6 guidelines for trash removal etiquette

6 guidelines for trash removal etiquette

Being the son of a trash man and eventually becoming an owner of my own company, I've heard and seen just about everything you can imagine when it comes to trash disposal etiquette. Believe it or not, there’s a right way to go about hiring a garbage removal and hauling service that will benefit you and the company you’re hiring.

Here are some basic guidelines for successfully ordering a dumpster that's the right size and for the right price.

1. Make a list of local haulers in your area. 

The closer we are to the job, the better we can do on the price. Trucks this size only average five to six miles to the gallon!

2. Be prepared to answer questions. 

As a hauler, I like to get an idea as to what type of job you'll be doing. Containers are dumped by weight and/or commodity. I may be able to save you money. Ideally, the person doing the work should be the one to place the order.

3. Read your service agreement.

Know exactly what the terms and conditions are. Dumpsters are rented for a certain amount of time. A company won’t come automatically get the container, so don't call a month later and then refuse to pay rental.

4. Order a few days ahead. 

You can't call 15 minutes in advance and hope to get your service on time. During our busy season we are normally booked two to three days ahead, which means other customers who planned ahead may be delayed because you have an "emergency" like failing to plan ahead.

5.  Avoid companies that weigh their own containers. 

We provide a copy of your weight slip so you can see that it was overweight. Also, just because it isn’t full doesn't mean it's not overweight. It's the difference between a dumpster that’s full of feathers and one that’s half full of concrete.

6. Pay your overages promptly. 

We have to cover the cost until we are reimbursed by the customer for overages. It's not fair that the next customer has to pay more because the last customer didn't pay at all.

About this Angie’s List Expert: Frank Macera is the owner of M & M Disposal, providing garbage removal and hauling services in Providence, R.I. Since 199, M & M Disposal has specialized in totes, containers, roll-off dumpsters, regular on call service, home cleanouts and small demolition work.

As of February 6, 2014, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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