Yes, You Can Share a Dumpster

Yes, You Can Share a Dumpster Box Brothers DenverAt Box Brothers Roll-Off Services our clients in metro Denver often have questions. So, here’s the answer to a recent inquiry: yes, you can share a dumpster. Once there is a single address given for drop-off and collection, and the dumpster rental is paid for, we do not have an issue with where the contents of the dumpster come from.

If you and your neighbors have projects coming up, two households can share a dumpster, or the roll-off can be used by the entire neighborhood. It’s completely up to your own discretion. Just remember to inform everyone who is utilizing the dumpster that only non-hazardous waste is accepted, so no batteries, electronics, chemicals or fuel.

Sharing a dumpster between a few households is a brilliant way to save time and money. Often, homeowners are doing a home clear-out or a minor building project which produces some extra waste. Although it may be too much for their regular garbage bin to handle, it can seem a bit excessive to rent a dumpster for a minimal amount of extra trash. In this case, it is a good idea to ask around the neighborhood to see if anyone is interested in dividing the cost of a rental dumpster. More often than not, you will find somebody else in the same situation. So yes, you can share a dumpster!

As winter approaches, cars, bikes, camping gear, and other outdoor equipment need to get stored away. It is the perfect time to clean out your garage and free up some much-needed space. Last minute roof repairs and tree trimming before the cold weather sets in can also generate some extra debris. Encouraging your neighbors to get all of these tasks done by a specific weekend means that you can coordinate dumping everything together in one rented roll-off and not have unsightly garden waste or construction debris lying around.

If your neighborhood has a shared playground or green area, organizing a community clean-up day is a great way to enhance the appearance of this shared space and to socialize. A day spent picking up trash, trimming hedges, planting flowers and painting fences can transform the appearance of your area. Some housing associations may cover the cost of a shared rental dumpster if volunteers organize the clean-up. Getting outside and mingling with the neighbors isn’t as common as it used to be. Spending time doing something charitable with the people that live around you can help foster good relationships and build a better sense of community.

Now that you have the answer – yes, you can share a dumpster, contact Box Brothers Roll-Off Services for a clean-up of any scale, shared or individual. Our rental dumpsters come in two convenient sizes, 12 or 30 cubic yards. Call us today for assistance in selecting the right dumpster for your neighborhood needs. We have been providing convenient and affordable waste removal services across metro Denver for over 10 years. As a family run business, you can depend on us for honest and friendly service with a fast response time.

Home Improvement Projects for Fall

Home Improvement Projects for Fall Box Brothers DenverHere at Box Brothers Roll-Off Services, we offer year-round dumpster rentals in metro Denver. If you’re planning home improvement projects for fall, we can help you dispose of your household waste, old furniture, as well as construction debris easily and safely. We’ll deliver the right-size dumpster for an affordable price, sparing you from hauling all that junk on your own. 

Keep reading for ideas on different ways to improve your home this fall. 

Replace Your Front Door

As temperatures cool down, a draft coming into your home may point to a problem with your windows and front door. Often, homeowners end up spending more than they need to on home heating to compensate for drafts. Replace your front door with a new, energy efficient model for better protection against wind, rain, and snow before the weather turns harsh. You can also rip out and dump all the old framing or accent windows around the door to create a more impenetrable and secure home entrance.

Install Rain Gutter Covers

With the arrival of fall, leaves will end up in our gutters. And clogged, overflowing gutters can quickly lead to water damage to your roof and walls. Installing rain gutter covers will ensure that water is allowed to drain away, but that leaves and debris are kept out. You may even need to replace your current gutters, remove any previous water damage to your home and make the necessary repairs. If the job starts to snowball into a more extensive project, we can bring out a roll-off dumpster to make things a little easier.

Repair or Replace Your Roof

When it comes to home improvement projects for fall, this is a big one. Summer storms are over, and the harsh winter temperatures have not yet set in. Shingles that are curling, molding or blistered are a sign that your roof is not protecting your home sufficiently. They’ll need to be removed, properly disposed of and replaced. Getting work done on your roof before winter is the only way to avoid serious damage from rainwater, ice build-up and snow melt. 

