trees, branches, and other storm-related debris. If there’s exterior damage to your property, a dumpster provides a convenient way to remove ruined items and manage debris during restoration quickly and safely.

Minimizing hazards during cleanup

Safety must be your top priority when using a construction dumpster for storm debris removal. Follow these tips to mitigate risks:

  • Wear protective gear including gloves, steel-toed boots, and safety goggles.
  • Use proper lifting techniques for heavier items by lifting with your legs and not your back.
  • Avoid overloading by following the weight limits designated by your construction dumpster rental company.
  • Watch for loose debris near the dumpster to avoid trips and falls.

Construction dumpsters for all your emergencies

It’s never a bad idea to assess your preparedness for dealing with an emergency that can cause extensive damage to your home or business. Part of any emergency plan involves a reliable roll-off dumpster rental service you can count on for prompt delivery and reasonable prices.

KEI offers construction dumpsters for residential and commercial customers in Armstrong, Butler, Mercer, Northern Allegheny, and Venango counties. You can count on us the next time disaster strikes.

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.

Top 4 Uses for Construction Dumpsters

Roofers remove old shingles to toss in construction dumpsters for removal.

Construction projects, whether big or small, generate a substantial amount of debris and other waste you must manage efficiently and safely. Construction dumpsters can handle the mess that comes with any improvements you plan to make to commercial or residential properties.

Whether you’re demolishing an old building to make room for new construction or replacing the roof on a local business, these roll-off dumpsters make cleanup a breeze.

Here are four of the times you might find yourself needing construction dumpsters. Reach out to KEI to identify the perfect side and schedule a delivery.

1 – Construction Dumpsters for Demolition Projects

Dumpsters provide an efficient and safe solution for managing significant amounts of debris from demolition projects. Broken concrete, bricks, wood, and other materials can pose safety risks if not disposed of properly.

Besides managing debris, other benefits to roll-off dumpsters designed to handle construction waste include:

  • Cost savings. You can reduce the overall cost of waste disposal and minimize the labor costs associated with it by eliminating the need for multiple trips to the landfill or recycling center.
  • Environmental responsibility. Demolition projects often involve materials that must be disposed of properly to meet regulatory compliance requirements. Roll-off dumpsters are an eco-friendly choice for getting rid of debris.
  • Improved safety. Keeping your demolition site clean and organized is essential for the safety of workers and anyone else nearby. Construction dumpsters provide a centralized location for waste disposal, preventing tripping hazards and other injuries.
A bathroom remodeler installs new tile in a walk-in shower. Old materials are tossed into construction dumpsters for safe removal.

2 – Construction Dumpsters for Renovations

Like demolition projects, renovations can generate quite a bit of unwanted debris you can’t toss out with the regular trash. Dumpsters make perfect sense for collecting and disposing of materials in a convenient and safe manner.

Three types of renovation projects that typically require the use of a construction dumpster include:

  • Bathroom remodeling. Whether you’re converting a bathtub to a walk-in shower or getting a complete makeover, bathroom remodeling creates waste that’s best suited for a roll-off dumpster. Bathroom jobs usually involve the removal of fixtures, plumbing, tiles, and other materials. A dumpster lets you dispose of them safely.
  • Kitchen renovations. From home kitchen re-dos to upgrading commercial kitchens in local restaurants, you’ll need a place for old appliances, cabinetry, flooring, and other junk. Protect the workers who are completing the updates by keeping your renovation site safe and clear of debris.
  • Retail space modifications. Commercial renovation projects often involve reimagining space, which generates plenty of unwanted waste. Flooring, old furniture, and partitions are among the items that might need tossing. Construction dumpsters handle these materials in a safe and appropriate manner.  

3 – Construction Dumpsters for Landscaping Projects

Let’s be honest. Landscaping projects create a bit of a mess.

Maybe your family plans to remove an old, overgrown garden and replace it with a patio that’s complete with a play area for the kids and an outdoor kitchen for fun family BBQs.

