Friday, October 26, 2012

The Queen's Thoughts on Dumpsters

Hey everyone, it's the Queen here again and I want to talk to you about dumpsters. Yes, I know that sentence probably doesn't stir up much excitement for most people but since the King and I are in the junk removal business, it's a subject near and dear to us. Before I start, I must give credit where it's due, I was inspired to write this blog after reading a series of blog posts about renting a dumpster written by a fellow franchisee(thanks Junk King Kansas City!). It made me realize that the average person probably doesn't know much about the subject so I figured I'd give my blog readers a little lesson.

Let's set the scene:
You have an old concrete patio in your backyard, it's cracked and in disrepair. Every time you look out the window you imagine ripping it all out and putting down a beautiful new brick patio where you can sit with a nice glass of wine (or beer...whatever floats your boat) and relax. Finally, you saved up the money and you have a plan in place to make it happen.You're a do-it-yourselfer type so you decide to ask a couple friends for help and get the job done.

You pick up the phone and call the dumpster rental place and the first question they ask you is what size dumpster you'd like to rent. Most places offer a range of sizes from 15 cubic yards up to 40 cubic yards with varying prices depending on the size you choose. I don't know about you but most people I've talked to have no idea what can be fit into a 15 or 30 yard dumpster, so you have to try and guesstimate what size you'll need. You look out your back window and think...30 yards. Ok, the dumpster place will drop off your dumpster tomorrow.

The day has finally come, you've got your friends ready, your jackhammer rented and you're rearing to go. The truck pulls up with the 30 yard dumpster and proceeds to roll it off the truck into your driveway...good thing you have a big enough driveway to fit that puppy on! We're talking 22 feet long and 8 feet wide!
Anyways, you've got your dumpster, let's get to work! Hold on though, did you read all the details about the dumpster? Here's a few typical conditions that you'll find in most agreements:
1. There is a set rental period - typically a week. If you have the dumpster longer than that, you'll get charged extra for each additional day
2. There's a weight limit - for the 30 yard dumpster, that's typically 3 tons worth of stuff. Remember trying to figure out the size dumpster you needed? How will you have any idea about how much the stuff you're putting in the dumpster weighs? Just a little tidbit of information for you: A cubic yard of concrete can weigh close to 3500 lbs, so there goes over half your weight limit and the dumpster doesn't even have that much in it yet in terms of volume!
3. There's a long list of things you can't (or are not supposed to) put in that dumpster, one of those things being dirt (while we're on the topic of dirt: a cubic yard of it weighs 2500 lbs).

Anyways, I think you know where I'm heading with this and if you're reading this and saying...wow, the Queen wrote a slanted blog against dumpsters... here's the thing - dumpsters have their place in the world, but they're not always the best answer for every situation... (which is where we come in).

Question: Do you really have any idea what a cubic yard of concrete or dirt looks like?

Last Words: I could probably write a whole new blog post on additional thoughts I have about dumpsters (no really, I could), but I'll leave you with this - Junk King can and will take almost anything (except hazardous waste of course) and we only charge you dependent on the space it uses in our 18 cubic yard truck...so give us a call or check out our website for more details! - yes that was shameless promotion right there.

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