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by Brenna Timm

 

 

Meeting the People

Dumpster Rental is a local small business serving the Front Range area. But who is behind the wheel, scheduling deliveries, and hauling our waste? Dumpster Rental is run by husband and wife team Doug and Laurel, and their two sidekicks, Duncan and Patty. In order to get to know them better, we have a spotlight interview with Laurel, who manages the company.

Fort Collins Dumpster Rental

The History

           How did you become interested in the Dumpster business?

My family had been working in the garbage business for 4 generations. I grew up around garbage trucks and my first job was at a landfill. So, trash was always in our life.

          What led you to follow the family business?

You do what you know. Also, it is a great service to offer the community and we are happy to do it.

            How did Dumpster Rental Start?

Dumpster Rental started as a side gig in 1987. Doug had been working for a trash company that did not offer roll-off service. He was able to find a couple of old containers he would haul on a trailer. Later he would be getting old mobile home axles and weld them to an 8-yard dumpster. When we moved to Fort Collins we sold all those dumpsters and started over with new, modern equipment.

original dumpster

Laurel’s Life

          Why did you move your life and your company to Fort Collins?

Colorado Springs was getting really big and very crowded. We decided now that our kids were grown and on their own cell phone plans, it was a good time to make the change for ourselves. My sister lived in Fort Collins nearly 20 years earlier and we loved coming up here to visit her.

          Who are Duncan and Patty? 

Duncan is our 8-year-old chocolate lab mix. He is a rescue from Colorado Cell Dogs, a great program in Colorado prisons that trains dogs for adoptions and gives the inmates training for their future. Originally, he was in the training program for service dogs but he flunked out of that program because he is very lazy. Patty is a mini golden doodle from Iowa. She was brought into our lives to bring new life into our old man Duncan. He really needed a friend and someone to motivate him to play fetch. They love to ride with us when we work and when they see us pull out their seatbelts they are very excited.

Patty Spotlight

          What do you enjoy doing outside of your work?

We like to travel and visit our kids, Morgan and Colby. Morgan lives in Durham, N.C. and Colby is in Phoenix. We like to hang out with friends, enjoy the many different beers in Fort Collins and the beautiful Colorado outdoors.

Business Spotlight

          Do you have any interesting dumpster stories to share?

When hauling trash sometimes people accidentally throw something out. We have had people call us telling us they accidently threw anything from an iWatch to money away. Usually you can’t do much about that as trash is quickly pushed into the landfill and buried. But sometimes you are able to help. Once someone threw away some money wrapped in old clothes and we were contacted soon enough. We were able to help them find it. That was a good day.

          Who are your favorite clients/jobs?

Since we hand-tarp all our dumpsters, our favorite client is one that fills their dumpster level.

          What would you like to say to the community?

Dumpster Rental focuses on three core values.

Service: Dumpster Rental has always set the bar high for a superior level of service to our customers. We know their time is valuable and offer a 1-hour delivery window. We are reliable, on time and dedicated to offering the best experience.

Stewardship: We practice safe and responsible solid waste disposal and offer recycling and yard waste disposal knowing it starts with us to be good stewards of the resources we have.

Community: We live, work and play in the northern Colorado area, so we are truly invested in the community we serve.

           Any other thoughts you would like to add?

We recently were introduced to a man from Loveland that helps people transition from homelessness to a home. We have been able to connect him to people which have otherwise thrown a perfectly usable couch or other furniture in a dumpster. Diverting a lot of usable furniture from the landfill and using it in a home for someone that is starting a new life is a great opportunity.

by Brenna Timm

 

Twenty years ago, you may not have known about the existence of this sleepy little town. If you drive across I-25 you can find this budding community just east of Fort Collins. Timnath could barely be called a town when it was founded in 1882 as a small farming community. In the 2010 Census, only 625 residents were counted. However, the recent boom in the Front Range has encouraged the city to grow. And grow it did, exploding to over 3000 residents in 2017. Plans are to continue growing to 20,000 residents over 27 square miles the next 20 years. The town is making progress because it is already one of our state’s fastest growing communities.

Growth and Community

Timnath has made many changes to accommodate their growth and help inspire it. Large stores like Walmart and Costco found a home in the town. Small businesses help balance out the community and line the streets.  Two new small businesses were recently celebrated for opening, Springhaus Designs and Timnath Feed & Grain. Even more plans and ground breaking continue to encourage prosperity. Housing flourishes because of the expanding community however it still has a very spacious and beautiful country feel. Another feature is the golf course and club in the developing Harmony Community.

Timnath Reservoir

A hidden secret of Timnath would be Timnath Reservoir. Town residents and their guests exclusively enjoy the Reservoir. Who wouldn’t like having free water access? This small town’s community has special access to the waterfront to play as they choose. If you want to take your boat out onto the water an additional permit is required. Considering the exclusive access, Timnath Reservoir may be nicer than the crowds at Horsetooth.

Dumpster Rental

Dumpster Rental serves Timnath as part of the Front Range Community. With the rapid change that is happening, construction is a constant. There are many reasons you may need a dumpster. You could be building your new business, landscaping, or making your house perfect. If so, think about contacting Dumpster Rental. We are a local small business dedicated to serving the community and making lasting connections.

October 12, 2018

Winter Prep Checklist

by Brenna Timm

 

Winter is Coming

The leaves are changing from green to yellow and winds have grown cold. All this comes down to one fact: Winter is coming. The season of snow and ice is approaching and whether you love or hate this time of year, you need to be prepared. Here are some things that should get on your check list for your house, yard, and car.

