The Dos and Don’ts of Dumpster Disposal

By March 14, 2016News

When you’ve been in the dumpster rental business as long as some of us here at Insta-Bins have, you start to see some crazy things happening on the job site and turning up in the dumpsters. Since you are renting a bin we are assuming you have a lot of junk to remove, so it’s best if we go over the dos and don’ts of dumpster rental. From where to put it and how to move things, to what should and shouldn’t go in the dumpster. If you are renting a dumpster in Ottawa, you need to keep these tips in mind.

Throwing renovation debris in the dumpster: DO

A lot of our customers in Ottawa rent dumpsters to clean up after renovations, so it is totally OK to put debris in there. A bevy of materials can be put in without second thought. Don’t hesitate to toss:

  •  Concrete
  • Drywall
  • Bricks
  • Stones or
  • Shingles

Into the bin. That is all good to go.

Throwing batteries in the dumpster: DON’T

Batteries are definitely a no-go. We want to mention this because they are so common to have lying around the house that people often forget that they have hazardous material inside. In fact, anything with battery acid, motor oil, Freon or other hazardous materials cannot go in the bin at all.

Placing the bin on the street: DON’T

It might not be against the law where you live, but it is in bad taste. Not only that, it can expose you to garbage pickers. It’s better to place it in the driveway or your backyard. If it has to go on the street and it isn’t against the law, then so be it.

Throwing heavy furniture in: DON’T

That old dingy couch in the basement is welcome in the bin, but we’ve seen a lot of people throw out their backs by tossing the furniture in. That is an absolute don’t. Lift with your legs, not with your back. Once you get close to the bin, tip the piece over into the container instead of throwing it. Your back will thank you.

If you want to rent a dumpster, then there are a few things you should know first. We get a lot of questions from customers each time we rent out a new bin, and these are the most common dos and don’ts of dumpster disposal. If you think you are in need of one, then contact us today!

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