Create a Finished Basement

Now that the long summer days are over, the whole family will be spending more time indoors. Take advantage of the extra space in your basement and transform it into something useful like a playroom or extra bedroom. We can send out a dumpster so you can get rid of any old junk you have stored down there, as well as all construction debris you create. Once cleared out, you can focus on the endless ways to make use of your basement, from a wine cellar to a yoga studio, as well as a game room or home office.

Renovations, repairs, and home clean-outs can produce a surprisingly large amount of debris and waste. Take the stress out of your home improvement projects for fall by renting a dumpster from Box Brothers in metro Denver. We offer the most affordable and convenient way to get rid of your trash without hassle. For more information, just give us a call.

What to Do with a Raccoon Stuck in Your Rented Dumpster

What to Do with a Raccoon Stuck in Your Rented DumpsterAt Box Brothers Roll Off Services, we like to be prepared. Just in case the unexpected happens, here’s what to do with a raccoon stuck in your rented dumpster. When renting a dumpster, this is probably not something that crosses your mind. You will be thinking about the size of the dumpster to get, when exactly to schedule the pick-up, whether you will be able to haul all of your debris alone or if you will need help…and how good your home will look after you finish your project.

Unfortunately, nature does not always respect our plans. If your dumpster is not securely tarped over or covered, you do run the risk of visitors. Curious creatures can find ways to clamber into your dumpster in search of food or shelter and accidentally end up trapping themselves. Most often this will happen to raccoons, but it is possible to find a fox, snake or possum getting comfortable in your roll-off dumpster rental without permission. The first thing to remember when faced with a trapped wild animal is not to panic. They are most definitely more afraid of you than you are of them.

A raccoon stuck in your rented dumpster will probably be highly stressed, trying to hide behind objects in the dumpster or acting defensively. Put yourself in their (furry) shoes for a second, They most likely stumbled into the dumpster because it was a new and interesting thing that appeared within their usual territory. After sniffing around for a few minutes, they decided that there was nothing of interest there and to keep moving. On attempting to leave, they realized that the steep, smooth sides of the dumpster make it impossible for them to escape and are stuck, possibly for hours before being discovered.

Some things that you should not do in this situation include getting into the roll-off dumpster with the animal to try and grab it, using a net or bag to try and catch it, getting a dog to try and scare it out. All of these will most likely result in exhaustion, frustration and possibly you and the animal getting hurt. Usually, the raccoon will do everything it can to escape this stressful situation, and you just need to see how you can give him a nudge in the right direction.

Grab a sturdy box or crate to put into the dumpster to act as a ladder. If you are stuck, a tree branch or some full garbage bags could work. Place your makeshift ladder inside the dumpster on the opposite side to where the raccoon is and as close to the edge as possible. Walk away from the dumpster so that the animal has some time and space to exit without feeling threatened. If they still can’t figure out how to escape, it may be best to call your local animal control service for professional help.

The team at Box Brothers Roll Off Services has seen it all. For over a decade we have been helping customers dispose of their household and demolition debris quickly and safely, as well as explaining what to do with a raccoon stuck in your rented dumpster. For more information on renting a dumpster in the metro Denver area, do not hesitate to contact us on 303-465-2100.

Tips for a Successful Bathroom Renovation

Tips for a Successful Bathroom RenovationRenovating this summer? Check out our tips for a successful bathroom renovation. At Box Brothers Roll-Off Services, our dumpster rentals can be a big help for Denver homeowners with any number of projects in the works such home extensions and DIY projects. Renting a dumpster makes clean-up easier, faster and safer. We’ll drop it off and haul away your debris for a stress-free finish.

Today, we share tips for a successful bathroom renovation to make everything go smoothly with your next project.