Using construction dumpsters keeps everyone working on the renovation safe. It creates a convenient place for all the debris you’re generating and an efficient way to dispose of it once finished.

In another scenario, maybe you’re a rental property owner for a commercial office space who wants to redesign the green spaces around your building. Safely and efficiently collecting debris should be your top priority to prevent any injuries to the people using your building.

Construction dumpsters can handle bulk materials for disposal to make room for the new exterior design.

A KEI construction dumpster sits behind a home that's being demolished.

4 – Construction Dumpsters for New Roofs

Roof replacements generate various types of debris. It’s important to manage it properly for safety, efficiency, and environmental reasons.

Some of the common waste you can expect if you’re having a new roof put on your business or home includes:

  • Flashing and vents
  • Insulation
  • Nails and fasteners
  • Shingles, tiles, or metal roofing panels
  • Wooden roof decking
  • Underlayment

Maintaining a clean and safe working environment protects the roofing workers and anyone else near the property during the replacement project.

Using construction dumpsters allows you to collect and manage debris to reduce the risk of accidents and property damage.

Reserve your construction dumpsters today

From demolition sites echoing the crash of falling walls to the meticulous transformation of residential and commercial spaces, construction dumpsters make the renovation process safer and more convenient.

Give KEI a call today to reserve your roll-off dumpster. We’ll help you keep your construction zone organized.

Local Dumpsters: Dos and Don’ts Explained

Local dumpsters from KEI dumpster rental service sit on a city street in Butler.

Local dumpsters are a game changer when tackling home renovations, construction projects, or decluttering. They provide a convenient and efficient way to dispose of debris and other waste.

There’s more to renting a roll-off dumpster than choosing the dumpster rental company and placing your order. To make the most of your on-site disposal solution, you must understand the dos and don’ts of local dumpsters.

In our latest blog, we explore the most common dos and don’ts to help you get the most out of your dumpster rental.

DO: Choose an Accessible Delivery Location

One of the most important decisions you’ll make about your roll-off dumpster rental is where to have it delivered. Most residential customers ask for placement in their driveways. For in-town customers in places like Butler or Slippery Rock, curbside delivery may be necessary.

Depending on the location, commercial customers – especially construction contractors – also may need to place dumpsters at the curb.

Wherever you’ve selected your dumpster to go, make sure the rental company’s trucks can easily access it. Avoid narrow or obstructed pathways that impede delivery or pickup.

Discuss any issues you may have with the rental company ahead of time. Most rental services for local dumpsters can suggest solutions if you need a dumpster but are tight on space.

DO: Follow Local and State Environmental Regulations

Do follow local and state environmental regulations for disposing of debris and other waste. Local protocols can impact how waste is handled and disposed of by dumpster rental companies. They also dictate which items you can place in a dumpster, and which must be disposed of in other manner to protect the environment.

Some of the items prohibited from local dumpsters in Butler and surrounding counties include:

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

Ignoring environmental guidelines can result in a hefty fine. If you’re not sure if an item is prohibited, check with the dumpster rental company before tossing it.

A KEI dumpster sits at a construction site in Butler. A rear access door is open for ease in loading heavier items.

DO: Prioritize Safety

Prioritize safety when using a roll-off dumpster. Never allow children or unauthorized people to access your rental dumpster. Don’t climb in or on the dumpster. Some local dumpsters have rear access panels that allow you to open them and load heavy items with a dolly instead of tossing them in haphazardly.

When loading your dumpster, follow these safety guidelines for the best results:

  • Distribute the weight evenly across the dumpster.
  • Load bulky, heavy items first, then place smaller items on top.
  • Secure loose items so they don’t fall out of the dumpster during loading or transport.
  • Stick to the weight limits for your dumpster size to avoid overloading it.
  • Use personal protective equipment (PPE) if you’re handling construction debris or other waste materials.

