Dumpster rentals are a great way to streamline your home improvement project and can help you take care of a large amount of waste on a budget and without the hassle of trying to transport hundreds of pounds of debris all the way to the dump yourself. They can also spare your neighbors the unpleasantness of a giant pile of junk or old shingles, carpet, or drywall sitting on your lawn or driveway for extended periods of time. Because dumpsters are wide and come in a variety of sizes as well, you can easily load them up and get a dumpster size based on how much debris you expect to generate.
But there are a lot of substances and items that you may NOT put in dumpsters from dumpster rentals. This list includes:
Tires—all kinds of tires including auto, bicycle, tractor, truck, and more. Whole bicycles are, however, allowed.
Hazardous Waste such as herbicide poisons, acids, or any powder that when mixed with liquid or water may create dangerous or toxic fumes.
Propane tanks, whether full or empty, are considered hazardous waste and cannot be placed in dumpsters.
Household Batteries or any other type of battery.
Oils or other liquids.
Fluorescent lamps, bulbs, other light fixtures.
Neglecting these rules will violate federal and local laws, and will also violate your contract with your dumpster rental provider. Also be sure that you avoid allowing your dumpster to get wet, as it will add tremendous weight and cost to your dumpster rental.
There are dumpsters which sit outside institutions, restaurants, and schools and stay there basically year round, holding garbage that is loaded and disposed of on a daily or weekly basis. But then there are other dumpsters that, if you are considering home or lawn renovation, you may be interested in renting. These are roll off dumpsters and they are your best friend (and your neighbors’ best friend too) for disposing of large amounts of waste generated during a construction, demolition, or renovation project.
People use roll off dumpster rentals because construction yields volumes of waste. If you are tearing up a garden you will need a place to put old cobblestones, weed matter, leaves, rocks, and more. If you are roofing you will end up with hundreds of pounds of tar and shingle. Then inside homes you can face carpet, cabinets, dry wall, and other weighty components. This is waste that you can’t simply take to the dump in your minivan, and you can’t dump it on the curb either (though so many try).
Dumpsters are easily transported by rental companies loaded on the backs of special trucks. They are dropped off in easy usage position and loaded up quickly and efficiently. All you need to do is make sure that you rent the proper sized dumpster for your job, define the length of your project, and make sure that you don’t have trash above the level of the rim as the dumpster will need to be covered during transport.
Tearing down walls, ripping up carpets, and throwing old appliances to the curbside is all part of a normal renovation. Homeowners undertaking the process themselves need to feel comfortable with all that, plus know how to rent dumpsters, find expert information for little or no cost, and have the time and money to get exactly what they want out of their project. It all sounds so easy when encapsulated in just a few sentences, but anyone that has gone through the process of home renovation themselves knows that there is so much more to it than a few pithy descriptors. Some say a person finds out who they really are when they are stuck in a foxhole with the bombs coming down, and others will tell you self-revelations strike trembling hearts when a kitchen floor is entirely torn up and there is no sign of the tile delivery guy anytime soon. Add in screaming children and a leaking pipe that is flooding your floor fast, and you will realize why so many people save up money to hire a contractor rather than figure out how to make their property more valuable on their own.
It might be a little dramatic to compare a demolished kitchen to a warzone, but you definitely shouldn’t underestimate the stress you may have to endure when you realize your skill set and budget are far short of your projections. It is easy to assume that you have the backing of the entire world’s best information simply because you have a smart phone in your pocket to reference any measurements or find videos that quickly teach novices any skill. A clip on YouTube may show you how to lay grout at the base of cabinetry or properly cut tiles in order to ensure the whole floor lays out correctly, but seeing something performed and actually being able to perform it are not usually so interchangeable. You can probably figure out how to make roll off dumpster rentals by reading a quick tutorial, but placing studs and bolting rock sheet is a little different.
Just remember that not everyone was meant to be able to work with their hands. But also do not let that disabuse you of the idea that you can do your own renovation as long as you put the work in to prepare ahead of time. That means figuring out all your materials, costs and drawing up a schedule that is realistic rather than wishful. Career-oriented couples who have children should not expect to complete an entire kitchen rehab within as little as five days, nor should they hope their kids will sit quietly and behave while mom and dad politely exchange passive aggressive banter about who set the hammer where and how if only one had listened to the other they wouldn’t be in this predicament in the first place.
Another big hurdle to overcome will be choosing a dumpster rental Baltimore agency that knows city ordinances and can help you get the permits you will need to avoid fines or unexpected visits from inspectors. Because streets in the city tend to be cramped and overloaded with cars at all hours of the day and night, even extending out into the suburbs, it can be difficult to convince the powers that be you should have the ability to park a 15 foot long trash bin in premium parking spaces for as long as the next four weeks. This is where planning will again come into play. If you are able to clear enough space in your yard or driveway, both would be a better alternative for the dumpster than on the street in front of your house. Granted, neighbors will probably complain no matter where you put the monstrosity, but they will have a lesser case against you if it isn’t directly affecting their ability to park.
Maybe you doubt you will even need to rent a huge unit to dispose of trash. Just remember that only certain items are permissible for the regular garbage pickup to take, so anything like torn out wood, slate or tiling in large amounts will need to have its own container, or you will need to take it to the dump yourself. Factoring in all expenses, it would be way simpler to get a small dumpster from a nearby rental agency than it would be to fill up your Honda Civic for fifteen consecutive trips out of the county just to get rid of tattered kitchen décor and moldy old flooring.