Thursday, 3 December 2015

Furnishing a home on a budget? Look into estate sales.

Looking to furnish a new home on a budget? Where do you start?

Like most you're going to head to craigslist or maybe a local Facebook page for "yard sales".  If you are looking to find higher quality used  furniture or  just about any household item you need to look at local estate sales.  Generally, estate sales are only held at higher income homes with nicer items; the company holding the sale needs to have value in the item in order for them to make money too.  

There are several websites that list local estate sales in your area. If the seller wants they can also upload or share links to some of the items to be sold.  Here are a couple of best to use websites that will let you search by location and are popular among selling agencies:
Some tips for picking a estate sale:
  • Find sales in wealthy neighborhoods for the best items!
  • Look at photos of what is for sale to see if any items spark an interest or the items that are being sold fit your style.
  • Get there early! Many second hand stores, antique dealers, and others looking for a deal try to get the best items by getting there first.
  • Some sellers will reduce the prices as time goes on in order to try to sell everything in the house.
  • Try to bargain with the seller. Remember bargaining turns more to your favor if you are buying more items.
  • Come prepared to take what you paid for. Some sellers will not hold items.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Selecting a Professional Contractor

There are several factors to choosing a general contractor (GC) for your project.  One qualifying step should be checking to see if the contractor is licensed for your job. Whether you're in Atlanta, Marietta, or Roswell the state of Georgia provides an website that you can easily search for any professional license  CLICK HERE.  It is highly recommended that you also get the credentials of sub contractors and verify them.  Not all fields require a license but (not limited to) electricians, plumbers, and residential general contractors do.

Licensed professionals are held to a standard by the state they must pass a state exam, may require higher education credits, continuing education, and re-qualification.

There are professional organizations for just about every licensed profession. These organizations will check and verify the contractor.  They may also require exams, continuing education, and provide continuing education courses. Two great local resources are The National Association of the Remodeling Industry of Atlanta  & Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association.

Always remember to require the contractor to use a Bin There Dump Dumpsters at your house ;)

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Disposing of Asbestos Material

Removal of asbestos can be enough of a headache with all the worry of exposure, labor of removal, and regulations.  The final part of the process can be the most expensive- disposal!

Because of the regulations on asbestos it can only be disposed of at certain locations.  This could require the hauler to travel further than normal and does add to the cost.  Furthermore, disposal fees for asbestos is based on cubic yardage of the container (not the amount  in the dumpster), landfills have "profile" fees, and additional fees/taxes!  Also, asbestos needs to a minimum of bagged twice, wet, and determined to friable or non-friable.

In Georgia if you are doing an abatement job at your personal residence you do not need to file any paper work with the state; there still needs to be a manifest forms (Click  Here) with and in each load. 

The most important part of disposal is to know that you (the homeowner) are responsible for the asbestos forever; even after it is buried!!  

It is highly recommended that you leave the any hazardous material abatement to a professional and allow them to hold the liability.

For more information about asbestos in the state of Georgia Click Here.

If you have all your ducks in a row and are looking to dispose of asbestos from your personal residence you can call us at 404-692-2838.  

*By no means are we experts in the field of asbestos, the information provided here is not to used as professional advice and/or current regulations! It is highly recommended that you consult with an certified asbestos contractor, local government(s), and federal government. 

Reclaim It Atlanta

Reclaim It Atlanta, Inc is a non-profit joint venture between The Fuller Center For Housing Of Greater Atlanta, Inc. & Charitable Connections, Inc that was organized in 2009.

Reclaim It  Atlanta was developed when the the two non-profits received an donation from an closing HD Supply for a project they were working together on.

Reclaim It Atlanta takes in reclaimed (used) building materials, appliances, interior building components (sinks,  counters, faucets,etc), tools, and other miscellaneous items.  Then they clean them up and resell them. 

Next time  you are doing an remodel project and have an reusable item you can donate!  Also, you can find items to use on your project. 

They are located at 900 Wendell Court, Suite A  Truck Entrance, Atlanta, GA 30336.  They are open Monday - Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and can be reached 404-274-2406 or

Thursday, 22 October 2015

What Set Bin There Dump That Dumpster Apart?

               WHAT SETS UP APART?

Locally owned & operated; BTDT is the only Residential Friendly dumpster service in Metro Atlanta. We offer double doors for easy walk in loading and no need to lift over the rim, 100% driveway protection, post job clean up, attractive bins, and superior customer service! Furthermore, we do not have any hidden fees, fuel surcharges, delivery fees, or etc.

