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Renting a Dumpster is a Home Run for Home Remodeling

Sometimes transforming a house into a home continues long after moving in. One of the most exciting aspects of homemaking is remodeling your house to turn it into the home you’ve always wanted.

However, remodeling is also stressful. Unexpected problems arise, the place that makes you feel safe is in disarray, and you feel (and sometimes are) displaced. Unfortunately, we can’t remove all your remodeling stress, but we can reduce it by providing a dumpster.

How will a dumpster help? Well, even if demolition isn’t the primary function of your project, you’d be surprised how much trash building or remodeling produces! And though you may be used to just bringing your trash to the curb in your Sanford neighborhood, that might not be a good option during your project.

Yankee is here to tell you that construction is a whole different ball game.

Why Are You Renting a Dumpster?

There is a good reason for renting a dumpster for a home remodel project. First of all, you will produce a lot of trash. You probably won’t have room for it in your trash cans.

That means you’ll either have to have it sitting in piles until it’s time for pick up or, more likely, you’ll have to make trips to the dump. You want to avoid adding one more step to your project, which will delay returning to having an intact home.

Your home will also already feel less homey. You don’t need giant piles of discarded construction materials sitting inside of it too!

Make A Plan

If you’re remodeling your home, chances are you’re familiar with planning! It’s not a project you start without thinking about every detail beforehand. But you may have yet to plan your junk removal or dumpster rental.

First, did you hire a company to remodel, or are you doing it yourself? Is the company renting a dumpster, or do they expect you to do it? Those are your basic questions.

Where Will You Put It?

Where will you put your dumpster? Unfortunately, location is not as minor of a question as it appears to be – it will affect the smoothness of your project and possibly parking at your home.

You’ll want to put the dumpster somewhere that won’t hurt your vegetation. But you also want it to be easy to access – all while carrying loads of construction materials! That means you’ll want it near the project.

Having the dumpster near your project won’t just save on unnecessary steps back and forth. It also can prevent workers from having to walk through more of your home.

That protects your space, so you’ll have more of your home to yourself and won’t need to worry about anything in your home being damaged by a stray 2 x 4 on its way to the trash.

How Large is the Project?Large dumpster rental in driveway for home projects and cleanouts in Sanford, FL

The size of your project has ramifications beyond budget and comfort. For example, a more extensive project will likely produce more trash. If you’re working with a construction company, they should help you determine how large of a dumpster you’ll need.

How Long Will You Need It?

Another critical question to answer is how long you’ll need the dumpster. The obvious answer might be as long as it takes to finish the project, but sometimes there’s more to it.

If the project is large enough, you may need to have the dumpster picked up and exchanged because of an overabundance of junk. You’ll also need to know at the beginning how long a project will last.

What Goes In?

It’s important to note not everything can go in the dumpster! We wrote a blog about what can and can’t go into your dumpster, but codes and ordinances change. So be sure to check before you dump anything.

A good rule of thumb is that you can’t put it in the dumpster if it’s sticky or toxic. You also can’t put in dirt or biohazard materials.

What Happens When Something Unexpected OccursRenting a dumpster for new home construction in Sanford, FL

Construction is notoriously unpredictable. Sometimes you open up a wall and find something you didn’t know was there! So call Yankee Dumpster when your project gets bigger or lasts longer than you thought it would.

We make it easy to change your dumpster reservation.

Knock it Out of the Yard!

Home remodeling is a complex and often stressful endeavor, but renting a dumpster shouldn’t be. With Yankee, renting a dumpster is a home run for your home construction. Just let us know when you need your dumpster, where to put it, and when to pick it up, and we’ll take care of the rest!

(Not) Throwing it All Away: Some Things You Can’t Toss

We’re halfway into the first month of the new year, and if your resolution involves decluttering, you might feel the high of gaining more space! But in your giddiness, it’s easy to make a mistake. You can’t throw everything in a dumpster!

Apopka dumpster regulations allow you to throw away most household materials. Still, to ensure you safely use your dumpster rental as intended, today, Yankee Dumpster will share the top items not to throw in your dumpster!

Why Can’t You Throw Away Everything?

Just as you can’t take it with you, you also can’t dump it all.

Part of the appeal of dumpster rental is the ability to get rid of a lot of stuff quickly. But quickly doesn’t mean haphazardly (emphasis on hazard), and putting some items in a dumpster can be dangerous to people or the environment. These are the main reasons some things can’t go in a dumpster.


