Laurel Grimm: Employee Spotlight
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.