5 Things to Remember When You Book a Mini-Bin or Dumpster

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If you are looking to rent a mini-bin or dumpster, it’s worth taking some time before you make a booking to consider the best approach for your project. With a few simple tricks and tips, you can make your life easier and get the most out of your rental. Follow this simple guide, and you’ll be amazed how smoothly the whole operation will run, from the first booking to the final pick-up.

Know the Size You’ll Need

It’s tempting to go for overkill when you book your container, but the right size isn’t always the biggest one. Remember that it’s up to you to find a place to drop the mini-bin. Your local municipality will likely have bylaws and regulations regarding on-street placements. If you aren’t sure what you can do, don’t be afraid to contact your local representative or the civic helpline to figure out what is and isn’t allowed. Take a few minutes to consider how much waste you will need to remove, and consider both bulk and weight before you make your decision.

Know Your Material

There can be a lot of variety when it comes to renovation, demolition, and construction waste. Each job will produce a slightly different mix of materials. It’s up to you (and your contractor/sub-trades) to determine what kind of waste and how much you plan to dump in the container. Any hazardous materials such as mouldy drywall, asbestos, vermiculite, and other environmental waste will need special handling for disposal. Make sure you rely on professional advice before you book a trailer blindly, unless you are an experienced construction expert.

Know Your Schedule

Before you book a mini-bin or garbage container, it’s a good idea to have your dates set. Length of rental time is closely related to the rental cost, but you should always build in some flexibility if you can. It may cost a little more, but you’ll really appreciate the convenience of a little wiggle room. Construction delays are a common occurrence, even with the best project management possible. Weather and other factors can quickly increase your project time, so it’s worth keeping the bin for a bit longer than you think you need.

Know the Rules

When you select your size, you should make sure you have adequate space as well as the legal right to place the mini-bin or waste container in a convenient spot. Each city and town has slightly different rules on the use of mini-bins and dumpsters. If you aren’t sure about your specific regulations, you should be able to ask your contractor or the mini-bin provider for some guidance. It’s also never a bad idea to contact your local municipal government for an up-to-date and accurate answer to any of your questions.

Know Who to Call

Before you finish booking your mini-bin, it’s worth taking a moment to get the correct contact information from your supplier. In the event of delays or any problems with your waste management solutions, you’ll thank yourself later if you make a point of keeping the company’s contact information in a handy place.

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