  1. Set a Budget. Decide how much money you can set aside for the entire project. Get an estimate on the labor costs for the job and subtract this from the total. The remaining amount can be spent on the materials for your new fixtures. It’s a good idea to leave a little extra in the budget in case of unforeseen problems. Give us a call for our dumpster rental rates, too.
  2. Stick to a Timeline. Minimizing the time your bathroom is under construction is important, especially if it is the only bathroom in the house. Taking into account the time needed to measure, order and deliver the materials, coordinate with your contractor to get the work done in sequence and efficiently.
  3. Measure Accurately. To make life easier when it comes to buying new tiles, cabinets, and fixtures, you will need exact measurements. Draw up a to-scale plan of your bathroom with measurements and the locations of existing plumbing pipes and electrical wiring.
  4. Renovate from the Top Down. Removing old materials and replacing them starting at the ceiling and working your way towards the floor will ensure that your new installations do not get damaged in the demolition process. We can advise you on the right-size dumpster to handle all of these materials.
  5. Build with Ventilation in Mind. Good ventilation is necessary for a bathroom. Correct placement of an extractor fan will ensure continuous airflow. This will make your bathroom fresh, comfortable and prevent mold or rot from damaging the interiors.
  6. Choose Material for Floor and Walls Carefully. When selecting the material for your bathroom’s flooring and walls, it is important to take the practical considerations into account as well as the aesthetic. Your floor and wall material needs to be waterproof, resistant to mold and mildew, durable, and for the floor, slip-resistant.
  7. Keep Your Plumbing Simple. A bathroom can have any combination of shower, bathtub, bidet, jacuzzi, toilet, and sinks. Plan your plumbing installations by taking into account the existing pipes. This way you can minimize extra pipe installation and maximize your use of space.
  8. Be Smart with Lighting. Take advantage of natural light with large, south facing windows if possible. An atmosphere can be created with built-in mirror bulbs and adjustable lighting. Remember to allow 4 watts of incandescent light per square foot.
  9. Remember Storage. In small, irregularly shaped bathrooms, fitting in practical storage cannot be forgotten. Take into account how many people will be using the bathroom and install easily accessible shelving, cabinets and storage units.

The last of our tips for a successful bathroom renovation is to plan for waste disposal. Ripping out old fixtures creates a surprising amount of debris. With a roll-off dumpster rental from Box Brothers, you can safely dispose of your construction debris quickly and with little hassle. For more information on dumpster sizes and pricing, do not hesitate to contact our team.

Read This Before Renting a Dumpster

Read This Before Renting a DumpsterBox Brothers Roll-Off Services wants you to have a successful experience with your rental dumpster in Denver. Read this before renting a dumpster and avoid the most common pitfalls encountered by people in your situation. If you are undertaking a construction or landscaping project, moving, or getting rid of unwanted furniture and appliances, a rental dumpster is a practical and affordable solution.

Before you decide to rent a dumpster, there are a few things you should consider.

First, find out if there are any specific restrictions or permits pertaining to dumpsters in your area. Some cities will require you to obtain a permit before putting a trash dumpster on public property, such as the street out in front of your home or business. Even if you plan to place your dumpster on your property, it’s best to avoid problems by asking your local municipality about regulations that apply to dumpsters.

Local homeowner’s associations can also have their own rules about dumpster rentals, so avoid getting in hot water with your neighbors by warning them in advance.

Next, don’t leave it until the last possible moment to schedule your dumpster. As soon as you know the date for your clean out or move, call or go online to book your roll-off rental. At certain times of the year, rental dumpsters are in high demand. All rental companies have a finite number of units to rent at any one time. To avoid having to do multiple, exhausting runs to the dump on your own, reserve your dumpster well in advance.

Third, decide on the location for your dumpster before it arrives. Make it’s as easy as possible to move your debris into the dumpster by placing in close to the work site or the entrance of your home. Be sure the area is clear of hazards like low hanging tree branches or cables. Measure the area accurately before choosing a size for your dumpster. We have seen too many customers guesstimate sizes and then have to change their location at the last minute when the dumpster doesn’t fit the space.

Of course, rent your dumpster from a locally owned business. Many national dumpster rental services advertise their services in every town across America, but bigger is not always better! These companies usually subcontract the work to a local business anyway, and simply earn a fee for doing so. By going straight to the smaller independent companies like Box Brothers, you can usually save some money and better support to your local economy.

For prompt, friendly service and affordable prices on rentals, depend on Box Brothers Roll-Off Services. We are a family-owned and operated business serving customers across the area of metro Denver. We think that if you read this before renting a dumpster, it should give you a good idea of how to make the most of your rental and avoid problems, but if you have any doubts questions, just get in touch. We are happy to give you honest and practical advice on how best to use a rental dumpster for your project.

