Dumpsters are quite common place in the industrial, commercial, and construction sectors for waste collection and disposal. But other businesses and households may occasionally need to consider bin rental services in Toronto during renovation, moving, or cleanout projects. Whether you rent a bin frequently or once in a while, knowing the ins and outs of the bin rental process can make your experience less intimidating and much easier while keeping costs within your budget.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself before approaching a bin rental service in Toronto:
What size of bin do you need?
Whether you’re simply decluttering your home or handling a major remodelling project, there’s a dumpster bin that is right for your specific job. Many people make the mistake of overestimating or underestimating the amount of trash that they’re likely to dispose of, resulting in ordering the wrong size. If the bin is only half-filled, or you need to order a second bin to accommodate all the waste, you end up paying more than you should.
Bins come in a range of sizes to suit different applications, usually from 4 yards to 40 yards in capacity. For comparison purposes, one cubic yard is equivalent to about one 3’ x 3’ x 3’ oven or dishwasher. The 4-yard, 6-yard, and 10-yard bins are typically used for residential waste disposal, whereas the larger sizes of 14-yards, 20-yards, and 40-yards are ideal for commercial applications, like for construction and landscaping projects.
Below is a simple guide to help you identify the right size for your needs:
- 4- and 6-yard bins: These bins are ideal for small residential projects, such as decluttering a standard garage or basement, or even getting rid of waste from a small renovation job. Bin rentals can provide a place to dump small appliances, transform a former shed or home office, clear out a bushy garden, perform small repairs, or clean your closet.
- 10-yard bins: These are great for medium residential projects, and are the most commonly requested size of bin rental where the user is unsure of the amount of waste they want to dispose. They can handle nearly every household job, except major remodelling projects. Some common applications include clearing out a larger garage or basement, renovating a kitchen or bathroom, adding a room or patio, putting on a new roof, getting rid of tree stumps and an old landscape, tearing out a fence, and so on.
- 14- and 20-yard bins: These bins are recommended for large residential projects or smaller commercial projects. A larger bin can be used to dump waste from a major home improvement project, such as a room addition or clearing out an attic. They can also accommodate many items, including furniture and toys, if you’re looking to downsize. A 20-yard bin is the equivalent of six pickup trucks full of waste.
- 40-yard bins: These are predominantly used for industrial and commercial waste removal purposes.
If you’re still not sure about the size of bin rental you need, please contact your dumpster rental service for professional assistance, so you’re not stuck with a larger bin than you need or overflowing trash.
How long do you need to keep the bin rental?
There are generally two types of bin rental services:
- Permanent bin rental. Business owners, retail stores, restaurants, offices, hotels, apartment buildings, construction sites, and manufacturing/production industries may consider permanent commercial bin rental services for trash collection at the premises or site for the long-term.
- Temporary bin rental. Homeowners and DIYers may need to rent a temporary bin for use in their one-time projects like renovation, new landscaping, downsizing, or cleanouts.
Unless you want to keep the bin for the long-term, many rental services allow you to keep the bin for about 5–7 days, which should be enough time to fill it. When calling to book your rental bin delivery, you should discuss your specific needs and the expected timeline with your provider’s customer service representative. Depending on your needs, the charges may be applied on a 7-day basis and then on a daily basis to keep the bin for a longer period.
What can and can’t be put in the bin?
It can be frustrating to find out that you can’t dispose some of your waste after renting a bin. Generally, any hazardous or dangerous items are restricted, and it’s actually against the law to dispose:
- Tires, gasoline, motor oil, transmission fluid, and antifreeze
- Leftover paint, paint thinner, varnish, paint cans, and solvents
- Household cleaning products
- Propane tanks and aerosol cans
- Fluorescent light bulbs
- Pesticides and fertilizers
- Pharmaceutical and biomedical waste
- Dead animals
- Sealed barrels
You should note that earth and masonry products are only permitted when arranged at the time of your dumpster rental order. So, if you’re planning a major landscape or renovation project, make sure to inform your bin rental service first to ensure that proper arrangements are made for disposing those materials.
Do you have a spot to place the bin rental?
Permit fees may apply if the bin will be placed on the street or public property rather than your driveway or other private property. You don’t necessarily need to be home or on-site when the bin is delivered. However, you must choose a spot where the bin will be placed. Ensure that it’s big enough for the bin size’s dimensions and mark it with cones. You also need to ensure there’s enough room for the delivery truck to approach and turn, with sufficient overhead clearance (23 feet), a 60-foot approach to the drop, and a 35-foot turn radius for larger bins. Finally, clear a path with no obstacles like locked gates that may prevent the driver from completing your delivery on schedule.
Is it within your budget?
Getting a bin rental can be quite expensive, and prices tend to vary significantly from one provider to the next. So, it’s essential that you get two or more quotes from prospective bin rental companies.
Ask them about any added costs, such as delivery charges, permit fees that may apply, late fees, charges for additional pickups, overage charges, tipping fees, and fuel surcharges to have an accurate comparison. Once you know the actual cost, you should try to negotiate the price and ask for any discount pricing or offers you can take advantage of.
While there’s a lot more information you can get about bin rental services, this guide should be sufficient for first-timers looking to rent a bin in Toronto. If you rent bins frequently, then you should be more familiar with the points discussed.
For more information about renting a bin in Toronto, call Platinum Mini Bins & Disposal at 855-338-8372 or contact us here.