Selecting the Right Size Dumpster for Your Cleanup Project in Massachusetts

Selecting the Right Size Dumpster for Your Cleanup Project

When ordering a rental dumpster for your cleanup project, it’s important to size the dumpster for your cleanup project and consider the size you’ll need. They come in several sizes, so you want to estimate properly before you order your rental dumpster. Don’t pay for more than you need and don’t get caught short by renting a dumpster that is too small for your needs. Take the time to assess the scope of your project and determine what size dumpster will be the most appropriate for the job.

Some Things to Consider for Your Cleanup Project

These factors can impact your decision on what size dumpster to rent.
What are you getting rid of? Is it mostly residential cleanup or are you disposing of bricks and cement?

Both the volume and weight of the disposed of materials will come into play. Is your debris light or heavy? Will it lie flat or take up a lot of space?
Where will you be placing your rental dumpster?

The Smallest Size Dumpster May be Just What You Need – 10 Yard Dumpster

A 10-Yard dumpster is the smallest available dumpster rental size. These dumpsters are usually 14 feet long, 7.5 feet wide, and 3.5 feet high. Dimensions can vary, but the volume each dumpster can contain is 10 cubic yards.

Perfect for small cleanups, it can accommodate attic or basement clean-outs and may be used for disposing of heavier materials, such as concrete, dirt, or brick from a patio renovation project.

This affordable size rental dumpster can also be used for:

  • Decluttering the home
  • Residential junk removal
  • Small-scale home renovation projects

Typically, a 10-Yard Dumpster can house between 50 and 70, 33-gallon trash bags or three truckloads. The average weight limit is one- to two tons or 2,000 to 4,000 pounds.

Weight Matters

While the debris may fit within the volume of the container you rent, it may exceed the dumpster’s weight limit. Local landfills charge by the ton, and your rental company will give you a weight limit in your quoted price.
Another Way to Look at It.

If you are good at visualizing, think of it this way – a 10-Yard Dumpster can hold:

30-45 medium-sized boxes or 30-45 garbage cans full or 25-35 toilets or 10-15 two-door small cabinets or 2-3 queen-sized beds or 10-14 kettle type B-B-Q grills or 800-1600 bricks or 150-300 wood planks.


20 or 30 Yard Dumpsters

Also ideal for most home projects, each 20-Yard Dumpster can easily be loaded over the top or through a rear door. This size rental dumpster is ideal for medium-sized kitchen or full bath renovations; multi-room clean-outs; yard cleanup projects; a large deck or roof replacement; and concrete and heavy debris removal.

A 20-Yard Dumpster can accommodate the equivalent of what can fit into 8 pickup truck beds.

A 30-Yard Dumpster can handle most construction and demolition projects. They are great for new home construction, removal of trees and storm debris and large estate clean-outs. It can accommodate the equivalent of what can fit into 12 pickup truck beds.

Need to Go BIG? – Try our 40-Yard Dumpsters

A 40-Yard Dumpster is the largest size available and is most often rented for use at large and ongoing home projects or at construction sites. Also for:

A 40-Yard Dumpster can accommodate the equivalent of what can fit into 16 pickup truck beds.

Where is Important, Too.

Your driveway must be at least 60 feet long to fit a 10-Yard Dumpster. Your vehicles must be moved so that you have free movement around the dumpster.

To place the dumpster correctly on your property, the driver needs 23 feet of vertical clearance to raise the dumpster and position it properly. Be sure there are no low-hanging branches or wires that will interfere with the unloading and loading.

If you are thinking of renting a dumpster or have questions about what size rental you will need, call Pleasant View Waste at 978-365-3244, visit our website or email us.

What Can and Cannot Go into a Dumpster

What Can and Cannot Go into a Dumpster

Ready to tackle a major clean-up for your residence or business? Consider renting a roll-off dumpster to assist in disposing of unwanted items and trash you have accumulated. A roll-off dumpster is ideal for when you need to dispose of a lot of trash at one time. A roll-off dumpster can be delivered to your driveway or in front of your house. There is no risk of damage to your driveway or road and you will have easy access to dispose of the various items you no longer want.  Your waste disposal company can advise you on the size dumpster you will need for its delivery and pick up. 

While it is tempting to think you can throw all unwanted items in a dumpster … and that is true of most items – but there are some limitations. It’s important to know what can go into it as trash.

Perhaps it’s better to know what NOT to throw into a dumpster. These limitations are usually imposed for environmental or safety reasons.

Items that are Banned from a Dumpster

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts bans some categories of solid waste from the waste stream. These items are not allowed in dumpsters and dumpster rentals because of their potentially harmful effects on the environment and on individuals.  These categories include:

Consumer Electronics: Cell/smart phones, DVD/MP3 players, pagers, PDAs, game consoles, and other electronic devices.

