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January 16, 2018
Deciding What Goes in the Dumpster
Do you have trouble deciding what goes in the dumpster? At Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver, Colorado, we have a few tips for you. Some of your stuff may be in good enough condition to donate or sell. The rest needs to go in your roll-off dumpster, but first, ask these 5 questions to help you decide which items to put where.
Is it worth my time to sell?
The idea of selling items instead of tossing them in a dumpster rental may sound great. You get cash from stuff that you don’t use anymore. But think about how much time it might take and decide if it’s really worth it. Whether you sell on Facebook, Letgo, Craigslist or another platform, there are countless flakes and scammers who will waste your time over and over again. It’s the nature of the beast.
One approach is to think in terms of what you make hourly. For example, take a look at an item you could perhaps sell for $50. If you’re selling online, how much time will it take you to list it, take photos, and return emails from potential buyers? If we call it two hours, you would earn $25 an hour which might be worth it. For something you can sell for $20 but still takes that 2 hours to sell, only “paying” yourself $10 an hour may not be so appealing.
Will anybody want it?
This is an essential question to ask yourself when deciding what goes in the dumpster. People will only pay good money for things they want. And even though there is probably somebody out there who will want what you have, there is no guarantee that they will see your listing. Bottom line, the item should be something that a lot of people might be interested in buying. So, that couch you’ve been dragging around since your awesome college days may need to be relegated to your roll-off dumpster during a seasonal cleanout.
Is your expectation of what you’ll earn reasonable?
Pricing random items can be difficult, especially when it has emotional value to you. Take a few moments to look around on Craigslist or eBay to get an idea of a reasonable asking price. Look for items that have already sold and don’t forget to take into account the item’s condition.
Do I have time to do this?
If you’re downsizing in preparation for a big move, you need to look at your timeline. How soon do you plan on moving? Do you have enough time to list the items and wait for buyers? Even though charities don’t give you any money, a donation may be a good way to get rid of your stuff, but a dumpster is even faster and easier if you don’t want to do any sorting.
Can I group some items together?
Sometimes you can sell items as a group. You might not make quite as much money this way, but you’ll save yourself a lot of time. Creating one listing for 5 objects will speed up your workflow significantly, which can be worth it.
We hope these tips will help when you are deciding what goes in the dumpster. In short, it is pretty much anything that you don’t think is worthy enough of the time it would take to sell it. Once you get your throw away pile ready, give us a call here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems, and we’ll bring you the right size dumpster to get rid of your stuff quickly and easily.
December 15, 2017
Tips for Downsizing Your House
Planning a move? At Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver, we have some tips for downsizing your house. It makes good sense to shed excess stuff during this type of move rather than trying to cram it into a smaller space. If you end up with a significant amount of items to toss, the easiest way to do it will be to bring in a roll-off dumpster. Fill it up and forget about it. We’ll haul it all off, and you’ll be done.
The first step to properly downsizing your house is to take inventory. You might find that you still have those three toasters you got as gifts for your wedding. Obviously, you only need one. Also, you might still have that old refrigerator that you planned on fixing up or a dining table Pinterest project that never got off the ground. If you haven’t done it by now, you’re probably not going to. Don’t haul it with you to a new and smaller place. A 12-yard dumpster rental might be in order.
Carefully measure your new space and all your current furniture. Will it physically fit? Will it mesh with the design of your new place? Plan it out first. It makes way more sense to get rid of furniture that you don’t need before you pay to move it. If you decide certain items won’t fit, you can sell or donate them. However, if it’s seen better days, give us a call.
Sometimes major moves come with a lifestyle change. You may have lived in the suburbs with a big backyard. If you’re downsizing to a condo, you’re not going to need all those garden tools. You probably won’t even have space to store them in the new place.
If you’re moving from a cold climate to a warm one, you may not need to haul all your winter gear with you. Think about what you’ll need and only take the stuff you think you’ll still be using.
Some items may be pretty old and worn out. If it’s time to get a new sofa, it doesn’t make sense to pay to have your old one moved. Toss it into your roll-off dumpster and have fun picking out a new one for your new space.
Obviously, not everything you decide not to take with you is garbage. Set up a space to organize your items. Some items may be fit for donation, some may be nice enough to sell. Those that don’t fit in either of those categories go into your roll-off dumpster.
Allow plenty of time to get all this stuff done. Downsizing, moving and organizing always take longer than you think it will. Especially if you’re planning on trying to sell some items, give yourself a few months to work through it all.
We hope these tips for downsizing your house have been helpful. Once you have an idea of what size dumpster you’ll need, give us a call here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver, and we’ll work out the timeframe with you. As a family owned and operated business, we put our customers first and make the experience as simple as possible. We look forward to helping you.
November 17, 2017
How to Choose a Dumpster Rental Service
Wondering how to choose a dumpster rental service? Check out these tips from Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver. There are a few aspects of dumpster rental that most people don’t know to ask about or research before choosing a company. This guide will help you find the perfect company for your waste disposal needs.
Start researching the companies located closest to you first. There are a couple of reasons for this. One is that local Denver roll-off dumpster rental service will almost always be economical because you won’t have to pay travel costs. Another reason is that local companies will already know the waste disposal rules and regulations for your area. This can save you time and headache because you won’t have to find out what they are yourself.
A great place to find local companies is through the Better Business Bureau (BBB). This is better than simply picking one out of the phone book because you can find background information on the company. The BBB gives companies ratings based on customer feedback and complaints.
Do a little background research and find out what your prospective dumpster roll-off company does with the waste. It’s inevitable that some of it will end up the landfill, of course. But companies can lessen the impact by sending qualifying items to be recycled and reused. Be sure that the company you choose is one of the good guys!
When it comes to how to choose a dumpster rental service, it's always good to shop around. Find out how the company charges. Open-ended charging (by weight, for example) is hard to estimate accurately. You may end up paying a lot more than you thought at first.
Also, ask about other charges. Some dumpster rental companies charge for mileage or hours, and many companies charge penalties for loading mistakes. An honest company will be upfront about their penalty charges and show you how to avoid them.
Delivery and Pickup Times
Good roll-off dumpster companies will be quick with deliveries and pickups. A good rule of thumb is they should be able to provide service within 24 hours. Some will have same day pickup, though you usually have to call by a certain time. Be sure you know what time that is.
Also be sure to communicate well with the company. If you have a dumpster ready for pickup and you know that you are going to fill another one up, alert the company before they come for retrieval. It will save both you and the roll-off dumpster company time and money if they bring a new empty dumpster with them instead of having to make a special trip.
Now that you know how to choose a dumpster rental service, all that’s left is to select one. If you’re looking for service in the Denver, Castle Rock, Brighton, Boulder, Evergreen, Longmont and Loveland areas, be sure to check us out here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems. We have over 20 years of experience with proper waste disposal techniques, and our friendly customer service is sure to please. Give us a call today.
October 27, 2017
What Not to Throw in Your Dumpster Rental
A 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.
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 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.
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.
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!
September 14, 2017
How to Maximize Space in Your Roll-Off Dumpster
Whatever 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 2x4’ 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.