Respecting The Law: Questions To Consider Before Renting A Roll Off Container

Posted on: 4 February 2016

A roll off container can be essential during a remodel, a move or a range of other projects. However, you also want to ensure that you don't get any tickets or incur any fees when you have your roll off container. Because of that, you need to know the laws and regulations in your town.

Although laws vary, here are some questions you should consider.

Do you need a permit?

In many municipalities, you need a permit in order to have a roll off container on your property, and you may have to pay a fee. For example, in Philadelphia, you need to pay a one-time fee to place a dumpster on private property. In Denver, in contrast, you don't have to pay a fee or get a permit.

In addition to getting required permits from your municipality, remember to contact your homeowner's association. Many HOAs require you to get permission for everything from painting, to parking extra vehicles in your driveway, to using a roll off container.

Are you blocking the public right of way?

If your roll off container is going to be sitting in the street or blocking part of the sidewalk, you may need to get a special permit for blocking the public right of way.

In most cases, the same department that gives permits for block parties and parades handles these issues, and in most cases, that is your local public works department.

Do you need to have the hauler name visible?

There are strict rules on who can dump waste, and as a result, most areas require their garbage haulers to be registered. Because of this, roll off containers are typically required to have the hauler's name and contact info on them.

That way, environmental and city officials can quickly verify whether the hauler is registered or not. Make sure that you always work with a reputable company with its name displayed on the roll off container.

How will you avoid littering?

Littering is illegal in most cases, and unfortunately, if a bunch of waste blows or falls out of your roll off container, you may be held responsible for littering. To avoid that, rent a roll off container with a lid, or cover it with a tarp when it is not in use.

Do you know which items are banned from your landfills?

In most cases, you are banned from throwing away items such as old paint or certain electronics. Rather than putting these items into landfills, you are supposed to recycle them. So that you don't accidentally throw something away illegally, talk with the company who rents you the roll off container. That company's reps should be able to give you a list of items banned from the landfill in your area, and they should also be able to help connect you to recycling services.

For more information, talk with different rental companies in the area, such as Chitty Garbage Service Inc.