We are the only RESIDENTIAL FRIENDLY DUMPSTER service in Atlanta!

Clean and Attractive Dumpster!  Our dumpsters are maintained, clean, and presentable.  We touch up the equipment on a regular basis to ensure a clean appearance. This keeps neighbors and HOAs happy.

Double Doors (french style) at the back for easy walk-in loading.  There is no need to hassle with lifting and tossing everything over the top. Also, this feature provides the ability to maximize space.

3 Sizes: 10, 15, and 20 cubic yards. A size for any job.
100% Driveway Protection; again we are the only ones who provide this service!  With our protection
system there is no damage to the driveway, hard surfaces, or yard from the metal roller or rails!
In fact, our dumpsters never even touch the ground!
We clean up any debris that might have fallen under the dumpster with a broom.  Another service only provided by Bin There Dump That

Our dumpsters have a Small Foot Print; about the size of a car! No need to take up a whole driveway or place it on the road for the neighbors to use or complain about.

Great for short driveways or houses right off the road.

Our Unique System fits into tight places that other companies cannot!

On Time Service & Outstanding Customer Service.  All of our drivers are clean, courteous, and professional.

No Hidden Fees or surprises!

We do not like to be surprised and we are sure you do not either.

Clean out the junk over a Long Period of time without strangers entering the house.

Fully Insured!

To view our website click HERE.
To view our dumpster sizes click HERE.
To book an order click HERE.
To request more information click HERE.
To review restrictions and conditions click HERE.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Atlanta Home Improvement magazine's & NARI Atlanta's 6th annual Tour of Remodeled Home October 24, 2015

The  Annual NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes will showcase 8 of Atlanta’s finest residential remodeling projects created by some of Atlanta's top remodeling contractors. The event will be held on Saturday, October 24th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. All of the contractors who remodeled the homes will be present for questions throughout the self-guided ToursThe tickets are $20 in advance, $30 day of the Tour. All proceeds from ticket sales are donated to Cure Childhood Cancer

Go to the Tour of Remodeled Homes HERE
Tickets can purchased HERE.
You can view the map of the homes HERE.
Check out NARI Atlanta HERE

Monday, 5 October 2015

Do I need permit to place a dumpster on the street in Atlanta?

If you are looking to put a dumpster on the street within the city limits of Atlanta you will need a permit.  The city code (sec. 138-61) refers to this as "Dumpsters in the right-of-way". 

Basically what it boils down is:
  • Permits are $35
  • Each day the dumpster is on the street it is $15. This includes day one.
  • A sketch must be provided to show barricades and reflectors
    • there are restrictions on placement (fire hydrants, disabilities parking, bus stop, etc)
  • Reflectors & barricades 
  • Signed Application
  • A certificate of insurance with the City of Atlanta listed as the holder.
Here are some additional links:
  • Direct link to the code; it is a third party, but the city's website will send you here too: Click Here. The fees here and on the application differ.  
  • Dumpster Placement Application: Click Here
  • Dumpster Checklist: Click Here
  • Affidavit Click Here
  • Affidavit Checklist: Click Here
Bin There Dump That Dumpster Rental of Atlanta does offer permit pulling service. You can call  us for cost at 404-692-2838 or email  

Monday, 28 September 2015

Dispose of Rail Road Ties.

Railroad ties can be a pain to dispose of in certain areas. Most landfills, transfer stations, and dumpster companies will not except them. The main factor to this issue is the weight and that they are treated with Creosote.

A standard tie is 8' long, 6.5" high, and 8.5" wide and weight anywhere from 140 - 200+ lbs. Because of the weight if you were to fill a dumpster it would most likely put the dumpster over it's haul away weight.

Creosote is considered a possible human carcinogen and does contain hazardous chemicals, but the EPA does not regulate the disposal.  This means that disposal regulations are handled by state and local governments; privately owned disposal sites can have  their own regulations.

The best way to determine how to dispose of them is to call a local landfill/transfer station or call a local dumpster rental company to see if they can dispose of them.

Depending on the amount and location we might be able to dispose of them for you. Remember you can always reuse them too;

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Dumpster On Sloped Driveway

We often get questions about sloped driveways and if they are going to be an issue.  Due to our trucks, system, and bins they generally are not. The slope and driveway have to be parallel;  perpendicular angles can cause a tipping issue.  As long as the slope is about the same, there shouldn't be an issue.

