Tips For Siting A Dumpster At Your Home

Posted on: 25 April 2016


Whether you are renting a dumpster for simple decluttering or because of an in depth renovation project, finding the best location for it can be a challenge. You will need to site the dumpster in a location that is easy to access for both you and the rental company, while also ensuring it doesn't ruin your landscaping or become a neighborhood nuisance. The following tips can help you find the perfect site.

Tip #1: Check out your paved options

The driveway is the best location for a dumpster, since it is reasonably level, off the street, and easily accessible. If you don't have an available driveway, the next best option is a patio or similar paved area near the home. A gravel area, such as a gravel parking spot or patio area, can also provide a good spot as long as it is easily accessible for the dumpster rental company.

Tip #2: Protect your landscape

If the only suitable place is the yard, you will likely have a dead spot in your lawn. Fortunately, the lawn may recover if the dumpster is only going to be in use for a short period of time, such as less than a week. If you will be using the dumpster for a longer period, remove any perennial plants from the area so they won't be trampled or damaged when the dumpster is emptied. After you are done with the dumpster, you can dig up the dead lawn and replace it with new sod, just make sure that you budget for this eventuality.

Tip #3: Check into permits

Usually the rental company will let you know if you need any permits from your city or county to site a dumpster on your property, but it is still a good idea to follow up on your own. If you have a Homeowners Association (HOA), it is also a good idea to check with them for any rules on dumpster rentals. The HOA may require dumpsters to be kept to a certain size or only placed in a certain area for a limited time period.

Tip #4: Use the street safely

If you must site the dumpster on the street, make sure it has a locking lid on it and verify with the city or HOA that there are no safety regulations that must be followed. For example, you may be required to rent a temporary fence to enclose the dumpster, or there may be safety barrier rules to follow. Your dumpster rental company should be able to help you secure any other items you need for ensuring the dumpster meets legal standards. Contact a business, such as TCM Sweeping and Disposal, for more information.