DO: Check Permit Requirements

Depending on where you’re planning to place your roll-off dumpster rental, you may need a permit from the local authorities.

One of the most common reasons for obtaining a local permit is you plan to put your dumpster in a location that blocks public access, such as on a sidewalk or in a street. The City of Butler and Butler Township are two local municipalities that require permits.

If you’re unsure whether you need one, check with the dumpster rental company first. Many know which service areas require permits.

You also can check with your local municipal government office to verify if permitting is necessary.

DO: Understand Rental Terms and Costs

Before you choose local dumpsters from a rental company, carefully read the rental agreement. Make sure you understand the terms and pricing structure before signing on the dotted line.

Ask about any additional fees for exceeding weight limits. Some companies allow you to extend the rental period on request, so verify whether that’s a possibility if you think you may need extra time.

Obtain a complete breakdown of all costs upfront. Reputable roll-off dumpster rental companies are happy to provide you with this information.

DON’T: Assume Recycling is Included

Local dumpsters typically focus on debris and waste disposal, not recycling efforts. If you have recyclable materials, separate them from the other items you plan to toss into the dumpster.

Recycling helps reduce waste, conserves resources, and minimizes your impact on the environment. Many materials are more appropriate for recycling than the local dump.

Some of the materials you should consider recycling include:

  • Aluminum and steel cans are easily recycled into new products using those materials.
  • Batteries contain harmful chemicals that prevent most dumpster rental companies from accepting them.
  • Cardboard and paperboard can go into your recycling bin for reprocessing.
  • Electronics are prohibited from most local dumpsters.
  • Glass containers never lose quality when recycled.
  • Plastic bottles and other containers marked with recycling symbols can be reprocessed.

A dumpster overloaded with construction debris sits on a construction site.

DON’T: Overload the Dumpster

Stick to the weight limit your dumpster rental company assigns to the dumpster you’re using. Those restrictions are in place to protect you, the rental service employees, and other people on the roadways during the transport of a full dumpster.

Most local dumpsters have fill lines on the inside. You can use them as a guide for how full to make your dumpster. As a rule, if you have materials sticking out over the top of the dumpster, it’s too full to safely transport.

Overloading your dumpster can result in additional charges from your dumpster rental company. They pay by the total weight when unloading a full dumpster at the local landfill. If they end up paying more because you overfilled your dumpster, they’re going to pass those charges on to you.

DON’T: Restrict Access

When placing a roll-off dumpster on your property or in a public area, make sure it doesn’t block access to driveways, walkways, or roadways. One of the quickest ways to get fined by your local municipality is to create an obstruction.

It poses a health and safety hazard if your rental dumpster prevents emergency services from accessing a neighborhood or individual property. Most dumpster rental companies won’t leave a dumpster in a place it restricts access without proof you have permission from your local authorities.

DON’T: Dispose of Prohibited Items

Most dumpster rental companies provide customers with a list of prohibited items. Chemicals, electronics, and other hazardous materials top the list.

If you’re caught tossing these and other banned items into local dumpsters, you can find yourself with a hefty bill for their proper disposal. Your local authorities also may issue steep fines.

As a rule, if you’re unsure whether something is appropriate for the dumpster, check with your rental company first.

A woman stands in the street talking on her cell phone.

DON’T: Forget to Communicate Changes

Sometimes you need to alter your rental dumpster size, dates for use, or other terms and conditions. The sooner you communicate your needs to the dumpster rental company, the more likely they’ll be able to meet them.

Failure to notify companies that rent local dumpsters in a timely manner can end up costing you additional fees and overage charges.

Schedule Local Dumpsters for Your Next Project

Without a doubt, one of the biggest advantages of local dumpsters is their convenience. Harness the benefits while avoiding potential pitfalls when you follow the dos and don’ts in this blog.

Avoid overloading, improper disposal, and neglecting safety measures, and communicate your needs clearly to the dumpster rental company for the best experience.