Is dumpster diving illegal in columbus ohio?

Dumpster diving is not illegal in most places but trespassing is. The act of digging through garbage and taking out the good stuff is not typically illegal in the USA but if the dumpster is on private property you may have to “trespass” to get to it. You are much more likely to get in trouble for “trespassing” than dumpster diving. If there is no sign advising against entry and the dumpsters are not locked, then I say it’s completely fair game. If the dumpsters are easily accessible and have a sign I still say go for it. But if you have to break into anywhere or hop a fence or a wall that is connected to the building, then I can’t say that.

It’s legal to dumpster dive in Columbus, according to the Columbus Police Department, as long as there are no signs stating that it is private property or the dumpsters are not fenced in.

Ever see someone (most likely a homeless person) take a peek inside a garbage dumpster and pull something out? That’s called dumpster diving.You can either panhandle or fly a sign for hours and make between $5 and $20 to buy food or simply take a quick peek into several dumpsters and hit the jackpot.

The diving world is a sort of underground, dark-of-night kind of culture. It’s secretive, potentially dangerous and not for germophobes or the easily frightened. Outsiders rarely know the world exists, but those who join it — usually alone or with a partner — know to follow the fragmented community’s list of unwritten rules.

What’s the law on tarping loads? Does it matter what the “stuff” is?

What’s the law on tarping loads? If I take stuff to the dump, I know I’m suppose to tarp. But what if I’m not going to the dump? Does it matter what the “stuff” is? Dirt? Gravel? Boxes? Furniture? And is there a tarping law for dump trucks?

If you are hauling any kind of aggregate or dirt, it has to be tarped if it can be seen over the rim of the bed of the truck. Yard waste is also required to be covered. Furniture, garbage, etc. is not required, and there is only a violation when something falls off. Same with a dump truck: If you can see the mound (anything higher than the rim of the bed), it must be covered so it can’t blow off and damage or injure anyone.

Tarps are used to protect a load against the elements as well as road debris and animals. However, tarps are also about improving highway safety. A high-quality Dumpster tarp enhances safety by improving the profile of a load and helping to keep that load securely in place.

Unsecured loads create another problem. From the debris comes a trail of litter along the nation’s roadways from individuals and companies hauling trash and materials from homes, construction sites and other locations. The cost to taxpayers nationwide totals $11.5 billion dollars spent each year for litter removal and clean-up

In the Dumpster business, it is imperative to have secure loads whether you’re moving debris or transporting products.
It’s the responsibility of the driver to ensure that whatever he or she is transporting is securely loaded and will not come loose during transport. This is true for anything from a full 18-wheeler to a pickup truck.

At Rent-A-dumpster llc, we strive to be quick and efficient to maintain productivity and to accommodate all of our customers. As the customer, there are steps that you can take while loading the dumpster so that when we arrive at your property, we can secure it and be on our way.

Make Sure Dumpster Door is Shut Properly
Even though it’s our driver’s responsibility to make sure the door is shut and locked before he loads the dumpster onto the truck, our customers must make sure that they close the door properly as they fill up the dumpster. Failure to do so could cause the debris in the dumpster to keep the door from closing. If this is the case, the customer is responsible for reloading the debris until we can close the door. Fees may apply

Hire a Junk Removal Company OR Rent-A-Dumpster?

Whether it’s a renovation project, new construction, home cleanout, furniture removal, or any other type of waste or debris removal project, a junk removal service or dumpster rental are the top two solutions for the job. But, when is it better to rent a dumpster or. hiring a junk removal company, OR Rent-A-Dumpster? Let’s explore the difference between the two and determine which is best for your situation.

Disposal Option #1: Rent a Dumpster
When you’d prefer to clear out the junk/debris yourself, renting a dumpster is the way to go. It’s a simple process that involves calling the dumpster rental company, choosing a container size, having it dropped off at your property, filling it up, and having it hauled away.

In some cases, such as having the dumpster dropped off on the side of a city street, you may also have to secure a permit. The dumpster rental company can help determine if this is necessary in your case.

