Roll Off Dumpster Rules

February 8, 2017 by  
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The main reason we have rules is to keep us safe.  That holds true for roll off dumpsters as well.  Here’s a quick list of rules and regulations when you rent a roll off dumpster.

1.  No concrete is allowed.  This includes bricks, gravel, rocks and dirt.  Why?  The main reason is weight.  1 cubic yard of any of these materials listed weighs 2000 pounds.  So that means if you fill the roll off dumpster up with these items it will weigh 40,000 pounds or 20 tons.  That’s a lot!!  Most trucks are only built to carry a maximum of 4 tons payload.  (It’s against the law to carry more than the truck rating)  Some of the bigger trucks can carry more, but this kind of weight is still unsafe to have on the road.  There are Dept. of Transportation officers that patrol the highways for all of our safety.  They are trained to watch the various trucks drive by and evaluate how much load they are transporting.  All commercial trucks will get pulled over at least one time a month to have a routine inspection.  If they are found to be overweight, the penalties are very large.

2.  No car tires are allowed in roll off dumpsters.  Why?  Tires represent a serious environmental concern on several fronts. Part of the risk lies with their chemical makeup. Toxins released from tire decomposition, incineration or accidental fires can pollute the water, air and soil.  42 states regulate tire disposal.  The right thing to do with them is take them to a tire recycler.  Residents of Kansas City, Missouri can drop off waste tires at the Environmental Campus, 4707 Deramus, on the first Saturday of each month from March through November. Operating hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cost is $1.50 per tire in most cases.

3.  Keep the trash level full or below the top.  Why?  First off, when the roll off dumpster is lifted up onto the truck it goes up on a step angle.  That means anything you load over the top will fall back off on the driveway.  Once the roll off dumpster is up on the truck it is over 10 feet in the air and there is no way to get the trash back in it.  Second, it is against the law for us to drive down the road with anything sticking out above the top of the roll off dumpster.  This is a good law.  It protects all the drivers out there.  No one wants a couch or a BB-Q grill flying onto their car.

4.  No paint is allowed in roll off dumpster.  Why?  It is considered Hazardous Household Waste.  HHW. What should you do with these types of items?  You can take them to a HHW collection facility.  Kansas City residents can use the one below.



What Size Dumpster Do I Need?

January 4, 2017 by  
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Picking a dumpster size is more of an art than a science.  We often hear the question, “how much does a 20 yard dumpster hold?”  Well, the simple answer is that it holds 20 cubic yards of trash. However that answer is not very helpful. All dumpsters are listed by cubic yards.  A cubic yard is a measure of volume, or more simply put, the empty space available inside of a container.  But what is a cubic yard?  The best way to tell you is to show you.


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The person pictured above is sitting on a “cubic yard”.   If you put your trash into a pile 3 feet wide by 3 feet tall by 3 feet deep, it would take up 1 cubic yard of space (volume).  A typical pick-up truck holds about 2 cubic yards of material.   Most people order the 20 cubic yard dumpster.  It’s not to big and it’s not to small.  It’s just right (most of the time).

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The dumpster pictured above is a 20 cubic yard dumpster.  Please note – 20 cubic yards does not mean 20 feet long or 20 yards long.  The dumpster is 12 feet long, 8 feet wide, 5.5 feet tall.  It fits nicely on any driveway.

If you still need more help deciding on a dumpster size please watch our short video which will give you all the options.


When to Order a Dumpster

August 8, 2014 by  
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The desire to accumulate more and more belongings is a common human trait that goes back to the beginning of time. The more we have, the more we inevitably want. Sometimes once we acquire new things, we try to make space for them. Nevertheless occasionally, you can easily find yourself acquiring so many things that before you realize it you have a great deal of unnecessary items taking up space and cluttering up your living environment.

Then suddenly as the holiday season approaches you look around, and the thought of cleaning up and decluttering becomes a very daunting and overwhelming task. Perhaps you have a spare room that you’ve been tucking all of your clutter into. Now you have company coming for the holidays that are going to need to sleep in that spare room, leaving you with the job of emptying it.

Or perhaps all of the bits and pieces that you’ve collected have made their way into every room within your house, leaving you with an even bigger decluttering and cleaning undertaking before you.  Prior to even starting the cleaning process, the first and foremost task is disposing of all of the amassed debris that is merely taking up space.

Whether or not to use a dumpster is a dilemma that many people face in these types of scenarios. The simplest answer is that if you have more items that you need to remove from your residence in your clearing out process than your garbage collection service will take in one pick up, then you should undoubtedly order a roll off dumpster.

You should also take into consideration whether or not the items that you need to dispose of are big like old furnishings that won’t fit into garbage bags, or if they will fit into garbage bags, but would make the bags heavier than your curb side collection service permits. If you answered yes to either of these questions, then a rental dumpster would be an excellent solution for your predicament.

