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May 26, 2017
When Spring Cleaning, Should You Dump or Donate?
When spring cleaning, should you dump or donate? Today, Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver has a few tips to help you make the tough decisions. A lot of people find it somewhat paralyzing when they clean out their closets and garages, and as a result, often end up either not cleaning it or not actually cleaning it out as thoroughly as they should. However, unused items simply clutter up a home and are going to waste sitting there, when they can actually be given new life through donation.
So, as you begin to rifle through your things and decide what needs to go, you may wonder how to choose between items suitable for donation and items that just need to be hauled to the dump. Create two piles, one for the dump and one for donation. Then take a look at these two checklists and ask yourself which category the item falls into and voila! You now know which pile to add the item to.
Items Suitable For Donation
- The item is still usable and in good condition
- The item is valuable enough to sell
- The item is of decent quality and will still last for a while
- The item functions the way that it should
There are also a few things that you should keep in mind when you are donating items. Charities can only use items that are suitable for resale, and their employees have to sort through everything to ensure some degree of quality. If you give them a bunch of useless junk, your donation could end up costing them money in the time it takes to go through everything and the expense of hauling it to the dump for you. That’s not helpful and should be avoided.
Items That Should Go To the Dump
- The item is stained, ripped, moldy, rusty, ratty, whatever but it’s nasty
- The item is broken and needs extensive repair in order to function correctly
- The item is of poor quality and won’t last long at this point anyways
- The item is unsafe to use
- The item is ridiculously old
If you rent a dumpster for a massive cleanout, like finally getting rid of all that reno debris you meant to upcycle, keep in mind that not everything is eligible. Things like appliances and drywall are fine, while batteries or hazardous materials need to be disposed of properly. Be sure to check the list of prohibited items at your local landfill or talk to one of our team members for more information on proper disposal.
Again, if your first sweep and count for your “dump” pile is exceeding the capacity of your garbage cans, then consider renting a roll-off dumpster to haul everything away in one fell swoop. Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems Inc. has several sizes you can choose from, starting at a reasonable 12-yard dumpster.
When spring cleaning, should you dump or donate shouldn’t be a paralyzing question. Instead, clean out that old junk that you don’t need cluttering up your home. Experience freedom from that burden, help out those in need with items you can donate and let Mile High Roll-Off in Denver do all the heavy lifting.
April 20, 2017
5 Projects that Benefit from Renting a Dumpster
Today the crew at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver would like to share these 5 projects that benefit from renting a dumpster. If you’re not familiar with roll-off containers, you may not realize how handy they can be on certain projects, especially compared to trying to dispose of materials using your regular garbage collection service. So, when is it the right time to rent a dumpster? Here are a few ideas.
Not everybody keeps up on spring cleaning. Some people are great at keeping up on getting rid of things they don’t need anymore. The rest of us, maybe not so much. It’s understandable that when you finally get around to doing it, you have a lot of stuff you need to get rid of at once.
You could slowly get rid of a little bit here and there by adding to your regular garbage collection every week. Depending on the amount of stuff you have that could take weeks! Not to mention, it is kind of a pain to have to think about every week and make sure it gets dragged to the curb. Plus, you have to leave everything piled somewhere while it waits its turn to be hauled away.
Instead, get your cleaning done and send off everything at once with a roll-off. We rent out 12-yard dumpsters that are ideal for tossing a few pieces of old furniture and any other junk you have around.
Another instance in which you could have a lot to get rid of at once is moving day. You probably don’t even realize how much stuff you have tucked away here and there (and up to the ceiling in the garage) until you have to do a deep clean out like this. Rather than paying to haul it all with you, it can be easier just to get rid of unused items with a roll-off dumpster and lighten up your load up a bit.
Another popular spring topic, even if you have a small yard, is yard waste which can quickly fill up the waste bucket that your regular garbage service allows. Again, instead of having to pile it up somewhere and get rid of it a little at a time, a roll-off container is a great way to get rid of it quickly and cleanly.
Remodeling and other home renovation or improvement projects always create a fair amount of waste. Big projects, like roofing repairs or changing out your home’s siding, can also produce an extraordinarily large amount and a roll-off container simplifies the cleanup process a great deal.
If Mother Nature decides to throw a tantrum, you could have quite a bit of debris left in your yard. You might have a lot of fallen limbs and trees, even suffered damage to your home that needs to be cleaned up and repaired. The easiest way to clear all that out is to send it off at once in a dumpster rental.
These 5 projects that benefit from renting a dumpster aren’t the only times a dumpster can come in handy. Whenever you do find yourself in need of one, be sure to give us a call here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver and we’ll help you find the right dumpster for the task at hand.
March 14, 2017
How to Choose the Right Dumpster for Your Project
The experts here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems, Inc. know it is so important that you understand how to choose the right dumpster for your project. While waste disposal is not a fun topic, it's something that we can’t ignore as it can often involve sanitation concerns and public health. Here, we'll break down a few example projects so that you can better estimate your needs and ensure all waste is disposed of properly.
First things first, it is necessary to understand how dumpsters are measured to know what size dumpster you need to rent for your project. Dumpsters are measured in cubic yards and are typically available in different sizes starting from 10 cubic yards, about three pickup truck loads worth of debris, on up to 40 cubic yards, which is roughly equivalent to 12 pickup truck loads.
To give you an idea what size dumpster you will need for a project, you can read through the following estimates. If you are planning to clean out an attic, basement or garage, you will probably find that a 10 or 15-yard dumpster will be sufficient. However, that does depend on the size of the room, how much junk is crammed into it, and how much of that junk needs to be carted off! But, in general, 10 or 15 yards should be good.