We have never had a driveway where we could not place a dumpster when the slope has been parallel.  A driveway with a flat section, then a sloped section can propose more of a problem when trying to get unhooked.

Although the picture does not do any justice, this driveway was very steep but had enough room at the top to place it without any issues.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Renter Beware of Hidden Fees!

Most dumpster rental companies do not provide a straight forward pricing; there could be additional fees for delivery, pick up, environmental, and/or special local taxes. The amazing parts is that in some companies these fees are floating fees that change depending on the cost of fuel!

For example a local dumpster company here in Atlanta will rent you a 10 cubic yard dumpster for $300 for 7 days, but then they charge you $50 for delivery (as if you can go pick it up from them) and a environmental fee that floats!  The current environmental fee is 15.32%!  By the time you are all done with the dumpster your cost would be $403.62!!!  That is approximately 34% more than the "dumpster rental"! Adds up quick.

Why do dumpster companies do this?  No clue!  Seems just silly to us! 

At Bin There Dump That Dumpsters of Atlanta our pricing is simple and straight forward.  Our pricing includes  up to 7 days of use and up to a certain weight.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Dumpster Driveway Damage

Driveway damage from a dumpster can leave scraps, cracks, gouges, rust stains, and etc.  Not all damage is permanent, but either way it is an eye sore.

Dumpster damage is easily avoided with planning and communication.  If the company you rented the dumpster from does not provide any type of driveway protection or not complete protection (protection from roller(s) and rails) you can provide it.  The driveway needs to be protected from all rollers and rails; this will keep it from ever touching the surface. For most situations a sheet of plywood cut up into 4 equal parts would work; 2 parts for rails and 2 for rollers (you  should check with the dumpster company to see how many rollers their dumpsters have).  Most companies will place the provided protection under the dumpsters.

The truck that carries the dumpster can cause more damage than the dumpster!  The big tri-axle trucks can easily crack your drive, break off chunks along edges, knock down wires, and if they go off the driveway they will damage the landscape.

If you are in Atlanta area (Marietta, Roswell, Kennesaw, Acworth, Alpharetta, Dallas, Hiram, Douglasville, Smyrna, etc) we will provide you with a dumpster that comes with 100% driveway protection at no additional charge!  We go beyond standard plywood, we use solid wood boards with stops to prevent the dumpster from rolling off the protection!  Furthermore, we use the smallest, most agile, and lightest delivery trucks in the area!  We can  be reached at 404-692-2838.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

What size dumpster do I need for shingles?

What Size Dumpster Do I Need For Shingles?

This is simple question, but the size dumpster you need might not include enough weight to cover the weight of the removed shingles.

The first thing that you will need to know is how many square feet (SF) or squares (SQS) (SF ÷ 100= SQS), how many layers, and shingle type (3 tab or 30 year/ Architectural).  See the chart below.

How many will each dumpster size hold?
Size in Cubic Yards
Total Sqs 3 tab
Total Sqs 30yr/Arch
* these are approximate figures and would leave enough space for minor bad decking and flashings.

The next thing you need to know is what will the weight be.  This is  very important so you can avoid or lessen the overages.  Every 10 Sqs of 3 tab shingles weights approximately 1 ton (2,000 lbs); remember if you have more than one layer of shingles you need multiply to account for the additional layers (example a double layered 30 Sqs roof is actually 60 Sqs). Every 10 Sqs of 30 year or Architectural is approximately 1.5 - 2+ tons; this shingle type can weight 1.5 - 2x the weight of 3 tab!

Once you know total Sqs and approximate weight you can make a good decision when ordering a dumpster for  your new shingle job. Remember that dumpster rental is based on size, weight, and time.

If you have any questions about dumpster rental in Atlanta, Marietta, or surrounding area please call us @ 404-692-2838 and we will be happy to help.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Bagster vs Dumpster

Paper or plastic? Dogs or cats? The correct answers depend on what you need, want or prefer.
Similarly, dumpsters and the Bagster also have their own sets of pros and cons. So before you use one or the other, make sure to do your homework to see which one is best for you and your project.
Here are five things to consider when it comes to choosing betweenWaste Management's (WM) Bagster vs. dumpster rental from a local provider like Bin There Dump That.

