How To Avoid Dumpster Fees

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We charge a convenient flat rate fee for each of our dumpsters. While this flat fee makes your budgeting process simpler, there are a few actions and miscalculations that can end up adding an extra fee to your bill. Read below on how to can avoid dumpster fees by learning the potential reasons they are generated.

how to avoid dumpster fees

Overload fees

Keeping your waste below the fill limit of your dumpster is important for safety and environmental reasons. We won’t be able to haul away a dumpster that is overfilled with trash and debris. Trash that falls out during transport is dangerous for both our drivers and others on the roadway. 

We also want to avoid adding fly-away litter to the environment. For those reasons, make sure that your trash is below the rim of your dumpster all the way around. 

Be sure to abide by any limitations that specific types of debris may have such as concrete and other dense material. It’s extremely important to clarify all loading obligations with your representative when placing your order and preparing for delivery. 

Blockage fees

Our dumpsters need a flat patch of ground to rest on-a place that is open and without obstructions. As we come to unload or pick up your dumpster, we’ll also need adequate room for our trucks. 

If this allotted space is compromised and our drivers are unable to pick up/drop off your dumpster, a fee is added to your bill. Our drivers operate on a fixed schedule, so a fee is generated from any disruptions in your scheduled delivery/drop-off as we are forced to lose both time and resources. 

To avoid a blockage fee, make sure your drop-off/pick-up zone is clear of blockage and debris. Also, make sure that there’s enough room for our trucks to maneuver properly. For most of our container sizes, we’ll need about 23′ of height clearance, 10.5′ of width, and 60′ of space in a straight line. This helps our divers safely and accurately drop off or remove dumpsters. 

Time overage fees

You’ll choose your rental period on our website or by talking to one of our associates. If your project requires you to keep the dumpster for longer than the agreed rental period, we charge a small extension fee on a day-to-day basis. 

To avoid this, consider giving yourself some extra days to work with if you’re unsure about the exact timeframe of your project. You can always call and schedule a pick-up sooner than the end of your rental period.

Prohibited waste fees

Depending on the waste regulations in your area, some garbage items may not be allowed in a landfill or are prohibited entirely (hazardous waste). We are always here to help you figure that out beforehand to make your planning and budgeting process smoother. 

Some items to double-check are mattresses, appliances, electronics, and upholstered furniture pieces. Putting prohibited waste into your dumpster will add an extra fee to compensate for proper disposal. 

There is also the risk of the waste being returned or not picked up if it does not fall within our list of acceptable items.

Unexpected waste can also generate a fee. For example, household trash is thrown into a dumpster that’s been rented for clean concrete disposal. To avoid this, give us a call before adding any waste you’re unsure about. We’ll help you stay aligned with the waste regulations in your area. 

Excess weight fees

The flat rate we charge for our dumpsters includes a weight limit, one that is predetermined by the Texas Department of Transportation. Within this flat rate is the landfill fee, among other fees. 

If this predesignated weight limit is breached, an extra fee may be added to your bill. This can result from the driver being unable to pick up your load at the scheduled time. This can also result from the difference charged at the landfill versus our flat-rate fee. 

To avoid this extra charge, make sure you’re choosing an appropriate-sized dumpster. Our larger dumpsters have a greater weight capacity, so consider sizing up if you’re unsure about the final weight of your waste. 

Covering your dumpster with a tarp or plywood helps keep rain and snow out, which lowers the overall weight of your dumpster. Let us know about any questions that arise as you calculate your estimated final weight and we’ll do our best to answer them.

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