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Using Your Dumpster

Using Your Rented Dumpster is Easy!

Thank you for ordering a dumpster from Wall Recycling!

Please take a moment to review these important tips to use your container for safe, cost-effective, and successful disposal without any surprises.

The number one problem we have is overfilling – we cannot transport containers filled above the rim.

Please review the Service Terms for important details about our agreement. Below, we share a few key points to always keep in mind when using a rented dumpster.

When Filling Your Dumpster

  • Our drivers cannot transport an overloaded dumpster since it is unsafe for fellow drivers. An overloaded dumpster may drop debris and cause harm or injury.
  • If the dumpster container is overloaded, our operators will not be able to remove it until you unload the items.
  • The dumpster door must close completely:
    • Our drivers cannot pick up the dumpster if the rear door does not close. If we did, everything would spill out.
    • Once the debris is within approximately 18″ of the rear of the container, close the door before items shift.
  • Many customers find it helpful to open the door to the container and walk items into the dumpster, filling it from the front to the back. This enables you to more densely pack items inside and may help reduce the number of loads required.
  • Use caution when opening the door of the dumpster container – it is very heavy!
  • You can also toss items over the side – don’t worry the dumpster is very tough and you won’t damage it by tossing items in.
  • If you expect a very heavy load (steel, densely packed lumber), do not fill the dumpster over 1/2 full. If you are unsure, just call us to avoid extra expense and delay.
    • We do offer concrete specific dumpsters in the 20-yard size. These must be filled 3/4 of the way.
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Dumpster Placement

  • Always carefully consider the ideal location is for your dumpster– a cleared, flat, level surface is required and a paved surface is best since the truck and the container are very heavy.
  • Our drivers work with you to determine the best dumpster placement and will consider factors such as drop-off, pickup, and site conditions. Our drivers will only leave the dumpster at a site where we can confidently and safely deliver and pick up the container.
  • We will do what we can to limit damage to the delivery site, but the customer is responsible for any incidental damage due to no fault of Wall Recycling.
    • Prepare the site by clearing it of debris and ensuring there is a clear path to the site – don’t forget to think about overhead power lines or tree branches – the truck and container together are over 10-15 feet tall.
    • If the container is placed on an unpaved surface expect to have tire tracks left by the truck, especially if the ground is wet.
  • Take advantage of our friendly and professional drivers. If you are present when we drop the dumpster, they can answer your questions and provide helpful tips on dumpster usage. If you have further questions call us at (919) 582-7777
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LIST OF “DOs”

  • DO select a flat level site to place the dumpster before we arrive
  • DO err on the side of too-big rather than too-small with your dumpster
  • DO put demolition debris into the dumpster
  • DO put construction debris into the dumpster
  • DO make sure that the door is closed and latched prior to calling for a pickup

LIST OF “DO NOTs”

  • DO NOT overfill. This is the #1 issue  call us to pick it up before the load is at the top of the container since it is unsafe to transport when over-filled
  • DO NOT order the smallest dumpster possible. Many customers are surprised by how much they have to dispose of
  • DO NOT put mattresses, appliances, electronics, or other controlled debris into the dumpster
  • DO NOT put tires, batteries, adhesives, foods, or hazardous materials into the dumpster
  • DO NOT wait until the last minute to order a dumpster or a pickup

TABLE OF EXCLUDED ITEMS

Excluded Items The Reason it is Prohibited Alternative Disposal Options
Chemicals including fuels, oils, batteries, paints & lacquers Environmental and safety concerns including toxicity and flammability Local household hazardous waste facility
Asbestos & medical waste Human health Asbestos abatement company or medical waste service
Large storage drums and/or used chemical absorbing material Environmental health and safety Specialty hazardous waste collection company
Ink, adhesives & large amounts of food waste As these items decompose & break down they can leak and damage the dumpster and the surroundings Recycling or composting facility
Refrigerators, air conditioners, hot water heaters Environmental health and safety Scrap Metal Recycling facilities
Tires, telephone poles, and railroad ties Environmental health and safety Designated municipal disposal sites

Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials are prohibited from disposal through your Wall Recycling dumpster.
Here are some general examples of items that are NEVER allowed:

  • Aerosol cans
  • All liquids
  • Animals – Schrodinger or Not 
  • Antifreeze
  • Asbestos (Wall Recycling does offer Asbestos Removal with our dumpsters but only when specifically ordered.)
  • Batteries
  • Chemical products
  • Contaminated oils (mixed with solvents, gasoline, etc.)
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Hazardous waste
  • Herbicides and pesticides
  • Lubricating/hydraulic oil
  • Motor oil
  • Oil filters
  • Other flammable liquids
  • Paint (except completely dried latex paint cans, no liquids)
  • Petroleum-contaminated soil/lead paint chips
  • Propane tanks
  • Radioactive material
  • Solvents
  • Tires (charges will apply)
  • Transmission oil

Please always keep in mind the following when considering what to put in your dumpster as you can incur an additional charge if your dumpster weighs over a certain threshold.  

Always be mindful that larger dumpsters (30+ Yard Containers) often also prohibit additional materials, such as:

Again this is due to the weight limit allotted for each size range of our dumpsters and you can risk being charged if your dumpster weighs more than allowed. 

Because restricted materials may vary by location and dumpster size, please contact us for information specific to your area and project needs. Our knowledgeable staff will also be able to give you more information if you need to dispose of any restricted materials listed above.

DUMPSTER USAGE EXAMPLES TO AVOID

These are real-world examples of what has caused either delays or additional expenses for our customers.

Don’t Fill Above the Rim of the Container

We must put a tarp on the load to transport the load safely and we cannot haul a load that is filled above the rim of the container.

Don’t Mix Debris Types (Especially Yard Waste with MSW or C&D)

When debris types are mixed, disposal sites either do not accept them or only accept them at much higher costs. If you mix debris types then there is a chance you must either sort and reload the dumpster or pay a much higher price.

Appliances

Appliances, especially refrigerators (due to the refrigerant) cannot be disposed of in the same way as other trash. If your load contains appliances then we may not be able to dispose of your dumpster load. If we pick up your load and it has an appliance in it and we find out at the dumpsite, you may be assessed additional special handling charges or it may be returned to you or both.

Instead, make money off of your unwanted appliances by visiting one of our scrap metal recycling yards!

No Mattresses & Box Springs

Mattresses are not always accepted and cannot be disposed of in the same way as other trash. If your load contains mattresses then we may not be able to dispose of your load. If we pick up your load and it has an appliance in it and we find out at the dumpsite, you may be assessed additional special handling charges or it may be returned to you or both. Municipalities generally have dedicated mattress disposal for residents that is safe and aligned with the municipal disposal policies.

No Freezers or Refrigerators

This comes up so frequently we put it in our list twice. Appliances, especially refrigerators (due to the refrigerant) cannot be disposed of in the same way as other trash. If your load contains appliances then we may not be able to dispose of your load. If we pick up your load and it has an appliance in it and we find out at the dump site, you may be assessed additional special handling charges or it may be returned to you or both. Municipalities generally have dedicated appliance disposal that is safe and environmentally friendly.

No TVs

TVs, especially large and old console TVs cannot be disposed of in the same way as other trash. If your load contains this then we may not be able to dispose of your load. If we pick up your load and it has an TV in it and we find out at the dump site, you may be assessed additional special handling charges or it may be returned to you or both. Municipalities generally have dedicated TV disposal that is safe and environmentally friendly.

Improper Loading by Other People

Sometimes people will dump their stuff in your container, people that aren’t involved in your project. When this happens, it is the client’s responsibility to make sure the contents are loaded properly and that there is no contamination in the container.

Site Access

If our truck cannot get to the container, we cannot pick it up. Please make sure that there is a clear path to the container, and that cars surrounding the driveway or job site provide enough room to get the truck in and out. Also, if the container is not placed on a paved surface, we may not be able to get to it if the ground is soft. It is your responsibility to make sure we can access the container, and if we cannot get to it we will have a dry-run or trip charge.

Soil, Concrete Brick, and Block

Soil, brick, and block are material types that we may be able to take but we need to talk first. If your load contains this debris type, let us know, and don’t mix it with other types of debris.

Let’s Talk About Dumpster Usage

Call us at  (919) 582-7777  or fill out the form below to request more information on dumpster usage today!