California trash & recycling
When a customer calls, the first thing we do is ask what city the dumpster is being requested to be delivered to. We ask this first because over half the cities in Los Angeles county have been set up where one trash company has a monopoly. In those cities, we cannot do business, otherwise our dumpster would be impounded and we would loose out on lots of fees and you wouldn't be able to use your dumpster. I can do a whole blog post on why cities make these deals with a trash company, but I think for legal reasons, I'm going to have to "Let it go". If you are interested to find out if we can work with you, before calling us, I did create a "Service Area" map using a tool google made to make shaded areas. If you click on the top right box, it will open up a new window and just enter your address on the top left, click the search icon(maginfying glass) right next to it, and your address should pop up on the map. If it's shaded with brown, you are in an area where you can temporarily use our dumpster service. If it's blue and you own or manage a business in that area, we can also provide weekly trash service to your business.
Next question is what dumpster size you would like. We have the 3 cubic yard brown dumpsters that most people rent, but we do have large rolloffs for different types of projects as well.
The 10yd rolloff is for dirt, brick, rock, concrete, or asphalt. It's made smaller and stronger for those types of materials and if you fill those up to the sides, they should be just about 10 tons which is the very limit are trucks can haul. We ask you please do not mound over the top or we won't be able to take the container to the dump until it's unloaded. No one like to handle materials twice. There are 20 cubic yard roll offs for heavier construction jobs. If you have a job that will have a good amount of plaster, drywall, or roofing materials, this is the one for you.
Now our most popular roll-off to rent out is a 40 cubic yard. It's the biggest and is the same price as the 20. It's made for general cleanups like, cleaning out a house or backyard, maybe for tree trimming or big yard waste cleanups, or even construction jobs where it's gonna be mostly wood and not too much of the heavy materials.
If you are not sure what size you need we are more than happy to talk you through the prices and what would be best fit for you.
Question #3 what types of material are you throwing away. The two reasons we ask this is because we want to be able to recommend the right size dumpster for you if the materials are going to be heavy. The second reason is because if you say construction, we need to know if it needs to be recycled for a permitted construction or demolition project. If you are not sure if you need this, please look closely over your building permit or talk to your contractor. They should, SHOULD, know what we are talking about. Nowadays, cities want most construction jobs to recycle anywhere between 50% to 75% of the materials coming out of that project and if it's not taken to the right place before your job is done, there may be a huge price to pay. If you need to have the materials recycled, there will usually be a bond put up, basically promising that you will have the materials recycled, and if you don't, you won't be getting that money back. It could be in the 10s of thousands. So please be sure to check on that because it doesn't happen often, but when a customer calls and asks where we took their C&D materials, and they didn't tell us it needed to be recycled, we are giving them some pretty bad news.
Once all those questions are handled, we let you know all the things that are illegal to be dumped into our bins like hazardous waste, tire, electronics. All the stuff that California over the years has deemed irresponsible to put into a landfill. Then we take the rest of your information to schedule the job and hope things go well and you work safe during the cleanup.
I guess we can just go over the pickup part right now too. So our brown 3yd dumpster is rented for 7 days. If you don't call us, we will come out after that 7th day and pick it up when it is more convenient or close to a new job for us. The other option is you may call us as soon as you have filled the dumpster up and we will come out to you ASAP to pick it up. We are usually able to get you the next day, but we have had circumstances where we were just too busy for next day pickup.
The major thing we also go over before the order is placed/scheduled, is that the dumpster can not be filled over the top. That means it needs to be filled up to the sides of the walls and be filled level straight across to the other side. And on our 3yd brown bins, the lids need to be closed completely. A major concern for us is something falling off or out of the dumpster when we are transporting it. We would all hate to be the person driving down the freeway, then all the sudden