Avoiding Commercial Dumpster Rental Headaches

commercial dumpster in back of business
When you’re starting a new business, you have a long list of things to think about. There are cosmetic decisions to make, items to stock, permits to obtain, and operations to map out. Another important thing you’ll have to arrange is the rental of a commercial front load dumpster.

Dumpster rentals are integral to maintaining cleanliness and safety at your business—you need somewhere to put your garbage, after all. The process of renting a front load dumpster is relatively straightforward, but there are still some things you should watch out for to avoid issues long-term. We’ll share some tips to help you avoid headaches when renting a dumpster.

Before You Order
Placing dumpsters on private property is no problem, but if you plan to put yours somewhere public, like the alley outside your business, you may need a permit from the city. Check with the local government to see which papers are required before you place an order. You should also look up whether or not waste management in your neighborhood is controlled by a franchise, because if so, you’ll have limited rental options.

Perfect the Placement Site
Make sure you have a safe place to put your dumpster that’s easily accessible for customers, employees, and waste haulers. Many business owners opt to build an enclosure that can house their dumpster and be easily opened on garbage day. This strategy not only obscures the dumpster from view, making your property look a little better, but also helps keep people out after hours. Apartment complexes and high-end restaurants that are especially concerned with the appearance of their parking lots typically go this route. Just make sure the front gates can be fully opened for collection.

Restrict Usage
Ordering a dumpster rental that’s the just right size for your business usually means there isn’t a lot of wiggle room for extra trash. If people start to use your dumpster without your permission, you’ll either have to deal with unsightly overflow or request extra hauling—and you’ll be the one footing the bill. To keep your dumpster free of garbage that isn’t yours, you may want to bar lock it overnight, or padlock the enclosure around it if you choose to build one. Dumpster bar locks are affordable and effective ways to make sure only the right people have access.

Keep Animals Away
A business’ trash is an animal’s treasure. If there are critters in your area, like raccoons, seagulls, or even bears, an open dumpster will certainly entice them. Keep them from making a mess of your trash (or causing anyone harm, in the case of bigger creatures) by securing your dumpster with a bear lock. Whether or not the animals are harmless, you don’t want to have to clean up after them in the morning.

Now that you know what to do when renting a dumpster as a commercial business, get in touch with ASAP Site Services. We’ll be happy to help you along.

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