How to Prevent Illegal Dumping in Your Roll-Off

How to Prevent Illegal Dumping in Your Roll-OffKnowing how to prevent illegal dumping in your roll-off dumpster can mean the difference between a great experience and an exasperating one. Box Brothers Roll-Off Services, serving all of metro Denver, would like to offer you some tips on how best to use and protect your rental dumpster.

Unfortunately, when you rent a roll-off, some unscrupulous people can take the opportunity to quietly rid themselves of their trash by sneaking it into your dumpster. This can be very frustrating, especially if you’re in the middle of a project and somebody else’s waste takes up the precious space you’ve paid for.

Hide Your Dumpster

To prevent your private dumpster rental from turning into a community free for all, choose your location carefully. If you have a fenced in yard, or a gated drive, try to place your dumpster inside the perimeter and as close to your house as possible. Try to keep it off busy streets that have a lot of foot traffic. You want to make it difficult for people to pass by and drop things in unnoticed.

Close Up the Dumpster

When not in use, keep your dumpster covered. A simple tarp, tightly secured with a rope or bungee cords will act as a deterrent against opportunistic dumpers. At night, you should try to keep the area around your dumpster well-lit, maybe aim that motion-activated light over your garage directly at the dumpster area or set up a temporary spotlight to keep it illuminated.

Get In and Get Out

The longer you have a rented dumpster on site, the more likely you are to suffer from illegal dumping. This means you should plan to have the dumpster delivered when you know you are ready to fill it. Ordering your dumpster to arrive before you have much to put in it means there will be space in your dumpster over a longer period, and a bigger risk of other people’s trash making their way into it.

Keep an Eye on Things

If at all possible, try not to spend extended periods away from the property where your dumpster is located. If you do have to leave your home or the site unattended, let your neighbors know that you have a rental dumpster. Ask them to keep an eye on your dumpster and maybe have lighting timed to turn on after dusk. Again, a covered and well-lit dumpster makes it less likely of a target.

Become a Detective

Check your dumpster each day for illegally dumped items. If you do find other debris in your dumpster, check to see if there are any identifying labels, receipts or addresses. Some illegal dumpers are not as clever as they think they are. Do not be afraid to call law enforcement and give them any information you have collected. Even if police cannot identify the perpetrator, it may help you or your neighbors in the future if the problem repeats itself.

Box Brothers Roll-Off Services offers dumpster rentals across metro Denver and understand that it’s not always 100% possible, but knowing how to prevent illegal dumping in your roll-off can make it difficult for any potential dumpers to act. Hopefully, this information will help you minimize your risk and have plenty of space to get rid of your unwanted debris quickly, safely and affordably.

Evidently, Philadelphia Had a Dumpster Pool Problem

Evidently, Philadelphia Had a Dumpster Pool ProblemBox Brothers is happy to report the safe use of dumpsters in Denver, unlike other cities. Yes, evidently, Philadelphia had a dumpster pool problem that managed to call attention to both the safety practices of dumpster rental companies and the bizarre inventions of overheated city dwellers. And in August 2016, the Mayor’s office had to release a statement reminding citizens that the city would not issue permits for “dumpster pools” and that people should find other ways to have fun and cool down.

The issue came to a head after the organizers of a neighborhood block party rented a dumpster and turned it into a makeshift pool. They started by thoroughly cleaning the dumpster before lining the bottom with plywood and rounding out the sharp corners with pool noodles. A large tarp was then laid down before they filled the dumpster to the brim with water from a nearby fire hydrant.

Although we can all appreciate human ingenuity, and as a dumpster rental company we are flattered that people see such potential for our great product, we have to admit there are many reasons why this is not a clever idea.

First, a dumpster is for storing waste. And while many toxic and harmful substances are banned from being disposed of in a dumpster; no used dumpster can ever be considered sanitary enough to swim in. We don’t even want to think about the kinds of germs that partygoers came into contact with or may have ingested while swimming in a dumpster pool.

Another important issue to address here is the water source. The organizers of the block party in Philadelphia illegally opened a fire hydrant to fill their makeshift pool. Fire hydrants eject water at extremely high pressure. The force of this water can be enough to injure bystanders or even cause traffic accidents. Also, using such a large volume of water could mean that in the event of a fire in the neighborhood, the hydrant may not have sufficient water supply to put out the blaze.

