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 Sets 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?

Can A Dumpster Be Placed On The Street In Atlanta?

One question we get a lot from our customers that are located in Atlanta is "can i put the dumpster on the street"?  Well, the answer is yes, but 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 to 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

City Code:

  • (a)
    Definitions. The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this subsection, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this subsection, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
    "Dumpster" shall mean any container or storage box used for the storage, collection, or removal of construction debris, demolition debris, or other discarded material but shall not include a refuse compactor or grease container, and shall also not include the refuse containers.
    "Applicant" shall mean the person who leases or otherwise causes placement (if a dumpster or container for temporary use at the location requested).
    "Provider" shall mean the person who owns a dumpster.
    Permit required. It shall be prohibited and it shall be unlawful for any person to place or maintain a dumpster in the public right-of-way unless such person shall first obtain a dumpster permit from the department of public works.
    Application. An application for a dumpster permit shall be made to the commissioner of public works by the applicant. The application form shall require the applicant to provide the following information:
    The name, address and telephone number of the applicant;
    The number of dumpster(s) requested to occupy the permitted location;
    The street address adjacent to the permitted location;
    The intended use of the dumpster(s); and
    The intended period of occupancy of the dumpster(s).
    Duration and conditions of permit.
    Duration of permit. Duration of a dumpster permit shall not be more than six months. An applicant holding a permit and requesting an extension of time shall apply for a new permit according to the provisions of this code section.
    Demonstrated need as condition of permit. No dumpster permit shall be issued unless the applicant shall first demonstrate to the commissioner of public works that the dumpster(s) cannot be accommodated on private property.
    Indemnification insurance as condition of permit. No dumpster permit shall be issued until the applicant for such permit shall first have presented to the commissioner of public works or his designee evidence of insurance issued to indemnify and hold harmless the city, its agents, officers and employees from all claims arising out of any injury to persons or damage to property resulting from the placement, presence, use, maintenance or removal of the permitted dumpster on, irk, over or within the public right-of-way. Such insurance shall be furnished by an insurer satisfactory to the city, the amount of the policy being determined by the city's risk manager to be adequate to protect the interests of the public and shall name the City of Atlanta, its officers, employees and agents as additional insured. The insurance shall be maintained in effect at all times that the dumpster remains on the public right-of-way.
    Reimbursement of damages to city. The granting of permission to place or maintain a dumpster on, or in, the public right-of-way shall be contingent upon the agreement of the applicant to repair any damage to the public way resulting from the placement, maintenance, use or removal of the dumpster during the times the dumpster remains on the public right-of-way.
    Compliance with this chapter. The granting of permission to place or maintain a dumpster on, or in, the public right-of-way shall be contingent upon the agreement of the applicant to comply with all the terms of this chapter and to comply with all other ordinances and regulations of the city.
    Permit fee. The applicant for a permit issued by the department of public works for dumpster placement shall, upon receipt of such permit, pay to the city a permit fee as provided in this section.
    There shall be a $20.00 fixed fee for all permits issued as provided in this section, unless otherwise provided herein.
    A permit cost for use of up to 100 linear feet of any portion of the adjacent curb lane shall be $10.00 per calendar day for the duration of the permit.
    A permit cost for use of 101 to 200 linear feet of any portion of the adjacent curb lane shall be $15.00 per calendar day for the duration of the permit.
    A permit cost for use of 201 to 300 linear feet of any portion of the adjacent curb lane shall be $20.00 per calendar day for the duration of the permit.
    A permit cost for use of over 300 linear feet of any portion of the adjacent curb lane shall be $25.00 per calendar day for the duration of the permit.
    An additional fee to recover the cost of the blocked parking meters, or to recover the cost of the issuance of emergency no parking signs or other materials related to traffic control measures may be added to the cost of the permit, where applicable.
    Dumpster identification. The commissioner of public works is authorized to establish and publish a list of conditions and requirements for the placement, maintenance, use or removal of any dumpster in the public way in a manner not inconsistent with this chapter. Said conditions shall contain, but not be limited to, the requirement that the provider clearly identify all dumpsters in the public right-of-way in the following manner:
    Clear identification of the name and telephone number of the provider, visibly displayed in a conspicuous manner, according to standards established and published by the commissioner of the department of public works.
    The requirement to affix and maintain, on each of the four corners of the dumpster high-intensity retro-reflective sheeting, or other retro-reflective or prismatic material or substance according to standards established and published by the commissioner of the department of public works.
    Location. No dumpster shall be permitted for a location that is:
    Within 40 feet of any bus stop.
    Within 20 feet of any parking space designated for persons with disabilities.
    Within 20 feet of any pedestrian crosswalk.
    Within 30 feet of any intersection.
    Within 15 feet of any fire hydrant.
    On any sidewalk, unless the applicant demonstrates to the satisfaction of the commissioner of public works or his designee that an alternative location is not feasible and that placement of the dumpster(s) on such sidewalk would not create a safety hazard, disrupt pedestrian or vehicular traffic, or damage public or private property.
    Placement, appearance and maintenance of dumpster.
    It shall be the responsibility of the applicant to place the dumpster immediately adjacent to the property identified by the street address stated on the permit application.
    It shall be the responsibility of the provider to make certain that the dumpster remains free of graffiti (as defined at section 106-801 of this Code) at all times.
    It shall be the responsibility of the provider when transporting or otherwise moving a dumpster, to ensure that no portion of the load is falling, shifting, blowing, dropping or in any way escaping from the dumpster. The provider shall use a tarpaulin or other appropriate cover to secure the top of a dumpster while in transit.
    Violations of the conditions stated in the permit required by this section, or failure to obtain or maintain a valid permit shall constitute an offense and shall be punishable as provided under in the penalty section of this chapter.
    Any dumpster in the public right-of-way not bearing its identification information or reflective material as required by subsection (f) of this section, shall be in violation of the requirements of this section; and
    Any dumpster not located immediately adjacent to the street address specified in the permit shall be in violation of this section; and
    Each day that a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense.
    Enforcement and penalties. Upon a determination that a person is in violation of this chapter, the commissioner of public works or his designee shall give notice or issue a citation that indicates the person is in violation of a section of this chapter. Should the violation continue for a period of 14 days after the person receives notice, the commissioner or his designee may cite the violator to appear before the judge of the municipal court for a hearing on the charge of violation of this chapter.
    Upon a finding that a section of this chapter has been violated, the violator shall be subject to one or more of the following penalties:
    The revocation or suspension of a permit issued in accordance with this section.
    A fine not exceeding $1,000.00 a day for a violation of this section.
    Imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.
    Effective date. This ordinance shall be effective starting on September 1, 2005.
    (Ord. No. 2005-44, § 1, 7-26-05; Ord. No. 2008-23(08-O-0555), § 1, 4-28-08)

Monday, 28 September 2015

How to Dispose of Rail Road Ties.

How to 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 accept them. The main factor in 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 weighs 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 hauled 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

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

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.