In general, all trash containers are called dumpsters. The type of business or project will determine the size of dumpster you require. There are small dumpsters for household garbage, which are sometimes called totes or cans. A container for trash outside a restaurant or similar business might need a 3-, 4-, or 6-yard dumpster. Occasionally, you will see a recycling dumpster outside a grocery or retail store that is labeled strictly for cardboard. These smaller-size dumpsters can range from one-quarter cubic yard to six cubic yards and have a throw-back lid. They are generally delivered to the site by a waste pickup truck and emptied weekly. Renting a dumpster that is too small could lead to additional charges for tonnage, over-the-limit fees, or the cost of having to rent multiple dumpsters.
If you need to clean out a house for a renovation or complete demo project, or tear off a roof and need a place to throw shingles and other construction debris, you need a long, open container. These range in size from 10 to 40 yards. General household items like housewares and clothing can all go into a dumpster container. Remodeling debris, such as drywall, lumber, flooring, cabinetry, and siding are all acceptable. Another use for a large container might be for landscaping debris, such as soil, grass clippings, leaves, shrubbery, and small branches. Roll-off containers can also be ordered with locking sectional lids installed to avoid storm water and snow exposure, and offer security against theft and unauthorized dumping. The rain and snow weight can add extra expense for overages at the scales, so best to protect your original investment. The only way such a large container can be delivered is by a truck with a low-boy, tilt-bed trailer, and a winch. The trailer will tilt up at the front, rolling the container off the back. That is where the name “roll-off containers” comes from.
The EPA regulates the disposal of hazardous waste. Hazardous waste that is improperly handled poses a serious threat to human health. To protect human health and the environment, salvage containers are used to prevent other types of container leakage. Although industrial waste is not hazardous, the industrial waste containers in Clare, MI, can be used to haul away any useless material from manufacturing processes such as from factories, mills, and mining operations.
Smaller food scrap containers are also available to rent or buy. Rather than throw food-soiled paper and food scraps in the trash, fill up the food scrap container that locks in odors, and, when it’s full, dump it into a compost bin with layers of grass cuttings.