What Does It Mean to Be in a Franchised Area?

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Dumpster rentals provide a host of solutions for anyone running a business that produces a lot of trash or embarking on a home renovation, demolition, remodel, cleanup, teardown, or new commercial build. If you’re reading this, you already know where to rent a commercial dumpster or roll-off dumpster, but you may not know who is responsible for actually hauling the waste from your site. In some regions, there are multiple competing trash collection services—others are controlled by a franchise.

Being in a franchised area means your neighborhood or municipality has a contract with a single waste management vendor that handles all of the pickup and dumping in the region. If your business or residence happens to be in a franchised community, your dumpster rental costs could be impacted. Learn more about waste collection franchises and how to find out if they’re a concern in your area.

How Do I Know if I’m in a Franchised Area?
There are a few different ways to find out whether or not you’re in a waste management franchise location, and depending on where in the country you are, some may work better than others. One indicator could be in plain sight: the dumpsters you see around town. If they’re all from the same company, there’s likely a franchise agreement in place. To verify, simply call the number you see on the dumpsters. They’ll be able to give you information about the hauling agreement.

Another option is to get in touch with your local public works department. Every city or county website has a page for public works, where they might list who manages the various public services in their jurisdiction. If you’re unable to find out whether or not franchise vendors are involved in trash collection, contact a department representative and ask. You can also try searching Google for the primary haulers in your city and calling one of them to ask about franchising.

How Does Franchising Affect Me?
If a single franchise handles all of the waste collection in your area, they have a monopoly—you can practically guarantee they’ll drive up their prices because of that. Without competition in the market, suppliers have no reason to try to outbid each other, resulting in a lack of price flexibility for the consumer. ASAP Site Services works hard to negotiate low rates with providers all over the country, but unfortunately, there’s not much we can do to reduce prices for customers in franchised regions.

Determining whether you’re in a franchise area is an important step in securing a roll-off or commercial dumpster rental services for waste management that meet your needs. Of course, there are a few others, like securing the necessary permits from your city, choosing the right location for your dumpster, choosing the right size dumpster, and knowing which materials are allowed to be disposed of in each unit. For more information about trash collection services, rates, and the best choices for your business or project, reach out to ASAP anytime.

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