As you can imagine, there are numerous hazards associated with using a dumpster incorrectly. If you are considering renting one, it is important to first ask yourself whether a dumpster is right for the task you need to complete. If you are planning to dispose of household trash, garden waste, old appliances or furniture, recycling material or construction debris in a safe, fast, and affordable way, then a rental dumpster is a great option. On the other hand, if you’re more interested in creating a swimming pool, performance stage, tiny residence, or children’s playground, please look elsewhere for a solution.

Evidently, Philadelphia had a dumpster pool problem and we can only hope that this trend won’t spread to any other cities. At Box Brothers Roll-Off Services, we are committed to providing a safe, efficient and affordable option for waste disposal. We also feel it is part of our responsibility towards our customers to ensure they have the necessary information to use their rental dumpsters responsibly. For prices and more info on our services, please feel free to contact us.

Colorado Construction Growth In 2017

Colorado Construction Growth In 2017Here at Box Brothers, we are keeping a close eye on Colorado construction growth in 2017. What we’re seeing is that the state is set to experience some significant changes to its economy over the course of the year. While rural areas are expected to struggle with droughts and severe conditions for farmers and ranchers, the construction sector, hospitality sector and health sectors can look forward to growth and an increase in the number jobs. To keep up with demand in these sectors, Box Brothers offers safe and affordable roll-off dumpster rental services.

The construction industry is ready to enjoy yet another productive year in Colorado. This will be most evident on the outskirts of cities, like north metro Denver, where single-family homebuilding is set to pick up more steam. The population growth we’ve experienced in the state over the past few years is predicted to continue, with an estimated 95,000 new residents arriving in 2017. This brings the state’s population to a total of 5.5 million people. The boom in population is one of the reasons for increased construction, as more residences will need building in order to accommodate growth.

With Colorado construction growth in 2017, workers can look forward to a healthy job market and plenty of new opportunities. Unemployment is currently low at 3.5% and steadily dropping. The mining sector is the only area that has experienced a high rate of layoffs in recent times. This is due to the lowered value of oil, natural gas, and coal. Fortunately, there are plenty of jobs being created this year in construction, tourism, and healthcare.

Overall, Colorado should gain 63,400 new jobs over the course of the year. This represents a growth rate of 2.4% and keeps us on the list of top ten states with highest job growth. In Colorado, there hasn’t been a period of job growth as successful since the 1990s. Colorado is a seriously attractive option for skilled trade workers seeking opportunities. This boom will be led by the construction industry and the addition of 9,000 jobs, making it a lucrative moment for job seekers with building experience.

With this massive increase in construction activity, we are predicting a higher demand on building infrastructure and waste removal. Fortunately, our company offers services to both homeowners and commercial businesses. Whether you are renovating your kitchen or leading operations on the construction of a brand-new home, it is inevitable that a lot of waste will be produced. Our roll-off dumpster rentals offer the perfect solution for the disposal of demolition debris, construction waste, land clearing debris, in addition to household furniture and appliances.

This is the perfect moment to be involved in the construction industry, whether you are a job seeker or builder/employer. Keeping your construction site operating smoothly, free of hazards, has never been so important. For a quote on our services or more information, do not hesitate to call your local waste removal experts, Box Brothers Roll-Off Services serving metro Denver. We’re looking forward to the Colorado construction growth in 2017 and are ready to help you with efficient and safe waste removal.

Contact us for a free dumpster rental quote!

Tips for Loading Your Dumpster

Tips for Loading Your DumpsterToday, let’s talk tips for loading a dumpster. Whether you’re clearing out your home, moving house, landscaping your garden or working on a construction project, you are probably going to generate an enormous quantity of unwanted trash and materials. Renting a dumpster from Box Brothers Roll-Off Services allows you to get rid of accumulated waste conveniently and affordably. However, in a rush to dump your trash, you may end up loading your rented dumpster inefficiently or even dangerously.

By following these tips for loading your dumpster, you’ll maximize your use of space and minimize your stress on the day.

Try to sort your items for disposal early, even before the dumpster arrives. If you can get everything you intend to dump outside together, you will have a better idea of how much volume you truly have. Separate the light items like cardboard, foam packing material, leaves, twigs and grass clippings first. These should be loaded into the dumpster first. Other heavier items will weigh them down, so they don’t start to fly around if the wind picks up.