Some items can hurt people, especially if left unattended. These can either be because they contain caustic chemicals that eventually leak out or because of explosive potential.

Environmental Concerns

Other items, while not directly dangerous to the people around them, can eventually harm us all by either leaching into the soil or through the build-up of methane gas – a significant contributor to global warming.

What Can’t You Put In Your Dumpster Rental?Construction materials in dumpster in Apopka, FL

We’ve given you the broad reasons why items can’t be put in your dumpster rental, but here are some of the primary things you can’t place in your dumpster. This is not a comprehensive list and regulations changes, so when in doubt, ask! Here’s a link to a site where you can find answers to your specific dumping questions.


Home renovations are one of the main reasons that people may rent a dumpster. Most construction materials can go into a dumpster without a problem, including concrete, drywall, and much more. It’s what makes dumpster rental so convenient.

One of the few that can’t is asbestos. For anyone who knows about asbestos, the reason for that is apparent. When someone inhales asbestos, it can be deadly. So there are special procedures for disposing of asbestos to keep everyone safe.

Medical Infectious Waste

Again, the reason for not putting biohazards in your dumpster is human health. You may think this only applies to hospitals, but if you have anyone in your home who uses needles, dialysis, or blood bags, this may apply to you. In addition, animal carcasses fall under this category.


You may have heard that tires can’t go to dumps but do you know why? It’s got nothing to do with the material itself. Instead, it’s its shape!

The space in the tire will cause it to float to the top of garbage dumps! Displacing the other trash will then release pollution into the environment.

Hot Water Heaters

Similar to tires, in the case of water heaters, it’s the space within them that causes the problem. It can build up gases and eventually explode! As you can imagine, that can be very harmful to anyone in the vicinity.

Many ChemicalsHazardous chemicals in Apopka, FL

The number of chemicals that can’t go into a dumpster is vast. We’ll divide it into classes, but this one place where if you don’t see it listed explicitly as ok to dump, you should double-check to make sure it’s safe. Not only will you be fined, but you could cause someone actual harm by tossing the wrong chemical.

You can not put any hazardous material in your dumpster. But what is hazardous? Anything flammable, explosive, deadly, or absorbent falls into that category.

More surprisingly, perhaps – you can’t put in paints, lacquers, inks, and resins. That’s because they stain and damage equipment.

Adhesives are another chemical that can’t go in your dumpster rental! Why? They can bind other waste to your dumpster walls.

Another more surprising chemical you can’t put in a dumpster is household cleaners. Luckily, you can safely pour these cleaners down your drain as you do that every time you clean with them.

Safely Dumping

Although today we focused on what you can’t put in your dumpster, there’s a lot more that you can. Though there may be some surprises, most items you can’t dump can safely be filed under common sense.

If you have questions, remember you’re not on your own! We’re here to assist where we can, and there are people at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection who can also help with any questions or concerns. Visit us at, one of the best dumpster rental companies in the Orlando, Florida for more information.

Happy New Year! Let’s Make It Clutter Free!

Happy New Year! January is that special time of year when we usually use manufactured time divisions to say that we’re going to do things differently than we used to, only to give up the habit a few months later. Okay, that sounds bleak, but there are ways to ensure you keep your resolutions!

Some psychology & goal setting can keep you in healthy habits. And dumpster rental and a good plan can help you start the new decluttering.

Make A Plan!

What’s the first step in any successful endeavor? Make a plan!

If you’re building a house, you have a blueprint. You don’t just start nailing boards together. Likewise, you only start a trip after knowing where you’re going and at least a general idea of how to get there.

Part of decluttering your home is figuring out what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and how you will succeed.


Let’s start with the why. Why do you want to declutter?

Are you making room for a new person to move in? Do you need the space for yourself? You may be trying to make your life run more smoothly, and clutter is getting in the way.

Whatever your reason, figuring it out and keeping it in front of your mind will help you set your goals, plan, and stay motivated.

Set Manageable Goals!sorting clutter in Pine Hills, FL

One of the reasons that people fail to reach their goals is that they get overwhelmed. Sometimes that’s because they set expectations too high or needed to know what they were getting into. But often, they get overwhelmed because they’re looking at the forest instead of the trees.