Winter Preparation

Home Prep

The negative degree weather coming. Making sure your house is ready will determine whether you are warm and cozy or fighting for the last blanket.

  • Furnace and Filter– Go and check your furnace to make sure everything is functioning properly. This is the time to change the filter before heating is in constant use.
  • Humidifier– If you use a humidifier, now is the time for a good cleaning before turning it on for the next 3-4 moths. The winter air is cold and dry, and turning on your heater only warms you up. Humidifiers will out the lost moisture back into the home.

Yard Work

The yard has a few more steps to take before its winter-ready. If possible, do these before the weather gets too cold. Who knows when the next nice day will come?

  • Sprinklers– Avoid burst pipes and freezing by blowing out your sprinkler systems. This is something you will need to contact your local professionals for.
  • Hoses– garden hoses may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but it is important. Now that the cold weather is hear, remove hoses from the hose bibs. The hose can stay outside or in your storage area.
  • Gutters– Cleaning gutters are never fun, but it needs to be done. Gutters filled with debris will thwart any sunny day with melting snow. It is also a good time to check on maintenance, and see if you need new ones for the spring.
  • Lawn mowers– There sill be no need to cut grass for a while. Winterize your lawn mower by draining out the gas. This ensures it doesn’t freeze and won’t get contaminated.
  • Snow Blowers– With the lawn mower out of the way, it is time for the snow blower. You never know when the first big storm will be, so be prepared.

Car Check

If you want to get around in harsh whether conditions, take a look at your car to make sure you are ready for anything.

  • Ice scrapper- Check if your car has one and its condition. No need to be late for work if you own the proper tools.
  • Emergency Supplies– Try to have a flashlight, blanket, some snacks, and other basics that could come in handy.
  • Check-up– Give the car a pre-winter check up so that there are no fixable surprises. Also check the antifreeze levels.
  • Tires– Before we get icy, check the tires, specifically the pressure and the tread. Bare tires work alright in the summer, but are terrible for the winter. Pressure lowers with the temperature, so make sure the tires are full.

 

Dumpster Rental does operate during the winter. However, consider whether you need to get the yard clean-up done or empty the garage before trying to fit another car in.

by Brenna Timm

 

Cleanup the Ocean

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an enormous environmental concern. In the Pacific, as well as other parts of the ocean, large masses of plastic are floating around, harming wildlife and ecosystems. Many people are trying to find solutions to clean up the ocean, but also prevent future issues. Here and Now interviewed Eben Schwartz, the marine debris program manager for California Coastal Commission. The interview concerned Schwartz’s thoughts on the condition of the Patch, and recent developments surrounding a young entrepreneur by the name of Boyan Slat. Schwartz is hopeful for clean up projects to go well, but does show his concern for the continuation of the problem, and what we can do to stop it.

Ocean Cleanup- The end goal

The ocean as it should be, without garbage floating around.

System 001

In September of 2018, Slat and his company, The Ocean Cleanup, launched System 001. This system is the result of five years of research and testing, launched from San Francisco Bay. The idea is that a long stretch of tubing has a net trailing underneath to catch plastics. Once in position, plastics will collect in the U-shaped area, making it easier to retrieve. The goal is to retrieve the collected trash periodically by boat and bring the plastic in from proper recycling.

SLAT’S PLAN

The mechanism was successfully launched on September 8, 2018 and is moving towards the Patch as we speak. The trip is over 1,200 nautical miles. There is testing underway to make sure the device maintains its distinctive U-shape. This is taking place only at about 1/3th of the total distance to the Patch. Once these ‘Trails’ are completed, Wilson (the pet name for System 001) will make the final move to the Great Garbage Patch.

Slat’s goal, if Wilson has a successful run, is to start the official Cleanup later this year. By 2020, scaling up to a Global size will be the next step. If your interested in System 001’s progress, check here for updates.

by Brenna Timm

discover wellington

Dumpster Rental Wellington

New Growth

Fifteen years ago, Wellington was a sleepy little town just north of Fort Collins. Now to match the pace of its neighbors, the town is a fast-growing community. The Front Range is a popular place that families and investors are moving into, and Wellington is no exception. With the growth of the community comes more services. Stores and services continue to pop up across the landscape, adding new life to the area. New subdivisions and construction are constantly being planned in order to keep up with demand. Many different people come to live in Wellington. Part of the population is people who work in Fort Collins or Cheyenne, but want to experience a quieter home town.

Poudre School District

As part of the development and future prospects, Poudre School District of Northern Colorado has plans to build a new middle and high school for the town of Wellington. No longer will students have a lengthy commute to get to a Fort Collins school. The new school will host grades 6-12, and is estimated to open in August of 2022. Nearly 1200 students will be able to enroll. One of Fort Collins’ main attractions for families is the school system, and now Wellington will be able to fully enjoy the same.

Serving in Wellington

While Wellington is a young town, there are many changes in the works. New businesses and subdivisions are forming, and there is plenty of room for growth. Renovation and revitalization are something that Dumpster Rental can assist with. Dumpster Rental works in the Front Range area, based out of Fort Collins, and is eager to help you with your needs. Whether your house needs a facelift, your yard needs a makeover, or your new business is under construction, Dumpster Rental can provide their services. Various dumpster sizes are available based on your needs. If your project calls for more than you can handle, consider Dumpster Rental, your local, family-owned business.