Selecting a Waste Hauler

Selecting a hauler for your waste and recycling removal needs If you own an existing business or are starting a new business, one of the decisions you may need to make is what type of service you need to handle your waste and recycling materials. The options can be varied depending on your location. Some areas may have several haulers to choose from, while others are have only a couple choices. The old adage: Bigger is better is not always true. Smaller, independent companies are typically family-owned and can often provide a higher level of personalized customer service. There are a number of considerations to look at when selecting a hauler and asking the following questions can be very beneficial: • Are multi-year contracts required for the services? Does the contract automatically renew? Will your hauler notify you when it’s up for renewal so you can review the terms and conditions or is it your responsibility to stay on top of the renewal dates? Better yet, do they not require contracts? • Are you able to go with a month-to-month service option which won’t tie you down for several years if you are unhappy with the quality of service you are getting? If not, is there a buyout clause for multi-year contracts? If so, what is the typical cost? • In addition to the base cost for the service, are there other fees or charges you should be aware of? Do the extras fees fluctuate or are they constant? Are they ever removed from your bill? • Does the hauler offer the option to collect recyclable materials in separate containers, paper/cardboard in one and plastics, tin, glass, aluminum, etc. in another or must all the recycling be in one container? • Are the rates charged different for the different materials collected? • Are contamination charges assessed if garbage and recycling materials are mixed together and what are those charges? • If you have a separate dumpster for clean paper/cardboard only, will you receive a rebate for that material? • Are there options for how often the containers are picked up? What are the associated costs? • What happens if a pickup is missed? • Are you charged for the delivery and removal of dumpsters? • How is the billing handled? What methods of payment are accepted? • Is there a local contact you can speak with to resolve any issues and make things run smoother for you? These are some of the basic questions your hauler should be able to answer prior to you starting service with them. Take your time and don’t be rushed into making a decision that you could regret. Van’s Waste, Inc. offers an excellent customer service experience with competitive pricing, no long-term contracts, no additional fees (with the exception of a fuel surcharge when necessary) and no container delivery charges for the initial setup. Please feel free to contact us at (920) 687-2631 or to get your questions answered. We look forward to doing business with you!

Scheduling your dumpster delivery

With the change in seasons, our attention may turn to projects that we’ve put off over the winter…but should probably tackle. Small remodeling jobs, tearing out carpeting, tossing out old furniture, or cleaning things out of the garage can be common projects. Some may be small, while others turn into larger projects and take more planning. No matter the size of your project, if you need to rent a dumpster, some planning is needed to get one scheduled for delivery. While we have a fairly large dumpster inventory, as the weather warms up, many people can put in a request to have one delivered. With a large volume of requests, comes the challenge of making sure we can meet those requests. We recommend trying to contact us at least a week ahead of your planned start date. That way, we can ensure getting your dumpster on the schedule. We understand that there are those projects that come up suddenly and your needs change. Our customer service team will certainly try to accommodate your request the best we can.


Spring is just around the corner?

The snow is melting and thoughts may soon turn to getting outdoors after being cooped up over the long winter. Some look forward to taking walks, breathing in the fresh spring air, and watching for the tulips and crocuses to pop up.  Others, however, may get the urge to sort through long-neglected piles in the garage, basement, or other areas in the house/shed/barn.  Yes, some folks do get the urge to take on this type of project.  When the urge strikes, you might be in need of a dumpster to dispose of your materials.  

Depending on the volume of material you have to get rid of, ordering a dumpster might be a good option. There are some factors to consider when choosing the right size dumpster for your project.  Are there a lot of smaller items, something that might fit in the back of a pickup truck?  Or are there larger, bulky items?  If you have a small amount to get rid of, the 6 cubic yard dumpster might be a good choice.  It is approximately 5’ high x 6” wide x 6’ deep.  You might see that size behind a restaurant for their garbage.  There are two plastic lids that cover the dumpster.

If you have a larger volume of material or bulky items like furniture, a roll off dumpster might work better. Most people can get by with a 20 cubic yard dumpster – 4 ½’ high, 8’ wide, and 20’ long.  The shorter sides on the 20yd dumpster allow you to more easily toss material over the top.  All of the roll off dumpsters are equipped with a back door that swings open for ease of loading heavier materials.  There is a slight step up (approximately 8-10 inches) to get into the dumpster.  If you have a much greater volume of material to get rid of we also offer 30 and 40 cubic yard dumpsters.

There are some restrictions on what types of material cannot be tossed into the dumpster. The big ones are any kind of electronics or appliances.  Also, tires, batteries, and hazardous materials should not be thrown into the dumpster.  Paint can be disposed of provided it is completely dried or sand or kitty litter is added to solidify it.  Yard Waste or brush should not be mixed with the household items.  We can set a separate dumpster for that material if needed.

When you are ready to tackle that Spring cleaning project, please contact our customer service team to assist you in determining the size dumpster you might need.




I wanted to restate what I told you on the phone about my recent experience with your company, Van’s Waste. We were in the process of clearing out my Dad’s home and I had contacted five companies to review dumpster sizes, delivery, etc. Not only did you answer the phone (two other companies did not – email only and one of those didn’t respond), but you took me through the dumpster sizing, the pricing and the delivery and we scheduled it for later that week. The dumpster arrived at the time of day you said it would, the cost was what you said it would be and, when it was filled quickly, I was able to call you Saturday morning and within an hour (we’re in Green Bay) the filled dumpster was picked up and an empty dumpster was left (which we continued to fill).

I don’t know when/if there will be another time in my life where I’ll need a roll-off dumpster but I do know that, if that time comes, I’m only making one phone call and that’s to Van’s Waste. In the interim, I will recommend your company to anyone I hear who may be in need of your service (and even those who aren’t in need). Your company exemplifies the reason we stay “local” – friendly, great service, exceeds expectations, no hidden fees and quality professionals.

Thank you and congratulations on a job well done!

Eileen M

Recycling of Construction and Demolition Materials

Recycling of C & D – Construction & Demolition Materials…..

Construction Job Site

When most people hear the word “recycling”, they may think of the bottles, cans, plastic containers, paper, and cardboard they set out at the curb every week for their residential pick up.  While that has a significant impact on reducing the amount of materials dumped in landfills, there is another very important type of recycling taking place: construction and demolition recycling, commonly referred to as C&D.

For years, thousands of tons of construction and demolition debris was buried in landfills across the country.  This has shortened the lifespans of those landfills, causing more land to be used for the development of new landfill cells instead of more productive, environmentally friendly uses.

More recently, some enterprising individuals have developed processes to separate and recycle many of those same materials that were once discarded in landfills.  Materials that come from new home construction, remodeling jobs, and demolition projects can now be recycled and have new life as other useful products.  Wood, depending on the quality, can be ground up and used for landscape mulch or boiler fuel.  Drywall scraps can be ground into a soil amendment that farmers can spread on their fields.  Steel or metal can be taken to a scrap yard and repurposed into new products.  Concrete and asphalt can be crushed and reused in road beds or for a parking lot base.  Asphalt shingles can be ground up and mixed in with virgin asphalt.  Cardboard is sorted and taken to paper mills to get recycled into new products.

C&D recycling is becoming a more important piece of the overall recycling puzzle.  Make sure to check with your dumpster service provider to see if there is an option to take your material to C&D sorting and recycling facility!


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