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Dumpster Rentals in Golden, Colorado

The Golden City

With a population of only about 20,000 residents, Golden remains one of Denver’s most well-known suburbs.  Nestled near the foothills on the western edge of the metro area, Golden is recognized for a variety of world famous landmarks.  Besides numerous museums, it is home to the Colorado School of Mines, the National Renewable Energy Lab, the National Earthquake Information Center, and of course the Coors Brewery.

Split by Clear Creek, the vibrant downtown area is filled with shops, restaurants and nightspots.  In the heart of Jefferson County, Golden serves as the county seat and at one time vied to be the territorial headquarters of Colorado – eventually losing out to the city of Denver.

Need a Dumpster in Golden?

With a combination of older historic homes near downtown and newer homes to the north, the need for restoration and remodeling dumpsters in the city has been significant.  Sam’s Hauling has placed hundreds of roll-offs for cleanups, renovations and moving projects in the past few years.  We are familiar with the regulations for proper placement of a container in Golden.  Our staff can assist with dumpster street permit requirements and can help our customers choose an appropriate size.

Serving the City Since 2001

Having provided dumpsters to Golden since 2001, Sam’s remains the oldest and largest mini roll-off company in the Denver/metro area.  Homeowners have used our small containers for a variety of projects around the house including basement, garage and shed cleanouts, lawn and yard cleanups, DIY remodeling projects and pre-move and pre-sale preparation.  Whether you need a dumpster for general trash, remodeling and construction debris, or more, Sam’s mini roll-offs are the solution.

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Dumpster Rentals in Littleton, CO

A “Little” History

Galleries, shops, boutiques, and restaurants are the core of historic downtown Littleton.  While only the 20th largest city based on population, Littleton is a highly visited destination for both local and out of town visitors to the Denver/metro area.  With a variety of trails and parks and venues such as Hudson Gardens & Event Center, and the Littleton Historical Museum, the city offers a diverse and welcoming community to all who visit.

Sam’s Early CustomerLittleton, CO Main Street District

When Sam’s Hauling began offering mini dumpster service in 2001, Littleton, Columbine, and Ken Caryl became our busiest destination.  Littleton dumpster rentals surged as the area experienced a renovation renaissance by both remodeling contractors and DIY homeowners.  As the average homeowner has limited exposure to the roll-off dumpster industry, Sam’s Hauling makes every effort to ensure the experience is easy and affordable.  Our website gives exact measurements and sizes of all our containers. Our professional office staff spells out all the details involved in using a small roll-off.

We pride ourselves in being the most reputable company in the Littleton dumpster rental business. Besides an A+ rating with the BBB, we have all A’s on ratings from Angie’s List.  In the 10 year period ending in December, 2016, Sam’s has placed over 60,000 roll-off containers in the Denver/metro area including thousands of dumpster rentals in Littleton.

Things to consider when renting a dumpster in Littleton

  • Littleton requires a permit to place a roll-off dumpster on the street.
  • Home or property owners (located within city limits) are required to obtain the permits. As of this writing, the permits are free and are issued to ensure proper safety and thoroughfare access.
  • Sam’s can assist with proper dumpster placement and contacting the appropriate agency when street placement is required.
  • Always compare prices. Some companies charge excessive amounts for small roll-offs or deliver containers that are smaller than they claim.

Smaller dumpsters, more maneuverable trucks, and well trained drivers with thorough knowledge of the city ensure your dumpster rental in Littleton will be the best experience possible.  6, 9, 12 and 16 cubic yard roll-off containers are normally available for 7 to 10 day rental periods. Our professional office staff can assist in setting up the delivery of the appropriate dumpster.

Whether you need a dumpster for general refuse, or remodeling and construction debris, cleanout trash, or more, Sam’s mini roll-off containers are the solution.

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Denver BAGSTER ® Prices on the Rise Again!

Another $15 Increase

The small green dumpster bag being marketed by many of the area “big box “ stores has experienced another price increase. A Waste Management product, the 3 cubic yard Bagster, now carries a $120 pickup fee (a $15 increase) in the Denver/metro area. Combined with its retail price at around $30, using a Bagster can run area homeowners and contractors over $150 to dispose of a relatively small amount of trash. A second bag (another $30 cost) picked up at the same time adds an additional $95 dollars to the pickup. Quick math tells us that disposal of 6 yards of material will run about $275 and 9 yards around $400. To the layman, those prices may seem reasonable until you compare them with the small dumpster prices around Denver.Bagster vs Dumpster

Save with Sam’s

Do you want to save money? At Sam’s Hauling, one of our 6 cubic yard roll-offs can save you more than $85 when priced yard for yard against the Bagster. Simply put, using a mini roll-off for 6 yards of trash saves you $85 over 2 Bagsters and a 9 yard roll-off saves you $175 over 3 Bagsters! The more trash you have, the more a dumpster can help you keep cash in your pocket.

