Many of our customers have never needed a local dumpster rental before. Local dumpster rental in St. Louis can be a bit intimidating. But have no fear, if you follow these basic tips you will be a dumpster renting pro in no time.
Before you begin you want to make sure you’re dealing with a truly local dumpster rental company. You may also want to ask a few extra questions to make sure the folks you’re talking to are based in your area.
Question: Are you a local dumpster rental company, and do you own the dumpster I’ll be renting?
Answer: It’s a common practice for many companies to act as brokers or middlemen. They make a deal with you and then contract the work to a nearby dumpster company. Working with a broker is not necessarily a bad idea. It just opens the door for things to get more complicated with more moving parts and more people involved in the process.
Question: How do you price your bins?
Answer: Dumpsters priced are typically according to a combination of square footage and weight. For example, it may cost $300 to rent a 10-yard dumpster. But, if you fill it with more than 1000 pounds, you may be charged a fee. Or there may be a strict weight limit. It’s also worth finding out what happens if you need to keep the dumpster for a few extra days or go over the weight limit.
Question: How do I keep the dumpster from damaging my driveway?
Answer: If you’re looking for a local dumpster rental chances are, you have some ties to the property. The driveway is a gateway to the home. You want to keep it as nice as you can. There’s only one surefire way to make there’s no damage. You have to keep the dumpster from coming in direct contact with the driveway. One of the most common ways to do this is to have the dumpster resting on wooden boards. Your local rental company may have a different approach. Just be sure to ask what they offer for driveway protection.
Question: Do I need to be there when the dumpster is delivered or hauled away?
Answer: Most of the time there’s no need for you to be there during the delivery or haul away. Just be sure you tell the delivery team exactly where you want the dumpster to be placed. Placing a dumpster is something you definitely want to get right on the first try.
Question: Is there anything special I need to do to get ready for the delivery?
Answer: Having space for the dumpster to be delivered is the only requirement to start with. However, it’s a good idea to start organizing the process before the dumpster shows up. Junk in your house is kind of like weeds on your lawn. It tends to spread without you knowing it and can wind up in some really odd places. Starting to round up all your junk before the big day comes is one of the simplest things you can do to make life much easier. We all know life happens. And the last thing you want to do is to be left with extra junk because you weren’t able to keep track of all the things you wanted to get rid of.
Question: Is there anything I not allowed to put in the dumpster?
Answer: Each hauler may have a unique list of items you are not allowed to dump. However, there are a few rules of haulers typically follow. Items with hazardous materials are a no-no. This includes most large appliances such as refrigerators. Anything containing Freon needs to be specially disposed of. Also, things that fall under the category of biohazards aren’t allowed either. Chemicals and flammable materials typically need to be disposed of separately.
Many transfer stations or landfills don’t accept old tires. This means your hauler won’t accept them either. If you got old tires to get rid of, we recommend checking out the recycling locator on Earth911 or contact in City Hall to see what they recommend.
Asbestos is another tricky material. Most newer items don’t contain asbestos, but it was very popular in items that were manufactured decades ago.
Getting rid of asbestos can be complicated and dangerous. We recommend removal as the last resort. Covering the asbestos or sealing it off is likely to be a cheaper and less dangerous option.
If there is no way around it, contact your regional Environmental Protection Agency branch to find contractors qualified to handle the removal of asbestos.