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Tips and Best Practices for Making the Most of a Dumpster

Renting a dumpster is a great way to get your home clean and free of clutter. You might rent one to clean out your home before moving or because you want to get rid of tree branches and other debris in your yard. A dumpster can also be convenient to keep on hand during major renovations. Learning how to properly use a dumpster will help you prevent waste and ensure you get your money’s worth.

Break Things Down

No matter what size dumpster you rent, it can seem enormous until you begin using it. It won’t take long before it fills up, and you start running out of room. To make the most of your rental, break things down as much as possible. You don’t need to throw empty cardboard boxes in the trash. Try placing smaller boxes inside larger ones to save space. Think about breaking the boxes down into strips or pieces of cardboard, too. It’s just as easy to break down other things like old furniture.

Fill the Gaps

Filling a dumpster can almost seem like a game of Tetris. Too many people just throw anything they come across inside without thinking about how much available space they have. If you plan to throw away furniture or appliances, put them in the dumpster first. They take up the most room and usually have some empty spaces around them. Look for bags of trash or other items that you can put in those spaces to fill out your dumpster.

Keep Track of Weight

If you don’t have a plan when filling your dumpster, you risk unevenly distributing the weight inside. You might have more heavy objects on one side than the other or too many light things on the bottom. This increases the risks for the driver who picks up the rental. The load can tip to one side and cause some of the debris to spill across your driveway. Always keep the weight distribution in mind as you load your dumpster.

Use the Door

Most dumpster rentals have a door on the front that gives you easy access to the interior. Though you may think that you need to toss stuff over the sides, the door helps you fill the empty spaces faster. Place the heaviest, biggest, and bulkiest items on the bottom. While the open door helps you get larger things inside, it can also help you keep an eye on your dumpster load and rearrange it as needed.

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