The amount of debris and refuse you can fit in your dumpster will rely heavily on how you fill it. While most waste removal companies will provide an estimated capacity for each container, this will mean less if you do not fully utilize the interior space. The following tips will help you fill your dumpster efficiently so that you can take advantage of its maximum capacity.
- Break Down Items As Much As You Can
Break down anything you can. Make sure items are in their smallest, most compact form before placing in the dumpster. This will ensure optimum space usage and reduce the chances of hidden gaps that will cost you capacity.
- Place Flimsy Materials at the Bottom
If you are throwing away flimsy materials like foam, fabric, or cardboard, use these to line the bottom. These objects will compress as more weight is added on top, which means they will take up even less space. Foam sheets and cardboard can be crushed, so it makes minimal difference in height when stacking refuse.
- Fill Bulkier Objects First
Next, you can add bulkier objects. These need the most room, so they should be placed first. Arrange contents so that everything is as close together as possible. Anything with flat sides or objects that can fit inside others should be placed accordingly.
- Use Smaller Debris to Fill in Gaps
Some larger objects are oddly shaped, which means there may be pockets of open space created. Find smaller debris to fill in these areas. Once filed, you can start adding to any open spaces surrounding bulky objects or along the walls of your dumpster. Try to fill in as much as you can horizontally before building up.
- Monitor Progress and Watch for Openings
Make a point to stop and check progress every now and again. This will provide you an opportunity to look for any open gaps you may have missed or spots that could be better arranged. By methodically adding more and more refuse, you can fill your dumpster to its maximum capacity.
Contact Priority Waste today to learn more about the best ways to fill a dumpster.