What Not to Throw in Your Dumpster Rental

What Not to Throw in Your Dumpster Rental Mile High Roll-off DenverA critical thing for customers of Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems to know is what not to throw in your dumpster rental. It’s on all of us to abide by all laws and be sure that we take care of our planet. Certain things should not go to the landfill and we ask that you do your part by knowing what’s acceptable and what’s not.

Hazardous Chemicals

That sounds scary and like something that you wouldn’t just have lying around, right? That’s not typically the case. All sorts of everyday things fall into the category of hazardous chemical waste. For example, motor oil, household cleaners, transmission fluid and pesticides.

Often these chemicals are fine on their own, but when mixed in with other trash can have a hazardous reaction with the chemicals someone else threw away. See why it is so important to know what not to throw in your dumpster rental?

Batteries

Batteries are chock full of all sorts of nasty chemicals like lead, mercury, and cadmium. All that stuff sitting in a landfill will eventually start to poison the surrounding environment. A good way to get rid of batteries is to talk to local retailers where batteries are sold and see if any of them have a program for accepting and properly disposing of batteries.

Electronics

But, you say, what could be poisonous about electronics? Many electronics like computers and hard drives contain the same chemicals that are present in batteries. If you happen to be in one of the 17 states where dumping electronics is illegal, you could get a hefty fine if you are caught throwing electronics into a landfill, or a roll-off dumpster headed for the landfill.

Paint

You might not realize it, but paint is full of chemicals and nasty oils. If you throw your old paint cans into a dumpster and they sit in a landfill, eventually, that stuff is going to start seeping into the ground and could potentially poison the water supply.

Bulky and Heavy Items

Big stuff like old tires or building materials like concrete or bricks shouldn’t be thrown into your rented roll-off dumpster. It’s not safe for the people that will be handling the dumpster on it’s way to the landfill, nor is it good for the dumpster. Bulky items can significantly reduce the amount of time that a dumpster is usable. To get rid of heavy items, check out the large item removal schedule for your town and place them out on the curb.

We hope this information about what not to throw in your dumpster rental has been informative for you. We here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems want our customers to have a satisfactory experience, and we know the best way to do that is to make sure that everyone is on the same page. If you have further questions about what may qualify as a hazardous chemical, or anything else, feel free to talk to one of our knowledgeable representatives. We’re here to help!

How to Maximize Space in Your Roll-Off Dumpster

How to Maximize Space in Your Roll-Off Dumpster Mile High Rolloff DenverWhatever you need it for, Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver offers our strategies for how to maximize space in your roll-off dumpster. A roll-off dumpster is a great way to get rid of debris from a project, remodel or demolition but if you don’t utilize the space in your dumpster well you won’t get as much out of the money you put into it. 

So let’s talk about strategies that will come in handy in a couple of different cases. Two common uses for roll-off dumpsters are getting rid of construction debris or cleaning out a house. So let’s look at what to do in each of these cases and how to maximize space in your roll-off dumpster.

Construction Debris Strategy

Construction debris usually consists of things like sheets of plywood or sheetrock, 2x4s, broken tiles, shingles and possibly a few larger items like cabinets or bathroom fixtures like tubs or sinks. Just throwing these items haphazardly into a roll-off container will leave large unused gaps and is not the best way to make the most of the available space inside the dumpster.

When it comes to how to maximize space in your roll-off dumpster, it is best to start with a plan. Be aware of the large items that you need to put in the container and keep them in mind as you begin loading. Depending on what you’ve got, those large items may need to go in first, or it might work better to load them later on but at least have a plan for where they will fit best.

If you have large sheets of something, like plywood or siding, that can be a good place to start. Lay the sheets along the bottom of the roll-off dumpster, and you’ll see that they hardly take up any space. Next 2×4’ or anything else that is long and straight should go in (stacked neatly of course). As you load, you will inevitably start to see pockets of unused space developing, that’s where you can toss small pieces of debris to fill in every possible space.

House Cleanout Strategy

The idea is similar to what we’ve already described above, but the type of items are quite different. In-house cleanouts, you are often dealing with a lot more large, strangely shaped objects like furniture or exercise equipment. Like with construction debris, the best strategy is to make a plan before you start putting anything in the dumpster. While you’re making your plan figure out what items can be broken down into smaller pieces that can be used to fill in the pockets that inevitably appear during the loading process.

