Four Tips For Dumpster Placement And Safety

11 August 2015
 Categories: Environmental, Blog

A roll-off dumpster is the perfect answer if you are about to embark on a big job and don't want to make daily dump runs. Whether it's a big spring cleaning or a home remodeling project, you can simply order a dumpster and have it picked up once you are done. The following tips will help you pick the best location on your property for the dumpster's placement.

Tip #1: Opt for a Hard Surface

Dumpsters are heavy, especially once you begin to fill them. This means they can sink into the ground if you have them placed on a lawn or a mulched area. This is especially true if the ground is moist. To make matters worse, below ground pipes can be damaged by the compression of the ground above. Your best bet is to park the dumpster on a hard surface. Generally, your driveway is the best choice, unless you city allows you to place dumpsters on the street. Call your county clerk's office to inquire, and to secure any permits necessary for parking the dumpster.

Tip #2: Protect the Ground

Your driveway isn't completely safe from damage, though. Asphalt is especially prone to gouges in warm weather, but even concrete can be scratched and scuffed. To avoid this, provide two wood boards, a foot longer than the dumpster. The dumpster will be rolled onto the boards, which will distribute the weight so the narrow wheels don't damage the driveway.

Tip #3: Make It Visible

This is especially necessary if you opt for street parking or if the dumpster is in the public right of way, such as blocking the sidewalk at the end of your driveway. Use orange cones or construction barricades around the dumpster. You may also need to provide a blinking construction light to notify motorists, cyclists, or pedestrians at night. You will be liable if an accident occurs due to the placement of the container, so it's best to err on the side of safety and mark the containers location thoroughly if it isn't completely placed on your private property.

Tip #4: Safety Matters

Finally, make sure the dumpster isn't accessible to curious passers-by, especially children. Close the lids when the dumpster isn't in use or isn't being monitored. Most lids will come equipped with locks or you can supply your own padlocks to keep the curious out. Just remember to remove your lock before the dumpster is picked up.