Residential dumpster services include the rental, placement and removal of dumpster units by privately owned companies. These dumpsters are metal receptacles that hold between 10-40 cubic yards of waste.Rectangular in shape, residential dumpsters are 6-8 feet wide, 4.5-8.5 feet in height,and 12.5 feet to 23.5 feet long. Weight limits vary with dumpster size, and rental companies charge extra fees when specified limits are exceeded.Homeowners and their contractors frequently use dumpsters for clean-up and organization projects, new construction and re-modeling. Dumpsters are also used to remove debris after hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and floods.Dumpsters are usually kept on driveways, lawns, or other nearby areas, until the dumpster is filled and ready to be removed. Dumpsters on residential streets require a permit.
Although private, detached single-family homes are not required to meet Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards, the Americans with Disability Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) contains helpful information, such as specifications for an accessible route to a residential dumpster.However, ADA standards for dumpsters are legally enforced only when: 1. a building meets the criteria for ADA compliance 2.a dumpster is an essential part of a compliant building. A dumpster that is an essential part of a building is usually identified by a fence or another enclosure and/or by a concrete pad on which the dumpster is placed.
Landfills accept many, but not all, categories of waste. Liquids and recyclable objects, for example,require special processing. State and county laws enforce alternative handling and disposal standards for chemicals, asbestos, oil and other materials that damage the environment. These materials include appliances, electronics,tires, metal drums, batteries, incandescent/florescent bulbs and used oil filters.
Safety is a critical factor in the selection of a dumpster's location. The material and slope of a dumpster's surrounding area can increase or reduce the risk of falls, particularly for people with mobility and visual disabilities who use assistive equipment. In order to reduce the risk of fire, dumpsters should be separated by a minimum distance of 10 feet from any building that is made of combustible material such as wood. A minimum distance of 10 feet should also separate a dumpster from any building that has windows, doors or other openings, including buildings made of steel, concrete and other non-combustible material.