When disposed of, electronic devices tend to break apart and the components within can leak out and become hazardous material. Even smaller electronics, such as flashlights, clocks, and mp3 players, contain chemicals and other materials that become dangerous in a landfill.

Flatscreen TVs 

If you need to dispose of a flat screen TV, there are options you can explore. (Many states, including NJ, PA, and RI have made it illegal to put TVs in a landfill.)

  • Visit your local recycling and waste website. Each state or county has different recycling rules and options when it comes to flat screen TVs and other electronic devices. Some states offer curbside recycling pick up service. Others offer a list of places you can bring your electronics to be recycled.
  • Drop off your flatscreen TV with certain manufacturers. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a list of companies that offer recycling services. Sony, Samsung, and Vizio, among others let you bring your used TVs into a central location to be recycled. Check out a list of these manufacturers.  
  • Learn about local electronic drop-off events near you. Many cities have events at schools or businesses where you can bring your electronics to be recycled. Do a quick online search by typing “electronic drop-off event near me” into an online search engine to find results.
  • Use a company’s haul-away service to recycle your flatscreen. Companies like Best Buy will come pick up flatscreen TVs that are 50 inches or smaller. Visit the Best Buy website to learn more. 

Donate or Sell a Working TV

Restore your flatscreen TV to its factory settings, so that any personal information that resides on your TV is erased. Use the remote to navigate to the Settings option to find the factory reset options.

List your TV on Craigslist for free or for sale. Check your local Facebook Marketplace or selling and/or trading groups on Facebook. Some thrift stores or consignment stores may be interested in your TV as well.

Donate a working TV to your church or local school. Last resort: have a yard sale for your TV and other electronics you no longer want.

Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs)

CRTs are found in TVs, computer monitors, and flat panel screens and are banned from dumpsters.

Small Appliances

Appliances like microwaves, refrigerators, and toaster ovens contain electronic components that become hazardous when not disposed of properly. Appliances often have batteries, screens and other electronic materials and chemicals in them that should not be put in a dumpster. 

Freon Appliances

Older appliances that used freon, including refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers are not allowed in dumpsters.


Batteries, including car batteries, alkaline batteries, lithium batteries and rechargeable batteries, should not go in a dumpster. These contain all sorts of chemicals that become hazardous in a landfill. Every type of battery can leak toxic substances into the soil and water, and sometimes they can even start fires. 

You should be able to find recycling programs for batteries such as car batteries, rechargeable batteries, and button cell batteries.  Try  Battery Recyclers of America Battery Recyclers of America – Next Day Battery Recycling in All 50 States or Battery and Cell Phone Recycling in MA 

Single use alkaline batteries are another matter. Not every recycling center will take them. However, alkaline batteries are the least dangerous for the environment and may be thrown in the trash as a last resort. (… unless you live in California.)


You can’t place old tires in a dumpster or a recycling bin as they always require special handling. While old tires can often be recycled into other materials, you can’t put them out with your normal recyclables.

Check with your local tire or auto parts retailers for drop-off and recycle programs. If you have tires that are still in good condition, you may be able to sell them to an auto parts or tire store near you.


Some areas will allow you to throw out a mattress in the dumpster, but there may be specific rules that require you to wrap the mattress in a plastic mattress bag. It’s always best to check the regulations in your area before disposing of a mattress this way. When you replace a mattress it is common for the vendor to take away your old one. You should be aware that in total, mattresses today take up to 800 million cubic feet in landfills and can take up to 120 years for a single mattress to compose!

Paints and Solvents

Don’t throw oil-based paint, lead-based paint, paint thinner, and other similar products in a dumpster. These products can leak into the ground and contaminate groundwater and septic tanks. Never throw wet paint into the garbage.

You may be able to throw away small amounts of non-oil-based paint, if you dry it out first. If you have just a little bit of paint left after a project, dry it out with sawdust, paper towels, or cat litter or let it sit in the sun to harden. Check your local authorities for places to dispose of old oil-based paints.

Oil, Gas, and Pesticides

Oil and gas products like motor oil, lubricants, and petroleum must not be put in a dumpster. These products are toxic, corrosive and flammable and need to stay separate from your other garbage. Dumping gasoline is illegal almost everywhere. 

Pesticide should not be thrown in the dumpster, regardless of whether it’s a chemical, granule, liquid, or spray. Pesticides can harm plants, wildlife and even people if you dispose of them incorrectly. Do not throw pesticides in the garbage or dump them in a sink, toilet or sewer drain. Pesticides often require chemical waste services, such as chemical recycling or specialized disposal techniques.

