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5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.

Where can I get rid of household hazardous wastes?

Household hazardous wastes, or HHW, includes liquid cleaners, aerosols, automobile tires, paints, car batteries, automobile fluids, e-waste and other potentially toxic materials and debris. These items aren’t allowed in dumpsters or trash cans, so you must dispose of them properly.

Either drop HHWs off at the nearest HHW drop-off facility, or visit your local government website to find out when the next HHW collection event is being held. Most municipalities hold one or two such events per year where you can drop off HHWs for free or for a small fee.

State of Florida Waste and Recycling Information and Tips

Florida’s goal is to increase recycling rates to 75% statewide

In 2008 the Florida Legislature introduced a goal to increase statewide recycling rates to 75%, and in 2010 a plan was put into place to make that happen. The plan is to achieve this recycling goal by 2020.

This is quite an ambitious goal, and if achieved, would put Florida as one of the top recycling states in the country. Here’s a few things being done to work toward 75%:

  1. New grant programs will help promote increased recycling and educational tools to boost recycling rates.
  2. A Recycling Recognition Program encourages businesses, public/private institutions and citizens to demonstrate at least a 40% recycling rate.
  3. Encourage cities/counties to offer curbside recycling and mandatory commercial recycling. List of recycling availability by county (2012).

Stay up-to-date on the progress of Florida’s 75% recycling goal

Where does Florida send its waste?

Much of it is sent to one of the State’s waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities where the waste is used to produce renewable energy. As of 2011, there are 11 WTE plants in Florida, making it the biggest producer of energy from waste in the country.

Where do I dispose of (______)?

There are two easy ways to locate a landfill, composting or recycling facility near you.

  1. Use the Solid Waste Map Locator tool to view facilities statewide on an interactive map
  2. Use the new Statewide Solid Waste Universe database to locate a disposal facility that accepts the type of material you have (i.e., construction/demolition debris, yard waste, etc.)

***For e-waste recycling (i.e., computer, TV, etc.), try this map.

Waste and recycling laws vary by location, here are a few examples…

Here’s how the top 5 most populous counties in Florida regulate trash hauling/disposal and recycling, and also some useful facts that may come in handy.

Miami-Dade County

  • All businesses and multi-family properties (apartment and condos) are required to recycle.
  • Commercial disposal fees at local landfills/recovery facilities range from $64.85 to $85.51 per ton for general commercial waste.
  • Learn more

Broward County

  • Each city has a designated waste hauler franchised to handle waste/recycling services. Most offer single-stream recycling. Contact your hauler directly to setup recycling service.
  • Recycling is not mandatory for commercial/multi-family residences, as of 2013, but is strongly encouraged.
  • Landfill fees range from $50 per ton for general waste and $30 per ton for C&D debris.
  • Find a roll-off dumpster rental company in Broward County

Palm Beach County

  • Recycling is completely voluntary in Palm Beach County, but this hasn’t hurt waste reduction goals which is currently above 50%.
  • Tipping fees range from $42 for garbage to $45 for C&D debris.
  • Curbside waste hauling is contracted out to franchised haulers and your service provider varies depending upon your location. However, you are free to rent a roll-off dumpster from any private waste hauler for any type of home cleanout, construction, demolition, or renovation project.

Hillsborough County

  • Curbside service is handled by one of three franchised haulers. You can opt of this agreement and self-haul your waste (residential or commercial) if you wish. Landfill fees for most waste is $68.81 per ton.
  • Recycling is not mandatory.
  • Choose any local, permitted waste hauler for your dumpster rental needs.

Orange County