According to IBISWorld data, the dumpster rental market generated $405.5 million in 2019 in the US alone. This is a good indicator of how popular dumpster rentals are. It makes sense that people would rely more and more on dumpster rentals as they undertake various commercial and residential projects, whether it’s renovations, cleanups, or construction.
If you anticipate that your project is going to generate a lot of trash, hiring a roll-dumpster is a perfect idea. In addition to researching about which local dumpster rental service, it also helps to know the proper way to your dumpster.
Sort Everything Beforehand
A little preparation beforehand goes a long way towards making life easier when it’s finally time to load your dumpster. So start by finding the perfect spot for placing your dumpster. The spot should be easily accessible by both you and the delivery vehicle. Once you have that figured out, you can also start separating items and setting aside items that you can’t discard in your dumpster rental.
Items like paints, gasoline, acids, tires, appliances, and explosives can be hazardous to people and the environment. These items need to be disposed of properly. Otherwise, you might be faced with fines or other non-compliance issues. If you’re not sure what should or shouldn’t go into the dumpster, the company you’re hiring from will break it down for you.
Flatten And Break Down
The smaller the items going into your dumpster rental, the better. Therefore, you should break things down whenever possible. For instance, stuff like foam, furniture, and drywall should be broken down to the smallest state. In addition, by using the space in the dumpster rental efficiently, you’re avoiding having to load things too high because they don’t fit properly.
It’s also important to flatten cardboard boxes. Trying to stack them on top of each other will consume a lot of space. On the other hand, flattening the cardboard boxes beforehand might take time, but you get the maximum use of all empty spaces.
Start From Front to Back
Sometimes, it’s not always possible to toss items into the dumpster over the wall. Fortunately, most dumpster rentals have access doors at the front and back that allow you to walk in and place heavy items. If you’re making use of these access doors, it’s best to start at the front going to the back.
This ensures efficient use of the space and gives you easier access whenever you need to load something heavy. One tip that can make loading easier is to build a ramp for even easier access. When loading heavy items, that means you don’t have to lift each item but can use a wheelbarrow or something else for transportation.
Go From Large to Small
The rule of thumb when filling a dumpster rental is that all the bulky items go at the bottom. Bulk items include things like furniture and equipment. As mentioned, you should break down bulky items where possible and ensure that they are neatly arranged.
Placing bulky items at the bottom also helps to keep the center of the mass lower, which keeps the dumpster steady during transport. In addition, distributing weight evenly across the dumpster helps to avoid shifting during transit, so make sure everything is properly balanced.
When all the larger items have gone in, you can then start adding the smaller items. The trick is to tuck in the smaller items into all the gaps left after you’ve added the larger items. Don’t just throw everything haphazardly but take time to arrange things carefully.
Don’t Pile Too High
Dumpsters can handle a lot of trash, but they too have limits. You might be tempted to get extra value for your money by piling things as high as they can go, but this only means the trash can’t be safely transported. There’s a chance that the loose debris will fall off during transit and cause pollution, harm, or some other potential issue. So, when loading the dumpster, the contents should never peak above the rim.
In addition, if you’re loading heavy items like concrete and dirt, you must load well below the top rail to avoid exceeding the weight limit. To make sure you have enough space to accommodate all your trash, consider having a second dumpster rental.
Now that you know these dumpster loading tips and tricks, get in touch with us to discuss your dumpster rental options. Also, get in touch if you have any questions about your rental. We will be happy to help!