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Winter Clean-Up: 10 Tips for Dumpster Rental During the Frosty Season

With winter’s crisp air coming on strong, it’s time for homeowners and businesses in Milwaukee, WI and Southeast Wisconsin to begin thinking about conducting an intensive winter clean-up.

Renting a dumpster from M&M Dumpster Rentals makes this task more manageable, efficient and environmentally friendly – here are our top 10 tips on dumpster rental during frosty weather season!


Tip #1: Understand Your Project

Before approaching M&M Dumpster Rentals with your clean-up project, take an honest evaluation of its scope. Will it involve clearing out a small residential home or taking on a large commercial space? Understanding the volume and type of waste to be managed helps select an effective yet cost-efficient dumpster size and type.

Tip #2. Choose the Right Size

M&M Dumpster Rentals provides an assortment of dumpster sizes to meet different needs. For smaller residential clean-ups, a 13-yard containers might do, while larger commercial projects may necessitate 17 or 21-yard dumpsters. Selecting the appropriate size will save both hassle and additional expense by eliminating multiple dumpster rentals.

Tip #3. Check Local Regulations 

Winter presents unique challenges and regulations, particularly in Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin where snow and ice is common. To stay safe this season, be sure to inquire with local authorities regarding winter-specific rules for dumpster placement, such as clearances from public pathways or specific placement requirements that prevent damage to frozen ground surfaces. M&M Dumpster can also help you navigate these local regulations.

Tip #4. Prepare for Delivery

Before placing the dumpster at its designated site, ensure it is easily accessible and safe. In wintertime, this means clearing snow from driveways and designated areas while creating a clear pathway for delivery and pickup of the dumpster.

Tip #5. Protect Your Dumpster From the Elements

Winter snow and rain can quickly fill an open dumpster, adding weight and making waste removal more challenging. A tarp placed over it when not being used prevents additional weight from snow and rain accumulation as well as deterring illegal waste disposal practices by others who try to use your rental dumpster when you’re not around.

Tip #6: Understand What Can & Can’t Go Into a Dumpster

Winter cleanup might involve disposing of materials unsuited for dumpsters, such as antifreeze, old batteries and chemicals used during winter months. M&M Dumpster Rentals has specific guidelines on hazardous waste so it is important to familiarize yourself with them and arrange alternative disposal methods for such items.

Tip #7. Effective Loading

To maximize the use of your rented dumpster in Southeast WI, ensure it is loaded efficiently. Start with flat items at the base, filling gaps with smaller debris. This method prevents air pockets and allows more waste into your container without air pockets or overfilling it.

Tip #8. Safety First

Winter conditions make loading a dumpster even more dangerous, so always wear appropriate clothing (such as gloves and non-slip boots ) in order to protect against cold and slippery surfaces. Avoid overreaching into or climbing into the dumpster in order to prevent accidents from occurring.

Tip #9. Communicate With M&M Dumpster Rentals

Stay in regular communication with M&M Dumpster Rentals so they can offer tailored advice for your project and the weather in Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin. If severe weather delays threaten to slow your project down, inform M&M immediately so they can adjust the rental period as soon as possible.

Tip #10. Plan for Snow Removal

To ensure uninterrupted access and safety during your rental period, create a plan for snow removal. This will ensure continued access to your dumpster rental site as well as safety for everyone involved with clean-up operations.


Winter clean-up in Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin can be made easier with proper planning and the assistance of M&M Dumpster Rentals!  By following these tips, you can ensure a quick, safe, and efficient clean-up process during this frosty season. So bundle up, stay warm, and prepare to declutter your space efficiently this season!