Container Size And Materials Accepted

The main determining factor for you might be what you can fit in the dumpster or Bagster.
Dumpsters come in a variety of sizes from 4- to 40-yard bins and hold both small and large items, including boxes, furniture, landscape and home renovation materials, appliances, clothes, trash and clutter. You can talk with the dumpster operator to see which size they would recommend for your project.
The Bagster is designed to handle smaller jobs like garage, attic or yard cleanouts and is 2 1/2 feet high, 4 feet wide and 8 feet long. It has a 3-cubic-yard capacity and can hold up to 3,300 pounds of debris or waste. The Bagster is available in one size.
They both do not accept hazardous materials.


While both can help you clear your home of clutter and unwanted items, they have different levels of durability.
The Bagster is a tarp-like material with handles. When you put items in the bag, you’ll need to start filling it at the edges to help the bag keep its rectangular shape. You should also lay items down flat and not pile debris above the edges.
A dumpster is heavy-duty, allowing you to throw or carry items into the bin. So there’s no need to lay items flat, as the dumpster is a hard metal and won’t lose its shape.


consider the accessibility of the dumpster at drop-off and pick-up when comparing the bagster vs. dumpster rentalYou can put dumpsters and the Bagster on your driveway or yard (with some exceptions). If you want to put them on the street, you’ll need to check with the city and ask about local regulations.
You can have the dumpster operator leave the rental in a convenient location on your property. Just avoid putting it on sloped surfaces, a neighbor’s yard or soft ground. The operator will put boards under the bin to keep it from damaging your yard or driveway.
Since the Bagster is picked up by a crane on the WM truck, there are some placement requirements. The bag must be 5 feet away from structures or vehicles, have at least 18 feet of vertical clearance and be clear of overhead wires, trees or structures. You should also avoid putting it on sloped surfaces.

Bottom Line

Screen_Shot_2015-06-10_at_2.20.34_PMYou need to know what your project will require — from the amount of material you’ll have to how quickly you want it picked up — before deciding between the Bagster vs. dumpster rental.
If you don’t have much to throw out and you plan to work on the project for an extended or an unknown amount of time, the Bagster might be the best choice since the price is the same no matter how long you keep it (you pay for the Bagster and then for its pickup).
On the other hand, if you have a lot of items to dispose of and want a set pickup date, you’ll need a dumpster to hold all of the materials. You also won’t have to worry about not being able to fit all of your items in the bin if you end up with more than first expected.
If you decide a dumpster rental makes the most sense for your next project contact Bin There Dump That Dumpster Rentals Atlanta @ 404-692-2838

- John Ferracuti

Friday, 31 July 2015

Georgia's House Bill 206

On July 1, 2015 the Georgia House pass bill HB206 that makes it illegal to pass a garbage collection truck and can carry a fine of $250!

How are dumpster sizes determined?

Our 10 cubic yard bin (10' x 7' x  4')

A common  misconception is that dumpster sizes are based on length, but are actually based on the interior cubic yardage space. The dimension will vary by company, container manufacture, truck, and lift system.  

One  cubic yard is 3’ x 3’ x  3’ box and a 10 cubic yard bin would be able to hold 10 one cubic foot  boxes and a 20 yard would hold 20 boxes.

Figuring out cubic yard is pretty simple; (Length in feet x Width in feet x Height in feet)/27= cubic yard.  For example our 10 yard bin: (10 x 7 x 4 = 280)/27=10.37 cubic yards.

Bin There Dump That offers 10, 15, & 20 cubic yard dumpsters  in the metro Atlanta market.  We can be reached at 404-692-2838 or for pricing and  conditions. You can also check us out at

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Dumpster Placement

When considering where to have your dumpster placed there are some items to think of: access to placement location, placement surface, and ease of loading.

How will the dumpster get to location where you want it?  For most people this is simple; on the driveway to one side.  There are always some things to consider before ordering  your dumpster: height clearance (low wires), turn radius of delivery vehicle, and width (most common if going through a fence). In order for Bin There Dump That Dumpsters of Atlanta/Marietta to access a drop location we need a min of 10’ height and 9’ width clearance; those requirements are lower than any of our competitors.

When it comes to placement there are two main factors: slope/angle and surrounding hazards.  Slope/angle has never been an issue for our dumpster system; the only thing we need to able to do is be parallel with the slope.  A bin cannot be place at an angle or perpendicular to the slope. Surrounding hazards need a clearance of 5’ on the door end and 3’ on the sides. This ensures that we have a enough room to safely deliver and pick up all dumpsters.

