Whether you are renovating your basement or simply doing some spring-cleaning, renting a mini bin can be the most convenient and cost-effective way to transport and dispose of unwanted household junk and renovation materials. Mini bins can be delivered right to your door, allowing you to load the dumpster at your own pace. For added convenience, you can also opt for a full-service crew to sort and load your bin, saving you the time and energy of transporting large pieces of junk and renovation material on your own. Mini bins are also excellent options for those hosting an event, wedding, or street festival, as they make the clean-up process much more streamlined and organized. Regardless of the size of your project or event, mini bins are available to suit your needs. Here are 6 ways to save money on your next mini bin rental:
1. Pick the exact size you need
Most mini bins are prices based on their size and capacity. For example, a 4-yard mini bin (which can hold up to 4 cubic yards of waste) will be significantly less expensive than a 20-yard dumpster. For some reference to the scale of each bin, one cubic yard is equal to a single 3-foot x 3-foot x 3-foot oven or dishwasher. By accurately estimating the amount of junk you need to dispose of, you can make sure you are not overpaying for too large of a dumpster. This way, you pay for exactly what you need without having too much leftover space. This can also help you avoid renting a bin that is too small to fit all of your material, which would force you to rent — and pay for — another bin.
2. Load the dumpster yourself
Although full-service clean-up crews are available for household projects, street festivals, and other events, loading the dumpster on your own is an easy way to save yourself some money. This will require you to conduct all of the labour on your own, while the rental company will simply drop-off and pick-up the bin at your request. However, transporting your junk and loading the dumpster on your own can be a daunting task, depending on the size of your project. If you opt to load the bin on your own, make sure you are realistic about your abilities — should you not be able to fill the dumpster as fast as you expected, you could incur additional fees.
3. Schedule your labour accurately
If you decide to load the bin on your own, it is crucial that you schedule your labour as accurately as possible. Most bin rentals are available for a standard seven days without additional fees. However, each additional day can incur a fee. By properly scheduling your time and sticking to that schedule as you work, you can make sure you don’t rack up any late fees and also prevent yourself from having to hire additional labourers to make sure you hit your bin deadline. As an added bonus, some dumpster rental companies will give you a discount for loading the bin in under 3 days or over 14 days, so be sure to inquire about discounted rates for certain timelines when you rent the bin.
4. Take advantage of space
One of the most common mistakes people make when they rent a bin is that they do not properly plan how to stack their junk. Depending on the material put in the waste bin, it is likely that there will be some material that simply does not stack well. From old household furniture to insulation and drywall, there is an art to stacking your trash in a way that allows for as much space to be used as possible. Start by putting all of your flat pieces of trash on the bottom of the dumpster or straight up against the sides — just be sure that the dumpster will be able to close easily, as it must be closed to be transported safely. The better you plan out the layout of your junk in the dumpster, the more junk you will be able to fit. If you end up a little light once you have finished loading your junk, consider offering the extra space to a neighbour or friend who needs to dispose of their junk as well.
5. Separate your materials
To save yourself a headache in the future, try to keep all of your material separated until you are prepared to load it. Certain materials cannot be included in general waste bins — asphalt, brick, concrete, dirt, and hazardous waste. If these things are included, the entire dumpster cannot be processed, recycled, and disposed of. If you are renovating your home or landscaping your yard, these materials must be disposed of in their own individual bin. Make sure you inquire about specialty bins if you are planning to dispose of these materials.
6. Keep an eye out for extra charges
Depending on the material in the bin, the overall weight of the load, the length of time you have it, and many more factors, your bin rental company may tack on extra fees. Be sure to read your agreement carefully to ensure you understand exactly what you are paying for and what additional costs may be incurred. If the rental company charges you by the weight of the bin, be sure to prevent rainwater from falling in the bin and making the load heavier.
At Platinum Mini Bins, our goal is to help customers dispose of their unwanted junk and other material in the most sustainable way possible. We pride ourselves on our recycling program, which includes sorting all of the disposed of junk and ensuring recyclable products are sent to the appropriate facilities. For over a decade, we have been serving the GTA to provide sustainable, environmentally-friendly recycling and waste management services to our local community.
For more information about mini bin rentals, call Platinum Mini Bins & Disposal at 1-888-909-(BINS) or visit our website here.