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Giving Your Dumpster Rental a Proper Send Off!

Dumpster Pick Up Day

Picture this, you already ordered your dumpster rental, it was delivered, and you finally got all of your trash in there. So what now? You want to give that dumpster a proper goodbye and get it off your property so you can enjoy the fruits of you labor. In this post, we will go over all the steps, big or small, in order to give that dumpster a proper goodbye and prevent any issues from arising.

Confirm the Dumpster Pick Up Time

First things first, in order to get that dumpster out of your driveway, it's important to call the rental company ahead of time and confirm that you are ready for pickup. By letting the dumpster company know you're ready for pick up, not only do you have a confirmation on what day you'll have a pick up, but you also won't get caught off guard and you'll have time to prepare.

Double Check there are No Prohibited Items In the Dumpster

Even after you send that dumpster off for good, the dumpster and your trash don't end their journey, they get sent off to a landfill where the contents are examined not only on weight but also to see if there are any prohibited items. If there are any hazardous items, the land fill facility will detect it and fine the rental company who passes that onto you. In order to prevent any extra fees after pickup, make sure to double check the contents of the dumpster just to make sure that there's nothing in there that shouldn't be in there.

You don't have to take everything out and check each one individually, just think about what you threw out and even look over the dumpster to catch anything fishy. If you haven't had any experience with a dumpster previously or just are unsure on what items can't go in, you're in luck; we have a guide on what waste you definitely should not throw out in your dumpster rental.

Don't Overfill the Dumpster

When you first get your dumpster rental dropped off, you might notice that inside the roll-off container, there is a line and a warning saying "Do Not Fill Above This Line". Even though this line might seem arbitrary and no one will enforce it, please do not overfill your dumpster, for your own sake.

When the driver comes to pick up the dumpster, they will notice if it's overfilled and will not pick it up. There are two reasons for this, one is a legal reason and one is more procedural. State law prohibits the transportation of overfilled containers due to the possibility of injury or damage to personal property. The other reason is that each roll-off truck carries a tarp used to cover the container to make sure nothing flies off when being transported.

If the dumpster is overfilled, it might run the risk of damaging the tarp, or increasing the risk of injury on the highway if something flies off. When the driver comes to pick up the truck, they will notice if the dumpster is overfilled and refuse to take it. If this happens then the rental company might fine you for violating the terms of the service and essentially wasting their time. Make sure to either pack the dumpster more efficiently or remove some waste, check out our guide to maximize the space in your dumpster.

Do Not Block The Dumpster

This last seemingly small tip is actually really important. Roll-off trucks are noticeably bigger than regular cars, and depending on the size of the dumpster rental, require a extra room to successfully pick up the container. By blocking in the dumpster, the driver cannot get access to pick up the dumpster itself, so they will either ask you to move the obstructions, or if you're not present, will just leave and fine you for wasting time.

As mentioned before, having clear access to pickup the dumpster not only makes the drivers job easier, but also prevents you from incurring any unnecessary fines. On the scheduled pick up day, make sure there are no obstacles like cars blocking accessibility to the dumpster, and make sure there aren't any other objects near the sides of the dumpster to prevent any damage to your property.

Take these tips into account before giving your dumpster rental a proper send off in order to avoid any unnecessary fees, delays and headaches!


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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