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When Illegal Dumping IS a Problem – Call Trash Removal Experts

Working for the city by picking up illegal dumping

Are you aware of illegally dumped materials?

Hurricane Harvey left many areas of the Houston, Texas area with excess debris and garbage along the sides of many roadways. However, the trash did not solely get to these illegal dumping locations due to a natural disaster.

That is, the garbage may have built-up due to the high winds; however, it was drastically compounded due to a huge illegal dumping problem in the city due to independent contractors and persons wanting to make a quick buck in the garbage services area.

Several websites have sited illegal dumping such as the site below:

Illegal dumping in Houston: The challenge and who is investigating (click2houston.com)

COVID-19 Impacts on Trash

Especially with the onset of COVID-19, many people have turned to the trash industry as a means of income. To pick up trash, many people think that all you need is a pickup truck and trailer. While that is a simplified answer, there is much more that goes into the business than simply owning vehicles. 

For example, to do a dumpster rental with a truck and trailer, you have administrative time in setting up the appointment, collecting payment, and signing the contract. In addition, you must get the vehicles insured, gas to and from a site (sometimes multiple times), and some optional costs too. For instance, it helps to get a website, do marketing, have a legitimate business, bank account setup, and more to run a true business.

We have personally seen persons out of work start a dumpster business the next day after being fired or laid off. Many of these ‘fly-by-night’ pseudo businesses do not even take the time to get a DBA or LLC setup and may not even take the time to check if the name of their business is even available.

However, that is NOT the worst part. SOME of these ‘businesses’ are looking at the extraordinary dump fees at local landfills and transfer stations and deciding to dump on the side of the road or remote roadways.

Is your Dumpster Company putting YOU at Risk?

Illegal dumping allows these ‘businesses’ to charge low prices, but they risk HUGE fines according to the city. It also means that if the trash is dumped in front of residential property, that means that the ‘new owner’ of the trash must call a legitimate company like Dumpster In The Rough (DITR) to properly dispose of the waste.

How can DITR Help?

Dumpster In The Rough can help if you find yourself in any of these situations:

  • You are the ‘new owner’ of illegally dumped trash
  • The need to clean your home post-divorce or holiday party
  • General cleanup of an estate or post-death of a loved one
  • A wholesaler that bought a home in disrepair and is therefore renovating
  • Hurricane or natural disaster aftermath
  • A company that is starting out or rebranding
  • You have many items to be hauled, donated, or recycled (matching the landfill requirements)

No matter the need or type of job, Dumpster in the Rough is available and immersed in the community. They seek to earn your business and become a trusted resource.

In Summary…

It may not sound luxurious to think of a dumpster company and all the trash your space may contain; however, once the excess waste or unwanted items are removed, the benefits outweigh any thoughts of negativity. Be sure to call people that work in the industry and know the best handling and practices.

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Tips for Filling YOUR Dumpster During the Rental Duration

The inside of our dumpster trailer

Do you like playing Tetris?

Tetris is a game that – for some – might be addicting. You try to ‘shuffle’ objects around to make them fit in all the right places. Well, filling a dumpster is a little like playing Tetris. In fact, you have to move items around to optimize the available space – regardless of the dumpster or dumpster trailer.

Here are several tips for filling YOUR dumpster…

TIP 1: Fill evenly left-to-right

When a trailer is not balanced, it can become increasingly more difficult to drive the trailer or dumpster down the road. Therefore, it is best to ensure that if you fill a heavy item on one side, that you offset the item weight on the opposing side. This will help with distribution and make it easier to continue to fill the structure.

TIP 2: Large items should be added to the dumpster FIRST

If you load larger items first, you will have a better idea of the remaining space to add smaller items. Additionally, smaller items will be able to be added as ‘fillers’ between larger items; therefore, conserving space in the entire structure (we will cover the reasons a little later in this posting).

TIP 3: Last in first out!

This is an item that at a first glance would only apply to those persons that might be unloading the dumpster or trailer. However, when a client is filling the dumpster on his or her own without relying on DITR or another junk removal service, there may be times when an item is loaded once, but later the person(s) filling the structure notice that an item has to come out of the trailer to fit items in a different way.

TIP 4: Fill in empty spaces with small items

Keep in mind that most dumping services will either charge by the load, job, or by a partial job based on a price point or amount of space taken up within the structure. 

That said, space is of the essence!

NOTE: In terms of space conservation, always ask questions of the dump service AT THE START. Many service companies have hidden fees beyond what is advertised plus the percentage for local taxes. *SOME* dump services may charge separately for the following – so always ask the right questions initially:

  • Dump or landfill costs in addition to the advertised rental fee
  • Admin or paperwork costs
  • Extra tons of weight
  • Extra days (on the rental side)
  • Going over the top of the structure (height)

How can Dumpster In The Rough Help?

Dumpster In The Rough can help if you find yourself in any of these situations:

  • You need junk removal or a dumpster rental for your home or business
  • You are the ‘new owner’ of illegally dumped trash
  • The need to clean your home post-divorce or holiday party
  • General cleanup of an estate or post-death of a loved one
  • A wholesaler that bought a home in disrepair and is therefore renovating
  • Hurricane or natural disaster aftermath
  • A company that is starting out or rebranding
  • You have many items to be hauled, donated, or recycled (matching the landfill requirements)

No matter the need or type of job, Dumpster in the Rough is available and immersed in the community. They seek to earn your business and become a trusted resource.

In Summary…

Make sure that you choose a dumpster trailer rental company that instructs you well. So often, owners will simply drop-and-go when it comes to trailer rental. That is, they leave the customer to their own defenses with little to no instruction, but then wonder why they struggle with driving the contents down a busy road – or even worse – a congested highway.