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Home construction projects create a lot of waste, and it's not feasible to toss all that waste in your garbage can or take a bunch of loads to the landfill in the back of your pickup truck. The best solution is to rent a roll-off dumpster. Before you do, however, check out these five tips.
Estimate How Much Waste You'll Have
The first thing you'll want to do before you rent a dumpster is to estimate how much waste you think you'll have, so you don't waste money or time. Roll-off dumpsters typically come in sizes 10, 15, 20, 30 and 40 yard. Imagine renting a 40 yard dumpster when all you're doing is replacing the carpet in a few rooms. You're going to have a lot of empty space for which you already paid. Similarly, if you are totally remodeling a few rooms in your home, and you rent a 10 yard dumpster, you'll have to have it emptied quite a few times before your project is complete.
Find out Where You Can Park the Dumpster
You also need to figure out where you can park the dumpster. You could always park it on your driveway or yard, but if you were planning on using the street, you'll need to do some homework. It may be illegal for you to park a giant dumpster on the street, especially if your street is narrow. In other cases, it may be legal, but you have to get a permit and follow specific rules and regulations. For example, in Denver, CO, the dumpster cannot be on the street for more than 180 days in a 12 month period, and the dumpster must be in a parking lane and at least 20 feet from a corner, alley or entrance.
Know What You Are Paying For
When speaking with different dumpster rental companies, make sure you know what is included in the price and what comes with an extra fee. This is especially important when it comes to the pick-up and drop-off policies. If you fill up your dumpster on a Friday evening, do you have to wait until Monday before they will pick it up and replace it with another? If they will pick it up on Saturday or Sunday, is there an extra fee? Maybe one company adds an extra fee for replacing full dumpsters with empty ones (regardless of when), but another company may offer this service for free.
Make Some Money With Scrap Metal
If you are doing a big construction project, you may actually be able to make a couple dollars. If you have old items made of metal, such as old appliances, you can sell them as scrap metal. The most lucrative way to do this would be to separate the metal from the non-metal parts yourself, sort the metal and take it to a recycling plant, but it takes time to separate the pieces and learn the different types of metals. Some dumpster rental companies will actually buy your unsorted scrap metal for a reduced price. So, you get less money, but don't have to do any of the legwork.
Dispose of E-Waste Properly
If you don't care about recycling scrap metal and making a little extra money, it can be tossed in the roll-off dumpster and taken to the landfill. However, some waste is illegal to toss into roll-off dumpsters. Electronic waste, or e-waste, has been known to leak dangerous materials, such as mercury and lead, as it decays, so it can't be taken to a landfill. If you try to toss these materials into your dumpster or take them to the landfill yourself, you could be fined. Luckily, many dumpster rental companies will take your e-waste separately, and they may even give you a little cash in exchange.
Roll-off dumpsters are a great option when you are remodeling your home. However, failing to follow these tips could cause you to waste money and time or even break the law. For more information about dumpster rentals, contact a rental company in your area today.