The very first thing that you should do when cleaning up a property is to have all of the loose trash and debris swept and raked up and put into heavy-duty 42-gallon plastic bags. And then have the ends of the bags tied off with tie wire so that the trash does not spill out when the bags are picked up. I use Husky Contractor Clean-Up Bags, which are available at Home Depot and Lowe's stores nationwide. But when you have a large amount of trash and debris that needs to be removed from a property, it may be less expensive to rent an open-top, roll-off solid waste container, better known as a dumpster. Dumpsters are available in sizes ranging from 10 to 40 cubic yards. For example, here in Tampa, I can rent a 20-cubic yard container for seven days for $289, which includes pickup and delivery. But I have to pay an additional $45 per ton when the container is hauled off. And when full, most 20-foot containers weigh between 3 and 4 tons. I ended up paying $469 for the last 20-cubic yard container I rented. Please note that most companies do not allow dirt, concrete, roofing materials, or appliances to be placed in their containers. You can log on to the following web sites to obtain information about dumpster rates and availability in your area:
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