//How to Properly Load a Roll Off Dumpster

How to Properly Load a Roll Off Dumpster

Believe it or not, how you load a dumpster has an impact on how much use you can get out of it. How many large pieces are you going to have? Is it more furniture and random items, or are we looking at more demolition waste? Having a good idea of what items you will need to pace in your rental dumpster will greatly improve the ease at which you can fill it. 

The following are a few steps to help make your dumpster rental go as smooth and as easy as possible. 

  1. Safety Equipment: If you are a family looking to do a kitchen renovation or a Contractor employing dozens of workers, safety comes number one. When loading a dumpster, you end up working with broken items that are anywhere from wood, glass, metal, or concrete. Either way, a few simple precautions can save you a lot of time. Think of having gloves on hand for protection. We also advise long pants and sturdy footwear. A wheelbarrow or dolly would not go amiss either and greatly increase load times. If possible, a sturdy ramp made of plywood or other suitable materials can help with easier access. 
  2. Furniture and other large items: In the beginning, you might want to see how many of the larger items you can get into the dumpster first. Things like couches, chairs, tables and other bulky items go in first. Things that you can break down, like bookcases and dressers, may take a few minutes of your time to break apart but really help maximize the space available. Ask if they have dumpsters with access doors available if you are unsure of the amount of muscle you will have on hand. Most roll off dumpsters come with a door at one or both ends. 
  3. An even spread: Once you start loading, keep in mind how heavy these items end up being. A bean bag may be big, but it is much lighter and malleable than a loveseat. You will want to attempt to keep the weight distributed as evenly as you can. One you are done with the far end of the dumpster, start filling in the gaps. It makes it much easier on anyone loading the dumpster to first fill up one side, big objects than the smaller, before loading the second half. 
  4. Weight and height: The number one reason for overcharges on dumpster rentals is overfilling the dumpster. The best way to understand if you have overloaded a dumpster is to imagine pulling a tarp over the top. It should lay relatively flat at the top to cover the debris inside. Not only is overfilling a dumpster a safety concern, it could also lead to the second reason for overcharges; Weight. When speaking to a dumpster rental, they will ask pointed questions about what waste you plan on placing in the dumpster. Weight is a major factor on how much a dumpster will end up costing the customer. When you overfill, you end up with a much higher chance you will go over the weight limit of the dumpster in question. 

Affordable Dumpster Rentals In Fort Worth

If you keep these things in mind when renting a roll off dumpster, you will find dumpster rental well worth it. Not only is renting a dumpster affordable, but it saves you time you would much rather spend focusing on the project at hand. At Sweet Dumps, we make it a priority to get you a clean, affordable dumpster rental on time, every time. We will walk you through the process step by step, making sure you walk away feeling confident that you have made the right choice. Located in Fort Worth, Texas we are proud to support our local community and surrounding areas. Give us a call with any question or for a free quote.