With any commercial construction project, a certain amount of refuse removal and clean-up will be necessary. Whether you are building from the ground up or doing only part of the demolition or construction, you will need an effective and cost-efficient way to clean up the work site. Although it is possible to hire a company to clean up the mess for you, the best option may be to rent a dumpster so you can clean as you go.
Renting large waste receptacles is a fairly straightforward process. Most dumpster rental companies can give you clear guidelines on the types and amounts of debris that can be contained in their units based on the parameters of your project.
For example, if you are breaking ground on a new commercial project that requires clearing large amounts of brush, vegetation and other organic material, you may need to keep this separate from other types of construction waste. Most dumpster rental companies have contracts with landfills that require them to separate the different types of waste materials for disposal or recycling.
When breaking up pavement, driveways or foundations of buildings made mostly of concrete, there are often restrictions on what can go into the dumpster with the concrete. Metal such as rebar may not be allowed, so be sure to check with the rental company first. For general construction that includes waste such as sheetrock, wood, insulation and flooring, you'll also want to double-check with the rental company if you need to dispose of carpeting. In some cases, this is not allowed.
Estimating the size of the unit you should rent requires you to have an idea of the amount of waste that is likely to be generated during your project. Your dumpster rental company will be able to assist you in determining your needs. When calculating the size of the unit in terms of how much it will hold, considering how you will get the waste into the container is also important. If the sides of the unit are too tall for you or your equipment to reach, it will be useless to you. However, some taller containers may allow ground level access via a drop-down door at one end.
It's a good idea to read your rental contract carefully to ensure that you will be able to adhere to its guidelines. Most contracts are for a certain number of days, and they define the maximum weight of waste allowed. Should you retain the unit for a longer time or exceed this weight limit, extra charges are likely to be incurred.
Keeping a commercial construction site clean and organized is made easier by having the proper place to dispose of waste. Often, the most convenient solution is to rent a dumpster suited to the needs of your project.