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  • Writer's pictureMarcin Madetko

Getting Ready for Your Dumpster Drop Off

Updated: Sep 10, 2021

Picture this, you have a project that you're working on, maybe home remodeling, cleaning the garage or even yard cleaning. You have everything set up, materials are ready, you know the game plan, but you don't know what to do with the waste.

You shop around and call different dumpster rental companies and you find and order a dumpster for your project. Now what?

Now its time to get ready for when they drop that dumpster off on your driveway. Planning is key to make sure you have a successful experience by getting rid of all that trash.

In this guide, we will focus on the best actions to take when you're dumpster is ready to be dropped off.

Pick Your Area

The first thing that should come to mind when getting ready for drop off day is where the dumpster will be dropped off. Of course, these dumpsters are considerably large and heavy, so pick your area based on the ground and preference.

Make sure that you keep your dumpster rental on flat, solid ground. Since the container is heavy, make sure to keep it on hard ground such as brick, concrete, or even asphalt. So usually the best place to keep it is your driveway.

Do not place it on your lawn, placing it on your grass might not only damage the grass itself, but also the ground underneath.

Don't worry about any damage to your driveway, the driver will drop boards on the surface before placing the dumpster on the area. If you are extra cautious, then you can add a few more boards in between the ones placed by the driver.

Decide the specific placement

Now you know the general area for placing your dumpster, now you're going to want to decide on how to accommodate the dumpster logistically. You have to think about the other cars in the driveway and where you are transporting the waste from. For instance, you don't want the dumpster to block cars from coming in or leaving the driveway, so we wouldn't place it in the front.

Usually, people place their dumpster as close to their house to prevent wasting space for parking, prevent blocking cars in, and to keep close to the project site. There was a client who was throwing away the shingles from their roof, so they asked to place the dumpster close to the house so they can save a trip and just throw it into the bin.

Clear the Space

We have to remember that even though the dumpsters themselves will only reach about 8 feet high depending on which size you choose, the dumpster on the truck will make that even higher. So if you have any electric wires or tree branches over the desired area, make sure to cut the branches and check the clearance on the wire.

Make sure to take your cars off the driveway to prevent any damages from placement, and then repark if there is free space.

Placing on the Street

If you don't have any way to place it on your driveway or anywhere on your property, then dropping it on the street might be a better option. Before you order, check with your municipal government or home owners association to see if you're allowed to keep a dumpster on the street, and if you need a permit. If you're allowed to place the dumpster by the street, then make sure to let your vendor know before hand.


Here at TrashBox, our goal is to help relieve the stress of your garbage disposal needs, whether you're cleaning out your garage or renovating your house. We are here to answer any of your concerns and deliver your dumpster in a timely and safe manner.

We offer services across the Chicagoland area, such as Orland Park, Bolingbrook, Palatine, and even Hammond Indiana.

Call us at (630)-450-3960 and our team will guide you on what dumpster is best fit for your project!

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