Trailer dumpsters come in several capacities, including the most common container sizes: 10, 15, 18 and 20 yard containers. When renting a dumpster, “yards” is referring to the “cubic yard” capacity of the dumpster.

For reference, a 10 yard dumpster is ideal for a garage or shed cleanout, while a 20 yard dumpster is the best solution for Large scale projects or complete big objects. The dumpster rental company you hire can help you find the perfect container for the job.

Disposal Option #2: Hire a Junk Removal Service
Like renting a dumpster, a junk disposal companies can help with spring/fall home cleanings, estate cleanouts, yard waste, construction/demolition debris, or general rubbish removal. The difference is that the junk removal company takes care of all the heavy lifting for you.

Hiring a junk removal company is just as easy as renting a dumpster. You simply call, schedule, pay, and enjoy your clutter-free space. The cost is determined by the type and volume of junk or debris to be hauled away (more details below). The junk removal company will give you a free on-site estimate for projects bigger than picking up a few pieces of furniture, for example.

Junk removal companies are pros at removing bulky, heavy items (furniture, appliances, etc.) and large quantities of debris (demolition debris, yard waste, etc.). They work quickly but are also focused on making sure no damage is inflicted to your property in the process.

The majority of junk removal companies recycle a portion of each load. They may also donate gently used items to local charitable organizations and give you a tax deductible receipt for it.

When renting a dumpster makes sense:
You want the flexibility to load the container over time (a typical rental includes up to 7 days)
You don’t mind loading the junk or debris yourself to save a little money on labor
You have at least 7 cubic yards or more of debris (roll-off containers typically start at 10 cubic yards, so if you only have 3 or 4 cubic yards of material, you’re paying for more dumpster than you need)

When hiring a junk removal company makes sense:
You want someone else to load your debris
You want the junk to be removed and out of sight quickly
You only have a few large, bulk trash items (junk removal service is typically cheaper than renting a dumpster in this situation)
You have a lot of debris in a central spot and are willing to pay a little extra for someone else’s labor to load and haul the junk
Dumpster rental costs vs. junk removal service costs
The cost of renting a dumpster or for hiring a junk removal service varies based on several factors, including your location, volume of junk/debris, duration of service, and other factors. In general, junk removal services cost more than renting a dumpster because of the added labor costs involved.

The one exception to this rule is for smaller cleanups, such as moving some furniture out or getting rid of a refrigerator. Here’s a hypothetical example of how this works:
Dumpster Rental Prices (Base rate):
10 yard dumpster: $220
15 yard dumpster: $245
18 yard dumpster: $280
20 yard dumpster: $295
Junk Removal Service Prices:
Minimum charge: $75 – $125
Household junk removal 13 yds: $330-500
Yard Waste 13yds: $330-500

If you are in need of a dumpster rental please give Rent-A-Dumpster a call at 614-870-7447

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Have you seen signs on the side of the road detailing fines for illegal dumping? Ever wonder what exactly is illegal dumping? Let’s take a look into it:

What Is Illegal Dumping?
Simply put, illegal dumping is disposal of waste in an unpermitted area. Materials that are usually illegally dumped are non-hazardous and include construction waste, auto parts and tires, furniture and appliances, yard waste, and even medical waste.

