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Dumpster Rentals with Moon Dumpsters

Renting a dumpster is a great way to handle personal, commercial, and other types of projects. There are a lot of sizes and types of dumpsters that you can select from in the process. Here’s an overview of the dumpster rentals we offer and recommend for different projects.

Residential Dumpster Rentals

Moon Dumpsters offers a variety of dumpsters for rent that can take care of any size residential job. Our residential dumpsters are ideal for kitchen and bathroom demolitions, remodeling projects, and more. These dumpsters start as small as 6 cubic yards and go all the way up to 20 cubic yards.

A 6 yard dumpster is a great option for smaller remodeling projects like a small kitchen demolition, a basement overhaul, or redoing a garage. Many of our customers also choose this size for a lawn or yard cleanup. It offers enough space for those smaller projects at a great price.

A 9 yard dumpster offers a bit more space then the 6 yarder. As such, it’s a perfect fit for a normal sized kitchen remodeling job, or even a small kitchen plus bathroom remodel. It is also great for a deck demolition up to dimensions of 10’x18’. This dumpster will serve more medium-sized basement or garage renovations well too.

12 and 16 yard dumpsters offer extra space that you may need for some of those larger remodeling or demolition projects around the house. A large kitchen, basement, or garage that you are working on would benefit from this size. Our customers who are working on multiple smaller or average-sized projects tend to select this size too, given the extra space it provides. In particular, the 16 yard dumpster is a good option for multi-project needs given the large amount of debris and items it can hold.

Our 20 yard dumpster is the largest residential dumpster we offer. It has the capacity to handle all of the projects our smaller dumpsters can, at a larger scale. It’s also a good fit for a significant home addition project, a large fencing job, or a multi-deck demolition. This is the dumpster to rent if you know you’ll have a lot of material to content with.

30 and 40 Yard Dumpsters

Moon’s 30 and 40 yard dumpsters are an excellent choice for commercial jobs that need space for waste at a large scale. Our customers typically include contractors, construction sites, large building demolitions, and even commercial recycling jobs. The massive space these dumpsters offer make them very useful for large scale professional jobs.

Pricing and Quotes

We offer details about our dumpster rentals on our website including pricing, sizes, and FAQs. We have a customized quote form you can fill out, after which you will receive pricing and more information about our rentals.

If you order soon, you can take advantage of our current Spring Special! We are offering $10 off all dumpster rentals in both the Louisville and Lexington areas. Book now to lock in this great deal while you can! We work with our customers to make the process simple and straightforward. We can even help you with the dumpster permitting process– read our previous blog post here to learn more.

Moon Dumpsters makes sure that waste disposal is as environmentally-friendly as possible, with efficient trucks and green disposal practices. To learn more about Moon’s full-service dumpster rentals and get the dumpsters you need, visit our website or call us at 502-414-8028 today!

Do You Need a Dumpster Permit?

Dumpsters provide an excellent way for you to clear waste as you tackle a project. Depending on how and where you’re using one, you may need a dumpster permit. It can be a bit confusing, so today on the blog we’ll walk you through dumpster permits!

General Rules

In most cases, you will only need a dumpster permit if you will be placing the dumpster on public property. This includes public streets and sidewalks. This may be the case for you if there’s limited room in your situation. If, however, you have the space to put a dumpster on your driveway or any other private property, you won’t have to worry! There’s no need to get a permit in that case.

Dumpster Permit Process

If you do need to place a dumpster on public property, there are a few things you need to consider. In many cases, you can put a dumpster on a public road or sidewalk- you’ll just need a permit to do so. However, there may be places where you can’t so you should always check with your locality first. This includes specific neighborhoods- if you have a neighborhood association, they may have rules about if/how dumpsters are permitted on streets.

If there is a permit process, here’s how it normally works. Many localities have ‘right-of-way’ permits that give you the ability to place a dumpster on a public street. You must apply for and receive this permit before you can place your dumpster.

You need to know a few things to fill out this permit most of the time. First, how long will you need your dumpster on public space? You will have to give a specific date range on the paperwork. Second, where exactly will the dumpster be? You will also need to give the exact address and location of the dumpster. Third, who are you renting your dumpster from? You’ll be asked to provide contact information for the rental company on the permit.

Other Things to Know

Here are some other insider tips. Always contact both your local public works department and any relevant neighborhood association. This is the way you will be able to learn about any specific rules and processes (for our Louisville readers, check out Metro Public Works’ web page). Additionally, permit processes can take time, so you should try to submit your permit application at least a week in advance of when you need to use your dumpster. One last thing- you can work with your dumpster rental company to help things go smoothly! At Moon Dumpsters, we can help make sure you time your dumpster delivery perfectly so you have the proper permit when you need it. We also ensure deliveries and pickups go off without a hitch.

