What to Know Before Renting Your First Garbage Bin

As the old saying goes, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Municipalities recycle materials and turn a dollar on the recyclable materials, and this has led to a revolution in waste disposal. Many people are also recycling materials for sale. So, when you need garbage bins for a project that requires disposal, there are answers to your needs.

At Gorilla Bins, our service area for residential and commercial garbage bins spans a region that includes, but isn’t limited to: Brampton, Etobicoke, Milton, Mississauga, Toronto, and Caledon. Our service provides customers with several options, such as garbage and waste disposal, clean fill, and general construction waste. We also offer excavation, demolition, and disposal of refuse for your convenience.

When renting garbage bins for a project, however, you need a baseline of information to get started. Our handy guide will help with the decision-making process and will make your task much easier.

Garbage Bins: A Renter’s Guide, the Gorilla Bins Way

Garbage bins come in various sizes to accommodate the jobs they do, and you need to understand how it works. Determining the size of the garbage bin you need can be fraught with difficulties, so we will help you find the right size for your project. Renting large garbage bins might seem prudent at first, but why rent a bin that is too large for your purpose? Generally, garbage bins come in 4 sizes, and we’ll walk you through their applications.

Size Matters

A 10-yard dumpster is an excellent choice for a small renovation project or a medium-sized cleanout. Also, this type of dumpster works well for reroofing your home if there are less than 1500 square feet of shingles being removed. This dumpster holds 3 pick-up trucks full of debris and is the equivalent of 10 cubic yards.

The 20-yard dumpster is for projects that are larger in scope, like a large roof replacement or removing a deck of over 300 square feet. It holds 6 pick-up trucks full of material, which translates to 20 cubic yards.

A 30-yard dumpster is for commercial applications, including major home renovations, additions, and new construction projects. The volume of the garbage bin is 30 cubic yards, which add up to 9 pick-up trucks full of refuse.

A 40-yard dumpster is also a commercial/industrial bin, but large residential projects also use them. If you’re removing the siding from your home or replacing your windows, this is the bin you need. It holds 12 pick-up trucks full of debris and has a capacity of 40 cubic yards.

What are you dumping?

This is where things can get a little bit tricky. Municipal regulations for garbage dumping are stringent, so know what you are dumping. Many companies won’t accept a mixture of materials. For example, gravel and fill may not be dumped together in a single bin. Remember, too, that the weight of the materials will have a profound effect on the price of the bin rental. Heavier materials will cost more to dump. Having a consultation with your Gorilla Bins representative will be able to iron out the details.

What You Can’t Dump

Municipal and provincial laws protect our environment by design, and there is a host of materials that need special treatment. Any hazardous waste like chemical products, oil filters, pesticides and herbicides, and radioactive materials top the list. Also included are: solvents, paints, flammable liquids, aerosol cans, propane tanks, motor/transmission/hydraulic/contaminated oil, gasoline, and antifreeze. Refrigerators, contaminated soil, lead paint, car tires, fluorescent light bulbs, railroad ties, medical waste, asbestos, dead animals, and sealed barrels are but a cross-section of materials that require special handling.

Shop Around

Like any service we buy, we need to weigh our choices based on price. The cost for a garbage bin rental can be varied, so it is incumbent on the customer to do their due diligence. Get at least 2 quotes for a dumpster rental—3 is always better—from reputable companies. Make sure you talk to the companies you are reviewing about the fine print in the contract. Things like overcharges, tipping fees, late fees, and fuel fees all increase the cost of the bin rental. Know the facts before you sign on the dotted line.

Negotiate a Price

Most consumers never think about negotiating for renting a garbage bin. Remember, however, that commercial entities drive bargains all the time, so why shouldn’t you? Another carefully concealed fact is that many companies have special discount pricing for people who are members of certain groups. Association memberships, senior discounts, and union memberships can be the key to a 10–20 percent reduction in the bin rental fee. Don’t be afraid to ask for a deal; you might be surprised by the results.

As a Canadian owned and operated company serving the Greater Toronto Area for many years, we at Gorilla Bins have an excellent reputation and wealth of experience to help with any project. Our garbage bins range in size from 4 to 40 cubic yards, and we take almost anything that isn’t hazardous. We offer competitive pricing on all of our bins, and in many cases, we’re the best price around.

It’s a simple process when dealing with us: contact our team and tell them what type of material you need to dispose of and how big the job is. Next, we’ll deliver a bin based on your needs to your door. You have a week to complete your project, and we return on the agreed-upon date to pick up the bin.

To get that home renovation or commercial project off the ground, contact our office today at 905-230-1300 for a consultation and quote for refuse disposal.

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