One of the reasons that you are renting a dumpster for your DIY or commercial project is to make your life easier. The dumpster will prevent you from having to take multiple trips to the dump. It can also make the disposal of your debris and trash go quicker and smoother. This will not be the case, however, if you do not place your dumpster in an optimal location.
There are a couple of things that you need to consider when choosing a location for your dumpster to be placed. First, you should consider where the work is being done. If possible, you do not want to have the dumpster too far away from your project. Otherwise you will have to carry heavy and awkward items a distance before throwing them out. Thus defeating one of the reasons you rented the dumpster.
Second, you need to consider any landscaping or other objects that may be in the path of the dumpster. You do not want to trample down or accidentally drop heavy items on your bushes. It will create more work for you in the long run.
The third thing you need to think about is the type of material that your dumpster is going to be placed on. It is recommended that the dumpster is placed on a hard, level, and flat service that can support the weight of the dumpster. Paved or cement, driveways and roads make great surfaces, grass on the other hand is not the best service. Just think about all of the heavy items that you are adding to an already heavy container.
In the end, if you have determined that your driveway is the best location for your dumpster you should take a few steps to protect it from any damage. Dumpsters have steel wheels and support rails that could potential scratch your driveway or leave indentations from all the weight. This is especially true when it is hot out. The asphalt can get hot and start to give way under the weight of the dumpster. Prevention of damage is easy. Provide two sheets of plywood to the dumpster delivery person to place under the wheels and the front rail of the dumpster. This will help to distribute the weight and provide a coat of protective material.
If placing your dumpster on the grass is your only or best option, you may want to consider placing wood under the dumpster as well. This can help to distribute the weight of the dumpster and hopefully prevent damage to your grass and an indentation in your lawn.
Continue to make your life easier throughout the entire dumpster rental experience. It is super simple to prevent damage to your driveway, so why not take a moment to do it. You will be much happier in the long run!