Thursday, 29 September 2016

Tips and tricks for Garage Organization

The garage seems to be the one place in our homes that we tend to allow to get a little chaotic. It becomes somewhat of a storage unit for all of our wants, needs, and sentimental items that we just can’t let go of. It can become an intimidating thought to even consider taking a day to clean it out. With everything that’s out there, it’s got to take more than a day right? Possibly not! With these few tips and tricks to cleaning out and organizing your garage, it can hopefully be done in just a day and you’ll be able to reclaim the area for the car that you’ve been wanting to park in there for some time now!

First of all, you’re going to want to pull everything out from the garage to be able to determine what you have and where it will all go. This also gives you a clean slate to help you decide how you will set up your garage to suit your needs. Next, go through everything that you’ve just pulled out and ask yourself what you want to keep, sell, donate, or just throw away. When making these decisions you can ask yourself questions like the following:
-        - Do I need this?
-        - Am I going to be using this anytime in the near future?
-        - Is it outdated and is it time to upgrade?
-        - Does this still work?
-        - Would this be more beneficial to someone else?
Once you’ve answered all your questions and have the piles of keep and toss, rent a dumpster! Calling the day before you clean out your garage to schedule your dumpster is best. This way, you have the dumpster at your ready and can toss as you go. It also helps to get everything you no longer want or need gone faster. You don’t have to haul it away yourself or have it sitting on your curb waiting to get picked up by the city.

Now that you have all you want separated ready to go back in the garage, give the garage a nice spruce. Sweep the floors, get all the dust out, maybe a little spray down with the hose to really give it a shine, and fix anything that might need a repair.

Lastly, it’s time to organize! Going vertical is best when storing items in a garage to get the most use out of the space you have, especially if it’s a smaller one car unit. For smaller tools such as, drill bits, screwdrivers, wrenches, you could put up magnetic strips to house them on the walls freeing up any drawer space you might have for other items. Also consider saving little jars. You can screw them to the bottom of a shelf and use them as holders for nails and screws. For boxes of trash bags, you could re-purpose a paper towel holder to take the roll out of the box and hang it on the wall. Easy access and you don’t have to worry about having yet another box in the garage. Dedicating a small space next to the door or entry to the house can also help keep clutter from occurring. Hang a coat, backpack, umbrella rack next to the door and have a little shoe rack to prevent shoes from tracking in mud or dirt and becoming misplaced. Wire baskets are great for getting the little items off the floor and they are stackable on the wall to really utilize all usable space.

Using these simple tips and tricks can really turn a garage from a disaster zone to an accessible little storage unit!

Monday, 15 August 2016

One way we determine the cost of a rental is based on the debris type of what is being disposed. The different types of debris go to different landfills, all of which have their own pricing. When ordering your bin, you want to make sure that you are ordering it for the right type of debris. Easiest way to do this would be to explain to the sales representative or office staff member what exactly the project is that you are doing and what the disposal will contain. If it so happens that the type of debris is different than what was agreed on upon arrival to remove your bin, there will be a fee accessed for having to take the bin to a different landfill.
There are three different types of debris that we accept. One is construction debris. Examples of this debris would be anything that it takes to build a house such as, toilets, sheet rock, kitchen counters, dry wall, siding, etc. Another type is household or mixed debris. This covers things that you would find in a household trash can or items in a garage. The last debris type would be quarry debris. This one consists of items such as rock, cement, dirt, sand, etc. Each one of these debris types has a designated landfill.
Ways to prevent having a debris difference fee accessed and charged would be to tarp your bin, keep a close eye on your bin, and make sure that you state to your sales rep or the office staff exactly what you intend to dispose of. Tarping your bin can prevent the incident of a neighbor throwing their trash freely in your bin. The tarps can be purchased at places like Wal-Mart which has been the least expensive we have personally seen so far, or a hardware store like Home Depot. Keeping a close eye on your bin can also prevent items from being thrown in with all else you are disposing of. Keep the lights on outside and inside to make people think you are home. Post a sign that they are being videoed taped and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

I you have any more questions, feel free to speak to a sales representative or our office staff for more details 210-441-2121.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Don't Let the Rain Affect Your Bin Rental

Due to Landfills charging by the weight of debris, BTDT San Antonio would like to give a few suggestions to help keep the rainwater from being soaked up by the debris in our customers bins and help prevent overweight fees:

  1. If you're ordering a bin and are aware of the rain chances, ask your sales representative to add to your order a couple of extra boards under the bin so it will sit at a slant to allow the water to seep out the back doors. Pleases be aware that anything mixed with the water can pour out onto your driveway and may cause staining or damages.
  2. Tarps are another good preventative for rainwater and from the possibility of others dumping their trash into your bin. Our dimensions can be found on our website, or you can call or email the sales representative at any time to get assistance with them. We recommend, when buying a tarp, to buy one a couple of feet larger than the bin and buying one with grommets. The least expensive tarp that we have personally shopped for was at our local Wal-Mart; other possibilities of finding tarps may be at your local hardware stores.
  3. There is debris that is considered very porous and will absorb the rainwater causing the bin to be even heavier than it would be if the debris were dry. Some of the debris considered porous are carpet, mattresses, clothing, paper, sheet rock, etc. Covering the bin with a tarp would be the best suggestion for debris of this sort because the items are so porous, tilting the bin would not make a difference since the rainwater is being absorbed.
BTDT San Antonio is here to help our customers in any way we possibly can. Do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions or concerns at 210-441-2121.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Happy Memorial Day

  These days, May showers bring June damages with all the rain, wind and hail we have been seeing here in San Antonio and surrounding areas! Bin There Dump That still has your back! Rain or shine, we are out delivering and removing bins the best we can to help get your residences and small commercial projects cleaned up and out of the way.

