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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.
August 21, 2017
Where Not to Put Your Roll-Off Dumpster
Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver offers some helpful advice on where not to put your roll-off dumpster. These dumpsters are a great option for getting rid of the debris from all kinds of waste-generating projects, but you should also be smart about where you put them. You could end up causing extra work for yourself in the long run or even inadvertently violate a law.
A Sloped Surface
When you first set an empty dumpster on a sloped surface, there probably won’t be a problem, but, think about what might happen once you start putting items in the dumpster and it gets heavier. If the slope is sufficient, the dumpster could start sliding. Think about a roofing project. The easiest way to fill the roll-off dumpster is simply to toss debris into it directly from the roof, but that means there will be a directional force applied that could cause it to move. This is particularly dangerous during the winter months when the ground may be frozen or icy.
Property That Is Not Yours
Don’t open yourself up to troubles with your neighbors. Make sure that the dumpster is deposited entirely within your property’s boundaries. Nobody wants their neighbor’s big ugly trash dumpster sitting on their property! If you’re renovating before moving in, being courteous about placement will help you start things off on the right foot.
You can leave a dumpster on the street in most municipalities, but there are restrictions that you should adhere to. Most places will allow 24 hours without having to do anything, but if you need the dumpster to be there any longer than that, find out what your specific area requires. Most of the time you’ll need to get a permit for the number of days you plan to be using a rented roll-off dumpster.
Sometimes it is not possible to get a permit. For example, it’s often difficult to get a permit for a weekend project because the weekends are such popular times for big projects. If that’s the case, try talking to your neighbors and find out if anyone will have a problem with it. If no one does, you may get away with having the dumpster there for a couple of days. Proceed at your own risk!
Dumpsters can get to be heavy, so be aware of soft spots in your yard when choosing a suitable location for your dumpster rental. The most common culprits are the areas around the sprinkler system heads (also be careful not to crush those) and an underground septic tank. This potential damage is both nasty and expensive to fix so focus on not damaging them in the first place.
With over 20 years of experience working with roll-off dumpsters in the Denver, Colorado area, we know quite well where not to put your roll-off dumpster. We also know a lot about everything waste related so be sure to give us a call right here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems today! We’ll help you pick out and position the perfect dumpster for your needs.
July 16, 2017
Strategies for Cleaning a Hoarder's Home
Today, Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver offers a few basic strategies for cleaning a hoarder’s home. This job can be particularly challenging and feel overwhelming at the outset. If you’ve ever seen inside a hoarder’s home, you understand what we mean. These steps will help you organize the process and get the job done.
A few things that will be necessary or handy to have on hand include:
- Large Trash Bags
- Empty boxes and or buckets
- Cleaning Supplies (mops, sponges, wet wipes, brooms, dustpans, disinfectants, a vacuum, etc.)
- Set of Hand Tools
- Roll-off Dumpster
Set Up a Staging Area
There probably won’t be room indoors, so set up a place outside to start hauling things where you can more easily see and sort the items. Pay attention to the weather as this area may need to be covered if there is a chance of rain. You may also want to set up close to the dumpster rental, so items can be tossed right away and not revisited or picked through.
Pick a Small Room to Start
When it comes to strategies for cleaning a hoarder’s home, the bathroom is a good place to start as most things will just be directly thrown away, and you won’t have to sort much. Plus, it makes for cleaning easier when you have access to water. Keep in mind that hoarder’s homes are not known for sanitary conditions, so you should think about wearing gloves or using other protective gear.
Empty All the Rooms
Start with the trash and just get it out of the way. Obvious trash as well as anything that is obviously broken or unusable. Be aware of what you can and can’t put in the roll-off container so that you can sort the items directly during this step. Always check pockets of clothing and old purses as you might find jewelry, cash, or something else small and valuable.
Sort the Salvageable Items
There will probably be at least some items that can still be used. Decide what you want to keep and what you plan to donate. Again, keep in mind the types of items that your local charity accepts so that you can properly sort during this step. A lot of items may need to be thoroughly cleaned before use so make sure whatever you’re keeping is cleanable.
Repair and Clean
Once you get the rooms emptied out, you can more easily make any repairs to the home that are needed, even dispose of appliances, carpet, drywall and fixtures using the dumpster if they can’t be salvaged. Then you can deep clean every nook and cranny to make the home usable and livable once more. Be sure to properly disinfect everything since mold, mildew, and bacteria are bound to be hiding amongst all the mess.
These strategies for cleaning a hoarder’s home are sure to help you organize a plan of attack. This is a big job, and sometimes a tough one, but once it’s done, you will be proud of the accomplishment. A roll-off container from Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver is the perfect tool to easily get rid of the mounds of trash you might find. Give us a call today to get started.
June 14, 2017
Remodeling Ideas to Increase Your Home Value
From the friendly team at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver here are a few remodeling ideas to increase your home value. Whether you’re looking to sell in the near future, or simply want to enjoy some upgrades that will also reap the rewards in the long run, one of these ideas is sure to fit the bill. Of course, give us a call, and we’ll provide the roll-off dumpster rental services you need to clear out the old and make way for the new.
Kitchens are an integral part of your home. They often become gathering places during get-togethers and seriously who doesn’t love all the great flavors and aromas that come out of a kitchen? As such kitchen remodels are a popular way to spruce up your home and add value. You don’t have to rip out everything and start from scratch, sometimes just changing up the color scheme or upgrading your appliances to more energy efficient models is just what the room needs for a bit of extra pizzazz.
Add-On a Bathroom
An added, or gutted and upgraded, bathroom also makes the list of great remodeling ideas to increase your home value, particularly if your home currently only has one. The cost of doing this varies greatly depending on how fancy you want to make it and what kind of space you have available inside your home. Getting creative and utilizing underused spaces (like under the staircase or extra closets) can help in that department. Either way, remember to find the right size dumpster for your waste.
Reinvent a Room
If you’ve got an unfinished basement, attic, or space over the garage, you just might be able to spruce that up a bit and add some usable square footage to your home without breaking the bank. You can create a fun game room, or put in another bedroom, or maybe even put in an entire apartment from which you can earn a little extra cash by renting it out. All you have to do is, get a little creative.
Upgrading to Energy Efficient Windows
These days energy efficiency is a big concern, and this is a huge selling point for potential home buyers. To ensure your home is competitive in today’s market you really should have modern energy efficient windows. Even if you don’t plan to sell right away, installing them now will save you lots of hard earned dollars on your energy bills over time. Let us know how many windows you’re swapping out, and we’ll send over a roll-off dumpster to safely get rid of your old glass windows.
Add a Deck
Outdoor spaces are becoming increasingly popular and add significant appeal to your home when selling. Designing and installing a deck can be a big project, but you get to enjoy your efforts for the remainder of the time you live in the home and recoup a big chunk of that investment when you sell.
Most of these remodeling ideas to increase your home value will end up producing a lot of waste that you will have to get rid of somehow. One of the easiest ways to do that is to request a roll-off dumpster from us here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems. You can just have it handy in your yard while working on the project and be tossing debris as it’s created. When you’re all done, watch it roll away. It’s easy!