I have to admit that dumpsters do not cross my mind that often unless I am thinking about diving. I do think about trash removal. Recently while I was in the process of moving from office to office I had a large amount of trash that I needed to throw away. At that moment I had a problem, possibly the same problem you are having now. I realized that there were a few questions that I needed to ask myself before I hurried out to find a Minneapolis dumpster rental company.
- What amount of trash do I need to have removed?
- Am I going to throw away the same type of trash or a variety of different items?
- Will I need the trash taken away one time or more than one time?
I found and had to deal with a lot of used electronics including an old golf ball typewriter that had seen better days. Although a couple of these items can always be put out with your general trash, solid waste should always be clearly marked on them. I had more than just a couple of items, so I needed to rent the dumpster.
I also had some worn out filing cabinets, chairs that were not any good anymore, and a bunch of paperwork. If filing cabinets weigh less than forty pounds and are marked as solid waste, the city will usually pick them up. Since I had more than forty pounds, I decided to get a big roll-off dumpster service. These large dumpsters can hold 10 cubic yards to 45 cubic yards of junk. Trucks deliver them with ease because they just roll-off off the truck and back onto it.
If you plan on having a project that is going to last for a long time instead of just a weekend like my moving experience, you may choose to get a smaller size of dumpster and let it be emptied more regularly. Small dumpsters can hold about 6 cubic yards. These dumpsters are freestanding. They also usually have lids to keep out pests and other elements. A front-loading garbage truck will empty them.
If you have even less trash to get rid of, you may be interested in a 95 cubic gallon toter. They are a good choice for smaller renovations or are a great choice if you are cleaning up your yard. Many people use them if they know that they are going to have regular trash, but not an overwhelming amount. Toters can have wheels on them so that they can be moved around with ease, or they can be freestanding like a normal garbage can.
There are different laws for different states when it comes to waste collection and recycling. I luckily already knew this because a friend of mine got into some trouble for breaking some city rules last year. In Minneapolis, one city rule states that you cannot mix yard waste with your normal garbage. It needs to be put into a dumpster or it can be left out in recycled bags for collection.
There are many different rules regarding the disposal or recycling of waste. They can be found at City of Minneapolis website.
You cannot put out any type of automobile parts, tires, or engines with your normal trash. I found five old tires that I needed to get rid of when I was cleaning up my office. I am not sure where they came from, and I am not sure where the cooking oil I found in the corner of my back storeroom came from either. Cooking oil has to be correctly bagged and in quantities of less than a gallon a week. If you have more cooking oil, you will have to get rid of it differently.
I only needed one removal because I was just moving two blocks and it was only going to take a weekend. Most people will just need one removal. My biggest challenge was choosing the right dumpster size.
- 30 cubic yards
- 20 cubic yards
- 15 cubic yards
- 10 cubic yards
You can also choose bigger sizes like a 40 cubic yard container from certain hauling companies.
Keep in mind that trash is collected weekly, so it could be easier to just use the city service if you follow the above guidelines. There are dumpsters available though.
You should be warned that dumpster rentals have a maximum weight limit. You can be charged an extra fee if you put more items into it. I already knew this because I was warned by one of my employees beforehand. I made sure to rent a dumpster large enough for my specific needs.
I finally decided on the 20 cubic yards dumpster for my project, and it worked out perfectly. It was dropped off on a Friday, and we put items in it all weekend. They picked it back up on Monday. Everything went smoothly.