12 Terms to Understand Before Hiring a Disposal Service

Are you doing major renovations to your home and need to rent a dumpster or dump trailer? At some point, the junk and waste are going to pile up.

Depending on the amount of waste that needs to be removed, you’re going to require a variety of equipment and materials from the disposal service you hire. If you’re not familiar with the specific terms used by disposal services, it can make the process difficult to know exactly what you need to rent and how your waste will be disposed of properly.

Therefore, before you hire a disposal service, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the terms used. By knowing the specific terminology, you’ll be able to communicate what you need, and understand the expectations as outlined on the terms and conditions of the rental agreement.

At Gorilla Bins, we can assist you with collecting any junk or waste materials from your property, as we offer the best disposal service in Toronto. Here are 12 terms to understand before hiring a disposal service:


The acronym C&D stands for construction and demolition. If your project is C&D work, then it means you are destroying or building something. In general, C&D projects refer to big jobs such as constructing or tearing down a house or building.

Clean Load

A dumpster with a “clean load” is one that is filled with one type of recyclable material such as plastic, cardboard, asphalt, and concrete. For instance, in a home renovation project, a dumpster is filled with a clean load of plastic materials, and then taken to a recycling center. Then, after disposing of the plastic materials at the recycling center, you can fill up the dumpster with another clean load of asphalt.

Cubic Dimensions

If you’re not good with numbers, now is the time to get familiar with cubic dimensions. When a disposal service gives you a quote, they will mention the cubic dimensions of the dumpster based on the estimated weight of your waste materials. For instance, a typical dumpster carries up to 6,000 pounds of material in a 16-foot wide and 7.5-foot long dumpster.

Dumpster Rental Permit

Depending on your location in the city of Toronto or the GTA, you might need to get a dumpster rental permit before you conduct your project. Ask your disposal service company if you need to apply for one. Keep in mind, this permit allows you to place the dumpster on your property or public space, and is an additional cost of at least $50. You should apply for a dumpster rental permit well in advance before the designated start date of the project, as it might take 3-5 business days to obtain it.

Landfill Fees

Once your waste has been placed in your rented dumpster, it needs to be dumped at a landfill site and requires a payment called landfill fees. This fee is required to cover the cost of dumping waste at the landfill site. Be sure to ask your disposal service company if the landfill fee is included in your rental or if you will need to pay the fee directly to the landfill site.

Mixed Loads

The opposite of clean loads is mixed loads, which contain a variety of recyclables such as plastics, wood, asphalt, concrete, and cardboard. Mixed loads are separated at the recycling facility and sorted according to their category.

Overage Fees

During the process of putting waste materials in the dumpster, the amount of waste could go over the maximum tonnage and produce overage fees. Before you hire a disposal service, you should have an estimate of the weight in tons and inquire about their overage fees. By understanding tonnage limits, you can prepare financially for overage fees.

Prohibited Material

The majority of disposal service companies have strict rules on what materials they can and cannot dispose of in landfills. Prohibited materials are those that are hazardous to the environment. Common examples are home appliances, toxic waste, electronics, paint, lead-acid batteries, motor oil, and car tires. If you have prohibited materials that need to be disposed of, ask your dumpster rental company for the resources on where to dump them in their proper place.

Roll-Off Dumpster

Rental dumpsters are called different names such as a roll-off dumpster, roll-off container, or roll-off bin. When you see these terms listed in your dumpster rental agreement, they are being used interchangeably, so do not get confused. They all mean rental dumpsters.

Roll-Away Bin

Roll-away bins are also called roll-away containers. Both are the same thing as rental dumpsters or roll-off dumpsters.

Roll-Off Truck

The day your roll-off dumpster arrives, it will be delivered by a roll-off truck. A roll-off truck is a heavy-duty truck that contains a single dumpster in its rear bed.


Tonnage is the number of tons your rental bin has the capacity of holding. It’s essential to know approximately how many tons of waste you need to dispose of, as it will result in overage fees if you go over the maximum amount of tons. For example, 2 tons is your tonnage.

Gorilla Bins is a Canadian-owned disposal service company serving Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area with years of experience. Our rental dumpster bins range in size from 4 to 40 cubic yards, and we offer competitive prices on our rental bins.

If you would like to get a quote on our disposal services, one of our representatives is ready to assist you. If you agree to hire us, our Gorilla Bins representative will give you a consultation and make sure you understand all the charges and fees when you receive your estimate.

To launch your home renovation or demolition project on the right note, call our office today at 905-230-1300 or contact us here.

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