Serving Houston since 1997
RESIDENTIAL

Neighborhood trash pickup, including recyclables and heavy trash.

Commercial

Weekly trash pickup. We also supply containers and enclosures.

Recycling

From newspapers and glass to batteries, cell phones & computers.

Enclosures

The solid waste industry is tough on dumpster enclosures! If not built properly, they quickly fall apart. These guidelines will help you design a sturdy, properly sized, and low maintenance enclosure for your property.

Basics

The following questions need to be considered before you call your sales representative:

  • What is your budget?
  • What is the available space?
  • Are there any covenants, zoning codes, or aesthetic requirements?
  • How protected is the enclosure from vandals, animals, and wind?
  • How "user friendlyā€¯ is the enclosure to tenants?
  • How much trash and recyclables will be handled per day by the facility?
  • Will the pickup schedule accommodate the above number without overflow?
  • Have safety concerns been addressed, including pedestrian access and motor vehicle traffic flow?
  • What is the enclosure designed for? Trash only? Trash and recycling (including cardboard, newspaper, office paper, and commingled containers)? Special materials such as grease from a restaurant? Front-load or rear-load trash trucks?
  • Does enclosure have room to expand as business increases?

The Ideal Enclosure

The following characteristics should be designed into every enclosure:Required Space for a 3-yard dumpster, minimum inside enclosure dimensions (72"W x 61"D x 55"H). This includes a 12" buffer zone.
Buffer zone of a minimum of 12" around all dumpster dimensions-- including the inside gate post dimensions--to accommodate manufacturing variations between dumpster size and to facilitate movement of the dumpsters in and out of the enclosure

  • Two entrances--one (non-gated) for tenants, and one (gated) for the hauler to remove the dumpsters
  • Room for multiple dumpsters (if any) to sit side by side rather than one in front of the other
  • Main doors that attach to steel posts or, at least, to steel plates on wooden posts (doors attached to wooden posts will loosen over time)
  • Access for our trucks, even if all adjacent parking spaces are occupied
  • Clear, straight service truck access with no curbs or overhead wires
  • Devices that lock into the pavement to hold service gates open in windy conditions
  • Location on the perimeter of the parking lot so that our trucks can access container, even if the lot is full of cars
  • Floor that slopes slightly outward so that water from melting ice drains properly
  • Surface that is paintable for quick graffiti cover-up

Helpful Hints

  • Don't use stucco if at all possible--it can't take the abuse
  • Line your enclosure with a wooden "chair rail" or bumper at dumpster height to minimize wear
  • Use curb stops or angle iron bolted to the pavement to keep the dumpster from slamming into the enclosure
  • Anchor posts with concrete
  • Pave the enclosure with concrete
  • Use signs to discourage midnight dumping and contamination of recyclables
  • Verify that the pavement outside the enclosure is sturdy enough to support a 27- ton truck
  • Leave doors 6-8" off pavement to allow opening
VF Waste Services

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