4 Key Signs that you’ve Chosen the Right Dumpster Rental Company

So you’re about to get started on a construction, renovation or demolition project but you don’t exactly know where to put all the garbage you’re about to make – we’ve got the perfect solution!

Junk removal is made very simple and easy with the right dumpster rental company to assist. That said, with at least a few different companies to choose from, how do you know you’ve gone with the right one – check out this list of signs to look for. We want you to be confident in the company you choose. Throughout the years, serving customers across the GTA in this space, we found these to be the keys so many of our clients have used. Whether it’s cleaning out the yard, tackling a demolition, beginning a renovation, or taking on a new construction, the right dumpster rental company can make a huge difference in getting rid of waste.

If the dumpster rental company is local

By going with a local dumpster rental company, you’re saving yourself unnecessary transportation fees and a range of other issues that could present themselves. For example, a local company will know the rules and regulations regarding waste removal, recycling, and waste disposal. When it comes to renting a dumpster, a local company that is licensed and insured is the way to go.

Examine how a company disposes of its material

Waste disposal practices and ensuring that local laws are being followed is key to knowing you’re not doing anything wrong. While most of the materials you discard will likely end up in local landfills, some dumpster rental companies may seek to repurpose, recycle, and/or reuse some of the waste. As it pertains to quality of disposal, a dumpster rental company should be able to confidently recommend to you an appropriate size and type of dumpster required.

Pricing should be clearly understood

No hidden fees, pricing should always be clearly stated and easy to understand. Companies that are going to charge by weight and/or who are not able to provide you a clear answer on cost should be avoided. Considering you do not rent dumpsters regularly, the representative you speak with should not be trying to hide truck mileage fees, hours, or anything similar. Ask about if there are any penalty fees or anything else to keep in mind regarding price.

Defining delivery and pick-up

The right dumpster rental company will be able to provide an exact time for delivery and pick-up. Though it’s not always possible, most dumpster rental companies should be able to provide delivery within 24 hours. Always contact the company as far in advance as you can though to ensure you’re clear on the details. Inquire about same-day pick-up and/or if you need to container removed and returned so that you are able to fill it more than once. Be clear about the details of your project and weigh whether the answers being provided are adequate.

Core Mini Bins is a high quality dumpster rental company, serving Toronto and the GTA for more than 25 years. For every project, we’ve got a dumpster rental that can handle it. We’re no strangers to jobs no matter how big or small. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today to find out more information on how we can provide you with safe, efficient waste removal.

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To Build the Perfect Home Lawn, here’s what you need to Know

There’s a lot that goes into soil preparation when it comes to building a successful home lawn. How well the soil and site are prepped for the installation of a home lawn plays a key role into how well a lawn takes to its surroundings.

The first step to any soil preparation begins with eliminating weeds across the site. Prior to seeding, perennial weeds need to be handled. Among the options homeowners use to keep weeds under control include digging them up by hand or using systemic herbicide. Be it chemical in nature or organic, it is important to follow label directions when applying a weed control product.

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Though some believe weed control to be the sole preparation to installing a lawn, prior to seeding, work the soil. For soils that are not top quality, adding organic matter is required. Consider compose, peat, and quality topsoil. Please note that sand is not a recommended material to improve low quality soil. Adding organic material comes with a wealth of different benefits, not just associated with improving soil structure. With it, there comes micro-organisms that help to absorb nutrients in the soil and that build life. Also, instead of layering organic material on the surface of the soil, mix it. Ideally, lawns should have a minimum of six inches of thoroughly prepared soil.
Soil testing is an aspect of building the perfect lawn that some may skip over but it does warrant attention. By testing the soil when you are planning your lawn project, you can see the oil pH and the nutrients in the soil. If nutrients need to be added or changes made, soil testing in the planning stages can help save money on implementing those modifications. When soil is being prepped, the mixing of fertilizer high in phosphorous is recommended. If a ‘starter fertilizer’ is not available, selecting a ‘balanced fertilizer’ (i.e. rich in balanced nutrients) can be used. Any fertilizer requirements should become evident at the soil testing stage.
Among the final points we want to make when it comes to building the perfect home lawn, identifying the final grade is something that requires discussion. Removing rock and other debris is a necessity. Any construction debris that is allowed to remain in the soil may cause problems down the line, in terms of the grass growing overtop. Any depressions or raised areas should be carefully flattened.
There is definitely an art to building the right lawn that goes beyond the basics of lawn care. Ideally, one wants to complete all of this work when it’s not too wet or dry. That way, the soil will perform the way you expect it to and should not provide much issue.
Invest the time to prepare the soil and site appropriately. By ignoring what it takes to create the perfect lawn, it can lead to an assortment of problems down the line that could very well destroy the look of your property. Remember, before doing any seeding or sodding, always soil test, make any nutrient or soil amendments as needed, ensure there is uniformity to the subsoil, and complete final grading. By following through on these steps, you set yourself up for success and maximize the opportunities on your property to have the best lawn possible.