We hope these strategies for how to maximize space in your roll-off dumpster prove to be useful when it comes time to load up your debris. We here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver value our customers, and we want you to have the best experience possible with our services. We are happy to answer any questions you have, so feel free to give us a call.

Where Not to Put Your Roll-Off Dumpster

Where Not to Put Your Roll-Off DumpsterMile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver offers some helpful advice on where not to put your roll-off dumpster. These dumpsters are a great option for getting rid of the debris from all kinds of waste-generating projects, but you should also be smart about where you put them. You could end up causing extra work for yourself in the long run or even inadvertently violate a law.

A Sloped Surface

When you first set an empty dumpster on a sloped surface, there probably won’t be a problem, but, think about what might happen once you start putting items in the dumpster and it gets heavier. If the slope is sufficient, the dumpster could start sliding. Think about a roofing project. The easiest way to fill the roll-off dumpster is simply to toss debris into it directly from the roof, but that means there will be a directional force applied that could cause it to move. This is particularly dangerous during the winter months when the ground may be frozen or icy.

Property That Is Not Yours

Don’t open yourself up to troubles with your neighbors. Make sure that the dumpster is deposited entirely within your property’s boundaries. Nobody wants their neighbor’s big ugly trash dumpster sitting on their property! If you’re renovating before moving in, being courteous about placement will help you start things off on the right foot.

The Street

You can leave a dumpster on the street in most municipalities, but there are restrictions that you should adhere to. Most places will allow 24 hours without having to do anything, but if you need the dumpster to be there any longer than that, find out what your specific area requires. Most of the time you’ll need to get a permit for the number of days you plan to be using a rented roll-off dumpster.

Sometimes it is not possible to get a permit. For example, it’s often difficult to get a permit for a weekend project because the weekends are such popular times for big projects. If that’s the case, try talking to your neighbors and find out if anyone will have a problem with it. If no one does, you may get away with having the dumpster there for a couple of days. Proceed at your own risk!

Soft Ground

Dumpsters can get to be heavy, so be aware of soft spots in your yard when choosing a suitable location for your dumpster rental. The most common culprits are the areas around the sprinkler system heads (also be careful not to crush those) and an underground septic tank. This potential damage is both nasty and expensive to fix so focus on not damaging them in the first place.

With over 20 years of experience working with roll-off dumpsters in the Denver, Colorado area, we know quite well where not to put your roll-off dumpster. We also know a lot about everything waste related so be sure to give us a call right here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems today! We’ll help you pick out and position the perfect dumpster for your needs.

Strategies for Cleaning a Hoarder’s Home

strategies for cleaning a hoarder’s homeToday, Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver offers a few basic strategies for cleaning a hoarder’s home. This job can be particularly challenging and feel overwhelming at the outset. If you’ve ever seen inside a hoarder’s home, you understand what we mean. These steps will help you organize the process and get the job done. 

Gather Supplies

A few things that will be necessary or handy to have on hand include:

  • Large Trash Bags
  • Empty boxes and or buckets
  • Cleaning Supplies (mops, sponges, wet wipes, brooms, dustpans, disinfectants, a vacuum, etc.)
  • Paint
  • Shovel
  • Set of Hand Tools
  • Roll-off Dumpster

Set Up a Staging Area

There probably won’t be room indoors, so set up a place outside to start hauling things where you can more easily see and sort the items. Pay attention to the weather as this area may need to be covered if there is a chance of rain. You may also want to set up close to the dumpster rental, so items can be tossed right away and not revisited or picked through.

Pick a Small Room to Start

When it comes to strategies for cleaning a hoarder’s home, the bathroom is a good place to start as most things will just be directly thrown away, and you won’t have to sort much. Plus, it makes for cleaning easier when you have access to water. Keep in mind that hoarder’s homes are not known for sanitary conditions, so you should think about wearing gloves or using other protective gear. 

Empty All the Rooms

Start with the trash and just get it out of the way. Obvious trash as well as anything that is obviously broken or unusable. Be aware of what you can and can’t put in the roll-off container so that you can sort the items directly during this step. Always check pockets of clothing and old purses as you might find jewelry, cash, or something else small and valuable.