But what if you are looking to clean out an entire house? Well, in that case, you’re probably going to want to jump up to a 15 or 20-yard dumpster. If the house is rather large, you might even need a 30-yard dumpster to ensure you have enough space, particularly if you have a lot of large items.
What about a remodel project? Well, of course, dumpster size is going to depend on the extent of the remodel. For an average remodel of one room in which you plan to be removing flooring, a wall, windows, or something similar a 20-yard dumpster should suffice. Keep in mind that kitchen remodels in which you plan to remove big items like counters and appliances will probably require the extra room that a 30-yard dumpster offers.
If you are remodeling multiple rooms, again it depends on the extent of the remodel project. If you are planning to renovate just one aspect of each room, for example just the floors, then a 20-yard container might be enough. If your remodel is more extensive, such as ripping everything out down to the studs, you will most likely need a 30-yard dumpster, to be on the safe side.
Of course, this quick overview of how to choose the right dumpster for your project isn’t as valuable as the expertise of one of our staff members. Feel free to contact us here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems Inc. for more tailored advice for your particular project. With over 20 years of operation, we have plenty of experience when it comes to helping our neighbors get rid of unwanted debris efficiently.
February 24, 2017
The ABC's of Dumpster Rental
If you are undertaking a home renovation or cleaning up after a burst pipe or natural disaster, we want you to know the ABC's of dumpster rental. It’s likely that you will be accumulating a lot of waste in the process which your normal curbside pickup services won’t remove. In that case, renting a roll off dumpster from us here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems can be a great option for proper disposal. So, before you rent, take a look at the tips and information we provide here.
Being aware of a few things beforehand can greatly ease or prevent any unnecessary stress during the waste disposal process. Since waste disposal is not necessarily on anyone’s list of fun things to do, we think you probably would appreciate any easing or stress prevention that is possible.
The first thing to be aware of is permits. It is generally unnecessary to get a permit to have a temporary dumpster on your property. However, this is not true in all cases and you should make sure to investigate your situation beforehand.
For example, there may be rules to follow or permissions you need to get. This is particularly the case if there is a chance the dumpster will be located on public or shared land. Get those details worked out beforehand to save yourself a headache later of somebody getting upset with you.
Also, be sure to check the covenants for your neighborhood. Some communities require you to seek permission from your homeowner’s association (HOA) before setting a big dumpster in your yard.
Generally, dumpster rental companies will charge you for the amount of time you plan to use the container. To save yourself money, and maybe even to avoid conflict with your neighbors, you should try to rent the container for the least amount of time possible. Plan to have it dropped off when you have time to get the work done.
Just because you rent a dumpster doesn’t mean you can throw anything you want into it. Talk to one of our disposal experts and we will explain what you can and can’t put into the dumpster. If there is anything that you’re unsure of, don’t hesitate to ask for clarifications. Many cities have regulations on certain kinds of paints, light bulbs, chemicals, batteries, and more so you should be aware of what is in place in your area to avoid any unnecessary fines or other problems.
Of course, the ABC's of dumpster rental are easy to come by just talking with one of our knowledgeable representatives. At Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems, we have been providing top notch waste disposal services to people in Denver and the surrounding area for over 20 years. We know all the ins and outs of the business and how to better facilitate your waste disposal process. We know it’s a dirty business, but it’s a necessary one, and we try to make it as easy as possible for our customers.
January 30, 2017
4 Tips for Managing Your Construction Waste
Always here to provide you with expertise, Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems has 4 tips for managing your construction waste. When you are working on large construction or demolition projects, creating waste is inevitable. However, there are a few steps that you can take to avoid generating huge piles of construction waste that all gets lumped together and shipped off to the landfill.
- Limit the waste you generate as much as possible
The single most effective way of saving money and being environmentally responsible is to limit the amount of waste that your project generates. Now, obviously, you cannot eliminate all waste and sometimes you still end up with a lot even though you used good practices, and that’s okay. Limiting the waste in the first place helps a lot with the rest of the disposal process, but there are still other ways of disposing of waste that saves you money and doesn’t land a lot of garbage in the landfill.
- Sort the waste you generate
This probably doesn’t sound like a very glamorous job, but sorting the waste is a major step in limiting the waste that goes to the landfill. On construction sites, waste is generally all heaped together while the project is ongoing and there are a lot of recyclable materials that end up mixed in with the regular waste. If you just haul it all off to the landfill, a lot of materials that could be reused end up in the landfill.
Some of those materials, such as copper, aluminum or other metals can even be sold so it can be worth your while to do the job. If you don’t want to take the time to sort the waste yourself, you can always hire a knowledgeable waste management company to do the dirty work for you.
- Haul it away
Once your waste is sorted and ready, it’s time to haul it to the correct location. You can either collect and haul it yourself or hire a company. We might be biased, but we think that a roll-off container from Mile High Roll-Off would be an excellent choice here. Keep in mind that waste will be going to different places depending on the type of waste and you should know where those are. Here again is the importance of limiting waste in the first place to save you money during this step.
- Recycle, reuse or even sell
You might not be aware of all the materials that don’t have to go to the landfill. That’s why it is important to talk to a reputable waste management company. You never know you could even literally be throwing money away if some of your items are eligible for resale.
We hope these 4 tips for managing your construction waste have been helpful. For answers to more questions about waste disposal, you can always talk to the friendly professionals here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems. We can help you get your construction projects cleaned up quickly and for a reasonable price. Contact us today to reserve your dumpster!