Knowing 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.