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Top 5 Mistakes made when Building a Gravel Driveway

More Canadian driveways than ever before are being filled with gravel as an effective, stable material. The benefits of building a gravel driveway are well-established. They’re more affordable than a paved driveway and have an equal lifespan.

As a material, gravel may be particularly attractive especially if you don’t mind the upkeep and maintenance required. Before beginning your build though, we recommend taking a quick browse through these common mistakes that others have made when planning and construction their gravel driveway.

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Preparing and stripping the ground

Always, always, always prepare the ground before laying any gravel out. Leaving leaves, grass, weeds, or other vegetation across the surface you are dumping on is a hazard waiting to happen. To properly install a gravel driveway, you will need to remove the topsoil and get down to the hard rock underneath. This way, you know you have a solid foundation to build on.

Level the driveway for drainage

A driveway needs to be leveled properly to ensure it drains adequately and does not accumulate water in certain pockets. When a driveway is not draining properly, eroding water will inevitably damage it. In the worst of cases, it may even be left as a mud hole when the silt from below its surface gradually makes its way up. This silt is known to cause gravel to lose friction and weaken. Before long, your gravel driveway will be completely unrecognizable. This is why installing a layer of geotextile fabric between the subsoil and bottom layer of gravel is needed.

Use secure wooden forms or edges

To ensure that the gravel stays on the driveway, during the process of spreading it out, one must use edges or wooden forms to prevent it from overflowing. By not using these edges, the gravel will eventually scatter out, polluting sidewalks, lawns, and the street. Instead of using wooden edges, some have used or concrete. At the end of the day, it’s about keeping the gravel between the borders of where it needs to be.

Compacting base layers

A driveway should be made up of multiple layers of gravel, each compacted as appropriate. When gravel is not being compacted, a driveway loses shape. As a guide, ensure every layer is four inches thick. Build from gravel layers that go from the largest pieces underneath to the smallest pieces on top.

Choosing right size and shape

Using the wrong shape and size of gravel is the easiest way to ensuring that a gravel driveway does not hold. The base layer of gravel requires pieces to be three to four inches in size so that when a vehicle rolls over the driveway, it does not sink. Angular, sharp edges are required for these pieces. Round-edge pieces won’t lock in, unlike those with sharper edges. Meanwhile, the top layer should be comprised of gravel pieces smaller than a golf ball. By pouring out gravel like this, each piece will conveniently fall into place and lock in with those around it to form a foundation that will not sink or shift.

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Why Dumpster Rental Companies emphasize Safety Tips and Tricks so Much More

As one of Toronto and the GTA’s premiere dumpster rental and waste collection companies, we understand the value of safety and security. To customers, this counts for a lot.

In order to bring the best service to our clientele, safety needs to be at the forefront. Dumpsters are heavy and they create an environment where there is increased possibility of someone being hurt or harmed.

There are many safety procedures we have in place to ensure our dumpsters are used correctly. We have also written on a number of safety subjects related to dumpsters and waste collection, informing our customers on how best to proceed when renting from us.

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We strongly advise anyone handling debris to wear the appropriate safety clothing, including gloves, foot protection, eye protection, and tough-material clothes. The last thing we want is personal injury occurring to someone handling a dumpster rental. Any clothing that is worn should prevent the wearer from getting scratched or snagged on something.

With regards to what’s being dumped, if you are unclear on the safety of materials, always consult with your dumpster rental company first. Hazardous waste should never be placed in the dumpster. By doing so, you may be subject to additional charges. It will also contaminate whatever else is in there, resulting in any recyclable materials have to be discarded.

