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Roll-Off Container Guidelines

We work hard to make sure our roll-off container service is reliable, easy to use, and fits your needs. In order to maintain a high level of service, we do have a few roll-off container guidelines we ask that you follow when using our containers. This is nothing fancy, just some ground rules we need to establish to make sure your project, and our job goes as smoothly as possible.

1. Container Placement Planning

1.a. When we drop a container we need about 3 times the length of the container, and no less than 9 feet (preferably 10 feet) in width to make a clean drop. For example, if a 30 cubic yard container is 21 feet long, we need approximately 60 feet in a straight line to drop the box. This varies between our 30/40 yard containers and our 15 yard containers, but 3 times the length is a great rule of thumb.

  • Here are approximate container lengths:
    • 15 cubic yard – 14 feet,
    • 30 cubic yard – 21 feet
    • 40 cubic yard – 22 feet

1.b. Assure we have a flat(ish), solid, dry surface to place the container on. We do our best to get your container where it will be most convenient for you, however we will not risk getting stuck or tipping a truck. Please plan according to your terrain and the weather when thinking about your placement. If it’s been raining or snowing, chances are we will not be able to place it in a yard, or field. Our trucks are surprisingly not very good on slick, or soft surfaces…and it’s ugly when they get stuck.

2. Do not dispose of:

  • Tech Electronics
    • TVs
    • Computers/Monitors
    • Computer and TV Peripherals (keyboard, printer, BlueRay, etc.)
  • Tires
  • Refrigerators and Freezers
  • Large Batteries
  • Hazardous Materials
    • Asbestos
    • Wet Paint
    • Oil
    • Fuel

These items may not be disposed of in a standard waste disposal facility and must be recycled. This is not our rule, this is the facility and the governments rule. If any of these items are spotted in the container prior to pick-up we will let the container sit. If they are spotted when the container is dumped, we will be forced to reload the items, remove them from the disposal facility, and return them to you. There is an additional charge for the extra trip, so please make sure everyone with access to the container knows not to allow these items to be thrown in.

3. Do Not Overfill the Container

Overloaded containers cannot be hauled. It’s just that simple. If the load exceeds the top rail of the container, or there is material sticking up or over the side we will require it to be corrected prior to pulling the box. Extra charges may apply if we need to make corrections to the load ourselves, or if we need to make an extra trip to pull the container.

4. Clear the area around the container

We recommend clearing the area around the container the night before your pick-up day. We start our day relatively early in the morning. Waking folks up with a 6 a.m. phone call asking them to move their car isn’t fun, so please make sure we have room to work when we arrive. We need to be able to access the front of the container (non-door end) straight on.

Additional Tips

  • Heavy Material (Ashes, Dirt, Shingles, etc.): If loading the container with a dense, heavy material like ashes from a burnpit, dirt, or shingles, please let us know in advance so we can advise you on loading restrictions. Generally, for ashes and dirt, we ask that you do not exceed a half load. Our trucks have a weight limit and exceeding the load restriction may cause our trucks to be overweight, or inability to lift the container from the ground.
  • Leave room for the door: If you’re doing a home clean-out, being able to open the back door of the container can be really handy for larger items. When picking your placement location, keep the door in mind. Generally, they need around 8 feet of swing room.
  • 40 Yard Containers: They’re extremely high. Like over 8 feet high. If you don’t have a machine, aren’t loading from an elevated platform, and can’t open the back door due to space it will be difficult to load.
  • Street Placement Permits: If you’re planning on having a container placed along the street please check with your borough, or municipality office for permits requirements.
  • Plan Ahead: If you’re going to need a container, please let us know as soon as possible. Often times we can deliver within a day or two, which is great! However, there are times where we’re over a week out on deliveries, especially with our larger containers. The sooner you let us know about your project the better.

Thank you for checking out, and complying with our Roll-Off Container Guidelines. We appreciate your business and look forward to working with you again!

The Heim’s Disposal Service Team