How to Prepare for a Roll-Off Dumpster

dumpster Box Brothers DenverIf you are unsure of how to prepare for a roll-off dumpster, we have the solution. Box Brothers Roll-Off Services, serving all of metro Denver, has been offering recycling and waste removal services to both residential and commercial clients for over a decade. We know exactly how our clients should prepare their property to receive a dumpster.

Usually, homeowners rent a dumpster because they are trying to improve their home, either by doing a big clear-out, landscaping or interior remodeling. However, if you don’t take the right precautions, a roll-off dumpster can actually be problematic for your property. Read our tips on how to prepare for your dumpster and avoid unwanted issues.

Choose Your Surface

A roll-off dumpster is made of metal and can cause damage to delicate surfaces, so if at all possible, you don’t want to place a dumpster on top of a driveway of ornate brickwork. If placed directly on grass or another soft surface, the dumpster could sink a few inches. Ultimately, a concrete surface is an optimum location for placement of your dumpster rental. Even asphalt runs the risk of suffering an impression or dent from the weight of the dumpster.


When placed on a concrete surface, it’s not guaranteed that the dumpster will not leave marks, dents or cracks. To reduce the probability of this happening, your best option is to lay down plywood over the surface. This is especially important if you are forced to place the dumpster on a surface like a lawn. Plywood will help reduce the pressure placed on the surface below and distribute the weight of the dumpster and its contents more evenly.

Make a Clear Path

Before deciding on the location for your dumpster rental, visualize the path between the worksite and the dumpster. If there are vehicles or landscaping features obstructing this path, they may be at risk of damage. Make sure there is a clear path for workers to safely transfer materials to the dumpster, well away from the edges of buildings and other obstacles.

Watch the Weight

The heavier your dumpster is, the more likely it is to cause issues with the surface below. If you are planning on filling the dumpster with mostly dense, heavy materials then you should take extra precautions. Placing plywood or a concrete slab between the dumpster and the surface you are trying to protect can help. Also try to evenly distribute the weightier objects and materials, so that one end of the dumpster is not heavier than the other.

Knowing how to prepare for a roll-off dumpster can prevent stress on the day of its arrival. Taking these precautions will minimize the risk of damage to your home or a client’s property and allow you to take full advantage of the dumpster rental. For further information on preparing your home or worksite for a roll-off dumpster, and to get a quote, contact Box Brothers Roll-Off Services in Denver. Our friendly customer service team will answer all of your questions and send a dumpster out for your next project.

Great Reasons to Rent a Roll-Off Dumpster

Box Brothers family Box Brothers DenverHere at Box Brothers Roll-Off Services in Denver, we can suggest a few great reasons to rent a roll-off dumpster that you may not have considered before. Renting a dumpster is an affordable and convenient way to get rid of garden debris, construction waste, and unwanted furniture. Throughout our lifetime, we will all generate quite a large amount of trash. However, there are certain events and that produce enough waste to warrant a dumpster rental. For those moments, you can count on us.

Spring Cleaning

A successful spring cleaning requires an easily accessible place to dump all the old, broken and useless items that have been progressively cluttering up your home for years. As you go through each room, you can quickly get rid of the unwanted stuff and reorganize your newly tidy home. Without an easy place to dump the clutter, you run the risk of simply moving it around the house and filling up your attic or garage with bits and pieces you will never use.

Repurposing a Room

Big events such as a new baby, or an older child moving out to attend college often inspire a room renovation. Converting a home office into a nursery, or a bedroom into a gym is a challenging DIY project and one of many reasons to rent a roll-off dumpster. Leftover flooring, tiles, drywall and interior fixtures can be safely disposed of in the rental dumpster. You can even request the dumpster company recycle certain materials, such as concrete and wood.

Storm Clean-Up

Extreme weather events are becoming even more common across the country. A severe storm can bring strong winds, torrential rainfall, flooding and even landslides. Fallen trees, roof destruction, and flood damage can create vast amounts of waste material. Renting a dumpster allows you to remove organic material and human-made waste from your property at your own pace.

