Activism Meets Family Business:

How the “Trash Man” and Dad’s Dumpster Rental in Cleveland Ohio are creating a more sustainable future.

It’s not exactly rocket science to know that trash needs someplace to go. We don’t often think about how long the stuff we throw out sticks around. Just to give you an idea, most of what we know about ancient civilizations archeologically comes from their leftover trash. That’s just pieces of broken pottery and spear tips! Pretty mild stuff compared to what we throw away these days. Modern material like plastic can stick around for millions of years or more. Only the most courageous of philosophers can ponder the horrifying consequences of this and not go mad. That means for you, yes you, every burrito wrapper, every diaper from when you were an infant, every single bag of potato chips you tore into at 3am in college will still be under the earth long after you meet your end. So it only begs the question, what are the effects of this? Short answer, not good! The EPA estimates the average American creates 4.5 pounds of waste every day. Do the math and that’s roughly 1,600 pounds a year! Excessive waste in landfills pollutes ground water and even the very air we breathe, creating a disastrous future for not only ourselves but also our children.

To illustrate this point recently New York resident Rob Greenfield decided to take a strange yet powerful symbolic action. Instead of throwing away his weekly garbage like most of us do, he held onto his trash for an entire month. Eventually he accumulated 84 pounds of trash, which he thereafter used to construct a suit. Like a detritus-filled Michelin Man Greenfield lumbered through the streets, subways, and parks of New York in his trash-suit attracting onlookers as he went. Hugging his left shin like the steel greaves of a medieval knight was a Red Baron’s pizza box. Hanging like trophies of war from his neck were multiple trash bags full of cookies, napkins, and coffee cups. The golden arches from you know who made an appearance as well as delivery boxes, paper plates, and Whole Foods bags. This walking golem of consumerism turned quite a few heads and started several conversations. Greenfield’s goal was simple, to use this act as a way to encourage people to recycle. Thus, the legend of the “Trash Man” was born. One I hope enters into the popular mythos to stand side by side with Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. The sheer amount of trash even a conscientious person like Greenfield created in just one month should surprise anyone. Even more disturbingly, the amount of trash strapped like Kevlar to his body was still a 1/3rd less than the average American creates in a month. Let’s hope one day we can refer to that statistic about waste as legendary too!

Activism like the Trash Man’s in New York is all well and good, but what about action from the waste removal industry itself? As the old saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” and 460 miles from New York City in Cleveland Ohio Dad’s Dumpsters is finding much treasure indeed. A family run business through and through, Dad’s was started by a father and son team and seeks to service their community through their convenient and affordable dumpster rental service. In the world of small business, sustainability is not only a moral imperative but must always be combined with efficiency. Making their own dumpsters that roll off the truck bed rather than requiring heavy lifting means they can carry their dumpsters on smaller trucks which means less emissions. Here we see a perfect illustration of form equals function and sustainability leading to greater efficiency. A local family-run business like Dad’s Dumpsters is going to feel much more connected to and responsible for their community than an impersonal corporate chain. That is why it is important for society to decentralize and bring our daily economic transactions back to a more personal level. When business owners see the results of their actions on fellow members of their community they can no longer hide behind a bureaucracy. Thus, the environment is helped because of rather than in spite of smart business practices. Dad’s also keeps to a strict policy on what they can and cannot haul, because certain materials like batteries and tires are terrible for the environment and should never be disposed of in a landfill. The future of environmentally sustainable business models lies within small town entrepreneurs like Dad’s Dumpsters.    

We’ve seen how much our waste can affect the world around us. Thankfully there are a variety of responses from activism to good ol’ mom & pop hospitality in addressing this issue. If we come together we can truly make a difference in our communities and for our planet. Smart daily decisions are what ultimately save the world. Trust me that this is not a piece of garbage advice!

Choosing the Right Size Dumpster For Your Job!

So you’re doing some work at home or on site and you want to rent a roll off dumpster. Great decision. Renting a dumpster is the most convenient and inexpensive way to get rid of garbage, old furniture, construction debris and everything else.
But what size dumpster should you choose? Believe it or not, this is a very important question. Why? Well, if you go too small, it may not have enough room to accommodate everything you need to dispose of. In that case you’ll have to rent another one, doubling your costs.
On the other hand, if you go too big, you’re spending money that you don’t have to. Remember, you’re paying for the dumpster itself, not for the amount of space you use in that dumpster.
So as you can see, it makes sense to consider the scope of your project to determine the ideal size roll off dumpster that you need.

Let’s discuss how size works to give you a better understanding.