With Bin There Dump That Dumpsters the surface where the dumpster is being placed is an non issue.  Whether it is being placed on a blacktop or concrete driveway we protect the surface 100% with custom boards (with stops) for the roll and rails; the bin never touches the surface.  When a dumpster is placed on a solid surface there is a high probably of damage from the roller and rails during the dropping and pickup of the dumpster.  Also, if the rollers and rails are in contact with the surface there is a good chance of rust stains.  If you are going to have it placed grass, gravel, or other natural surface the trucks can cause minimal surface displacement to severe damage.  Dumpster trucks can weigh 6 tons to 10 tons without any load!  Yet again our truck are the lightest in the Atlanta/Marietta market and will cause the least amount of damage.  Another thing to think about is the weather;  if it has rained and ground is soft this increase the probability of severe damage.

Loading the dumpster is extremely important.  You want to make sure that you can open both (or at least one) doors and have a straight clear access to the loading end.  Being able to open the door makes loading easier and prevents from having to lift items over the rim. Also, being able to walk into the bin makes it much easier to organize the loading and maximizes use of all available space.

If you are in Atlanta, Roswell, Marietta, Kennesaw, Acworth, Powder Springs, Austell, Mableton, Dallas, Hiram, Lithia Springs, or Douglasville we access where no one else can. Furthermore, we are the only company to provide driveway protection and double doors for easy walk in loading.  If you have any question about a dumpster rental we can be reached at 404-692-2838.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Things to Consider When Renting a Dumpster`

Whether you are renting a dumpster to dispose of debris from a construction job or cleaning out a house there are numerous factors to take into consideration that can and will affect the rental. We will cover some of the top things you will need to consider:
  • Types of debris:  There are several types of waste, but the two main types that most deal with when it comes to dumpsters is MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) and CND (Construction And Debris).  Household items are considered MSW; kids toys and furniture are examples.  Most interior or exterior construction debris are considered CND.
  • Size: Dumpster sizes vary from as small as 3 cubic yards to 40 cubic yards and availble sizes vary by company.  One common misunderstanding is that dumpsters are based on linear feet, but they are actually based on “Cubic Yards”; 1 cubic yard is a 3’ wide x 3’ long x 3’ height box (27 square feet).  A 20 yard dumpster does not mean it will be 20 feet long, but that the interior dimension will hold 20 x 1 cubic yard boxes. Our bins sizes are 10, 15, and 20 cubic yards. They can be viewed here at  If you need help figuring out what size, we will be more than happy to help you make an educated decision. FYI, if you were to take an Ford F-150 and fill the bed of the truck with water until it spilled over, the volume of water would be about 2 cubic yards.
  • Customer Reviews: Find out what others have to say about the company and their services.  You can look into Google reviews, Bing, Angie’s List, etc.  This will give you a solid idea on how how the company operates.
  • Tonnage: How much weight is included with your rental?  Majority of dumpster companies set how much weight they will cover until there is additional fees.  Some companies do not cover any weight.  Also, you need to find out what they charge for additional tonnage and if it is pro-rated. 99% of our customers do not go over the allotted weight.
  • Additional Services: What else do they offer and/or what do they charge for additional services?  A vast majority of dumpster companies do not offer any additional services, but some will offer some form of driveway protection.  At Bin There Dump That Dumpsters we offer 100% driveway protection (bin never touches the driveway) and post job cleanup under the bin at no additional charge.
  • Access, Placement, & Space:  Where you would like the dumpster to be placed, is there enough room for a truck to get in (hazards: low wires, narrow drive, sharp curves, etc) and then actually put the dumpster down? Also, will the dumpster size fit where you need it without restricting access to job site and/or loading?  Look at where you want it placed and then look at how the truck would get to that location.  We are able to access through 9’ or wider gates and 10.5’ height clearance. Furthermore, we use smaller trucks than any other company in Atlanta; we can access and place dumpsters where no other dumpster or trailer company can.  All of our bins are designed not to take up more room than a minivan and have double doors on the loading end that reduce the footprint needed.
  • Price: This is the most important consideration for most people.  Some things that need to be considered when gathering prices is:
    • Duration of use and what are the additional pre-day charges.
    • Weight included
    • Additional fees?  Fuel surcharge, delivery charge, environmental fee, tax, and/or service fees.
    • Type of debris.

Bin There Dump That would love to help you in your decision making process for renting a dumpster. We can be reached at 404-692-2838.