Moon Dumpsters makes sure that waste disposal is as environmentally-friendly as possible, with efficient trucks and green disposal practices. To learn more about Moon’s full-service dumpster rentals and get the dumpsters you need, visit our website or call us at 502-414-8028 today!

What is Dumpster Diving?

Dumpster diving involves salvaging goods from dumpsters, often those from businesses. The legality of dumpster diving and people’s opinions on it are complex. Let’s examine some of the key points about dumpster diving.

Legality of Dumpster Diving

The legality of dumpster diving varies country to country. Dumpster diving is actually legal at the federal level in the United States. It is also legal at the state level in all 50 states. It’s the county and city/town levels in which it can be illegal in some or all scenarios. Additionally, where dumpsters are located can affect the legality of dumpster diving. If a dumpster is on private property or if it’s locked, you would likely be breaking laws to dumpster dive. For example, walking onto someone’s private property to dumpster dive without permission would be illegal.

Perspectives from Business Owners

Businesses often have dumpsters that people may want to salvage in. However, every business owner has a unique perspective on this activity. Some may support recycling or reusing discarded products, while others may discourage it. Some may also worry about liability if someone were to get hurt while diving on their property. Others are more concerned about the mess people can leave from dumpster diving. On the other hand, there are some businesses where owners are willing to discuss the option and give permission.

Perspectives from Dumpster Divers

People who dumpster dive may do so for various reasons and have different outlooks on the practice. For some people, it is simply a means of survival if they do not have access to food or other necessary goods. For others, dumpster diving can be informed by a belief in recycling and reusing consumer goods to reduce environmental impacts.

Many people may donate items or food they find to people in need. Some people dumpster even dive to turn a profit, selling items they find. In addition, some people just enjoy it as a hobby.

Benefits and Downsides

Dumpster diving can be positive in many cases. Reducing waste and reusing items is certainly positive for the environment. It can also lead to a redistribution of goods and food to people who need them. If done legally and with permission, issues with business owners or the legal system are avoidable as well.

However, there are also a few potential downsides. From a diver’s perspective, it can be downright dangerous. Broken glass, needles, and other dangers can lurk in dumpsters. They can cause cuts, punctures, and other injuries that may be prone to infection or disease. There can even be biohazardous material present. Plus, some businesses may go out of their way to destroy food by adding bleach, glass, or chemicals to it before disposal. If ingested, this can be deadly. Expired food can be an issue sometimes too. Additionally, if divers are not courteous or law-abiding, they can cause trouble for business owners and communities.

Moon Dumpsters makes sure that waste disposal is as environmentally-friendly as possible, with efficient trucks and green disposal practices. To learn more about Moon’s full-service dumpster rentals and get the dumpsters you need, visit our website or call us at 502-414-8028 today!

Waste Disposal: Where Does Waste Go?

When you throw your garbage or yard waste into a dumpster, it can be easy to never think about it again. All of that has to go somewhere, though. But where? There are a few main places your waste is most likely to go, depending on what it is and the waste disposal practices and regulations where you live. Let’s take a look at the main places that waste goes.

Landfills: The Main Form of Waste Disposal in the United States

Landfills are simply disposal sites for waste. Landfill workers carefully contain and monitor waste and waste byproducts in landfills to avoid contaminating groundwater, soil, and the air. Eventually, when landfills are completely full, they shut down. You can think of them as a way to isolate waste from the surrounding environment. In the United States, landfills are where most waste goes.

Recycling Centers

Recycling centers help repurpose items like plastics, glass, paper products, and metals. These centers sort through recyclable items and then compact them into ‘bales’ that can be sent to mills where they are processed into new materials. What is recyclable for you depends on the infrastructure and policies in your area, so always check your local and state practices.

Recycling, while still much less common than landfilling, has become more widely adopted in the past several decades. In 2015, for instance, 67.77 million tons of waste were recycled in the United States, with to 137.7 million tons of waste going to landfills. Compare this to 25 years prior- in 1990, only 29.04 million tons were recycled, with 145.27 million tons being landfilled. Recycling is a preferable alternative to landfilling today, since it means reusing materials as opposed to trying to contain them in a landfill.

Composting

Composting is another of the main ways to deal with waste. Compost facilities use controlled aerobic decomposition to help turn organic waste into a nutrient-rich soil conditioner. Many food scraps and bits of yard waste are compostable. The end product of composting can help grow plants and food. Many people create their own compost, and some communities have composting centers or facilities where community members can drop off organic matter waste. Composting has the benefits of lowering carbon footprints, enriching soil, and reducing the need for chemical fertilizers.