Any dumpster unit should never be loaded beyond the edge of its walls. When it is, we run the risk of seeing falling debris potentially injure those in close proximity. It bears keeping in mind that the dumpster will be moved at the end of one’s rental period and thereby to ensure that anything inside is secure enough to be able to withstand transportation. To this point, one must ensure that any lightweight materials such as cardboard are pinned down by heavier items. Also, if a renter can distribute as evenly as possible the weight of materials in the dumpster, that goes a long way in keeping things secure.

To keep customers safe throughout the dumpster loading process, ensure that it is not positioned nearly electricity lines. If you require having to move the dumpster after we have dropped off the container, do not attempt to do it yourself. We would much rather prefer you calling us and we can provide some different options, instead of seeing a client attempt it alone. Any children or pets should be kept away from the dumpster, and the immediate area should be as cleared and clean as possible.

The weight of the dumpster before it’s even filled also presents its own set of hazards. Installing the dumpster on a concrete floor, for example, may potentially break it as a dumpster is being loaded.

No customer can ever be too safe when it comes to their dumpster. If you have any questions or concerns about safety, be sure to speak with us directly. We would be happy to provide more information on safety processes and what materials are not allowed to be placed inside a dumpster.

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What you Need to Know before Starting a Residential House Demolition

Demolishing a house can be an immensely satisfying experience if you want to clear out a space for something new. The best advice we can give to get going to contact a demolition contractor who is licensed, insured, and who can provide an estimate on cost. A well-written estimate will indicate where the responsibility for what is and where to obtain permits, if any are required. By speaking with a demolition contractor directly, you also have the immediate opportunity to get questions answered and concerns addressed. 

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Next, alongside a demolition contractor, inspect your home for any hazardous materials, lead paint, or asbestos that may be present. Remediation may be an additional step that needs to be taken prior to and during demolition. Identify any materials that can be recycled, re-used, or donated prior to beginning the demolition. Also, be sure to confirm with utility providers that everything is disconnected prior to undergoing a demolition. As demolition is ongoing, you don’t want to find out that gas, water, or electricity is still connected. That presents a major hazard so be sure to have things turned off long before then.

The actual process of demolition can extend for days, depending on what is required of a property. Following the demolition, any and all debris should be removed, ultimately leaving nothing behind. Even a home’s foundation requires removal. If you’re building on the same location and if excavation is required, you may be able to save some money by using a demolition contractor’s equipment to get the job done. With regards to cost for all of this, it varies significantly depending on the needs of a project. This makes it all the more important to procure an estimate.

By choosing an experienced demolition contractor, you should be paired up with contractors who are fully aware of local regulations and who are able to acquire the necessary permits to get the job done. Be sure to ask these questions upfront if the contractor has not already made things clear. If this is the demolition of an older building, you will require an environmental inspection to ensure that there are no hazards present and remediation services may have to be sought out if materials are found.

In some cases, a residential homeowner may find it to be better to deconstruct a property rather than to demolish it. In deconstruction, salvaging the materials is upheld as a higher priority. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as much as 70 percent of a property can be designated for recycling or re-use through a deconstruction. Therefore, it’s something to consider.

It’s always difficult to pare down the basic steps of home demolition because each property is so different from the next. For example, a small bungalow is going to present different challenges and cost than a two-storey property will. Depending on the time of year and the company, how long it will take and the equipment used on the property will also vary.

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What you Can and Cannot Toss in a Dumpster – Rules, guidelines, and more

Though renting a dumpster for a big project can be a huge benefit, there are some guidelines to follow when filling it. These rules and regulations may come from the dumpster rental company, and from local government as well, to ensure that any waste being disposed of adheres to the necessary safety and environmental standards.

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What you’re allowed to throw in a dumpster (the list is long!)

In general, anything non-hazardous is permitted to be disposed of in a dumpster. Wood, furniture, roofing shingles, siding, renovation and construction debris, yard waste, and flooring all fit the bill. As it pertains to furniture, it’s always recommended to check with your dumpster rental company to confirm that you’re not breaking any regulation disposing of items such as mattresses or upholstered furniture. At times, there may be additional fees involved so always inquire!

