Cash in Trash: Quick Dumpster Business Head Start

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Have you always wanted to start your own dumpster business, but been unsure of where to even begin? Well, here’s what you need – a quick dumpster business head start. These dumpster businesses are pretty easy to start, as long as you know how. That’s the tough part. How do you get those dumpsters? What about the garbage trucks? Where does the waste go once you’ve picked it up? You need to know the answers to all of these questions and more. Here’s how to get started, courtesy of

What’s Your Specialty Going to Be?

We’ve already determined that you want to start a dumpster business. Now it’s time to pick what your niche will be. It’s always a good idea to start out small and then expand. This makes it easier to focus on the company. You also won’t have to deal with overextending yourself. There are a number of niche to pick from, including things like dealing with disposing of trash in bulk (like people who renovate house), removing yard waste (the change in seasons would be your busy time), and even selling your services to landlords who must handle evictions and all of the left behind trash that comes with them.  Ideally, you’ll pick just one of these niches in the beginning, although you might find a few that go together well. All that matters is that you aren’t trying to do every type of garbage pick up right away.

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Choosing Landfills

This isn’t the 1940s. You can’t just load up your garbage truck and empty it at the nearest dump with few questions asked. Instead, you need to contact your local landfill and determine exactly what’s needed in order to empty your trucks there. They’ll need you to fill out some paperwork, and you’ll have to pay them a set fee, usually per truckload, although some might charge you per pound. You even have to deal with some environmental regulations, since there are certain materials that can’t go into landfills, such as hazardous materials and chemicals.

Equipment Requirements

Once you’ve chosen the type of dumpster business that you want to run and have a contract with a landfill, it’s time to find your equipment. Obviously, you’ll need dumpsters and a garbage truck that’s capable of emptying them, but you’ll also need a place to store those dumpsters when they aren’t on a client’s property. This isn’t the sort of business that you can run from home, so you’ll need a shop location and even some employees, especially if you aren’t able of operating a garbage truck on your own. You’ll need a driver with a CDL or commercial driver’s license, for this.

Finally, once you have all of these things in place, then you’ll be able to run your dumpster business. As you can see, there’s a lot involved there. However, the rewards are great, especially if you want to be an entrepreneur. If you have any questions about this, you can find us here:

By Sam

Sam Lowy is a writer, actor, comedian, musician, and everything in between. A true jack of all trades, Sam is constantly striving to learn and grow. Whether it's for a festival or just a once-in-a-lifetime club show, Sam loves to travel across the country to catch the best artists around. When he's at home in Tempe, AZ, Sam enjoys reading, playing guitar, and watching Frasier, Seinfeld, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.