Ten Top Tips When Renting a Bin

Posted by  on  25-11-2019
Ten Top Tips When Renting a Bin

Whether you’re planning to downsize or remodel your home, a large bin can help you get rid of any waste items conveniently and economically. But before you contact your preferred bin rental company in Toronto, here are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible:

1. Specify the type of waste before renting a bin

When renting a bin, it’s important to specify the type of waste you intend to get rid of. This is because there are weight limitations for some types of waste, or regulations that don’t allow you to mix certain materials, like fill and gravel. Otherwise, most waste management companies accept all kinds of non-hazardous materials, including food waste, mixed trash, electronics, construction debris, drywall and insulation, siding and shingles, household junk, packaging materials, and so on.

Specialty bins may also be recommended for certain materials, including dirt, concrete, brick, and asphalt.

2. Know the law regarding disposal of toxic waste

It’s illegal to dispose of hazardous wastes that include wet paint, solvents, chemical products, motor vehicle fluids/oils/lubricants, medical waste, radioactive material, all liquids, petroleum-contaminated soil, batteries, tires, dead animals, asbestos, railroad ties, sealed barrels, and more. Throwing these items into a dumpster can lead to heavy fines.

For proper disposal of hazardous items, you should check with your city or town recycling office to investigate the available options and learn about proper disposal procedures. Some options include:

  • Permanent waste collection facilities, where you can drop off household chemicals (used or unused). They may offer exchange programs where other residents may recycle and reuse the items you drop off.
  • Local business collection sites. Some local businesses turn their location into a waste collection site for specific items a few times a year. For instance, garages may collect auto fluids/oils/lubricants, while hardware stores may collect used propane tanks.
  • Designated community collection days. If there’s no facility that receives waste year-round, then there may be community collection days, each with a special designation to collect a specific kind of waste.
  • Curbside waste pickup. It might not be a good idea to transport some kinds of waste to the collection side. It might also be illegal. You can check with your local environmental agency or city hall for any curbside hazardous waste pick-up initiatives.

3. Organize your junk

For temporary bin rentals, you should have your dumpster for 5–7 days, which should be enough time to move all the waste items. Bin rentals have a maximum weight and capacity requirement, and once you run out of space, the company will come and haul it away. To avoid wasting space and to make the most use of your bin, you should not throw items wildly into the bin. Instead, organizing your waste will ensure that everything fits well, and you can easily keep the collection schedule.

4. Don’t overload the bin

Besides knowing the capacity of your bin rental, it’s important that you don’t overload it for safety reasons. Many bin rentals have large barn doors at the back for convenient loading, and should not be overloaded to ensure the doors can be safely closed and secured after loading, to prevent hazards during transport. If you realize that you have more waste than expected, you can contact the waste disposal company for a pickup to remove the bin and rent you a second one at a lower rate. Moreover, overloading the bin could lead to extra charges.

5. Keep in mind the length of your rental period

You can rent a bin for short-term or long-term purposes. Depending on how long you want to keep it, you can compare prices from multiple providers. Usually, the length of your project will determine the cost of the bin rental. But in the event that you need to keep it for longer than the specified period, you can always adjust your order, keeping in mind that the appropriate charges will apply.

6. Get multiple quotes

Once you’ve identified the various bin rental companies that fit your needs, you should contact them for a quote. To get an accurate quote, provide the necessary details about your project, such as:

  • The type of debris
  • Estimated amount of debris
  • Delivery address
  • Preferred duration of lease

For long-term bin rental, you should also provide information on your type of business, square footage of premises, and the estimated weekly waste output to get an accurate quote.

7. Enquire about any additional costs you may incur

After getting a few quotes, you can 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.

8. Negotiate for a discount

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. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for a lower price. Many companies actually have offers, but you may not find out unless you ask. For instance, military personnel, veterans, and seniors often enjoy certain discounts that can reduce your cost by about 10%.

9. You may need a permit

If you’re placing the bin on your driveway or another place on your property, then you don’t need to get a permit. However, a permit may be necessary if the bin will be placed on the street or public property such that it blocks public access, like on a sidewalk.

10. Prepare a spot for the bin in advance

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. You should ensure:

  • The spot is big enough for the bin size’s dimensions and mark it with cones.
  • 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.
  • There’s a clear path to the designated spot, with no obstacles like locked gates that may prevent the driver from completing your delivery on schedule.

Following these tips should make it easier for you to make the best use of your bin rental service, and make your cleanup, downsizing, or other waste removal project a success. Please contact your bin rental company in Toronto for more helpful suggestions.

For more information and tips for renting a bin in Toronto, call Platinum Mini Bins & Disposal at 855-338-8372 or contact us here.

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