Many municipalities have drop-off programs for these types of waste. Contact your municipality for upcoming events. Check for more information on the disposal of pesticides.

Yard Waste

Yard waste, like grass, leaves and branches takes up valuable space in the dumpster, and these materials can be put to better use as compost. Some municipalities have drop-off centers, and your trash hauler may offer curbside pick-up of specially tagged bags. Home compost kits are also available.

Light Bulbs

Some types of light bulbs should not be disposed of in a dumpster. Fluorescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs contain small amounts of mercury and so you must dispose of them separately from regular trash. If they end up in a landfill, they will contaminate the soil and water. 


Please do not throw any recyclables into a dumpster! Check with your local recycling plant to learn about what you are allowed to recycle. Typically, you can recycle cardboard, glass, newspaper, and plastic. Many recyclables can take years to decompose in a landfill, and there’s no reason to fill up the landfill with these materials. You can also contact specialized recycling management companies to recycle items that aren’t included in your town’s regular recycling services.

Items that Can be Placed in a Dumpster

Most household materials that are not hazardous, flammable, or toxic can be thrown in a dumpster. Here is a handy list:

Incandescent, Halogen, and LED Light Bulbs

These items don’t contain hazardous materials. However, it’s best to dispose of them in another disposable material, such as a paper bag, to avoid injuring anyone if they break.

Empty Aerosol Cans

Aerosol cans can explode if they are not completely empty before being thrown in a dumpster. Check to make sure they are empty before tossing them. In some areas, you may be able to recycle them, so check your local recycling establishment to see if you can put them out with your regular recyclables. 

Most Furniture

All wood furniture, like chairs, tables and bookshelves, can be thrown away in a dumpster. In many places, you can also throw away upholstered furniture. Check the rules of your local area to find out if they accept upholstered furniture before tossing it out.

Other Trash

Most other household products are safe to throw in your dumpster. This includes items like curtains, carpets, pots, pans, boxes, sinks, books, documents, clothes, non-electronic toys and non-recyclable plastics. If you need to throw out food waste, put it in a trash bag before tossing it in a dumpster.

It is illegal or environmentally irresponsible to throw out banned items into a trash dumpster. If hazardous items end up in a landfill, some of their constituent elements can leak into the soil or groundwater. This can make the soil we plant, the water we drink, and the air we breathe, unhealthful.

We’ll assist with planning and scheduling and can arrange to dispose of some of your banned items safely. Extra fees for special handling may apply for specific items. Please refer to the chart below:

  • CRT/TVs – $55
  • Air Conditioners – $40
  • Refrigerators/Freezers – $55
  • Washers/Dryers – $30
  • Water Heaters (must be EMPTY) – $40
  • Lawn Mowers – $35
  • Gas Grills – $30
  • Propane Tanks – $30
  • Batteries (any size) – $10
  • Car tires – $45
  • Truck tires – $55
  • Couches/Chairs – $80
  • Mattresses/Box springs – $250

If you are thinking of renting a dumpster or have questions about rentals, call Pleasant View Waste at 978-365-3244, visit our website or email us.

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Asbestos in the Home and Workplace… is Serious Business.

Asbestos is a bundle of fibers made up of six silicate minerals that occur naturally. Asbestos doesn’t cause problems if it remains intact. Risks to your health occur when asbestos is disturbed or damaged.  Their microscopic fibers can be released into the air, where they can be inhaled.

The minerals in asbestos are strong, flexible, and chemically inert. They do not conduct electricity, and they are resistant to fire and heat. These qualities give asbestos its commercial and industrial appeal.

The six minerals can be divided into two families, based on the type of rock formations from which they are mined: serpentine and amphibole. Formations are abundant in some states, but is not  mined in the United States today.

Uses of Asbestos

Asbestos was used liberally until the public became aware of its dangers in the late 1970s. Buildings and homes built prior to 1975 almost certainly contain significant quantities of the material. Despite its widely known dangers, it is still used commercially today.

It is is used in the manufacture of:

  • Asphalt
  • Cement
  • Gaskets
  • Automobile brake and clutch components
  • Plastics
  • Roofing materials
  • Rubber
  • Textiles
  • Chemical, electrical, and plumbing insulation
  • Fire protection

Its use was widespread in commercial construction, ship-building, and in the automotive industries for most of the 20th century.

Commercial use of asbestos historically include:

  • Boilers and heating vessels
  • Cement pipe
  • Automotive components
  • Electrical conduits
  • Electric motor component
  • Laboratory furniture
  • Textiles
  • Sealants and coatings
  • Insulation
  • Containers for corrosive chemicals
  • Pipe covering
  • Paper products

Nearly a quarter of a million people are killed worldwide from asbestos-related illnesses every year. You can be exposed in the workplace by using certain materials and tools.  You can be exposed in homes or schools built with asbestos-laden products. Individuals exposed to asbestos are at risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. It may take decades to develop and for symptoms to appear.