Roll off dumpsters are typically measured in cubic yards. The most popular sizes are the 10 yarder, the 15 yarder and the 20 yarder, but you may find smaller and larger ones as well.
As an example, our 15 yarder is 13 feet long by 8 feet wide by 4 feet high. If you multiply those dimensions you get 416 cubic feet. To convert that to cubic yards, you simply divide by 27.
So 416 divided by 27 is 15.4 cubic yards. Note that the interior measurements are slightly smaller than the exterior ones, so your interior space will be 15 cubic yards.
OK enough with the math lesson. Let’s move on to choosing the perfect roll off dumpster for your particular project.
You might think that you just go with the small one for smaller projects and large one for larger projects…but it’s not that cut and dried. There are other considerations.

10 Yarder

Our smallest option at Dad’s Dumpsters is the 10 yarder. This one is 13 feet long by 8 feet wide and 2 ½ feet high. It is 4 pickup bed loads and can hold up to 1 ton of household trash or 1.5 tons of construction debris.

This size roll off dumpster will be ideal for small household cleanup projects. If you’re cleaning out your garage, attic or basement; redoing a small kitchen or bathroom; just doing a small roof; getting rid of a small deck; anything that is not going to yield an excessive amount of material to be disposed.
For projects like this, our 10 yarder will be just perfect for you.

15 Yarder

Moving up you have our 15 yarder. As we mentioned, this one is also 13 feet long and 8 feet wide, but it’s 4 feet high rather than 2 ½ feet. It is 6 pickup bed loads and can hold up to 1.5 tons of household trash or 2 tons of construction debris.
This size roll off dumpster will be ideal for small to medium sized projects with a little more debris than a smaller roll off dumpster can handle. A larger garage, attic or basement cleanup; medium size kitchen or bathroom renovation; a medium sized patio or deck.
For these types of projects, our mid-size 15 yarder should do the trick.

20 Yarder

Our largest capacity dumpster here at Dad’s Dumpsters is the 20 yarder. This one shares the same length and width as the 10 and 15 yarders, but with a 5 foot 4 inch height. It is 8 pickup bed loads and can hold up to 2 tons of household trash or 2.5 tons of construction debris.
This size dumpster is great for your larger projects. Cleanup of big garages, attics, basements; larger bathroom/kitchen renovations; bigger decks; carpet, drywall and flooring removal.
The 20 yarder can hold a lot of trash and construction debris. If your project involves a larger area or may end up being a little more involved than you thought, your safest bet is this one.
So that’s a breakdown of the three most popular roll off dumpster sizes. That should give you a good indication of which one is the ideal choice for your particular project.

A few things to keep in mind...

You may be thinking, I’m just going to go with the smallest one and stuff it to the gills! While that might sound like a good idea, we actually advise against it. Why? Because when you go over the top it is difficult to tarp, and worse it creates a real hazard on the highway as there is a potential for debris to fall out onto the road.
That’s why we ask that you fill the dumpster to water level. That way we can securely tarp it and we can avoid any safety issues. If you think you may have a lot of trash and or debris, opt for a larger size. It’s definitely worth the additional $25-$30.
Another thing to note is that you can’t just throw anything in the roll off dumpster, regardless of what size you are renting. Some things are a bit too heavy for our mini roll-off trucks and other items are prohibited by law.
You can safely dispose of household trash such as furniture, appliances, computers, chairs, toys, mattresses, tables and carpets. You can also dispose of construction debris such as drywall, wood, flooring, pipes, wires, PVC and pallets.
However, heavier items such as pavers, concrete, rocks, gravel, sand and bricks can’t be placed in our dumpsters.
Tires, batteries, chemicals and Freon are also prohibited as we can’t legally dispose of them.
That is the case with all dumpster rental companies.
If you need help deciding which size roll off dumpster is right for you or what you can and can’t dispose of, please feel free to give us a call and one of our helpful associates will point you in the right direction.
Remember, Dad’s Dumpsters offers the lowest prices in northeast Ohio. So no matter what size dumpster you choose for your project: 10, 15 or 20 yarder, we’ll give you the best rate you’ll find anywhere. Call us today at 216-744-5018.
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What to Look For in a Dumpster Rental Company!

When you’re doing construction at home or on the job site, getting a roll off dumpster is one of the best decisions you can make. It’s one of the easiest and most affordable ways to dispose of household trash and construction debris. Plus, someone delivers the dumpster right to you and picks it up when you’re done. It doesn’t get any better than that.

But how do you go about choosing a dumpster rental company? Depending on where you live there could be more than half a dozen choices right in your hometown. So which one should you go with?

Here are five tips to help make your decision a little easier.

