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Dumpster Rental vs Bulk Pickup: What's Best for You?

Posted on Thu, May 30, 2013 @ 02:51 PM

describe the imageAt some point everyone has large or bulky items and materials they need dispose of. However, they don't fit into your household garbage roller to be picked up on your regular weekly collection schedule. Bulk waste needs special handling, so check with your local waste management service provider on their requirements before simply hauling refuse to the curb and expecting it to be collected.

Chances are it will just sit there as a neighborhood eyesore, creating street clutter and possibly resulting in a citation or fine. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to make arrangements with their waste management provider to ensure that their bulk waste is hauled away in a manner that meets local and service provider requirements.

Bulk waste can consist of just about any large items being discarded from a home, such as old furniture and appliances, televisions, bikes, microwaves, lawn chairs and equipment or barbecue grills. It also includes smaller items that are too bulky to be bagged or to fit into the container provided by the garbage collection service, such as lawn tools and ironing boards.

Check Before You Dispose

Before throwing away any bulk item, ask yourself is it still in good working order or still in usable condition? If so, consider donating it to a local charity. Many non-profit organizations offer free pickup for items that can be refurbished for resale and will come to your home to collect your donation. This is a good way to recycle in addition to getting a tax write-off for charitable donations.

Most waste management providers will not accept a large amount of debris, especially from home construction or remodeling projects, for curbside services. Before putting this kind of refuse by the street, check on the availability of a dumpster.

Dumpsters the Answer to Home Improvement Projects 

A dumpster may be the solution to the disposal of many kinds items and debris left from home improvement projects, including anything from old carpeting, cabinets, bathroom fixtures to kitchen countertops. Loose debris in bulk such as bricks, lumber, tile or shingles also qualify for renting a dumpster. 

Dumpsters come in several sizes and there are several styles to choose from, depending on the amount and weight of the construction items.  Always contact your waste management provider before starting a project, they can advise you on your dumpster needs.

Key Takeaways:

  • Handle household bulky waste properly
  • Check with garbage provider about best waste disposal
  • Know what to throw away where
  • Recycle whenever possible and donate to charity

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