Renting a roll off dumpster is a big deal. They are large pieces of equipment, weighing several tons, and are delivered by even larger flatbed semi trucks. To rent a dumpster in ideal weather is a challenge, as factors such as overhead wires, trees, narrow driveways and parked vehicles could all impair a potential delivery. Wintertime for half of the country only compounds these problems that always exist, as icy roads and mounds of snow become unforeseen obstacles produced by mother nature.

There are two important prerequisites to dumpster rental to keep in mind. Perhaps the most crucial point, and the reason for today’s entry, is the fact that nearly half of dumpsters rented annually are by those new to the dumpster industry or relatively inexperienced. For those working in construction, typically there is a general understanding of the capabilities for deliveries and potential obstacles to avoid. However, with newcomers, there seems to be a common misunderstanding that a dumpster delivery is as simple as any trash pickup. To be very clear, front load dumpsters have more flexible delivery capabilities because they are smaller in size and therefore more maneuverable, but large open top dumpsters do not have the same freedoms. This leads me to my second prerequisite, which is that the process of delivering a roll off dumpster rental is one that requires a great deal of length and overhead space, which can also be quite dangerous for the delivery driver and vehicle if something were to go wrong with a delivery. As previously indicated, even on a beautiful and sunny day there are certain locations that could simply not allow for a dumpster delivery.

During the wintertime, roads are covered with snow and ice, which delays delivery routes due to slow travel times, but the real problems arise when and where the deliveries are due to take place. Eventually, roads will be salted and cleaned, but the same cannot always be said for driveways in which most residential dumpsters are placed. The aforementioned risks and concerns with rolling a large dumpster off a flatbed truck are compounded with icy conditions. The process of rolling off a dumpster that weighs several tons requires stability, and if the truck is on slick ground, the action of the roll off can do major damage to both the truck, its driver, and potentially the driveway if it were to slam down.

If an experienced driver deems a driveway or any delivery area too dangerous for dumpster placement, they will be forced to move along without a delivery. Many renters view this to be risk free since no service was completed, but it is a not a risk that can only be taken by the delivery company. The affect of a non-delivery on a day’s route, and therefore the use of limited driver hours and fuel is a cost that must be passed on to the customer. Due to the inexperience of renters that was previously noted, this cost that dumpster rental companies call a ‘trip fee’ is met with surprise and disdain. Icy conditions, therefore, are not only a danger in the action of the actual delivery, but also to the bottom line of all parties involved.