Are you getting ready to move your home-based business into a retail location? Have you been making up a budget to ensure that your company's income will be sufficient for everything? When trying to figure out what you need to get your business off the ground, you need to make sure that you've included every possible expense. But one expense that is commonly forgotten is how you'll be dealing with the trash that gets generated by your business. Not every retail space includes dumpster rental as part of the lease. But you shouldn't simply sign a contract with the first dumpster company you find online. Since there can be several companies that serve the same city, you'll need to ask relevant questions like the following:
Does your company provide services for this address? Like pizza delivery chains, companies that offer commercial dumpster rentals may only do so in a predefined area. If you happen to be outside of that area, you're not going to be able to get a dumpster from them. In addition, not every company that offers dumpster rentals has commercial dumpsters available. They may only have roll-off dumpsters available, such as those used in residential areas or at construction sites. For these reasons, this should be the first question you ask when contacting a company.
How often is the garbage picked up? Depending on the company, commercial dumpster rentals may be emptied out automatically on a weekly basis or you may be able to specify how long to go between trash pickups. For a very small company that is just starting out, it may not make sense to pay to have the trash picked up on a weekly basis. Every other week or even monthly might be a better option. As your business grows, you can opt for more frequent garbage pickup when it's needed.
Are locks available? Even though it's illegal in many municipalities, it's not uncommon for people to go through a dumpster or even to leave their own trash behind instead of paying for their own commercial dumpster rentals. If they dump forbidden items into your trash, the company may charge you a significant fine to deal with these items. For a very nominal fee, many dumpster rental companies will provide a lock to secure your dumpster when it is left unsupervised. Going this route will help to prevent your company from going over-budget due to some improper dumpster usage by someone outside the company.