Cleaning and decluttering for fall or the holidays is significantly easier and a lot less challenging with the assistance of roll off dumpster company. Utilizing a rental dumpster provides you with a convenient place to put unneeded possessions that you intend to dispose of, instead of haphazardly placing them in your yard, the corner of a room, or even a spare room.

As soon as you put them in a rental dumpster, you can forget about them. You won’t need to concern yourself with moving the items a second time, or making numerous trips to the dump. Once you put the items in your roll off rental dumpster, you can relax knowing that your unwanted items will be hauled away for you, and your yard will stay immaculate. Clearing out your house for fall or the holiday season can be just as easy and convenient as that.

Keep Neighbors Away

August 17, 2012 by  
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When renting a dumpster for cleanup or remodeling around the house, you are saving money on trips to the junkyard or from hiring an expensive contractor to do work for you. A dumpster rental can be an easy way to get rid of all the excess trash from your projects; however, the amount of trash you put in the dumpster costs money and your neighbors insist on upping your bill. While the dumpsters available do not have an infallible way to stop neighbors from throwing their trash in, there are some ways that you can minimize the amounts and protect your investment.
Keep the Dumpster Close and Your Enemies (Neighbors) at Arm’s Length
If you want to discourage casual dumping, have the company place your dumpster in the driveway or on the lawn close to the house. Most people won’t bother if they have to go out of their way and the more likely they are to get caught trespassing, the less likely they are to use your rental for their trash. Force them to either go away or brazenly break the law.
Size Matters
When ordering your dumpster rental, take the time to properly estimate the amount of space you will need for the project. If you just order the biggest size you can get without thinking, neighbors will see a lot of space that isn’t being used and assume they can chuck whatever they want in. If there isn’t extra room, people are less likely to use your rental.
Don’t Let Your Dumpster Sit Idly
Not only is renting a dumpster and then not using it for a week a waste of money, it’s a temptation for those who have extra trash accumulating. Make a schedule and stick to it and if you need to extend your rental, so be it.
Put a Tarp on It!
If worse comes to worst–and especially if you will need the dumpster for a longer period of time–investing in a tarp to cover the dumpster rental might be truly worthwhile. Considering the amount of extra money you would put out for other people’s trash, buying a tarp will be worth it and will discourage all but the most determined of neighbors.

Dumpster Talk

January 7, 2012 by  
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What Can Roll Off Dumpsters Be Used For?

Dumpster rental is great for large household trash removal projects. Spring cleaning, foreclosures, estate cleanouts, and moving in or moving out of a home are common examples. Dumpster rental is also the ideal solution for construction debris removal. Remodeling projects, reroofing, and new construction projects often require a temporary waste dumpster on site.

How Do I Rent a Dumpster? What’s the Process?

First, think about what dumpster size would be appropriate for your cleanup job. (click here to view a short video on dumpster sizes) If you’re not sure, just call a local dumpster rental service and describe your project and debris.   Ask about their pricing, standard rental period, weight included in the price, materials not allowed in the trash container, and other rental policies.  Schedule a date for delivery of a temporary trash or construction dumpster to your home, job site, or place of business. It’s recommended that you have your dumpster delivered the day before you actually need it.  When your finished loading the trash or debris into the roll off dumpster, call the company back and they will pick the dumpster up and haul it away to the landfill, transfer station, or recycling center.

How Much Should I Pay for a Dumpster Rental?

Renting a dumpster is not inexpensive… but dumpster rental is the simplest and most convenient solution for large, bulk trash removal projects and construction debris removal.

Dumpster rental prices depend primarily on landfill fees in your area, the size of the container you need, and the dumpster company you select. Most companies quote one flat rate for delivery, pickup, and disposal (though some add delivery charges in separately). The rental rate is usually for a standard period of time (for example… up to 7 days) and includes a certain amount of weight (for example… up to 3 tons).

When comparing dumpster rental prices between two companies:

Compare apples to apples (or 20 yard dumpsters to other 20 yard dumpsters… dumpster size can have a big impact on price).
Ask how much time is included in the price and what it will cost if you need the container for a longer period
Ask how much weight is included in the price and how much “per ton” it will cost if the dumpster is over weight.
Ask if any additional fees that may be applied for any reason
Extra charges may apply if you need the roll off dumpster for longer than a provider’s standard rental period. This is typically a per day fee (ie $5 or $10 per day), but some dumpster services will negotiate with you up front if you need it for slightly longer than their standard period.

Extra charges may also apply if your dumpster is heavier than the included weight. Each dumpster is weighed before it is dumped and the dumpster service pays the landfill or transfer station based on the weight of the debris. If your debris is heavier than the allotted weight included in your rental agreement, then a “per ton overage” fee will likely apply (ie. $30 – $100 per ton over, depending on the landfill fees in your area).