Are appliances and electronics permitted – yes! …with some restrictions

The majority of household appliances and electronics can be disposed of in a dumpster. Refrigerators, AC units, washers, and dryers are all permitted. That said, any fluids or components that could be deemed as hazardous should be removed. When it comes to electronics, if these are of a high quantity such as from an office building, you may be required to dispose of them by other means. To this point, you may see additional fees from a rental company so always confirm before proceeding with any sort of electronics waste dumpster disposal.

Construction and renovation debris is a little trickier

When it comes to brick, stone, concrete, asphalt, and other forms of construction debris, weight is a concern in addition to the damage that can be caused when tossing it in. There may be weight limits on a dumpster rental so it’s best to check. With regards to roofing materials and shingles, there can also sometimes be a fee to disposing of these items. Any drywall, wooden materials, and general construction and renovation debris can be placed in dumpsters without worry.

What am I not allowed to put in a dumpster – here’s the list

The list of what not to put in a dumpster begins with hazardous materials such as wet paint, oil and similar liquids, asbestos, any sealed drums, and tires. Paint, paint thinners, lacquers, or wood stains in a dumpster are an ultimate no-no. Car batteries and dry-cell batteries may potentially leak chemicals and are thereby not allowed in a dumpster. There’s also a long list of household items containing hazardous waste that are not permitted in a dumpster rental. A dumpster rental company may be able to recommend where to drop off hazardous waste items to be properly disposed of.

You won’t fool your rental company

There’s no real way around it. The rules and regulations need to be followed. If you try to get around the rules and put something in your dumpster that is not tolerated by your rental company, you run the risk of being found out and seeing additional charges. The big takeaway from this article should be, even with existing regulations and guidelines from local government, always check with the dumpster rental company prior to committing to renting. They should be able to fill you in on what is and is not allowed in their dumpsters.

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5 Safety Tips on Loading your Dumpster Rental

The safe transportation of a waste bin’s contents is very important, for any dumpster rental company. For clients, staying on time and budget with a dumpster rental is equally important, and sometimes, safety is set aside for these priorities. No matter what the dumpster rental is for, knowing how to safely load a dumpster keeping in mind that it will be in transport is key.

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Contrary to how it may appear, tossing materials into the dumpster without giving additional thought is not ideal. With the following tips, you can safely fill your dumpster in a way that won’t cost more time or money down the line when pick-up arrives.

Knowing about the dumpster door

Most dumpsters come equipped with some sort of gate or door on either end. If you’ve opened this gate to load any materials, in, ensure that it is closed properly before you send the dumpster off for transportation. Should the door open as it’s being loaded or in transportation, it could create a significant hazard for any person in close proximity.

Don’t dispose of hazardous waste here

Unless it is specified prior to renting the dumpster, disposing of hazardous materials in a waste bin is not permitted. By definition, this may include any cleansers, pesticides, paints, or solvents used in the household. This also applies to the throwing out of batteries and tech devices. By keeping hazardous waste out of your dumpster, we can keep the environment safer for everybody.

Deny the temptation to overfill it

Renting the proper size dumpster is a must and it’s for this very reason. Filling a dumpster is not an opportunity to create the perfect mountain. Waste should never rise past the top edge of the wall. If it does, it’s going to create a dangerous situation come time when it needs to be moved.

By piling garbage over its limited, a renter also may find waste rolling over back onto their property and/or onto streets and walkways. In many regions, moving an overfilled dumpster is illegal and most dumpster rental companies will refuse to transport a dumpster that is overflowing with waste.

Weight equally distributed

Weight should be as equally distributed as is possible. We recognize this is more difficult in some cases. Doing your best to ensure that the majority of the weight is not all on one side though goes a long way in keeping the dumpster safe for loading. When throwing away heavy objects, such as couches or big pieces of renovation waste, it’s something to be aware of.

Keeping lightweight objects underneath heavier items

When you’re filling your dumpster and you’re keeping in mind how to distribute items to make the most of the space, think about where you want to place lightweight items.

Paper, Styrofoam, cardboard, and other lightweight materials can easily be blown from the back of a dumpster in transportation. It’s imperative lightweight objects and items are pinned down by heavier items. Do what you can to reduce the risk of things flying around while being transported.

Maximize safety throughout your project by following these steps when filling your dumpster. By loading the dumpster using these safety tips, you won’t have to spend time redistributing the weight and/or sorting through materials to remove dangerous items.

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