A 30-yard dumpster is loaded onto a truck at Tringali Sanitation in Troy June 18.

A 30-yard dumpster is loaded onto a truck at Tringali Sanitation in Troy June 18.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Learn the do’s and don’ts of dumpster rental

By: Kristyne E. Demske | C&G Newspapers | Published June 25, 2019

METRO DETROIT — With spring and summer cleaning comes a need for a place to put all that junk.

While it can feel good to declutter and eliminate years of remodeling leftovers and junk that isn’t fit to donate, sometimes it becomes too much to put out on the curb.

That’s where residential dumpster rental has its niche.

“Some people just accumulate stuff over many years,” said Bob Zee, operation manager at Tringali Sanitation in Troy.

Whether they’re moving in or out of a home, cleaning out the garage or basement, or remodeling a home, there is a dumpster to fit that need, he said.

“Sometimes we come out and look, see what they have, and then we guide them,” Zee said. “We don’t want them to get too small of a dumpster or too large of a dumpster.

“Some people try to get too small of a dumpster to save money, and then they end up getting two of the small ones.”

Dumpsters at Tringali Sanitation can be rented in 10-, 20- or 30-yard sizes. Priority Waste in Clinton Township offers those sizes, as well as 40-yard dumpsters for residential rental.

Most companies will discuss what the customer will be using the dumpster for to help determine what size is right for their project, said Tammy Andrews, with Priority Waste.

There are limits to what can be put in a dumpster, Andrews said, which any company should review with the customer before delivery.

“We don’t allow anything hazardous. Nothing flammable, no tires, no refrigerators with freon (or) freezers,” she said.

Asbestos and other hazardous materials are also prohibited.

“We just basically run through it with them when they call in for the dumpster. We tell them what we allow and what we don’t allow,” she said.

Residents don’t typically need a permit to have a dumpster placed in their driveway, but if they want to have it put in the street instead of their personal driveway, Andrews said they need to check with their city or township.

A dumpster won’t usually damage a driveway, but there are ways to prevent damage from occurring as well.

“It rolls off the back of the truck, so if someone (is) concerned with their driveway, we suggest that they lay down some plywood and the driver will place it on top of that plywood,” Andrews said. “We deliver them every day to a lot of driveways and don’t usually have problems.”

Zee said that he assesses a customer’s driveway before delivering a dumpster to make sure there won’t be a problem.

“Sometimes we put down boards, plywood. Everyone’s driveway is different,” he said.

A typical period for a customer to keep a dumpster is between five and seven days. Beyond that and a company may charge an extra rental fee for added days. Customers should make sure to ask how long the dumpster can stay on their property without penalty so they can make sure they have enough time to complete their project. Some companies will let a dumpster stay on-site for as long as 14 days, but some come to get the dumpster again after five days.

“We’ll work it out with the customer,” Zee said.

Dumpsters don’t have to be scheduled days or weeks in advance. A resident can typically call and get a dumpster that day if it is an emergency, or within 24 hours if it is not.

For more information, call Tringali Sanitation at (248) 585-9120 or visit tringalisanitation.com; or call Priority Waste at (586) 228-1200 or visit prioritywaste.com.