Unusual Materials

Standard garbage collection services have a long list of items and materials that they will refuse to take. Often, home renovation materials such as bricks, leftover cement, and certain metals are on that list. If you find yourself stuck with some unusual materials, it may be difficult and messy to transport them to a dump by yourself. This also makes our list of reasons to rent a roll-off dumpster. Just remember that rental dumpsters are not suitable for the disposal of liquid paint, bio-hazardous material, fuels, electronic waste or batteries. Be sure to check with us if you have any questions on that matter.

For any occasion or project that produces bulky waste materials, a rental dumpster can make life a lot easier. Today’s list are just some of the many reasons to rent a roll-off dumpster. At Box Brothers Roll-Off Services, we pride ourselves in offering the best customer service and unbeatable convenience for any domestic junk removal or trash collection. We can provide same day or next business day dumpster delivery throughout the metro Denver area. Call us today for information on dumpster sizes or to request an upfront quote with absolutely no hidden charges.

Dumpster Rental Safety in Winter

Dumpster Rental Safety in Winter Box Brothers Roll-Off Denver, COThe experts at Box Brothers Roll-Off Services in Denver have put together a quick guide to dumpster rental safety in winter. Each season presents different advantages and challenges when it comes to construction, remodeling, and landscaping. So before scheduling your dumpster, it’s important to take the following considerations into account and ensure that you’re fully prepared for the project.

If you are organizing a winter DIY project that will generate a lot of waste material, it is best to plan out exactly how you will dispose of it. Roll-off dumpsters can be used year-round and are the perfect solution for household waste created by home clear-outs, moving, demolition and renovations.

Follow this guide to make the most of your rental dumpster during the winter season.

Protect the Dumpster

For proper dumpster rental safety in winter, it’s always a good idea to keep your dumpster covered when not in use, especially overnight. A tarp held down with bungee cords works just fine. This will deter dumpster trespassers, including animals (who could get stuck) as well as vagrants. Keeping the dumpster covered will also help prevent snow from getting inside. Snow can quickly build up inside a dumpster, preventing you from being able to fill it efficiently and increasing the weight substantially.

Plow the Surrounding Area

Keep the area around the dumpster free from snow. Whether it is in your driveway, on a construction site or a public street, it is your responsibility to maintain easy access to the dumpster site for delivery and pick up. Plowing or shoveling the snow daily will prevent build-up and make it easier, as well as safer, for you or your workers to access the dumpster rental and fill it.

Prevent Ice

Once the snow has been cleared, it is a good idea to spread rock salt on the ground to stop ice from forming in the cleared areas. Construction debris is often bulky, with sharp edges or exposed nails and can be awkward to carry. A slippery surface is a hazard for anyone moving materials. To avoid accidents, keep the path between the work site and your roll-off dumpster completely clear and free from ice. Sand or kitty litter can be used in a pinch for quick ice removal.

Protect Yourself from the Elements

When working outdoors in cold weather, wrap up with appropriate warm, waterproof clothing and sturdy work boots. Hauling debris to your dumpster can cause you to sweat, so wear a bottom layer that wicks away moisture from your body. Take regular breaks to warm up inside with a hot drink. And don’t be afraid to ask for help from a friend or hire a professional if the job is too big for one person.

For more advice on dumpster rental safety in winter, contact Box Brothers Roll-Off Services. We have been providing Denver residents with a safe, cost-effective way to dump their unwanted debris for over ten years. We can coordinate to deliver and pick up the rental dumpster according to your schedule.

What to Do with Renovation Debris

What to Do with Renovation Debris Box Brothers DenverMaking improvements on your home is exciting, but trying to figure out what to do with renovation debris can be a pain. Box Brothers Roll-Off Services in Denver has the solution. We can help you find the best waste disposal option for your situation. Depending on the type of debris generated, the quantity, and your budget, we can suggest a number of different waste disposal methods.

Donate What You Can

Home renovations can generate a lot of waste materials, but some of the items you are throwing out may still be usable. Old but intact furniture, mismatched light fixtures and kitchen cabinets can all be given a second life by organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. Bring any suitable items to your nearest drop-off center for household goods and building materials. Not only can you help the environment by reducing waste, but your unwanted things can be reused by people that need them.

