How to Load a Dumpster
Dumpsters are incredibly helpful tools when you’re taking on big projects like home renovations or estate cleanouts. But many dumpster users and first-time renters may not know exactly how to fill a roll-off dumpster. Yes, there are best practices on how to fill a dumpster that can help you maximize your investment in the rental, as well as help everyone remain safe during the project. Here are five tips on filling a dumpster.
1.Break Things Down
Whatever you’re going to put in your dumpster, break it down to its smallest state. This goes for foam, concrete, drywall and other items. The smaller you can break down these items, the more you will be able to place in your dumpster — which means greater value for your rental.
2. Flatten Boxes
If you’re working with cardboard removal, it’s highly important to flatten all boxes. This can be time-consuming and a general hassle, but it will save you a great deal of space in a dumpster. Grab a box cutter and make sure you’re reducing the boxes to their flattest state. Be careful when folding flattened boxes, too. If they don’t fold down to be completely flat, they can sometimes form pockets of unused space at the bottom of a dumpster.
3. Bulk at the Bottom
Are you working with bulky items like old equipment, furniture, housing fixtures and similar things? If so, place the bulkiest items at the bottom. Once you have a layer of bulky items at the base of your dumpster, you can start to fill in with smaller items, which brings to our next tip
4. Fill the Gaps
Always fill in gaps as you begin to fill your dumpster. It’s easy when you’re in the midst of a significant removal project to work quickly and go too fast. But be conscientious throughout your project and pause every once in a while to make sure you are filling all gaps. For example, if you’re throwing away furniture, make sure you’ve filled in the empty areas formed by the legs with smaller items to be trashed.
5. Distribute Weight Evenly
Make sure you’re distributing weight across your dumpster. If the weight is not evenly distributed, the dumpster can shift during loading or transit, which can lead to a dangerous situation for all involved. Take time throughout your project to assess how well your dumpster is filling and to ensure the weight is properly balanced.
6. Don’t Load too High
Lastly, make sure you do not load above the side wall of the dumpster because loose items can fly out during transportation. The loose debris can cause harm and possibly death if it causes a car accident or hits someone
At Hometown Waste, we offer dumpster rentals throughout New Jersey at highly competitive prices. Whether you’re taking on a one-time project and wondering about best practices for filling a dumpster or you’re a seasoned pro who’s taking on home renovation projects regularly, we have the waste removal solutions that make your job easier.