There used to be a time before dumpsters and waste collection when trash was tossed all around and left out to build up in communities. Eventually, this led to the creation of sanitation departments which were formed to keep the streets clean. Sanitation departments turned out to be effective but not efficient. Collecting large amounts of waste was not easy and required horse-drawn carts and many men to complete the large task. When Ford developed the Model T, it was used to pick up waste instead of horses; even so, it was still a very time-consuming assignment.
A Knoxville, Tennessee mayor, named George Roby Dempster owned a construction business which gave him first-hand experience with the challenges of hauling waste. He applied his knowledge of machinery to develop a more efficient solution for the worldwide waste issue. The Dempster Dumpster was introduced to the world in 1935 and became the first large-scale container used to collect and remove garbage. The dumpster was made to reduce the required manpower and was designed to be mechanically emptied into a truck. People from all over the globe wanted a dumpster for their business. As the demand for dumpsters increased, Dempster’s company switched its priorities and invested all its time and resources into dumpster production. In the 1950s, they created a moving vehicle that compacted waste as it collected it, allowing the vehicle to collect more trash. Today, we all benefit from the innovation of Dempster and his company. Find out more about Michigan dumpster containerss and waste/recycling management systems by contacting Priority Waste.