There are a number of reasons why you might want to rent a dumpster. If you’re getting ready to move and you have a lot of junk to get rid of, your regular trash bin may not be able to keep up with the task at hand. Especially if it gets picked up once a week and you’re on a tight timeframe. Another reason you may need to rent a dumpster is if you hire a contractor for a remodeling job or a new roof. Most contractors will have a dumpster rental company they work with on a regular basis, but if you’re hiring a person who just does odd jobs on the side, they may want you to contract your own dumpster—which is actually less expensive for you because they price of the rental won’t be marked up by the contractor.

Whatever your dumpster need, Bay Disposal & Recycling has a variety of sizes available for small, medium, and large jobs. Not sure what size to get? Our knowledgeable staff is happy to help. However, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind while you have the dumpster on your property:

Don’t dump hazardous waste– Each city in Hampton Roads has its own rules and regulations as to what can safely go to a dump versus what needs to be disposed of in a different manner. For the most part, hazardous materials include: automotive fluids of any kind (including gasoline and/or motor oil), household cleaning chemicals, batteries, old paint cans, fluorescent light bulbs, and tires, to name a few. Check with your city to see what’s on their list. If you do dump any of these and you get caught, you may need to pay a hefty fine.

Don’t block yourself in (or out)– Before your dumpster gets delivered, assess the area in which you may want it to go. Be sure you don’t block a door you’ll need to get in and out of, don’t block the straightest path from your work site(s) to the dumpster, and be sure the dumpster’s placement won’t block your vision of oncoming pedestrians or traffic when you’re pulling your car out of your driveway. If you’re considering having the dumpster parked in the street, check with your municipality to see if it’s okay. In most cases, it’ll need to be removed within 24 hours.

Don’t put the dumpster on soft ground. If you have a septic tank, irrigation system, or sprinkler heads, you’ll definitely want to keep your dumpster off those