preparing for your dumpster

Are you gearing up for a home renovation project, a big cleanout, or a construction job? Renting a dumpster can make waste disposal a breeze, but there are some essential steps to take before your dumpster arrives to ensure a smooth process. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the key preparations you should make for your dumpster delivery with valuable insights from Red Dog Dumpsters.

1. Select the Best Dumpster Size

Choosing the right dumpster size is crucial for efficient waste disposal. When you contact a dumpster rental provider like Red Dog Dumpsters, they will discuss your project’s scope and the type of waste you’ll be disposing of. It’s recommended to consult with experts to determine the ideal size. In many cases, it’s wise to opt for a size slightly larger than what you initially think you’ll need. This helps prevent the hassle and added costs of needing multiple dumpsters.

2. Choose the Best Dumpster Placement Location

Once you’ve settled on the dumpster size, consider where it will be placed. Residential driveways are commonly used for dumpster placement, even if they are relatively short. However, larger dumpsters, especially those with swinging access doors at the back, require more space for placement and access. To ensure a smooth delivery, pick a location with ground as flat as possible.

3. Ensure Easy Access

Easy access is crucial for a successful dumpster delivery. In addition to having a long enough driveway, you need to ensure that the dumpster can be off-loaded from the hauling truck. Generally, you’ll need at least 15 feet of vertical clearance, allowing the truck to tip the dumpster and place it on your driveway. Furthermore, the truck must back up to the drop-off point, necessitating at least 60 linear feet for proper positioning.

4. Use the Street as an Alternative Delivery Spot

If your driveway is too small or non-existent, the street in front of your home can be a suitable delivery spot. However, before opting for this option, check for any access or parking restrictions on the street. Ensure that the street is relatively flat and not situated on a steep hill. On the day of delivery, move any vehicles to provide a clear space and access for your street delivery.

5. Obtain a Permit if Required

Depending on your location and specific circumstances, you may need a permit for dumpster placement. This is particularly common for street placement but might also apply to your driveway. To obtain a permit, reach out to the building or engineering division at your local city or county office. Keep in mind that some areas may require a permit even if the container is placed entirely on your private property. Be proactive about this and apply for a permit well in advance to avoid unexpected delivery delays.

6. Get Ready for Delivery Day

On the day of delivery, ensure that the delivery area is clear of all obstructions. Move vehicles, lawn furniture, equipment, trash cans, and debris from the designated spot. Provide enough clearance on all sides for the dumpster container. If you’ve chosen driveway delivery, consider protecting your driveway’s surface with plywood, tarps, or other protective materials to prevent any damage.

7. Communicate Any Changes

Effective communication is key to a smooth dumpster delivery process. If the delivery driver arrives and encounters obstacles, inadequate access, or a lack of a permit, your delivery may need to be rescheduled. To avoid unnecessary rescheduling and keep the process on track, maintain open and timely communication with your service team leading up to your delivery date.

By following these steps, you’ll be well-prepared for your dumpster delivery, whether it’s for a residential project or a large-scale commercial site. If you have any questions or need assistance with your dumpster rental needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to Red Dog Dumpsters at (615) 933-3300 or visit their website. They are ready to help you with your waste disposal requirements, ensuring a hassle-free experience. Prepare, plan, and enjoy the convenience of efficient waste removal with Red Dog Dumpsters!