Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Waste Disposal Professional

by Overton Thompson


Aside from putting your trash out each week, waste disposal is something many people don’t think about until they have a specific reason to do so. Perhaps you’re renovating your basement, cleaning out your garage or tearing out some old flooring. In cases like this, your municipal garbage program just won’t do. It’s time to hire the professionals instead. 

From construction debris to broken appliances, dumpsters are the best way to get rid of large amounts of waste. But when people realize they need to rent a container, they often make mistakes that cost them time and money. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of errors to avoid when hiring a waste disposal professional. 

Mistake #1: Going with the cheapest option

If you search hard enough, you’ll certainly find services that appear to be a steal. But if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. There are certain services where you should never cut corners, and professional waste disposal is one of them. Avoid going with the cheapest option as this can signal sub-standard services. Also, the company’s ‘low price’ could be bait to get your initial attention. And the price could go up once they show up at your door. 

A reputable company will offer fair pricing that’s in line with industry standards. The old saying ‘you get what you pay for’ is true in our area of work. High-quality containers and well-trained staff come with a price. If you’re quoted at an unusually low rate, it may mean the firm has poorly-maintained equipment and unskilled workers who won’t care to protect your driveway. It may also mean that they will tack on additional tonnage or other hidden fees that actually result in a much higher cost at the end of your project. 

Mistake #2: Choosing the wrong size

From smaller 10-yard bins to enormous roll-off containers, dumpsters come in a variety of sizes. You may assume a certain size is good enough for your project. But in our experience, customers are often surprised by the amount of waste they generate. Never choose a smaller dumpster just to save money. This tactic may end up costing you more in the long-run, especially if your container must be emptied more frequently. 

Instead, ask each company for an expert assessment of your needs. VaVia offers dumpster rentals that are perfect for a number of projects. Our team would be more than happy to help you choose the size that’s right for you. 

Mistake #3: Ignoring the company’s rules

Each company has a specific set of rules around what can and can’t go in their dumpsters. Toxic chemical waste, for example, is usually not allowed. When you toss prohibited materials in your container in the hopes nobody will notice, waste professionals usually will. You’ll then have to go through the inconvenience of picking these items out and looking for other ways to get rid of them. 

To save yourself the hassle, ask the company for clear guidelines right from the beginning. If you have materials that aren’t allowed, ask about alternative disposal options. If anyone knows the best way to get rid of prohibited materials, it will certainly be the waste professionals. 

Mistake #4: Not asking for references

The market is flooded with shady companies -- and the dumpster industry is no exception. Once you’ve narrowed down your list of companies, never hesitate to ask for references. A reputable waste disposal firm should have a list of happy customers who are more than thrilled to offer good feedback. You should also ask local contractors and homeowners if there’s a company they’d recommend. 

Why choose VaVia for your next dumpster rental? 

VaVia provides waste disposal solutions that are not only affordable, but also efficient. We have fine-tuned our rental process to keep things as simple as possible for our clients. Our friendly team is just a call or click away. We’re available to help you choose the correct bin size and set up a delivery date. 

Our bins are small enough to fit into tight spaces without being an eyesore in your driveway, but still sturdy enough to handle whatever comes their way. Ask us how VaVia can make your next project as smooth as possible. Then see for yourself why we’re the most trusted provider of dumpsters in Tennessee and Alabama (with other locations in neighboring states opening soon).

For more information on renting a container, call VaVia at 1-833-GO-VAVIA or contact us here. Easy go!