In a way, setting manageable goals is the opposite of figuring out “your why.” It’s not that you don’t want to have the big picture in mind as a motivator. Instead, when doing the day-to-day, you want to think about smaller goals so that the big picture seems close enough for it to be worth trying.

To put it another way, if your goal is to go through every item in your house and only keep the essentials, break that into rooms. And maybe make your goal for a particular day “go through this box” or “sort every item on this shelf.”

Get Some Help

When you work out, you often have a spotter. A spotter is there partly for safety, but for many, the primary benefit of a spotter is moral support and accountability. Get yourself a decluttering spotter!

Be careful with who you select. Don’t pick the passive-aggressive frenemy who always has a compliment that makes you feel worse. Instead, choose the person who pushes you but encourages you.

The Process

There are many ways to declutter, but here are a few general things to help you with the process.

Set up some stations. Separate between the stuff you’re keeping, stuff that’s going to family, stuff your selling, donations, and the items going into your dumpster rental.

Don’t worry at first about getting everything in its perfect spot. Just sort it.

Once you’ve gotten rid of everything you’re not keeping, you can clean what’s left and get it in place.

Going through your possessions can be emotional! Although we provide dumpster rental, we know it’s simply a matter of throwing everything away. So here are some tips for letting it all go.
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Think About the Good Your Stuff Will Do

Your trash will go in your dumpster rental, but you will likely have many items that don’t cut to keep but aren’t trash either. There tends to be the hard stuff to let go of.

So instead of thinking about it as your loss, consider the person who needs it and will be getting it. It’s not doing any good collecting dust in your home.

Think About What You Can Do With Your Space

Need some less altruistic motivation? We get it!

Remember why you’re doing this in the first place. You want your home or your life to be better. So what will you be doing with that space? Then, when it gets hard, remember why you’re in the decluttering game.

Dumpster Rental

Yankee Dumpster can’t help you with your sorting, but we can provide the dumpster rental that will knock your New Year’s Resolution of 2023 out of the park. We make renting easy. And with your dumpster, you can keep it as long as you need instead of taking multiple trips to the dump or letting your trash pile up.

Happy New Year!

The Mess Left Behind: Dumpster Rentals and Dealing with a Loss

One of the hardest events in our lives is when we lose a loved one. Dealing with emotional grief can be all-consuming, but on top of that, it often comes with an avalanche of decisions and responsibilities.

Sometimes, a person plans what will happen after their death. But often, the bereaved are left to make the decisions for themselves. A practical service Yankee offers to help with sorting is dumpster rental.

If you find yourself in charge of an inheritance, the first step is to create a plan of attack. Below we’ll offer advice for practical tasks when dealing with a loved one’s death in Apopka and the surrounding areas.

Check for Wishes

The first step when dealing with a loved one’s estate is to find out if the recently deceased person left any wishes. A will is the most official version of someone’s post-life wishes, but sometimes people write up or share their hopes in other ways. Does anyone in the family know what was supposed to happen with specific belongings?

Begin Planning

Now you’ll want to devise a plan for how to sort everything. Maybe you’re the sole heir or the executor of the estate. Or you’re the only relative who lives close enough to handle everything.

Whatever the reason the responsibility has fallen on you, you’ll want to make it easy. Part of that will be talking to family, friends, and professionals.

Speak to Professionals

Three types of professionals may be useful to you in divvying up an estate. The first is a lawyer. Lawyers can help to ensure that you’re dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s, especially if no will was left behind or you have relatives arguing about what to do.

Secondly, while sorting through belongings, a lot of grief and other feelings can come up. Therefore, speaking to a grief counselor while sorting belongings may be a good idea.

Finally, some pros help with estate sales. Depending on the size of the inheritance, speaking to someone specializing in estate sales can help you sell everything. Of course, you will have to pay a percentage, but it may be worth it, especially if time is short.

Talk to Family

Everyone has a relationship with their deceased relative and may have different ideas about what should be done with their belongings. Therefore, it’s essential to understand what everyone’s thoughts are before getting started.

Everyone may want a chance to pick out what is most important to them to keep for themselves. Or everyone may decide to split the money made from sales. You may not be able to please everyone, but everyone must be on the same page before you begin the sorting process.

Sortingboxing an estate in Apopka, FL

In some ways, the physical sorting of the estate is the easiest part. However, with a dumpster rental, donation trucks, and perhaps a professional estate seller, you’ll now need to divide the items of the home into separate categories.


