Five Dumpster Rental Tips For Your Home Landscaping Project

Landscaping your yard, especially if you are clearing it out and starting with a clean slate, can result in multiple trips to the dump. Renting a dumpster can save you the time and expense of multiple dump runs, so you can finish your project more quickly and on budget. Make sure you know how to handle a dumpster on your property before it's delivered.

#1: Make Sure It's Legal

Typically, dumpster rentals are parked in your drive, on the street, or somewhere on your lot. If you live in a neighborhood with a homeowner's association, you may need to get permission before the dumpster is delivered. It's also a good idea to check with the city for any permit requirements, especially if the dumpster will be parked on the street.

#2: Keep It Secure

Dumpsters can pose a hazard, especially to curious kids. The best option is to place it in an area that can be secured by a fence, but that isn't usually possible for a typical landscape job. Instead, ask the dumpster company what locking options are available. They will usually supply you with chains and show you how to use them, either with supplied locks or your own padlocks.

#3: Order the Right Dumpster

Most landscape waste is organic, so it may qualify for composting programs through your local waste management company. Tell the dumpster company what kind of waste you are disposing of and ask for advice on the best dumpster choices. Many companies have divided dumpsters, which allow for the disposal of both recyclable or compostable items along with regular garbage in the same unit. The company may also have a single stream option, which allows you to use one small dumpster for everything, and then they divide it for proper disposal. If you have questions about the dumpsters available in your area, contact a company such as TCM Sweeping and Disposal.

#4: Understand the Rental Schedule

Pick-up and emptying schedules vary, depending on the company and your contract. Typically, you can either expect to call the company when you are ready for the dumpster to be emptied or carted away, or you can rent the dumpster for a set period of time. Make sure you understand which method is outlined in your rental contract. You don't want the dumpster picked up when you still have a line of dead hedges to pull out and dispose of.

#5: Manage the Cost

When renting a dumpster, you will likely pay either by the weight of what you are disposing of, or by the size of the dumpster. If you are charged by size and only using it for home landscaping projects, you can save money by teaming up with a neighbor to divide the cost.