What Factors Contribute To The Trash Problem?
Location: In lower income areas residents often cannot afford trash pickup fees. Also, high crime rates can take up the time of the local law enforcement leaving little time for enforcement of illegal dumping laws. These areas also often have less access to convenient, legal facilities to accept garbage. Furthermore, areas with high populations of renters may see more illegal dumping if there is less of a vested interest in the community when residents are temporary.
Logistics: Abandoned, unsecured areas are highly susceptible to illegal dumping. Obviously, if dumpers think there is not a high chance they will be seen in the act, they are more likely to use that area. Also, poorly lit roads offer the same attractiveness to illegal dumpers. Another common location for illegal dumping is a construction site with a waste container present.
Lack Of Legal Options: If an area does not have regular or affordable trash pickup service, that tends to contribute to more illegal dumping. Also, trash processing sites that are not conveniently located or that have high fees also increase the practice. Many people are not aware of free or affordable programs to accept landfill-prohibited items like batteries, tires, and some appliances and choose instead to illegally dump these items.
How Does Illegal Dumping Affect Us?
Illegal dumps diminish the quality of life and the viability of life.
Illegal dumping of hazardous materials like pesticides, appliances, and medical waste can threaten the life of humans, wildlife, and the environment.
Old tires illegally dumped can hold standing water that can harbor mosquitoes that carry diseases that can threaten entire populations.
Dumps become home to rodents. No one wants a field full of rodents for neighbors.
The property value of the homes and businesses surrounding illegal dumps is dramatically negatively impacted.
Clearly illegal dumping is a significant problem. Rent-A-Dumpster offers a convenient, affordable way for businesses and homeowners to eliminate excess garbage and trash from their property and have it disposed of in a safe and legal manner. While we do not accept hazardous materials in our dumpsters, we can certainly help tremendously to remove clutter, garbage, and debris that may otherwise end up illegally dumped. If the dumpster is easily accessible and in your driveway, you are much less likely to feel the need to dump it where it does not belong!

Bagster OR Rent-A-Dumpster

Bagster OR Rent-A-Dumpster

If you frequent are at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s, then you’ve probably seen a few display stands for disposable dumpster bags. You know, those bags that are advertised as being more convenient and more affordable than a dumpster for home cleanups.

Does the bagster really beat the dumpster for home waste removal? The answer depends on both the scope of your project and your budget. Check out the comparisons below to decide which option is right for you.

What Is the Difference Between a  Bagster and a Dumpster?
Dumpsters and waste disposable bags are both containers you can place on your property, fill up with junk and debris, and then have hauled away. However, they differ in some key features:


Sizes: One bag size available that holds 3 cubic yards of debris with a 3,300 pound weight limit.
Dimensions: 8 feet long by 4 feet wide by 2.5 feet high.
Placement: Must be placed within about 18 feet of the street.
Pickup: Pickup not offered in all locations where bags are sold.
When considering a disposable dumpster bag, always double-check with the company offering the service that pickups are available in your area. Also be aware that if you place your bag inside your home, or elsewhere outside the 18-foot reach of the truck’s hydraulic arm, pickup will not be possible., pickup will not be possible.


Come in 10,15, and 20, cubic yard sizes, each with its own weight limit but more than the bagster.
Vary by size. Typically 6 feet wide, 12-16 feet long and 4-5 feet high.
Can be placed almost anywhere in your driveway or on your property.
Contact the rental company for pickup on or before the last day of your rental period.

When considering a dumpster, estimate the weight of your debris so that you can choose the dumpster size that best matches your needs.

How Pricing Works for Dumpster OR Bagsters
The main draw of dumpster bags are the low prices—as low as $29.99 for some brands. But before you make your purchase, it’s important to know that this price covers only the bag itself. An additional fee is charged for pickup.

The collection cost for one dumpster bag loaded with 3 cubic yards worth of debris and a 3,300-pound weight limit averages $129, on top of the $29.99 for the bag itself. This brings the total to about $160 per bag. (This number may be higher or slightly lower depending on your location and the company offering the service.)

Use this chart to compare cost estimates for each option in various situations.

Scenario Avg. Amount of Debris Avg. Dumpster Bag Cost Avg. Dumpster Cost
Minor Home Cleanout 3 cubic yards $160 (1 bag)                       $220 (One 10 yard dumpster) Rent-A-Dumpster LLC
Minor Remodeling Project 3 cubic yards $160 (1 bag)               $220 (One 10 yard dumpster) Rent-A-Dumpster LLC
Basement Cleanout 10 cubic yards $640 (4 bags)                       $220 (One 10 yard dumpster) Rent-A-Dumpster LLC
Large Remodel 20 cubic yards $1,120 (7 bags)                            $295 (One 20 yard dumpster) Rent-A-Dumpster LLC
*These numbers are approximate. Research prices in your area for precise information.

With these numbers, you can see that a dumpster bag is an economical choice for small-scale cleanouts or minor home improvement projects with less than 10 cubic yards’ worth of debris. However, for any project with 10 cubic yards of debris or more, a dumpster will almost always be significantly be better choice.

