Before you rent a dumpster or dump trailer, it is important to understand the tiny details of the terms and conditions of the rental agreement. It is going to help avoid surprises later on, like additional charges being added to your final bill because of overages. There are tips about how to become a more informed dumpster rental customer. The first thing you need to remember is that it is all about weight allowances.
You are usually given a maximum weight limit by the dumpster rental service. This is called the weight allowance and there are two main reasons that rental companies have them. The first reason is that trucks can only handle a given amount of weight. Exceeding the limit could damage the truck and/or cause unsafe driving situations. Landfill dump fees are charged every ton, so in order to maintain a sustainable business, rental companies should set weight limits on every load.
Weight allowances change by company but could range from 1 ton to 8 tons or more. In a lot of cases, you will be offered an unlimited weight allowance, but you still have to abide by the rules of loading the dumpster to a particular height limit and not exceed the top rim of the container. Be extra careful of going over the weight allowance when you load heavy debris, like concrete, roof shingles or dirt. A lot of containers have a fill line inside the dumpster to help you stay below the weight limit.
If you fill the roll-off above the designated fill line, there is usually a separate fill line for household junk/waste and for construction debris. The dumpster company has the right to remove some or all of the load. In a lot of cases, you as the customer are responsible for unloading the material/debris until the load complies with policy of the rental company.
By law, they cannot haul the bin with the waste, debris or junk exceeding the top of the container. Additionally, they need to tarp the load, and if they cannot secure the tarp down properly, they might have to get rid of debris from the top. If you are not on site during the pickup of the dumpster, the debris could remove some debris from the dumpster to comply with local regulations and rules. They will not leave the debris on site, and you would be responsible for disposal. As an alternative, the driver might not pick up the container at all and you are going to be assessed a trip charge on your last invoice.
The provider’s terms of the dumpster rental will spell out the standard rental duration. In a lot of cases, a 7-day or 10-day rental period is the norm. You can often shorten or extend the terms based on request. There is normally a daily fee for extending the rental period. To have the container picked up early, you need to give your rental provider a call and request an early pickup. They may or may not have a driver ready to pick up on the same day, so it is best that you plan ahead and schedule it.
To end the rental and have the container picked up early, just call the dumpster company for an early pickup. You are not going to receive a discount for ending the rental agreement early. There is no guarantee the dumpster company is going to be able to pick up the container that day or the next. It will depend on the availability to get a truck out to the site. There are situations where the truck will not be able to pick up the loaded dumpster. The first reason is that the container may be overfilled and/or too heavy to pick up. Dumpster trucks have a maximum carrying and lifting capacity, and if the load exceeds that amount, the driver will have no other option than to leave the container onsite.
Hazardous materials or mixed wastes are dumped into the roll-off container. Chemicals and flammable wastes are not allowed in most cases, and it is not safe for the driver to haul the debris. Another reason is that something is blocking access to the dumpster. Make sure the truck driver has a lot of access to the dumpster in the scheduled pickup time.