  1. Check References – As with most businesses, one of the best ways to make sure a dumpster rental company is reputable is to hear what other customers have to say. The company you are considering should be able to provide at least three references that you can contact to see how their jobs went. That way you can get a feel for whether or not you want to do business with them. If they are unwilling or unable to provide references, you should definitely look elsewhere as that is definitely not a good sign.
  2.  Look For Same Day Service – One of the best indicators of a good dumpster rental service is the ability to provide same day service. Oftentimes you have to wait a few days or even a week for an available roll off dumpster, and that could cause unnecessary delays in your construction project. Having the option to have it delivered that day or whenever you need it is key.
  3.  Be Mindful of Prices – Most people are unaware of what a dumpster rental should cost and understandably so. Unless you are in the construction business you may only need a dumpster every so often for a construction project or major household cleaning. As such, a lot of companies will charge outrageous prices for dumpster rental, sometimes as much as 50% more than what the cost should be. So do some research and find out what the general rates are in your area before making your decision. If a quote seems a bit inflated compared to the rest you should move on to the next provider.
  4. Look at Local Based Businesses – Further to tip #3 above, you’ll find that local based businesses typically offer much better prices than national dumpster rental companies. Those larger companies tend to charge much more to cover their costs yet it’s the same exact roll off dumpster that you’re getting from a local based entity. Also, smaller mom and pop type dumpster rental companies tend to give you much better customer service as your business is important to them and they want you to be satisfied. So definitely consider rental companies right in your area.
  5.  Try to Avoid Large Trucks – If you are on a construction site, this may not be a big issue. But if you own a home, you might want to go with a dumpster rental company that has smaller trucks. Why? A smaller truck can fit into tighter spaces, which means less risk of driveway or landscaping damage. This is ideal for those with smaller driveways but can really benefit everyone. The roll off dumpster is the same size so why risk property damage with an unnecessarily large truck?

The Dad's Dumpsters difference

At Dad’s Dumpsters, we’re happy to provide references from our many satisfied customers. You’ll find out how we always go above and beyond to make sure you are happy each and every time.
We offer same day service to homes and businesses throughout Cleveland, Akron, Canton and all of Northeast Ohio. Just give us a call and we’ll bring a roll off dumpster right to you that day. Or, schedule one for a future date. Whatever works for you!
As far as prices, Dad’s Dumpsters offers the lowest prices in Northeast Ohio. You won’t find a better rate on a 10, 15 or 20 yard roll off dumpster. Plus, you get to keep it for three days. Try finding a deal like that elsewhere!
We’re a local based business, family owned and operated since we started. We live right here in the community so each and every customer, big and small, is very important to us. We want you to be happy so you’ll use our services again and again, and refer family, friends and coworkers.
At Dad’s Dumpsters we have our own trucks and dumpsters that we custom build ourselves. We purposely design our trucks to be smaller than usual so they can fit into narrower areas. As we mentioned, this reduces the potential for property damage. If you’ve ever had a roll off dumpster delivered on one of those overly large trucks, you may have experienced the problems they can cause.
We even go the extra mile to put wood underneath the rollers as an added precaution, just to ensure that there is absolutely no damage to your driveway or any surface you choose to have your dumpster on.
We’ll even help you with junk removal if you don’t want to do it yourself. We offer same day service and low prices with that as well.
So whether you just want to rent a roll off dumpster, or you want help with junk removal as well, give us a call today and discover how Dad’s Dumpsters not only meets but far exceeds your expectations!
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How Dad’s Dumpsters LLC started! (Part 4)

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Well, the truck was built, the first dumpster was built, time to build more, and we are! Our cousin Jackie and his wife Sherry, painted the truck, they did a wonderful job. We were ready for business. But, I haven’t covered how or why we went from Team Disposal to Dad’s Dumpsters.

Around late 2017 or early 2018, my Dad talked to me about changing the name to Dad’s Dumpsters, now this is a name that someone in the family came up with, but no one actually remembers who said it first. So it will remain a mystery. My Dad came up with the slogan, “No one takes care of you like Dad.” We all thought the name and slogan was catchy, so we went with it.

So as I write this on September 29th of 2018, we are building dumpsters and will continue building dumpsters forever, hopefully. Business is doing good, we are slowly getting our name out there, getting more and more calls each week. The next few years will be busy, but fun and exciting. I can’t wait.
I’m living my dream, and I couldn’t be happier. I hope my Dad and Jake feel the same. There is no better feeling than living your dream, especially when you’re doing it with the people you love. I implore all of you reading this, do whatever it takes to live your dream, you won’t regret it.

Dad, I consider you my best friend, I want to thank you for being by my side this entire time, I wouldn’t do it with anyone else. Jake, thank you for all your help, for being there whenever we ask you, for understanding why you can’t get paid. Thank you for making the investment with your time. The women of the family, I thank you guys for being there for us, supporting us, for understanding the effort that doing something like this takes. Finally, I want to thank our customers, past and future, without you, there would be no Dad’s Dumpsters.

I’m off to build a dumpster!!!

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How Dad’s Dumpsters LLC started! (Part 3)

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After we got the truck home, fixed the rusted out oil pan, it was time to get to work planning and building the roll-off. We ordered the scissor lift, rollers, fenders, and the winch. We bought the steel for the rails of the carriage (what the dumpster basically rides on,) and we got to building. Honestly, building the truck was the easy part, my dad will tell you the same thing.

