Originally Posted by Craigslist Hack
We have a complete and fairly comprehensive field service handbook. We also have one for the office.
On trash outs most people do whatever works for them. I always clean out the room closest to the entry/exit point so I'm not tripping over debris. We rarely bag anything because that's double handling. We almost never use a dumpster. We trailer everything to the dump.
I agree, bags are a waste of time AND money. If you are buying the good contractor bags at $0.50 a bag it adds up quick.
We usually have a rotation of 10-15 trash cans, I say rotation because they get beat up pretty quick. However, I don't know if I ever purchased a single trash can? There are usually a few at each property already.
We just load them up and have a guy dragging them to the dump trailer, rinse and repeat.
The only stuff we bag are clothes and they get put in the back of the pickup to drop off at the "Charity Box" (don't get me started on these FOR PROFIT scams) I know they make a profit but at least I don't have to pay for the weight at the dump!
Same goes for paper, cardboard, newspapers, magazines, etc.... My kids schools have fund raiser dumpsters that we load up as well. I used to actually sell directly to the paper recycler, I was getting $200 a ton a few years ago, now the prices are down to less the $40 a ton last time I checked so it's not worth it.
You would be surprised how much money you can save by just eliminating paper and clothes from your dump fees!