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Common Dumpster Rental Problems and Solutions

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Common Dumpster Rental Problems and Solutions

Almost everyone has had a run-in with a dumpster, whether they work in a business that requires one or have hired waste management services to get rid of the trash and rubbish before the pickup day. However, most people need to know that there are many types of dumpsters to choose from - more than you may realize at first. The first step to choosing the right type of dumpster is figuring out what size dumpster rental you'll need. The last thing you want to do is rent an oversized container that you don't need and pay for extra space. M&M Waste will help you determine what size container is best for your circumstances.

Choosing the Wrong Size

One of the most common problems is customers choosing the wrong size for their dumpster. This can happen for many reasons, but no matter how it happens, it's always a problem.

Problem: Customers rent a 20-yard dumpster for a job requiring only 10 yards of space. This means they're paying extra money for space they don't need. If you have an idea of how much space you need and choose accordingly, you can avoid this problem altogether.

Problem: Another common problem with choosing the wrong size is that people think they need more room than they have available on-site. You need more room for your dumpster to fit, and you'll be forced to find another location or pay extra fees for delivery charges.

Handling Hazardous Waste

Proper disposal of hazardous waste is a top priority for businesses of all sizes. Dumpsters and trash bins can become a source of hazardous waste if they are not appropriately cleaned out at the end of each day, week or month.

Hazardous materials include:

  • Chemicals. These can include paints, solvents, and cleaning solutions.
  • Batteries. Used batteries are considered hazardous because they contain dangerous heavy metals like mercury, lead, and cadmium.
  • Oil-based paints or stains. Oil-based paint must be disposed of at a specialized facility approved by the state environmental agency.
  • Electronic equipment (e-waste). Old televisions, monitors, computers, and other electronic devices can contain lead and other harmful chemicals that can leach into groundwater when improperly handled.
  • Medical waste (sharps). Needles are considered sharps because they can puncture skin easily and transmit diseases such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis B through blood contact with another person's body fluids such as blood or saliva. Sharps should never be placed in regular garbage cans or dumpsters where children may come across them and injure themselves accidentally on purpose by using them as weapons against others.

Instances of Illegal Dumping

The most common problem with a dumpster rental is illegal dumping. Illegal dumping is the disposal of waste materials in a dumpster without the consent of the owner or manager. It can include:

  • Trash and recycling bins that are full to capacity
  • Construction debris such as wood, drywall, asphalt shingles, concrete, etc.
  • Household garbage accumulation
  • Theft of items from the dumpster (including reusable items)
  • Inappropriate disposal of hazardous materials
  • Food waste being disposed of in a dumpster intended for construction debris

Choosing the Wrong Location

You must choose the right location for your dumpster to avoid having some serious problems. For example, choosing an area with a lot of traffic or other obstructions can make it difficult to access the dumpster. You might also be charged extra fees because of this issue. Check with your town to see if there are any issues with dumpster placement.

M&M Waste

The lesson is this: when you rent a dumpster in Decatur, always think about what your job entails and what waste you will be producing. Will it involve heavy demolition or clean-ups? Are there any hazardous wastes that must be disposed of carefully? Consider these factors before you rent a dumpster, and your rental experience should run as smoothly as possible.