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Renting Your First Commercial Dumpster? Things To Note

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If you have recently acquired your first commercial space and are getting ready to open your business, one of the finer details you need to think about is waste management. In most cases, commercial property owners find it easiest to rent an onsite dumpster for waste. However, if you've never had to deal with any form of dumpster rental before, you may not be really sure where to start. Here are some of the things that you need to think about.

Where Must The Dumpster Be Placed?

It's important that you think about where the dumpster will go before you choose a unit. You won't really know how large a dumpster you can fit until you know where you are putting it. Most businesses prefer to place dumpsters behind the building or off to the far side of the building so that they are out of the way. This reduces unpleasant odors and makes your customer experience better.

However, you should check with your local town or city to find out if there are any regulations about dumpster placement where you are. For example, some municipal areas require that dumpsters be placed a certain distance away from buildings or mandate that all dumpsters be secured with fences, locks, and adequate signage. Familiarize yourself with the regulations where your building is so that you can choose an installation location that complies.

Finally, when you select the location, you need to choose somewhere that will be easy for the waste management trucks to access. They have to be able to pull up to the dumpster site not only to deliver the dumpster but also to empty it on a regular basis.

How Large A Dumpster Do You Need?

The other major decision you need to make is what size the dumpster should be. You should consider the size of your business and the amount of waste you anticipate when you are making this decision. The larger your business, the more waste you are likely to produce. However, if you have a significant recycling program in place, that may help reduce the size of the dumpster. 

Just remember that you will need to pay for having the dumpster emptied, so choosing a size that allows you to empty it once a week or a couple of times a month saves you money compared to a dumpster that's far too small and must be emptied multiple times a week.

For more information, contact local professionals like those found at Michael's Rolloff Solutions.