Pay particular attention to the amount of weight included in your price if you are disposing of heavy construction debris like bricks, cement, roofing shingles, or demolition debris. If you’re cleaning out your home of miscellaneous household debris, you will typically not have to worry about “over weight” fees because the debris is lighter.

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Dumpster vs Junk Pick-Up

December 18, 2011 by  
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Should I rent a dumpster or should I call someone to load and haul my trash?

Here’s the straight talk on the subject.

If you have extra money to spend, don’t mind having a complete stranger in your home, and have all your trash in one location ready to go…call a junk pick-up service.

If you want to save money (typically 50% savings), want to take your time sorting out what to keep and what to throw away and don’t want to wait around all day for a trash hauler to show up…you need a roll-off dumpster.

Typical Pricing for 15 cubic yards hauled off from a leading trash hauler $575-600.

Typical Pricing on a 20 cubic yard dumpster: $300-375.

Simple math shows you will save hundreds of dollars and be able to get rid of 5 more cubic yards of trash.

Alpha Team KC has reinvented the dumpster rental. Here is a breakdown of the service we provide.

1. You only pay one fee. The rental fee. There are no hidden fees or extra charges.

2. Our dumpsters are clean. We wash them out every week.

3. Our dumpsters won’t leave a mark on your driveway.

4. You do not have to be present for drop off or pickup.

5. You can put the same things in our dumpsters as the trash haulers put in theirs. It is illegal for any waste removal company to haul away hazardous waste. If anyone tells you otherwise they are not following the laws. Other then hazardous waste, we have no exclusions.

6. We are licensed and insured. If the company you are dealing with is not, it may cost you a lot more in the long run. Example: they haul away something hazardous from your home unknowingly and they have a car accident. The material spills into a river. If they are not covered for this type of accident, some of the liability may come back to you. Alpha Team KC is covered. Please don’t take this risk.

7. With a dumpster you can share the cost with your neighbors and friends. Just tell all your neighbors to bring their extra trash over…you may even cover the cost of the dumpster if you ask them to chip in.

Recycling Facts

November 28, 2011 by  
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Bullet A used aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can, in as little as 60 days. That’s closed loop recycling at its finest!
Bullet Used aluminum beverage cans are the most recycled item in the U.S., but other types of aluminum, such as siding, gutters, car components, storm window frames, and lawn furniture can also be recycled.
Bullet Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours — or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.
Bullet More aluminum goes into beverage cans than any other product.
Bullet Because so many of them are recycled, aluminum cans account for less than 1% of the total U.S. waste stream, according to EPA estimates.
Bullet An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now!
Bullet There is no limit to the amount of times an aluminum can be recycled.
Bullet We use over 80,000,000,000 aluminum soda cans every year.
Bullet At one time, aluminum was more valuable than gold!
Bullet A 60-watt light bulb can be run for over a day on the amount of energy saved by recycling 1 pound of steel. In one year in the United States, the recycling of steel saves enough energy to heat and light 18,000,000 homes!
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Paper Recycling Facts

Bullet To produce each week’s Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down.
Bullet Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees.
Bullet If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year!
Bullet If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we would save about 25,000,000 trees a year.
Bullet If you had a 15-year-old tree and made it into paper grocery bags, you’d get about 700 of them. A busy supermarket could use all of them in under an hour! This means in one year, one supermarket can go through over 6 million paper bags! Imagine how many supermarkets there are just in the United States!!!
Bullet The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees. This amounts to about 2,000,000,000 trees per year!
Bullet The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.
Bullet Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S.
Bullet Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year; about 680 pounds per person.
Bullet The average household throws away 13,000 separate pieces of paper each year. Most is packaging and junk mail.
Bullet In 1993, U.S. paper recovery saved more than 90,000,000 cubic yards of landfill space.
Bullet Each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water. This represents a 64% energy savings, a 58% water savings, and 60 pounds less of air pollution!
Bullet The 17 trees saved (above) can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year. Burning that same ton of paper would create 1500 pounds of carbon dioxide.
Bullet The construction costs of a paper mill designed to use waste paper is 50 to 80% less than the cost of a mill using new pulp.
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Plastic Recycling Facts

Bullet Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour! Most of them are thrown away!
Bullet Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year!
Bullet Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator.
Bullet Americans throw away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam coffee cups every year.
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Glass Recycling Facts

Bullet Every month, we throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper. All of these jars are recyclable!
Bullet The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours or a compact fluorescent bulb for 20 hours. It also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.
Bullet A modern glass bottle would take 4000 years or more to decompose — and even longer if it’s in the landfill.
Bullet Mining and transporting raw materials for glass produces about 385 pounds of waste for every ton of glass that is made. If recycled glass is substituted for half of the raw materials, the waste is cut by more than 80%.