 Bagster OR Dumpster : The Verdict
The concept behind the dumpster bag is an intriguing one. It puts a new spin on an old method, and can be a convenient and economical option for DIYers undertaking very small-scale projects. But for larger-scale projects, it doesn’t match up with the affordability of a traditional dumpster.
Rent-A-Dumpster LLC  containers can be used over and over again, a single dumpster bag is just going to become another piece of trash.

So, if you’re asking yourself whether to rent a dumpster or a dumpster bag, the answer for all but the smallest jobs is almost always going to be a dumpster. If you’re considering a dumpster rental , give us a call at 614-870-7447

Consider this list of creative ways to declutter your home: TIPS NEW YEAR 2018

The idea of living a simplified, uncluttered life with less stuff sounds attractive to many. They have considered the benefits of owning fewer possessions: less to clean, less debt, less to organize, less stress, more money and energy for their greatest passions. They are ready to declutter but some get quickly tripped up by the very next question… where in the world do I begin?

Many begin to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and defeated around the idea of decluttering their homes. That’s too bad. The decluttering journey doesn’t need to be as painful as some make it out to be. In fact, there are a variety of people who have come up with some pretty fun, creative ways to get started.

Consider this list of creative ways to declutter your home:

Fill one trash bag. Early in our journey towards simplicity, one of my favorite decluttering techniques was to grab a simple large trash bag and see how quickly I could fill it. While much of what I collected was trash, this could also be used to fill a bag for Goodwill.

Take the 12-12-12 Challenge. A simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home can be a really fun and exciting way to quickly organize 36 things in your house. On more than one occasion, this challenge actually became a quick competition between my wife and me… and your kids don’t have to be too old to participate as well.

The Four-Box Method. As we first set out on our journey to minimalism, this was the technique most often used in our home. As I set out to declutter an area, I brought four boxes: trash, give away, keep, or relocate. Each item in every room was placed into one of the four categories. No item was passed over. Each was considered individually. Some projects took an hour… others took days or weeks. But the technique and principles remained the same.

Try the Oprah Winfrey Closet Hanger Experiment. While this idea didn’t originate with Oprah, she was the one to help give it notoriety. To identify wardrobe pieces to clear out, hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After six months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you can easily discard. This experiment could also be applied to a number of clutter areas in your home (cleaners, toys, linens, tools, hobbies and craft items).

No matter what you choose to help you get started – whether it be one of these or one of countless others – the goal is to take your first step with excitement behind it. There is a beautiful world of freedom and fresh breath hiding behind that clutter. How you remove it is up to you.

Neighborhood Togetherness Matters & Clean Up Does, Too

The people that live close to you should be like family. One of the main reasons why people created close-knit neighborhoods is because it provides an extra layer of protection, though this has lost some meaning for many small communities. You can change that by organizing a neighborhood event or series of events to ensure that every neighbor feels a connection to every one else. The following are a few ideas that might help you organize these events, but remember that you will need a good dumpster rental from Rent-A-Dumpster for the cleanup.

Organize an Arts and Crafts Block Party
One of the most inventive ways to get everyone excited about living next to one another is organizing an arts and crafts block party. It would be wise to open up the opportunity to get creative for both adults and children.

Arts and crafts might get a little messy, especially if one of the artists chooses to get creative in front of an audience, but that is why you have to Rent a dumpster, which ensures that every piece of debris is removed from the block. This is a good way to have fun as a small community while keeping the block clean.

Try a Cook and Bake Sale Day

The way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach as some have said, which is something that can be applied to neighborhoods. Organizing an event where all the neighbors get to sample a little bit of everyone’s food might be a good way to bond. You might see neighbors exchanging recipes and tips.

This is a great way to spend a day, not to mention delicious. Sure, food does mean that the block might get a little dirty. This makes it imperative that a dumpster is rented before hand. The good people at Rent-a-Dumpster can deliver the container a few days before and usually leave the dumpster there for 7 days. These days are flexible.


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