What, you’re not an aficionado on dumpster rentals? We’re shocked!

Well, actually, we’re not. Most people outside contractors and those who have rented dumpsters in the past don’t know much about them, and that includes the industry terminology.

Here at Bin There Dump That Atlanta, we understand that. In the interest of not wanting you to walk away with glazed eyes the way you might when the auto mechanic starts listing parts you’ve never heard of when you just need a simple explanation of the repairs needed, we’ve come up with a list here of common dumpster-rental terms. Now we’ll be speaking the same language as we go about figuring out exactly what you need from your dumpster rental!

Oh, and if any of this still isn’t clear, please don’t hesitate to ask questions. One of our goals is to have every customer completely clear on the entire process so they can be confident in their decisions and our services.

Clean Load: Recycling has become a bigger deal than ever as we seek to conserve resources and make better use of them, and “clean load” is an important term in recycling and waste removal/disposal. When a dumpster has a clean load, it’s filled only with one kind of recyclable material (asphalt, concrete, cardboard, and plastics are good examples): it can’t contain any other material.

Front Load Dumpster: Front load dumpsters are commonly called commercial dumpsters. Locations such as apartment complexes, grocery stores, and restaurants use commercial dumpsters, also called trash dumpsters. These are long term disposal bins that usually are smaller than roll-off dumpsters. They have a lid, and pickup is on a regular schedule, usually weekly or monthly.

C&D: This is short for Construction and Demolition. Typically, that means you’re building something or tearing something down. Most C&D projects are big ones as opposed to smaller ones such as cleanups and renovations. Common C&D materials: wood, shingles, roofing, siding, concrete, bricks, tile, drywall, and flooring.

Dumpster Permit: Often referred to as Right-Of-Way Permit. Depending on local ordinances, you may need to apply for a permit when you rent a dumpster. If you’re going to be placing it on your own property, there’s a good chance you won’t need to apply for a permit. However, if the dumpster will be someplace like along the curb in front of your home or on a sidewalk, you might have to. It’s important to know whether or not you need a permit in order to avoid fines.

E-Waste: Electronic waste such as cell phones, computers, printers, and TVs are considered E-Waste. Sometimes there are special requirements when disposing of them.

Haul or Hauling: This term refers to having a business haul away waste material from a site or remove junk from it. Dumpster rentals and junk removal are not the same things. Please see the next entry.

Junk Removal Company: With a junk removal company, the employees come to your site with their own trucks and containers and haul away the debris, furniture, or unwanted items. Most of these companies are charging you on the volume your unwanted items occupy in their vehicle. Renting a dumpster is more affordable than the junk removal option and allows for more flexibility.

Landfill Fees (“Tipping” Fees): The landfill that’s the final destination for your debris charges a fee for dumping, or “tipping,” the waste into it. Sometimes the company providing a dumpster rental includes that fee in the charges, and sometimes it doesn’t. To avoid any unpleasant surprises, please ask. With Bin There Dump That, landfill fees will be included upfront, so you won’t find any hidden fees once the project is done.

Maximum Tonnage: Rental dumpsters can hold a crazy amount of weight, but they do have their limits. Any unit should come with info about its maximum load and how much material it takes to reach it. Exceeding the limit can result in additional fees.

Mixed Loads: Unlike with a clean load, you might have to fill a dumpster with different loads of recyclable materials. This requires sorting, which a lot of facilities in the U.S. aren’t equipped for, but the practice of separating recyclables is growing and might be a smart business move as things evolve.

MSW: The everyday garbage you toss into the trash bin and eventually put out on the curb for collection is Municipal Solid Waste. Most of the time, it goes to a landfill.

Extra Tonnage (Overage Fees): If you go over the weight limit for your dumpster, overage fees due to extra tonnage will apply. We prorate your overage instead of rounding up to the nearest ton.

Prohibited Items: Regulations prohibit certain materials from going into a dumpster. They include the following: hazardous materials: toxic waste, appliances, electronics, lead-based paint, batteries, motor oil, and more. If you’re trying to dispose of any of these things, talk with our dumpster consultants in order to make sure you stay clear of trouble.

Residential Dumpsters: Residential dumpsters are roll-off dumpsters specifically designed for home renovations or cleanouts. Generally, they come in a variety of sizes to fit the needs of your job including 10-yard, 15-yard, and 20-yard dumpsters. The best dumpster rental companies will offer driveway protection and dumpsters that will fit nicely on your property.

Roll-Off Dumpster: As noted above, this is a rental dumpster. The name alludes to the fact that the container has wheels on one side so that it can easily be rolled off and back on the truck that delivers it.

Roll-Off Truck: As you’ve probably guessed from the above terms, this is the truck used to deliver the rental dumpster and pick it back up when you’re done with it. There are 2 types of roll-off trucks. Winch cable trucks use a winch to pull the dumpster on the truck. These trucks have to be stationary and lined up in order to load the dumpster. They are known to damage driveways and property because they have to drag the dumpster. The other type is hooklift. This truck has an arm with a hook that locks onto the front of the dumpster. This system allows the driver to pick up and drive under the dumpster; hence less damage.

We hope this has been helpful, and please remember to ask us anything if you still have questions. If you’re ready to reserve your rental dumpster or discuss details, just use our easy online form to request a dumpster!