                    Memorial Weekend

Saturday, May 28, 2016 and Monday, May 30, 2016 The office will be closed in honor of the Memorial Day holiday. Regular office hours will resume at 7:00 am on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. All bin rental accommodations should be made by Friday, May 27, 2016 before 3:00 pm to reserve a spot on the schedule for Tuesday, May 31, 2016. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the office at 210-441-2121.

Updated Rental Information

Bin There Dump That San Antonio has updated bin rental information to help limit any confusion about weight fees, hazardous materials not allowed in the bins and other information pertaining to your rental. Check out our Hazardous Waste Form in full detail here.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016


With the onset of spring, many homeowners feel the urge to clean up, in some cases, going so far as renting a dumpster.
Properly loading a disposal container is a science that borders on an art, so today's column is a primer on the finer points of using one.
The first decision you must make is determining the proper size container for the volume of debris you wish to remove. This is a difficult calculation because often it involves making a total cubic account of all your debris, which, in most cases, will be scattered throughout the house.

I have found that if you make a running inventory, accounting for each piece or group of debris by their respective cubic size, you can arrive at an appropriate-sized container. When in doubt, always estimate higher than lower. Although some disposal companies offer variations of the industry standards, you usually can get containers in increments of 10 cubic yard capacities, ranging from 10 to 40 cubic yards.

You will save a great deal of time and effort by having the carting company place the container as close to the debris as reasonably possible. Note that the container has a swing door that you preferably will want to access from a convenient location, because it is best to fill the dumpster working your way toward the swing door.

Keep in mind that site contrainsts, such as narrow egresses, overhead power lines or other obstructions sometimes make it impossible to maneuver the container into an ideal position. In these cases, always abide by the driver's discretion. Have him place ¾-inch plywood strips under the wheels of the container so it will not damage the surface upon which it rests.

The process of filling a container is where the science of demolition becomes a refined art. Ideally, the trick is to load the container with as little "air space" as possible. This term refers to voids between debris. When loading a container, always wear protective clothing and safety gear.

Always fill the container from the back side, working your way toward the swing door. This will allow you to place the debris exactly where you want it. Avoid simply hurling stuff over the walls, which inevitably wastes expensive container space. Hurled debris simply falls in a random field, often full of air space.


Be sure to crush or otherwise flatten debris before placing it in the container. I'll use an absurd example here to explain what I mean by "flatten." Let's say you are throwing away your kitchen table. If you were to place it in the container on its legs, there would be a huge void of air space underneath. If you subsequently placed additional debris atop and around the table, that would be wasted space.

If your container is placed in the street or in an easily accessible location, keep an eye on it at night. Invariably, neighbors and passersby feel they can just toss their stuff into your container without asking. It is your responsibility to watch what goes into your container.

For safety's sake, keep curious children away from the dumpster. Debris poses many dangerous possibilities, which, again, are your responsibility.

Do not load a container over the height of its walls. This is illegal and could cause a dangerous accident if something were to fly off the top of the heap when the filled container was being transported.
Once it's been removed, thoroughly sweep all the adjacent areas. Errant debris, like nails, shards of glass or metal, can be dangerous to people and car tires.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015


When considering a bin rental, you may want to think about the debris type you'll be disposing of, whether or not it is dense materials, how much of it you'll have, and how many bins you'll need. Sorting out those minor details will help with getting to know your project and your budget, which will include bin rental costs.

Our rental costs are based off of location of the delivery and the type of debris that will be disposed of; such as construction debris or household/junk debris. Each landfill takes different items at different costs.

Bin rental costs should include the consideration of the possibility of multiple rentals if your project is a larger project. 

You should also consider over weight fees if your project consists of dense materials such as dirt, rock, asphalt, concrete, shingles, etc. Our rentals include up to 2 tons or 3 tons, depending on size, at $50.00 per ton after 2 or 3 tons. 

How many days you'll be needing a dumpster should also be considered in your budget costs. Our rentals are for up to 10 days at a cost of $15.00 per day after the 10th day.

If you should have any hazardous waste, such as paints, tires, bio-hazard waste, motor oils, car batteries, items that contained or contain gasoline, explosives, flammables, toxins or corrosives that end up in the dumpster, our fees can start at $100.00 and go up. It's always best to mention these items right away so we can lead you in the right direction of disposing of them properly.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

We had a major over haul on our back yard by one of our AWESOME contractors! Crain who owns Hacienda Landscape Company here in San Antonio.
My back yard was slopped towards the house with 12x12 concrete squares as the patio. It was so bad because it flooded into our sun room when it rained. Crain came out and made suggestions on a fix and aesthetically appealing. It turned out amazing. Below you will see the pictures and the grass is not totally green and grown in yet.


We have an oasis! Beautiful job at a great price!