Thursday, 20 February 2020

When to avoid putting a dumpster on the lawn.


When to avoid putting a dumpster on the lawn.

Things to consider, expect, and plan for when putting a dumpster on an unpaved surface. 

The best time to put a dumpster on the lawn or any unpaved is surface is when it is there are no other options. 99% of the time there will some type of evidence that a dumpster and/or a truck has been there.  

One common thing to consider is how will the dumpster get to where you want it?  Is there underground pipes, does getting there require driving over septic tank or lines, sprinklers systems, water lines, sewer lines, overhead power or cable lines, odd or uneven path,  or any other natural or man-made obstacle. Will access require driving off the edge of a driveway or other sensitive surfaces?  Going off and on the edge of concrete or blacktop increases the probability of damage and breaking of the surface.
There are some circumstances when placing a bin on a lawn is 100% a no go.  If there has been raining within the past 3-4 days or a long spell of rain. Also, consider this when the dumpster is scheduled to be picked up.  The ground is naturally wet or moist, uneven terrain, and slope. Driving over a septic tank & lines, sprinkler system, or any other fragile underground lines

The trucks, alone, are about 12,000 lbs and the dumpster empty is 2,000 lbs, for a total of 14,000 lbs! Tires will leave small ruts in the dry ground but will disappear after a couple of rainfalls.  The dumpster will damage grass and vegetation under it if it sits on the lawn for an extended period of time. From personal experience, I had a dumpster place on the side of my driveway for about 10 days and all the grass died leaving a nice brown spot.

We highly recommend avoiding put a dumpster on any unpaved surface unless it is a necessity.  It saves you a headache, time, and money!  If damage to the surface is your concern, let us put down our 100% driveway protection to prevent damage from the roller, rails, and rust marks!

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