Waste Combustion: A Declining Method of Waste Disposal

Combustion is another approach for disposing of waste. Municipal solid waste incinerator facilities burn waste at an extremely high temperature. They then use steam produced from incineration to create energy. However, this process has significant negative impacts on the environment and local communities. They increase pollution in their communities, most of which are lower-income communities of color in the United States. Support for this form of disposal in the US seems to be diminishing, particularly because the remaining facilities in the United States are aging and have old, inefficient technology. But in other parts of the world like Europe, combustion waste management is quickly becoming more accepted. These facilities also have better technology that is potentially safer for the environment and communities.

Moon Dumpsters  makes sure that waste disposal is as environmentally-friendly as possible, with efficient trucks and green disposal practices. To learn more about Moon’s full-service dumpster rentals and get the dumpsters you need, visit our website or call us at 502-414-8028 today!

A green dumpster sitting in front of a house

The Origin of the Dumpster

The dumpster is a common utility container all around the world. Dumpsters are so commonplace in everyday life that you may have never stopped to think about where they came from. Prior to their invention, waste disposal was a significant hindrance to public health in areas of high population. The dumpster helped solve sanitation issues that many cities faced in the early 20th century by making waste disposal more efficient and less labor-intensive. 

Here’s a look at the origin of the dumpster. 

George Dempster

The story of the dumpster starts with George Dempster in the 1930’s. Dempster owned a construction business with his brothers in Knoxville, Tennessee. His experience with the logistics of transporting waste in the construction business sparked the idea for the dumpster, which he eventually created and patented in 1935.  

Dempster’s design initially involved a pulley system that was mounted to a motorized truck. Containers were raised by pins welded to their sides, and then transported and emptied through a hinged door. Dempster first used this system for his construction business to handle waste. However, as sanitation issues became more and more significant in cities, the Dempster dumpster became a widespread solution. 

The Dumpster as a Sanitation Solution

Prior to the dumpster, waste collection and removal was extremely inefficient. Garbage and debris (particularly in cities) regularly piled up along streets and on sidewalks. Cities required a lot of labor to mitigate this public health hazard. While waste could be hauled away by carriage, and later by the Model T Ford, this still involved a lot of manual labor. Workers had to load and unload garbage by hand. 

The Dempster dumpster allowed sanitary, enclosed storage for waste near places of business and residence, and made it easy to remove waste and return the container quickly. Crucially, the technology reduced the amount of hands-on labor required for sanitation. A single person could now pick up and handle waste collection with a dumpster. In 1937, Nashville, Tennessee became the first city to purchase the dumpster, becoming an early adopter of a technology that is now everywhere. 

Later models of the dumpster evolved for greater efficiency. Dempster improved the initial model by adding hydraulic lifting with chains and pivot arms, outstripping the lifting power of the old model’s cables and pulleys. Post-World War II, Dempster went on to design a single-axle end-dumping container with ten cubic yards of volume. This design, called the Dempster Kolector, allowed trucks to haul the containers behind them for quick collection, emptying, and delivery.  

Dempster created technology related to dumpsters as well. In the 1950’s, Dempster’s company created the Dempster-Dumpmaster, an early model for what we now know as the garbage truck. The front-loading design allowed truck drivers to empty multiple dumpsters in one trip without ever leaving their seats. 

Modern Dumpster Technology

It’s safe to say that Dempster’s inventions have played a huge role in shaping waste collection and sanitation as we know them today. Dumpster designs have changed over the years and there are numerous options on the market. 

Companies like Moon Dumpsters now offer dumpsters ranging from 6 to 40 cubic yards, and roll-off dumpsters and other designs are now common. Moon also makes sure that waste disposal is as environmentally-friendly as possible, with efficient trucks and green disposal practices. To learn more about Moon’s full-service dumpster rentals and get the dumpsters you need, visit our website or call us at 502-414-8028 today!

Indiana Opens First LNG Station In Sellersburg

LNG station sellersburg inBlu opened Indiana’s first liquified natural gas (LNG) station this past September.

The station is located in Sellersburg off I-65 in southeastern Indiana. Local residents and lawmakers were on hand to welcome what many consider to be the future of fuel in America.

What is LNG?
Liquified natural gas (LNG) is pumped out of the ground in gas form. When the gas is reduced to -260 F it becomes a liquid. At this point it can be stored and transported easily for use.

What is LNG used for?
Liquified natural gas is most commonly used for heating and energy. Over 3/4 of the commercial and residential sectors use natural gas. LNG can also be converted into compressed natural gas (CNG) and used for automobiles. CNG is often used by fleets of vehicles. Some automobile makers have CNG models that do not run on any gasoline.

LNG benefits greater than gasoline or diesel.

Benefits of using LNG include:

  • low cost
  • safer for the environment
  • domestically abundant

All of this points to a significant reduction, and potential eventual elimination, of American dependence on foreign oil.

Moon Mini Dumpsters supports the use of alternative fuels and other environmentally friendly programs.

We are proud of the progressive and resourceful businesses in the southeastern IN and Louisville, KY areas.

Written by Bob Jones