Believe it or not, there is such a thing as illegal dumping. Some rental dumpsters are not for public use, and many people don’t know that. But there are also some who don’t care to follow the rules and still choose to dump their trash illegally. However, this does not mean you can’t do things to prevent or discourage them. Here’s how to keep people from using your rented dumpster.
Location matters in real estate, and it matters with dumpster rentals too. A dumpster rental on the sidewalk will not receive the same respect as a dumpster rental in a driveway. Where you place it will encourage others to refrain from using your rental.
Consider placing the rental on private property instead of a public street. They won’t want to come onto the property just to dispose of their trash. Before locating the container in your driveway, one question to ask your dumpster rental company is how you can protect your driveway from scrapes and scuffs.
Tarps and Bungee Cords
Tarps and bungee cords are your friend when it comes to dumpster rentals. They help to keep the container safe from being overloaded. If there is not a clear opening for people to dump their trash, they will look for alternative places.
Place a tarp on top of the container, and make it extra secure by placing three to four bungee cords across the top. Snap them in place and the ends of the dumpster to ensure people won’t lift them and dump their garbage anyway.
Light It Up
Exposed lighting around a dumpster scares people from using it. Think of it this way: homeowners install automatic flood lights on their property to scare thieves and prevent them from entering the premises. Lights around the container will do the same thing.
Illumination gives the illusion that someone is always watching, and people don’t want to deal with the repercussions of illegal dumping. Try to place the container underneath a light on your property or add lights on the exterior.
Proper signage goes a long way. A warning sign informing people that the dumpster is on private property could discourage them from throwing away their trash there. Even including a sign alluding to cameras and extra security around the container can help.
Place a sign at the front, rear, and two sides of the dumpster. Make sure the signage is visible and sturdy. Choosing more official signs will give the impression that the warnings are legitimate.
Your rented dumpster is solely for you—not a gift for the neighborhood. Plus, you don’t want to run the risk of paying an overage fee because people walking by were reckless. Keep others from using your dumpster and avoid unnecessary costs.