Frequently Asked Questions:
- Do you need a permit for your dumpster placement?
Not all locations need a permit, but some Homeowner Associations, Improvement Districts and Municipalities may require permitting. Be sure to check with your local governing authorities. Be ready to provide the size of your dumpster and expected placement and duration. They may also ask the time of day you will be filling, to see if you are working past any prescribed noise ordinance hours. The municipality may ask about your plans to keep the debris area secure and clean.
- Did I get the right size of dumpster?
Estimating the size of the dumpster you will need can be daunting. Most people underestimate the size of the temporary roll off dumpster that is needed. A 20 yard dumpster is recommended for a typical 2-3 room clean out. For larger scale construction projects, a 40 yard dumpster is recommended. Waste Management offers many different sizes of dumpsters – large or small - and can arrange for additional pick ups. Additional trips may cost you more.
- What should I expect to pay for a roll off dumpster?
Costs will vary based on the size of the dumpster you select and the duration of time you need your dumpster on site. You’ll pay additional fees if you need to constantly replace your dumpster, so it is best to estimate the right size of dumpster for your needs. Other fees could apply if you exceed your dumpster’s weight limit, dispose of environmentally regulated items, incur special landfill fees assigned in your area, or need special permitting.
- What can I put in a dumpster?
Dumpster contents are regulated at the federal level by the Environmental Protection Agency and even at state and local levels, depending on where you live. In general, items that can go into a dumpster include trash, clothing, household goods, wood, roofing shingles, siding, construction debris, demolition debris, drywall, concrete, asphalt, yard waste, dirt, shrubbery, and flooring. Furniture is allowed, though some landfills and municipalities will add fees for upholstered furniture or mattresses. Many types of appliances are allowed, but there are some important exceptions. If your appliances contain freon, you will need to have the freon professionally removed before the appliance is put in the dumpster. Some cities and area governments will limit or prohibit some types of electronics in dumpsters. You may be required to dispose of electronics through a community e-waste program.
- What can I not put in a dumpster?
Hazardous materials are prohibited for disposal through your rented dumpster. This includes paint, oils and other liquids, asbestos, batteries, acids or chemicals, sealed tanks and drums, including propane, tires, and some types of electronics, such as TVs and computers, appliances with freon, and upholstered furniture and mattresses. It is a good idea to check with your local municipality on any special rules that may apply.
- What happens if I overfill my dumpster?
Dumpsters come with a fill line in them. Going over the line can, at a minimum, cause you to incur fees. In some areas, it is illegal to transport dumpsters that are filled beyond the prescribed line. If you are overfilled or your filling prevents any required tarping before a pick up, you may be expected to empty a portion of your dumpster and/or incur additional fees. If you are noticing your dumpster is filling faster or more than expected, contact Waste Management to schedule an early pick up or replacement dumpster.
- Reviewed materials planned for the dumpster and picked the right size of dumpster
- Placed my dumpster order at WM.com
- Added drop off and pick up dates on my calendar
- Identified designated location for dumpster placement
- City or Neighborhood Permit secured, if needed
- Gained an understanding of what can and can’t go into the dumpster, based on local regulations
- Communicated safety requirements and placement details to those near my dumpster, such as neighbors, the local fire department, and other businesses
- Understand and have a plan to monitor the fill line for my dumpster
- Added support items for my dumpster, such as wheels, liners or locks, if needed
- Made note of Waste Management’s contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-909-4458