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Filling a dumpster? Whether you're moving, cleaning up after construction, or renovating, having a dumpster to toss your junk into is ideal, but with anything, takes a little finesse.


Don't worry, it's nothing major, and it certainly isn't some special art that must be perfected. However, there are a few best practices just so everyone involved can remain safe, and you can get the most out of your dumpster-filling experience!


Without further ado, here are our best dumpster filling tips for you:


1) Don't overload the dumpster! – This is bar-none tip numero uno. Yes, it can be super easy to max out a dumpster to get all that junk out of your space. But in reality, an over-filled dumpster is dangerous for transportation, and you may actually end up paying more in fees. Be realistic about what you'll need in a dumpster size-wise.


2) Remember: Household debris needs separate containers – Dirt, concrete, or yard waste are technically organic matter, so they need their own container. Plan ahead for those needs separately.


3) Appliances are not allowed - This includes your stove, your dishwasher, hot water heater, and even your old greasy oven. No sorts of appliances can be mixed in with your everyday junk.


4) Don't throw hazardous chemicals in there - Simply put, it endangers the crew, pollutes the environment and can even cause an explosion under the right (or rather, wrong) circumstances. DSWA is happy to accept these chemicals from you (and most of the time they do it for free!).

5) Latch everything when it's done and ready - When all is said and done, latch-up the back door so that the crew knows it's all ready to go, otherwise they won't be able to take it.


6) Have payment ready at delivery - Many people think payment is due at pick up, but it's actually due at delivery. Plus, it makes for a quick and easy pick up on your pick up date.

7) Know where additional fees can/will be applied - We don't expect you to know exactly what can and cannot go in the dumpster or the exact tonnage of your junk. That said, additional effort does require additional fees, so you'll want to know when/where those will be applied:

• When the dumpster is overweight, or the rental runs longer then the 10 day period 

• When the dumpster is filled over the top edge

• When the dumpster can't be picked up for any reason (car is blocking it, it's over-filled, etc.)​

• If we incur and fees or fines from illegal materials in the dumpsters

Otherwise, that's it! Upon booking your dumpster rental dates, there will be a confirmation message with everything you need to know regarding filling your dumpster, but if you ever have questions, we encourage you to ask! We'd be more than happy to help!


Happy filling!

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