DIY the Small Stuff

If you are tackling a smaller project or getting the family involved in a spring-cleaning effort, you may be planning to handle the waste disposal by yourself. You’ll first want to make sure you have the means to transfer your debris without damaging your vehicle. You may also need to separate the materials according to categories like old appliances, organic materials, scrap metal, copper and computer parts. It may take some research and planning, perhaps multiple trips, so be sure to weigh these factors against potentially renting a roll-off dumpster.

Garbage Collection Service

Your regular garbage collection service may offer an additional service for bulk waste removal upon request. Check to see if they accept the type of materials you have, and how much they charge. Usually, they will price the service by weight. Some companies specialize in bulk waste removal and will haul away trash. Unlike roll-off rentals that can be left at a location, trash haulers typically require everything to be ready to go on one day, and they’ll charge more to make multiple trips throughout your project.

Roll Off Dumpster

Probably the most convenient option for homeowners wondering what to do with renovation debris is to rent a roll-off dumpster which can be dropped off and picked up when you are ready. All you have to do is fill it. You can rent a dumpster for the period necessary to complete your project, so the work will still be done at your own pace. There are some restrictions on the type of waste you can put in the rental dumpster, such as toxic chemicals and electronic waste, but for the most part, this is the easiest way to get rid of all those bulky items that are inconvenient to transport yourself.

If you are still unsure what to do with renovation debris, don’t despair. Box Brothers Roll-Off Services has been helping Denver residents safely and affordably dispose of their bulky waste for over ten years. Whether you are moving homes, landscaping your garden, renovating part of your home or just doing a general clear out, we can help you get rid of the debris with our 12 and 30 cubic yard rental dumpsters.

The Basics of Renting a Dumpster

The Basics of Renting a Dumpster Box Brothers Roll-Off DenverUnsure if a rental dumpster is your best option? Today, the team here at Box Brothers Roll-Off Services in Denver covers the basics of renting a dumpster to hopefully answer any questions you might have and help you make the right decision. Once you choose to go with a roll-off, our affordable dumpster rentals will make getting rid of your unwanted debris quick and easy.

When it comes to the basics of renting a dumpster, there are a few things to consider. Primarily, you need to think about what goes in it, what doesn’t, if you have a secure place for your roll-off and what size fits your requirements. Let’s take a closer look.

  1. When should you rent a dumpster?

Rental dumpsters are useful to have when undertaking DIY projects around the home that will generate large amounts of debris and household waste. Home renovations, renovations and clean-outs can leave you with old and broken furniture, appliances, wood, metal or bricks that need disposal. Landscaping projects may require the removal of trees, gravel or other organic material. Moving homes, especially downsizing, can also reveal a lot of unwanted clothes, toys, and housewares. A rental dumpster can be incredibly helpful in all of these scenarios.

  1. What cannot be put in a rental dumpster?

Certain materials are unsuitable for disposal in a rental dumpster. These include:

  • Electronics, such as computers, TVs, and cell phones
  • Fuels such as diesel, oils, propane tanks, gas equipment
  • Chemicals, such as poisons, pesticides, and paints (dry is fine)
  • Batteries, tires, freon and asbestos
  1. Where should I put the rental dumpster?

To make it easy to move heavy debris into your rental dumpster, you’ll want to place it as near to the work site as possible. Usually, this means in your driveway or yard. However, the roll-off dumpster must be placed on a hard surface, as it may sink into or cause damage to a soft lawn. If this is not feasible, your next option is to keep your dumpster on the street which will require a permit first – so please make sure you have things situated before we deliver your roll-off rental.

  1. How big are rental dumpsters?

To keep things simple and streamlined, we offer two sizes of rental dumpsters suitable for most projects. The small provides 12 cubic yards at 4′ high x 7′ wide x 12′ long. Our large roll-off is 30 cubic yards, or 6′ high x 7′ wide x 22′ long. If you are unsure about which size dumpster you require, our team will be happy to help you choose the right size for your specific needs.

Now that you know the basics of renting a dumpster, the only thing left to do is contact the team at Box Brothers Roll-Off Services to request a quick quote. With over a decade of experience in renting dumpsters across the Denver metro area, for both residential and commercial use, you can trust us to provide quality services at the best possible price.

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.