Unless your city offers government-contracted garbage hauling services, you need to choose your own waste company to work with. While this may seem like a simple decision, if your area hosts more than one of these services, you will need to make a decision that will affect your quality of life and budget for the next year or two at minimum. As you contact garbage hauling services in your area for quotes, pay attention to the following features of each company.
If you live in a rural area, you may have a few companies with overlapping service areas that cover your property. If possible, check each company's website or contact each of their service teams to find out as much as you can about their exact service areas. If your property is barely on the outskirts of one service's range and well within another service's range, you are likely to get cheaper, more reliable service from the company with the range that better covers your property. You are also more likely to get your garbage removed at the same time every pickup day if your property is in the middle of an established route.
Toters and Dumpsters
When most people think about residential garbage hauling services, they think about toter-style garbage cans. Toters are tall, rollable garbage cans that can be rolled to the street on pickup day and rolled back to the house after the garbage is hauled away. In rural areas, some garbage services offer dumpsters as well as toters. If your property is at the edge of every company's service area, you may be able to choose a dumpster over a toter. With a dumpster, you can get by with fewer pickups, reducing your garbage removal expenses. You may be able to alter your pickup rates during the summer months if you are concerned about the smell around your dumpster.
Most garbage hauling services show up at roughly the same time for each pickup, but some are more reliable than others. As you read reviews about each garbage service in your area, pay attention to reviews about pickup times and reliability. Ideally, your garbage service should empty your toter or dumpster within a four- to six-hour window every single service period. This way, you can reliably plan when you move your toter to the road or clear out any excess garbage from your home.
Reach out to a garbage hauling service in your area to learn more.