Friday, October 18, 2013

Proper and Improper Dumpster Materials

Roll-off dumpsters, being rather large, are very versatile in what they can contain. Most people have seen dumpsters on construction sites, re-roofing projects, and rental properties, but don’t realize they can also be useful for:
  • Recently transferred properties - whether for buyer, seller, or renter, moving tends to generate a significant amount of waste. Perhaps the previous owner left a number of items behind, or the new owner has no idea what to do with the boxes used to move - a dumpster can be a lifesaver. Rental property owners know tenants can leave behind unwanted belongings and trash. Having a good dumpster company on file is a must.

  • Yard waste - One good storm can leave behind a great deal of broken branches and debris. Renting a dumpster can be a cheaper way of clearing off your property than calling a tree service.

  • Junk removal - Everyone knows at least someone who has a hard time parting with anything. If you have a pack rat in the family, you may be called upon to help clear out an attic, garage, basement, or entire house. Sometimes it’s worth having a garage or an estate sale, and sometimes the dumpster is a better place for broken furniture and plastic knick-knacks.

  • Landscaping changes - Did the previous owner of your property border all their flower gardens with railroad ties or broken cement? A dumpster could be an easy solution to what to do with hard-to-recycle items.
While the above suggestions are for what can or should be put in a dumpster, there are also a number of things that should not be disposed of that way. These include: explosives, liquid wastes, pathological or biological waste, radioactive waste, asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls, used oil, and sealed drums. Please call for rates before disposing of tires, propane tanks, appliances, or mattresses.
Finally, it should go without saying, but people and animals do not belong in dumpsters. There seems to be a distressing trend in Grand Rapids of dead people being found in or near dumpsters. Deceased bodies belong in a funeral home or a morgue. Do not dispose of your unwanted pets in dumpsters either. This is animal cruelty. The Kent County Animal Shelter and the Humane Society of Kent County will both accept found or unwanted animals. Take them there. Animals are not refuse!
To order your life-simplifying dumpster in Grand Rapids, MI, call 616-915-0506.

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