6 Key Tips When You Rent a Dumpster

6 Key Tips When You Rent a Dumpster

Dumpster rental can help a range of projects and enterprises to unfold more smoothly and successfully. From the manufacturing industry to commercial demolitions, industrial plants and home remodeling projects, the convenience of an on site roll off or standard dumpster can be indispensable. However, when you rent a dumpster, there are some things you should be aware of in order to optimize the experience. Consider the following six tips when you rent a dumpster:

1. Select the Ideal Dumpster Size and Style

Before renting a dumpster, determine the ideal size and type for your project needs. Top loading dumpsters, rear loading containers, roll off dumpsters and compactors are some of your options. There are a range of dumpster sizes available for every size project. Assess the dimensions of each available dumpster and choose accordingly. At Lakeshore Recycling Systems, we offer open top loading dumpster models in 10, 15, 20 and 30 yard sizes. We also offer a 35 yard compactor option and a 100-yd tractor trailer for very large demolition projects.

2. Ideal Placement and Location

Decide ahead of time where the dumpster should be placed for maximum convenience and usage. The site should be level, free of debris and out of the way of primary traffic routes for vehicles, equipment and personnel. Take drainage around the site into consideration as well. Make sure that there aren’t any items overhanging the site such as tree branches and power lines.

3. Accessibility

While site placement in terms of terrain is important, accessibility is equally as important. Place the dumpster strategically to maximize productivity and use on the site. The site you select should also be accessible to the driver delivering it and eventually emptying and picking it up. The driver should be able to make a three-point turn at the dumpster placement site.

4. Consider a Waste Audit

If you are unsure about the ideal size, type or placement of a dumpster for your waste management needs, consider getting a waste audit. Standard open top dumpsters, rear loading, roll off dumpster service and compactors are all possible options. A professional assessment can help with determining the ideal waste management solution for your project. You can then co-create a customized solution with the ideal dumpster selection for your needs.

5. Watch Fill Levels

Take care not to overfill dumpsters or compactors. While they are designed to hold just about anything you can place inside, it is possible to overfill them. This applies especially to compactors, which may not be able to function optimally with too many bulky items placed inside. When in doubt, contact the rental company to help you optimize your experience.

6. Work with a Professional

When you rent a dumpster, partner with a company that’s known and respected in the industry for high quality products and service. Lakeshore Recycling Systems brings almost 20 years of experience in commercial waste and dumpster rental to the Chicagoland area.

When renting a dumpster, keep these six key items in mind to help optimize the experience. Whether you’re demolishing a building, constructing a high rise or doing a home remodeling project, Lakeshore Recycling Systems has the ideal dumpster rental solution for your needs. We can also assist with recycling and on site storage solutions for any project.

3 Comments
  • Taylor Bishop
    Posted at 15:49h, 10 August Reply

    Thanks for these tips for renting a dumpster. I like that you mentioned the dumpster should be placed strategically on the site. It sounds beneficial to really look around the site to determine what the best location is, for the workers and also for taking the dumpster away.

  • Duncan Lance
    Posted at 02:39h, 27 September Reply

    I agree, accessibility is just as important as placement when it comes to renting a dumpster. After all, you will want it in a place that the pick-up truck can easily reach, but you don’t want to have to drag your trash and debris too far to get to it. Ideally, you should pick somewhere that is a compromise for both such as the front-yard or driveway.

  • Oliver Ray
    Posted at 22:54h, 27 August Reply

    I never knew that dumpsters actually have a fill level that you need to watch out for. It didn’t occur to me that they compact it right there in the dumpster, depending on the service of course. Maybe it’s something I should tell my boss because the dumpster outside is getting pretty full if I do say so.

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