Dumpster Rental Period GUide

For those new to using roll off dumpsters, having a set of instructions can greatly enhance the rental experience. Here is our dumpster rental period guide:

Dumpster Rental Period Tips:

Dumpster Rental Period Guide
How to Open a Dumpster Door

1. How to Open a Dumpster Door

To access the interior of a dumpster equipped with a bar mechanism:


  • Start by disengaging the safety catch or pin located on the dumpster’s flank. This might necessitate sliding the catch upwards and over to unlock it.
  • Next, extract the chain from its designated notch and set it aside on the floor.
  • Proceed to elevate the bar that secures the dumpster’s door, ensuring to steady the door to prevent it from swinging open abruptly, or alternatively, have someone assist by holding the door steady for you.
  • Finally, gently push the door open to facilitate unobstructed access to the dumpster’s interior.

2. Only Throw Away Accepted Materials

Always Acceptable:

  • Most household waste
  • Construction debris
  • Yard waste

Conditionally Acceptable:

  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Mattresses

Prohibited Items:

  • Refrigerators
  • Hot water tanks
  • Tires
  • Hazardous materials
Be Aware of Weight Limit

3. Be Aware of Weight Limit

The maximum weight allowance, quantified in tons, defines the limit established during the arrangement of a dumpster rental.


Since landfill fees are based on weight, our goal is to align the appropriate weight limit with your project to minimize expenses.


It’s important to note that the permissible weight might not equate to the dumpster’s total volume capacity, depending on the materials disposed of.


For instance, filling a 20-yard dumpster with two cubic yards of concrete may occupy merely 10% of its spatial capacity but could exceed the weight allowance by more than 100%.

Don't Go Over the Fill Line

4. Don't Go Over the Fill Line

Additionally, be mindful of the maximum fill level for your dumpster.

Every container features a designated fill line that serves as a guideline.


Should the debris exceed the rim of the dumpster or items protrude beyond its edges, our collection team will be unable to transport the bin. 


In the event that our driver cannot collect the overfilled bin at the scheduled pickup time, you will incur a trip charge.

Cover Bin When Not Using It

5. Cover Bin When Not Using It

Whenever you’re not in the process of loading your dumpster, it’s advisable to cover it using a tarp, fastened securely with bungee cords or straps.


By covering your bin and ensuring the dumpster door is closed, you deter neighbors and passers-by from depositing items into it.


This not only helps to manage the bin’s weight but also avoids additional charges that may arise if prohibited items are disposed of in your dumpster.

Tips on What to Do in Bad Weather

6. Tips On What to Do in Bad Weather

Absorbent materials, such as dirt and carpet, can become significantly heavier when wet.

Furthermore, you might face additional fees if the contents of your dumpster freeze together or if snow accumulates around the bin’s exterior.

You’ll want to ensure that the path to your dumpster is clear to facilitate easy access for our driver at the time of pickup.

If you anticipate inclement weather while you’re cleaning up, using a tarp to cover your bin can also help prevent rain and snow from accumulating inside the dumpster and increasing its weight.

Avoid Additional Fees

7. Avoid Additional Fees

Our dumpster rentals come with competitive, flat-rate pricing. However, additional charges can arise if our rental guidelines aren’t adhered to:


  • Delivery or pickup is not possible
  • Dumpster exceeds the weight limit
  • Dumpster is filled incorrectly
  • Pickup occurs beyond the agreed rental period
  • Dumpster includes items that are not allowed
  • Dumpster requires digging or towing out of snow or mud
Reach Out for Additional Time

8. If Needed, Reach Out For Additional Time

At Grissman, our rental periods are usually more than enough to wrap up your projects, but we get that sometimes life throws a curveball and you might need the bin a bit longer.

No worries at all! Just give us a shout as soon as you can. We’re pretty flexible and will do our best to accommodate you with an extension at a simple, daily rate.

Simply contact us here for an extended rental time.


Grissman Dumpsters is 100% committed to your satisfaction! We proudly serve customers throughout the Fox Valley area, including the cities of Appleton, Menasha, Neenah, Little Chute, Kaukauna, Kimberly, Greenville, Hortonville, De Pere, Green Bay, Suamico, Oshkosh, and Fond du Lac.



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