measured in tons
and yards. Disposal companies charge a flat fee to haul it, as
it doesn't go overwieght. You're charged extra if it's too heavy,
as a guy once told my brother, "They don't respect you unless you
He lined the edges of his fifteen yard dumpster with
junked doors, like cucumbers around a small salad bowl.
This guy wasn't
a contractor- professionals know that disposal can
wreck your margins, especially on small jobs where the cost of hauling
might equal time and materials.
opportunites for ferreting away small amounts of extra
trash on the site. It can be set out on the curb along with
garbage, as long as it's in white Hefty kitchen bags. If there's
excavation going on, refuse can be buried, but countertops and
refridgerators are bouyant in soil, and the old kitchen will eventually
start poking through the backyard turf. Refuse can sometimes be
in concrete, too, but murder will out when the foundation gives way,
revealing errant plywood and paint rags. In general, any large
of construction debris needs to be disposed of in a dumpster.
this, contrators with heavy or hazardous waste will keep
an eye out for new construction sites in the area, looking for an
unsupervised dumpster to abuse. It's fun, a reverse theft that
the disposal burden directly onto the competition. In New York
where rates are high, an open dumpster needs to be filled the same day
it's set out. Otherwise, someone else will top it off overnight,
wet cement or sprung razor wire.
someone else your trash can get you rebar'd in the big
city, if you're caught in the act, but pirating dumpsters can be
dangerous in small towns, too, especially if you're disposing of
anything distinctive like mixed paint. Contractors will go out of
their way to match colors, and homeowners can get in real trouble if
they try it. A good contractor packs a dumpster like a chinese
box, maximizing the space and eliminating any gaps. Other
garbage sticks out, and builders will open bags looking for utility
bills or junk mail. The most restrained response is to return all
garbage to the address listed through the mail slot.
doing a lot of excavation or demolishing masonry, a
"dirt dumpster" is a good idea. It's a regular box, but it can
contracturally accept a lot more weight, usually about ten times more
than a standard can of the same dimensions. However, it can only
filled with dirt, masonry, and sometimes roofing materials. If
a stray 2X4 or a soda bottle at the bottom, they can treat the entire
load as standard refuse, putting you fifteen or twenty tons
overweight. It's in these situations that you need to be sure
got a secure worksite.
materials can't be thrown into regular dumpsters,
either. If you don't want to pay for hazmat disposal, you've got
conceal your poison; mix gasoline with broken plaster, or pour off
thinner into old coffee cups. We haven't had a toilet on the site
recently, which is a code violation. Instead, I've been saving
from Dunkin' Doughnuts. For every 16 oz. I drink, I return about
oz. to the cup. This works well, even with the transparent iced
cups, as long as you leave a little in the bottom to give it the right
color. Gaitoraide bottles work, too. A few
weeks ago, a guy pulled
up in a van at our site and asked if he could go into our dumpster for
salvage metal. I said that he could, and left for lunch. It
occur to me to warn him.