Sort the Salvageable Items

There will probably be at least some items that can still be used. Decide what you want to keep and what you plan to donate. Again, keep in mind the types of items that your local charity accepts so that you can properly sort during this step. A lot of items may need to be thoroughly cleaned before use so make sure whatever you’re keeping is cleanable.

Repair and Clean

Once you get the rooms emptied out, you can more easily make any repairs to the home that are needed, even dispose of appliances, carpet, drywall and fixtures using the dumpster if they can’t be salvaged. Then you can deep clean every nook and cranny to make the home usable and livable once more. Be sure to properly disinfect everything since mold, mildew, and bacteria are bound to be hiding amongst all the mess.

These strategies for cleaning a hoarder’s home are sure to help you organize a plan of attack. This is a big job, and sometimes a tough one, but once it’s done, you will be proud of the accomplishment. A roll-off container from Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver is the perfect tool to easily get rid of the mounds of trash you might find. Give us a call today to get started.

Remodeling Ideas to Increase Your Home Value

Remodeling Ideas to Increase Your Home ValueFrom the friendly team at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver here are a few remodeling ideas to increase your home value. Whether you’re looking to sell in the near future, or simply want to enjoy some upgrades that will also reap the rewards in the long run, one of these ideas is sure to fit the bill. Of course, give us a call, and we’ll provide the roll-off dumpster rental services you need to clear out the old and make way for the new.

Kitchen Remodel

Kitchens are an integral part of your home. They often become gathering places during get-togethers and seriously who doesn’t love all the great flavors and aromas that come out of a kitchen? As such kitchen remodels are a popular way to spruce up your home and add value. You don’t have to rip out everything and start from scratch, sometimes just changing up the color scheme or upgrading your appliances to more energy efficient models is just what the room needs for a bit of extra pizzazz. 

Add-On a Bathroom

An added, or gutted and upgraded, bathroom also makes the list of great remodeling ideas to increase your home value, particularly if your home currently only has one. The cost of doing this varies greatly depending on how fancy you want to make it and what kind of space you have available inside your home. Getting creative and utilizing underused spaces (like under the staircase or extra closets) can help in that department. Either way, remember to find the right size dumpster for your waste. 

Reinvent a Room

If you’ve got an unfinished basement, attic, or space over the garage, you just might be able to spruce that up a bit and add some usable square footage to your home without breaking the bank. You can create a fun game room, or put in another bedroom, or maybe even put in an entire apartment from which you can earn a little extra cash by renting it out. All you have to do is, get a little creative.

Upgrading to Energy Efficient Windows

These days energy efficiency is a big concern, and this is a huge selling point for potential home buyers. To ensure your home is competitive in today’s market you really should have modern energy efficient windows. Even if you don’t plan to sell right away, installing them now will save you lots of hard earned dollars on your energy bills over time. Let us know how many windows you’re swapping out, and we’ll send over a roll-off dumpster to safely get rid of your old glass windows.

Add a Deck

Outdoor spaces are becoming increasingly popular and add significant appeal to your home when selling. Designing and installing a deck can be a big project, but you get to enjoy your efforts for the remainder of the time you live in the home and recoup a big chunk of that investment when you sell.

Most of these remodeling ideas to increase your home value will end up producing a lot of waste that you will have to get rid of somehow. One of the easiest ways to do that is to request a roll-off dumpster from us here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems. You can just have it handy in your yard while working on the project and be tossing debris as it’s created. When you’re all done, watch it roll away. It’s easy!

When Spring Cleaning, Should You Dump or Donate?

When Spring Cleaning, Should You Dump or DonateWhen 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.

5 Projects that Benefit from Renting a Dumpster

5 Projects that Benefit from Renting a DumpsterToday 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.

Spring Cleaning

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.

Moving Day

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.

Yard Waste

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 Debris

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.

Storm Debris

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.

How to Choose the Right Dumpster for Your Project

How to Choose the Right Dumpster for Your ProjectThe 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.

Single-Room Cleanout

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. 

Whole-House Cleanout

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.

Remodeling

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.

The ABC’s of Dumpster Rental

The ABC's of Dumpster RentalIf 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.

Permits

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.

Time

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.

Disposal Limitations

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.

4 Tips for Managing Your Construction Waste

4 Tips for Managing Your Construction WasteAlways 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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!