You’ve made the decision to drastically declutter your space and have decided on renting a dumpster for all the trash. Before you decide on the particulars, there are some pitfalls you should be aware of. Here are some ways to avoid making mistakes when renting a dumpster.

A dumpster is NOT the place for hazardous waste

All kinds of garbage can go into a disposal bin, but here are some things that should not be in a bin:

  • Oil;
  • Gasoline;
  • Household cleaning chemicals;
  • Pesticides;
  • Propane tanks;
  • Old paint and/or paint cans;
  • Fluorescent light bulbs;
  • Tires; and
  • Aerosol cans.

Ensuring there’s enough space for a dumpster

A dumpster rental service provides bins of all sizes, but the most popular bin is usually the size of a minivan, so there has to be enough room for it. Some people make the mistake of ordering a dumpster to find they have no room for it. If the dumpster will be in your driveway, will there be space for your vehicle(s)? Something else to note: A dumpster shouldn’t be at the end of your driveway overhanging the sidewalk where it will block drivers’ views and make it difficult for pedestrians. You’ll also have to make sure that you have easy access to the dumpster’s doors, especially if you have a lot of items that can’t just be tossed over the side.

Keeping your property damage-free

An even driveway is the best place for a disposal bin. Your dumpster rental service provider will suggest that you think about what route will be taken to get to and from the dumpster. You don’t want to be traipsing across flowerbeds or a newly-sodded lawn. If you do have to walk on your grass, placing sheets of plywood down on a designated path will ensure a damage-free process.

Protecting your driveway

There are several measures you can take to protect your driveway against any potential damage from your dumpster bin. Consider whether your driveway is paved or gravel, the size of your dumpster bin rental, and the materials you plan to load into the dumpster. It’s generally recommended to place wooden sleepers or plywood underneath the bin to protect your driveway. However, if your driveway is gravel you won’t have to worry about any potential damage. Additionally, when loading your dumpster, ensure to properly distribute the weight.