Next, take a look at the size and shapes of your heavier items. Anything that can easily be broken down into smaller pieces should be. Often furniture such as wardrobes or dressers can be dismantled to take up less space. Otherwise, you can lay them down open in the dumpster and fill them with smaller items.

Take into account the awkward shapes of some larger furniture items like bunk beds and corner sofas. If you spent hours playing Tetris, it would finally come in use now. Anticipate how much space you will need for oddly shaped items and fill in the surrounding gaps with smaller objects. Try to be conscious of filling the dumpster evenly. Don’t put all the heavy items on one side and just Styrofoam on the other. This will make the dumpster unbalanced and difficult to transport.

Keep safety as your number one priority when filling a dumpster. Use appropriate clothing and footwear when moving debris into your dumpster. A hard-wearing pair of gloves will protect you from splinters and from getting cut by rough edges. Be particularly cautious when handling fiberglass and partially broken down furniture studded with nails.

Although it may be tempting, getting into the dumpster and jumping or stamping your trash down is a bad idea. Follow our guidelines to loading your dumpster efficiently, and you will not need to try and make extra space in this dangerous manner. Remember, you cannot fill your dumpster over the top of its borders. It needs to be closed easily for safe transport.

Last but not least, remember that some materials are not allowed in rental dumpsters. This includes liquid paint, aerosols, dead animals, asbestos, propane tanks, motor oil and other flammable liquids.

To get more tips for loading your dumpster, you’re welcome to contact Box Brothers Rolloff Services via our website or by phoning 303-465-2100. We are ready to help you get rid of your unwanted home and garden waste quickly and affordably.

Choosing the Right Spot to Locate Your Dumpster

Choosing the Right Spot to Locate Your DumpsterWhen you rent a trash dumpster from Box Brothers Roll-Off Services, we take care of almost everything, but choosing the right spot to locate your dumpster is up to you. That’s why we end up with a number of customers asking us for advice on the matter, since you’ll want to have a dumpster location chosen, measured out, and ready when we arrive. This will allow us a safe and efficient delivery and will make it easier for you to get working on filling it without delay.

So, let’s talk about choosing the right spot to locate your dumpster. 

Finding enough space

Before ordering your rental dumpster, planning where you want to put it can be as easy as finding and measuring out an area that can accommodate its size. Also, remember that the delivery truck will need enough space to enter the site to drop off the dumpster. Once you have calculated the dimensions of the site, you can order the appropriately sized dumpster. We offer dumpsters in the following sizes: 12 cubic yards (4′ high x 7′ wide x 12′ long) and 30 cubic yards (6′ high x 7′ wide x 22′ long).

Also, choose your site with safety in mind and look for potential hazards. Ensure there are no low hanging branches or electrical wires over the area where you want to place the dumpster. If you are locating the dumpster in a commercial area, ensure it will not block fire exits or the entrances for emergency services. For areas with public access, it is a good idea to mark the dumpster site with cones or tape to avoid people crossing through the work zone. 

Prepare site for delivery

Make sure your site is ready for the dumpster delivery. Dumpsters should be placed, ideally, on a concrete slab. If you are planning to have the dumpster set on an ornate brick driveway or lawn, it is best to put some wooden planks down to protect the surface from damage. Just before delivery, ensure nothing is blocking the delivery entrance. Move any cars, building equipment, or materials that may prevent the delivery truck from reaching the dumpster drop-off site.

You may want to warn your neighbors that you are renting a dumpster. Preparing them for the extra activity and noise may help avoid issues once work gets underway. Be aware of your property line and never place your dumpster outside of this line. At best, this could lead to annoyed neighbors and at worst, a costly lawsuit if something goes wrong. Ensure the placement of the dumpster does not block the driveways of your neighbors or the general flow of traffic around your property.

Last but not least, and for your absolute convenience, try to have your dumpster placed as close to the work site as possible. This will make it easier and faster to load up.

When choosing the right spot to locate your dumpster, there are a lot of factors to consider. If you have any concerns about renting a dumpster or need help choosing a location, simply give Box Brothers Roll-Off Services a call. We’re dedicated to providing a stress-free experience, from start to finish.