After a couple months of figuring things out, we had a working mini roll-off truck. Then came what we would later find out as the hard part, building the first dumpster.

We kinda bullshitted our way to a rough outline of what we wanted the dumpster to be. We bought the steel, and got to work measuring and cutting. I’ll say this now, my youngest brother Jake was a giant help building the truck and is a valuable third member of our team, we couldn’t do it without him. Building the first dumpster was a slow process, mainly working on the weekends because we had other jobs. After a few months, the dumpster was ready to be picked up on the truck. A very happy and proud moment was about to occur, we picked up our dumpster with our truck, all of it hand built.

Come to find out, we had some serious, serious design flaws. Our door hinges wouldn’t let the door open all the way. The way the cable of the winch hooked up to the dumpster was dangerous, and at one point the dumpster actually became unhooked, slid off the truck and into my parents house, luckily no damage occurred. We had a good laugh, and got back to work redesigning the problem areas.

We ordered hinges from a roll-off parts website, when they arrived, they were way to big and overkill for our dumpster. So we fabricated our own, they worked flawlessly. We came up with new hookup system and it too, worked great. We designed a front roller system for the dumpster, and the dumpster was finally done, it only took about 5 months longer than we thought it would. But, it was done, and it was ours!!
The fourth and final chapter will come in the next couple days.

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How Dad’s Dumpsters LLC started! (Part 2)

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After our successful first few months, we had a plan to buy and build as many trailer dumpsters as we possibly could. During this plan, we had some major negatives in the back of our minds when it came to trailer dumpsters. First, we both hated pulling trailers. Second, we seemed to have constant electrical issues dealing with the lights of the trailers. Third, was mechanical upkeep that trailers had that real roll-off dumpsters didn’t, like tires, leaf springs and things like that. Also, the cost of registering each trailer and getting license plates. Nevertheless, we proceeded with our plan. That changed one day when I took my daughters friend home and stopped at my parents for one of our hundreds, if not thousands of bullshittin’ sessions.

In our minds we were constantly trying to figure out if we could make our plan better. On that day, I started by telling my Dad that we should build wooden containers that we could somehow pull onto a custom built trailer we would build ourselves. Well, that idea stunk, rightfully! But, one thing lead to another and we landed on an old idea that my Dad had previously rejected. The idea was that we should build our own mini roll-off truck and dumpsters. From that very moment, our plan and life, really, had changed, we scrapped the trailer dumpster idea.

There was a major problem though, none of us had the tools or the skills to even attempt such a thing. Buying tools was the easy part, using those tools to build our real dream was a little bit harder. Through lots of time spent bullshittin’, we formulated a rough outline of what we had to do. I did a lot of research and figured out parts we would need. But, first, we needed a major ingredient, the truck!!!!!

After searching on Craigslist, I found us a GMC W4500 to go look at in Defiance, Ohio, over 3 hours away from us. We drove there, after test driving the truck for awhile we decided it was a good deal and we wanted it. After doing the paperwork, we headed home. Not long into the trip, we noticed a major problem, one that wasn’t there during the test drive. We had a major oil leak! We decided to stop at Walmart to buy some JB Weld to see if we could patch the leak on the oil pan. It worked, and we made it home and replaced the oil plan.

I’m gonna leave off here, I’ll write the rest soon!

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How Dad’s Dumpsters LLC started. (Part 1)

Dad’s Dumpsters LLC is the culmination of over 12 years of dreaming by my dad, Keith Sr, and myself, Keith JR, his oldest son. My Dad drove a roll-off truck for over 22 years. While I was in high school, I decided that I also wanted to be a roll-off driver.

When I turned 21, I went to truck driving school to get a Class B CDL. After passing the test to officially become a truck driver, my dad was able to get me a job with him at Republic Waste Services. I started off as a garbage man, doing residential trash. During this time, we talked very often about starting our own roll-off dumpster rental company.

During one of our many few hour talks during those early years, my mother came up with the name Team Disposal. We never forgot that name. After years of coming up with plans and ways for us to be able to start our company, we were finally able to do it. In July of 2016 we started Team Disposal. After all those years of dreaming, we actually started our company.

Team Disposal started off with one 10 yard trailer dumpster, pictured below. We did junk removals and we also rented it out in place of a regular roll-off dumpster. After about a month, we added our second trailer dumpster, this one being a 15 yarder. Over the course of the last few months of 2016, we were able to do almost 60 jobs with our 2 trailer dumpsters.

As 2016 came to a close, we had a plan to build trailer dumpsters as fast as we could so that 2017 would be a special year for our fledgling company. I’ll leave this blog off here and continue with the final chapter in the next couple days!

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