There are many reasons why someone may need to rent a bin. You may need to call a bin rental company because you are planning on a window or roof replacement. It’s possible that you need a large bin for a major home remodelling project or a construction site.
In any event, there are many things you will need to consider before you rent out a bin. There are different types and sizes of bins, as well as different services that are offered by different bin rental companies. Here, we will provide five tips that you can use to make a more informed decision when deciding on which bin to select.
Size is Important
First and foremost, you will need to look into the exact size that you will need to complete your project. In other words, you don’t want to rent a bin that’s too small or too big. If you rent a 40-yard dumpster when you only needed about half that size, then you will have ended up wasting money that could have had a better use.
Fortunately, you can talk to a representative from a bin rental company, discussing your unique needs, so that they can recommend a superb size for you. For instance, some bin rental companies will rent out bins that range from 10 to 40 yards.
Furthermore, if you are not sure as to what a ‘10-yard dumpster’ means, then you should know that a 10-yard dumpster is roughly the equivalent of three normal-sized pick-up trucks that have been filled with waste products. A 10-yard dumpster would work well for a small project, such as a home remodelling project.
As for a 20-yard dumpster, it may work better for a medium-sized project. 30-yard dumpsters are usually recommended for major new construction projects or commercial projects. As for 40-yard bins, they may work well if you are planning on a total siding and window replacement project. Again, use a 3-fold multiple as you move up in yardage to help you determine what size will work for your unique project requirements.
What are you Throwing Out?
It is important to remember that most bin rental companies have policies in terms of what materials can and cannot be dumped into their dumpsters. Hence, you will need to factor in what types of waste products your project and subsequent cleanup will necessitate before choosing a bin.
For instance, you will likely not be able to mix fill and gravel with other types of waste materials. Weight is also something you will need to think about, as heavier items will end up costing you more to dump. Again, take the time to consult with the bin rental company to assess the types of waste you plan on dumping.
Understand Municipal Law
Hazardous waste products, such as certain e-waste products, cannot simply be thrown into a dumpster bin. Examples of bio-hazardous waste that cannot be legally dumped include: tires, lead paint, antifreeze, sealed cylinders, medical waste, radioactive materials, any type or form of liquid, pesticides, propane tanks, chemical products, refrigerators, deceased animals, asbestos, solvent, oil filters, fluorescent tubes, lead paint chips, and many forms of paint.
The above list is just a fraction of the waste products that most municipalities will not allow you to dump. These items will contaminate the air, water, and soil if they are not properly disposed of. As such, you should talk with a representative from a dumpster rental company to get a full list of the products that they will not accept.
Renting a bin is not simple, and you will need to also factor in the cost of the bin. Hence, the best way to save money is to shop around to find the best deal for your hard-earned dollars. Going with the cheapest option may not be ideal, as the cheapest company may provide substandard bins as well as poor customer service.
The good news is you can easily check online reviews and testimonials to find a company that provides a great service at a competitive price, so that you get the best of both worlds. Added expenses are also something you will need to consider. That is, some companies may also charge late fees, overage charges, fuel surcharges, or tipping fees as well. You will need to have a candid and thorough discussion with each prospective company to have a better grasp of what the real final cost will be.
Negotiate the Asking Price
Not all prices are set in stone, and competition is fierce in the disposal bin rental industry, so you can leverage that fact to try and get the best price on the market. Certain companies offer discounts for certain people or groups, such as seniors, military personnel, or members of special organizations or committees.
Do not hesitate to ask for a discount, as the worst they can do is say no. At the end of the day, a happy customer is a loyal customer, so most companies will be willing to work something out so that you become a regular client.
To learn more about how to choose the right dumpster for your project, call Gorilla Bins 905-230-1300 or contact us here.