4 Things To Know If You're Renting A Dumpster

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If you are moving or cleaning out your home, renting a dumpster can be a great way to get unwanted items and trash out of your home. To make the entire process go more smoothly, it's important that you know the following things.

Do You Need a Permit?

In some towns, you need a permit if you plan to have a dumpster on the street outside your home. If you don't have this permit, you are likely to face fines. Head down to your local building office to find out what the dumpster rental permit requirements are in your neighborhood.

Avoid Overfilling the Dumpster

You may be excited to start filling the dumpster with all kinds of things, but it is important for you to remember that the dumpster will be driven away and your things might go flying through the air if the dumpster has been overfilled. Not only that, but the rental company may charge you more money because you overfilled it. Talk with the rental company driver about how high you should pile things. That way, you can avoid any problems.

You Can't Put Hazardous Materials in the Dumpster

If you are like a lot of people, you might think that you can put anything you want in the dumpster. The truth is that there is a list of products that you should not put in your rental dumpster. Here are some of the items that may be forbidden:

  • Fuel cans
  • Paint and paint thinner
  • Tires
  • Lead-based household cleaners
  • Batteries
  • Computers
  • Leaves and grass
  • Materials containing asbestos

Your rental company may have their own list of items that shouldn't be put in the dumpster, so be sure to ask.

Talk to Your Neighbors

This is a step that is often overlooked by many people. In the interests of being neighborly, it's a wise idea to notify your neighbors that you will be having a dumpster delivered. This will alert them to the fact that they may hear loud noises for a day or two. If you don't seem to be able to catch your neighbors at home to tell them face to face, leave a short note in their mailboxes.

Use the information laid out above to help you when you're renting a dumpster. Be sure to talk to the rental company to find out if there is anything else you should know to make sure everything goes well.

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