Asbestos fibers are invisible to the naked eye. There are no immediate symptoms from inhaling asbestos fibers. Sickness may not occur until many years after the initial exposure. Victims of these diseases are not aware until they become irreversibly ill.

Types and Symptoms of Asbestos-Related Disease

There are several types of mesotheliomas, and their symptoms can be similar yet different. Pleural mesothelioma develops in the pleura, the membrane that surrounds the lungs. Symptoms can include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry cough
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Swelling of the face and/or arms
  • Hoarseness of the voice

Peritoneal Mesothelioma forms in the peritoneum, the membrane around the digestive system. Symptoms may include:

  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Swelling of the abdomen

Similar symptoms can also be caused by a variety of other conditions, including Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease and colon cancer.

Pericardial Mesothelioma occurs in the membrane around the heart, the pericardium. Common symptoms include:

  • Pain the chest or shoulder
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Irregular heartbeat or heart palpitations
  • Heart murmurs
  • Swelling of the legs

Other symptoms common to all types of mesotheliomas include unexplained weight loss, fever, night sweats, and fatigue.

Disposing of Asbestos Safely

The most important thing to know about handling and disposing of it is that it is not a do-it-yourself project. It is a deadly carcinogen that should only be handled by licensed abatement professionals.

Licensed professionals are highly trained and certified to follow all federal and state laws governing abatement and disposal. Tackling the disposal of asbestos on your own can mean risking breaking one of these laws, facing a serious fine, and subjecting your family or workplace to dangerous asbestos fibers. Professionals have the proper tools and expertise to complete the job safely. Workers wear a special respirator and protective clothing to prevent exposure. The may need to create a decontamination unit and must follow decontamination procedures to ensure worker safety and prevent workers from tracking it into their homes.

What to Do

For more information about the dangers, visit the website of Lanier Law Firm, a nationally recognized expert in asbestos litigation with a successful 20-plus years of experience. Their guide on Asbestos Exposure provides a wealth of helpful information.  

Give Pleasant View Waste Removal a call or email us at to rent a dumpster from us today!

What to Expect When Renting a Dumpster in Massachusetts During Winter

The weather is changing in Massachusetts, the air is getting colder, and you might be starting to pick up your indoor projects, such as remodeling your bathroom or kitchen. This is a perfect time to start thinking about renting a dumpster in the winter for those house projects.

Salt and Shovel your Driveway when Renting a Dumpster in the Winter

Because the weather in Massachusetts can be unpredictable, it is important to salt and shovel your driveway and part of the sidewalk if there is any sign of snow, especially if you are considering renting a dumpster in the winter. When you are walking out to bring unwanted items to your dumpster, you also do not want to slip and fall on a patch of ice due to an unsalted driveway or sidewalk! 

Doing both of these things can keep the driveway clear and safe for not just you and your family, but the Pleasant View truck drivers and the dumpster itself. 

Bundle Up

This may seem obvious, but bundle up when disposing of things into the dumpster rental in the winter. Even though you may be walking out into the cold for a short amount of time, it is vital to keep yourself warm. Apply layers as needed!

The health and safety of our customers is always the number one priority when you work with Pleasant View.

Cover Your Dumpster During Inclement Weather – Have a Tarp Handy

We always recommend placing a tarp over your dumpster rental if there is inclement weather coming. Living in New England and especially Massachusetts can be unpredictable when it comes to the weather conditions.

Having a tarp can prevent the snow from weighing down the content of the dumpster rental in the winter, as water weight can negatively affect your rental. You can easily find a tarp at a hardware store in your local area of order one online.

Renting a Dumpster in the Winter from Pleasant View

Renting a dumpster from Pleasant View Waste Removal is easy. Our staff are extremely friendly and can help guide you through the dumpster rental process. Pleasant View Waste can work with you on all of your dumpster rentals as well as porta potty needs including roll-off dumpsters for households, demolitions, house clean-outs, and more.

We are proud of our reputation for being clean, courteous, prompt, and dependable.

Give us a call at (978) 365-3244, or contact us on our website for renting a dumpster in the winter. 

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Perfect House Demolition in Clinton, MA

We completed a perfect house demolition in Clinton, MA last winter. We are experts in full and partial house demolition due to severe damages, abandonment, or code violations. Additionally, we can do demolitions of decks, cabins, sheds, pools, patios, garages, barns, pergolas, gazebos, docks, mobile homes and trailers.