Solid Waste and Landfills

Bullet About one-third of an average dump is made up of packaging material!
Bullet Every year, each American throws out about 1,200 pounds of organic garbage that can be composted.
Bullet The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world’s people generate 40% of the world’s waste.
Bullet The highest point in Hamilton County, Ohio (near Cincinnati) is “Mount Rumpke.” It is actually a mountain of trash at the Rumpke sanitary landfill towering 1045 ft. above sea level.
Bullet The US population discards each year 16,000,000,000 diapers, 1,600,000,000 pens, 2,000,000,000 razor blades, 220,000,000 car tires, and enough aluminum to rebuild the US commercial air fleet four times over.
Bullet Out of every $10 spent buying things, $1 (10%) goes for packaging that is thrown away. Packaging represents about 65% of household trash.
Bullet On average, it costs $30 per ton to recycle trash, $50 to send it to the landfill, and $65 to $75 to incinerate it.
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Miscellaneous Recycling Facts

Bullet An estimated 80,000,000 Hershey’s Kisses are wrapped each day, using enough aluminum foil to cover over 50 acres of space — that’s almost 40 football fields. All that foil is recyclable, but not many people realize it.
Bullet Rainforests are being cut down at the rate of 100 acres per minute!
Bullet A single quart of motor oil, if disposed of improperly, can contaminate up to 2,000,000 gallons of fresh water.
Bullet Motor oil never wears out, it just gets dirty. Oil can be recycled, re-refined and used again, reducing our reliance on imported oil.
Bullet On average, each one of us produces 4.4 pounds of solid waste each day. This adds up to almost a ton of trash per person, per year.
Bullet A typical family consumes 182 gallons of soda, 29 gallons of juice, 104 gallons of milk, and 26 gallons of bottled water a year. That’s a lot of containers — make sure they’re recycled!

These recycling facts have been compiled from various sources including the National Recycling Coalition, the Environmental Protection Agency, and While I make every effort to provide accurate information, I make no warranty or guarantee that the facts presented here are exact. We welcome all polite corrections to our information.

Please also feel free to contact us if you have additional recycling facts to share.

Roll-off Dumpster Sizing

November 28, 2011 by  
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Looking for a roll off dumpster for cleanup, construction, or demolition work?  Alpha Team KC  is the right place to find your roll off dumpster.

10 Yard Dumpster

A 10 yard dumpster can hold 10 cubic yards of waste. Common dumpster dimensions for a 10 yard dumpster are: 12 ft. long by 8 ft. wide by 4 ft. high (dumpster sizes and dimensions may vary from one company to another). There’s no perfect way to choose dumpster sizes, but a 10 yard dumpster may be appropriate for a small basement or garage cleanout; removing a 250 sq. ft deck; removing 1500 sq. ft. of single layer roof shingles; yard debris cleanup, or a small kitchen & bath remodeling job.

20 Yard Dumpster – Most Popular Size

A 20 yard dumpster holds 20 cubic yards of waste.  Alpha Team KC dumpster dimensions for a 20 yard dumpster are: 12 ft. long by 8 ft. wide by 6 ft. high. A 20 yard dumpster may be the right dumpster size for a large basement, attic, or garage cleanup; flooring and carpet removal for a large house; 300 to 400 square feet of deck removal; or 2500 to 3000 sq. ft. of single layer roof shingle removal.

30 Yard Dumpster – Alpha Team does not offer this size

A 30 yard dumpster holds 30 cubic yards of waste. Common dumpster dimensions for a 30 yard dumpster are: 22 ft. long by 8 ft. wide by 6 ft. high.  A 30 yard dumpster may be the right dumpster size for a major home addition; construction of a new home; demolition of a garage; or entire house window or siding replacement for a small to medium size home.  This size is not so popular.  The footprint of a 30 yard dumpster is so big, it really just gets in the way.  You may as well go with a 40 yard dumpster at this point.

40 Yard Dumpster – Alpha Team does not offer this size

A 40 yard dumpster holds 40 cubic yards of waste.  A 40 yard dumpster is a very large heavy steel box.  It tends to be higher impact on your driveway. Again, dumpster sizes and dumpster dimensions are not standardized, but common dumpster dimensions for a 40 yard dumpster are: 22 ft. long by 8 ft. wide by 8 ft. high. A 40 yard dumpster may be appropriate for window or siding replacement for a large home; commercial roof tear off; commercial cleanout; new construction or major addition; large amount of trash, paper, or cardboard.  At Alpha Team KC we recommend going with two 20 Yard dumpsters in most cases.

Roll Off Dumpster Sizes: Call for Help

Choosing dumpster sizes is not an exact science, but Alpha Team KC can help.  We offer multiple dumpster sizes and can help you find the right roll off dumpster for your job.

20 Yard Dumpster

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