The first set of items are the items going to family members. Ideally, everyone has had a chance to look at everything and pick up what matters most. If not, put aside things reserved for specific people.


Ideally, the largest category will be the items you are selling. If you’ve enlisted the help of an estate sale planning professional, they can go through everything to decide what’s worth selling and price items accordingly.

If you are selling it on your own, you’ll have a lot of research to do and will probably take many pictures and post items online or bring them to stores.


If you can’t make money off the items left (or don’t want to go through the trouble of selling), the next best option is donating them so people who can use them will get them. Luckily many charities will send trucks to your home to pick up items like furniture that they will then give to those in need or sell so the proceeds can help the needy.

Trash for Dumpster Rentaldumpster outside a home in Apopka, FL

Unfortunately, there’s a good chance that a large portion of what’s left will go into your dumpster rental. While you may want to find a use for everything, a dumpster rental is vital for making removing your trash easier, which is especially true if the deceased person is a hoarder.

Yankee Can Help

Grieving is a complex process; we hope you have relatives and professionals who can help you. Yankee dumpster can assist in our small way with a convenient dumpster rental when you need it. We deliver our dumpsters and pick them up when you’re done.

Top 5 Reasons to Rent a Dumpster

Dumpsters probably don’t make a list when considering the most fun things to rent for a happy occasion. After all, it’s not like a nice car you’re driving for a fun trip or a vacation home. And dumpster rentals don’t garner the same excitement as securing your wedding venue.

But that’s not to say renting a dumpster can’t be part of a significant life event! On the contrary, dumpster rentals frequently coincide with many life changes, both positive and negative. In our last blog, we specifically spoke about renting a dumpster for cleaning up after a hurricane, so today, we will share the hall of fame’s top 5 reasons to rent a dumpster.

# 5 – Home Remodeldumpster rental in Pine Hills, FL

Though many events on this list will land squarely in the positive or negative, a home remodel can sometimes feel like a little bit of both! Of course, your reason for remodeling the home can have much to do with how you think about it. If you’re adding a new room for fun, you’ll generally have a better attitude than cleaning up after a sewage spill!


That said, the experience of a home remodel can bring a lot of stress into your life, even if the result is something you’ve always wanted. For example, home remodeling projects are so stressful that in one survey of recent remodelers, 12% said it stressed their marriage so much it led them to think about or pursue divorce! Yikes!

While a dumpster rental won’t relieve all the stress associated with displacement or significant changes to your environment, it will at least relieve you of the duty of having to make multiple trips to the dump or plan your trash pick up in multiple stages due to all the construction waste.

Construction Waste

It’s also worth noting that much of the trash from construction can’t go into your weekly trash. And what can go often can’t go all at once because of the sheer volume of waste created from a remodel? So save yourself the trouble and the space!

#4 Movingdumpster rental in Pine Hills, FL

Moving is another experience that often mixes the happy and the sad. Sometimes a move is exciting because we’re moving toward something we’ve always wanted – like a better job or education. But even so, we typically leave behind many memories and relationships.

What else are we leaving behind? Stuff! Nothing puts into perspective how many possessions you have like the prospect of moving them across the country.

That’s why moving also typically involves a purge. Give away and sell what you can. But you can’t beat a dumpster if you’re in a rush!

#3 Inheritance

Losing a loved one is never easy. The emotional impact is typically the most challenging part. Still, all the practical tasks we need to deal with in the aftermath, like insurance, funeral expenses, and going through belongings, can compound the grief.

After a lifetime, anyone can accumulate a lot. But some people also have the affliction of hoarding. That can be particularly hard for relatives tasked with final arrangements.

Relatives will likely want some keepsakes from a loved one who’s passed on. In addition, some items may have a monetary value. But there will probably be much that must be given or thrown away, and the easiest way to do that with less fuss is by renting a dumpster.

#2 College or Downsizing

Both college and downsizing are technically a division of reason #4 but typically involve either most of the family staying behind or all of the family not going as far.

If you have college-bound teens, you may want to use their room for your hobbies or needs. And that may even involve a bit of Reason # 5. So once they’ve picked out what they want to keep, the rest is for Goodwill or the dump!

Downsizing can happen when two households become one – typically a happy occasion or when a family realizes it doesn’t need as much space. In each case, a dumpster rental can assist in the process.

#1 Decluttering!

Decluttering is a catch-all phrase. But it’s what happens when you’re not getting rid of stuff for any significant reason except that you don’t need it! So whether you caught on to the Condo craze or you’ve always been a minimalist, a dumpster is the best tool for decluttering your home!

Yankee Dumpster Rental

So, where are you on your journey? Are you currently in one of our top 5? Did we miss an important one?

Whatever your reason, call on Yankee Dumpster for your dumpster rental needs in Orlando, Florida and surrounding arears, and we’ll hit it out of the yard!

Dumpster Rental Helps with Property Cleanup

We love Florida – the theme parks, outdoor living all year, and gracious, the fresh fruit! But if there’s one thing that makes Florida living difficult, it’s the weather, especially during hurricane season.

In some ways, it’s incredible we’ve even adapted to live in the hurricane belt. While the storms are happening, it can be scary, but when it’s over, we have to get back to business as usual. A dumpster rental can help.

While safety comes first, storm cleanup is a crucial post-hurricane task. Hopefully, your home will be fine, but if not, the cleanup can be both arduous and emotional. You really don’t need further complications.

Dumpsters simplify your cleanup by allowing you to skip multiple trips to the dump and speed up your recovery. Yankee Dumpster will tell you how dumpster rental can save you time and stress after a disaster.

During the Storm

We’re not public safety experts, so when a hurricane is happening, be sure to listen to all public safety announcements! Then, follow instructions for evacuations and sheltering in place, and have an emergency preparedness kit. Our focus is after the storm.

Storm Damage

Hurricanes and other natural disasters cause enormous damage. Once you’ve ensured the safety of yourself and your loved ones, the next thing to do is assess the damage around your home.

Landscape Damage

Often the most damage after a storm is outdoors. The strong winds blow around outdoor furniture and can even uproot trees. Meanwhile, the inches of rainfall can cause flooding and tear up the turf.

You may need to replace some furniture. You may also have some landscaping damage. If it’s extensive, we provide dumpster rentals in whatever size you need. However, tree removal is a lot of work, and hauling it takes a lot of space.

Home Damage

Unfortunately, storms can also destroy parts of your home. Between fallen trees, broken windows, and flooding, many homeowners experience property loss after a significant storm.

Remodeling is stressful in the best of circumstances. Couples struggle to survive planned remodels! But when the remodel is forced on you by an outside force, you must act quickly while also dealing with the emotional loss of property and safety.

Construction creates a lot of trash, even when destruction isn’t what prompted the change. Therefore, dumpster rentals are essential for any home renovation project.

Not only is there a lot of construction junk created when tearing out walls, etc., but a lot of it can’t be left on your curb. Even if you could throw away your construction material in a trash can, you will have too much of it to do so.

Taking multiple trips to the dump is inconvenient and impractical, even in the best of times. And planning out your trash pickup in stages is not another problem you want to add to your list.

Steps to Take

Once a storm has passed, and you’ve ensured everyone’s safety, you should secure your property from the elements. Then you should call your insurance company as soon as possible.

After the insurance company has assessed your home, you’ll have to begin making it whole again. Some damaged property will be thrown away before construction, and then construction will produce additional trash.

Other Disasters

Although we’re currently in hurricane season, there are many other ways a home can experience damage. Accidents happen all the time, as do natural disasters. Whatever situation you are experiencing, Yankee Dumpster can provide you with a dumpster rental to simplify that aspect of your recovery.

Happier Reasons for Dumpster Rental

Although our focus has been on natural disasters due to the current season, Yankee Dumpster is there for you no matter your mass trash needs.

Moving often makes people realize how much stuff they have that they don’t need! Remodeling by choice creates nearly as much trash as a natural disaster, though somewhat less stress. And, of course, we all need to declutter now and then.

In any of these situations, renting a dumpster saves you precious time and simplifies your life, so you can focus on your project, whatever it is.

How Does Renting a Dumpster Work?

Renting a dumpster from Yankee is simple. It all begins with a phone call. Then we’ll ask a few questions about your needs to determine what dumpster will be right for you.

You can rent for a specific period or monthly. Then, we’ll drop it off at your home. Once you’re done with the dumpster, you don’t have to do anything else; we’ll pick it up, and you never have to worry about that trash again.