Don’t Get Stuck Loading the Bagster

Either option allows the homeowner to load the “container” at their leisure, but metal-sided dumpsters are easier to load than the Bagster, as it requires trash and debris to hold up the sides. Oddly shaped material or varying density trash may make supporting the Bagster walls awkward, as illustrated above. Couple the difficulty in loading with the increased price and there certainly appear to be better choices for your cleanup project than the dumpster bag.

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The BAGSTER® is a registered trademark of WM Bagco, LLC, a Waste Management Company

Parker Dumpster Rental

Background

Parker is the nineteenth largest city in Colorado and is situated on the southeast corner of the Denver/metro area. Primarily a bedroom community, Parker’s humble beginnings were centered largely around the historical “20 Mile House”, a post office, grocery, hotel, general store, so named because it was roughly 20 miles from the Colfax and Colorado Blvd intersection in Denver. Sam’s Hauling set its very first roll-off dumpster in 2001 on Hillgate Circle in the Pinery just south of Parker, and thus began a mini roll-off dumpster business that now serves not only Parker, but the greater Denver area.

O'Brien Park - Old Town Parker

In the 10 year period ending in December, 2015, Sam’s has placed over 50,000 roll-off containers in the Denver/metro area including thousands of dumpster rentals in Parker.  Contractors and homeowners in the Parker area have depended on Sam’s expertise to provide the best possible experience when renting a roll-off dumpster for their remodel or cleanup projects.  Our well trained divers, professional office staff and accurately sized containers have earned an A+ rating with the BBB as we strive to be the most reputable Parker dumpster rental business.

Things to consider when renting a dumpster in Parker

  • The city of Parker requires a permit to place a roll-off dumpster on the street.
  • The home or property owner is required to obtain the permit which is normally good for up to 5 days. As of this writing, the permit fee is $50 with a $200 deposit.
  • Sam’s can assist property owners in assessing the proper dumpster placement and in contacting the appropriate agency when street placement is required.
  • Some companies charge excessive amounts for small roll-offs or deliver containers that are smaller than they claim. Always compare prices.
  • Beware of out of state “dumpster brokers”. They usually have high prices and poor service. They are easily identified by their toll-free “800” phone numbers and lack of local address.

With 12 delivery trucks and over 350 containers, Sam’s Hauling has the resources to keep your project moving.  Homeowners have used dumpster rentals in Parker for a variety of projects such as the removal of debris from DIY home improvement projects, bulk rubbish removal, property clean ups and prepping  homes for sale.  With 4 different sizes of small roll-off dumpsters, Sam’s has the ability to save you space and money and ensure you have the best possible Parker dumpster rental experience.  With 12 delivery trucks and over 350 containers, Sam’s has the resources to keep your project moving.  Licensed contractors can ask about our repeat discounts and extended rental periods.

Whether you need a dumpster in Parker for general refuse, or remodeling and construction debris, clean out trash, or more, Sam’s mini roll-off containers are the solution.

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Arvada Dumpster Rental

Olde Town Arvada Water TowerBackground

Arvada is the seventh largest city in Colorado and borders the northwest corner of the city of Denver. Colorado’s first gold strike occurred here in 1850, but the area quickly grew into a vibrant farming community. Famous for its many festivals and tours, historic Olde Town Arvada has become a major attraction for area visitors. Sam’s Hauling has served the area since 1997, originally as a “load and haul” trash business and then as a mini roll-off dumpster business.

As the average small contractor and homeowner has limited exposure to the roll-off dumpster industry, Sam’s Hauling makes every effort to ensure the experience is easy and affordable. Our website gives exact measurements and sizes of all our containers, and our professional office staff spells out all the details involved in using a small roll-off. We pride ourselves in being the most reputable company in the Arvada dumpster rental business, and besides an A+ rating with the BBB, we have an A average on Angie’s List ratings. In the 10 year period ending in December, 2015, Sam’s has placed over 50,000 roll-off containers in the Denver/metro area including thousands of dumpster rentals in Arvada.

Things to consider when renting a dumpster in Arvada

  • The city of Arvada requires a permit to place a roll-off dumpster on the street.
  • The home or property owner is required to obtain the permit which is normally good for up to 2 weeks. As of this writing, the permits are free and are issued to ensure proper safety and thoroughfare access.
  • Sam’s can assist property owners in assessing the proper dumpster placement and in contacting the appropriate agency when street placement is required.
  • Always compare prices. Some companies charge excessive amounts for small roll-offs or deliver containers that are smaller than they claim.
  • Beware of out of state “dumpster brokers”. They usually have high prices and poor service but are easily identified by their toll-free “800” phone numbers and lack of local address.

Residents have used dumpster rentals in Arvada for a variety of projects such as disposal of bulk rubbish, removal of debris from home improvement projects, yard clean ups, and prepping a home for sale.  With 4 different sizes of small roll-off dumpsters, Sam’s has the ability to help you complete your project and ensure you have the best possible Arvada dumpster rental experience.  A professional staff, well trained drivers, 12 delivery trucks and over 350 containers allows us to keep your project moving.  Licensed contractors can ask about our repeat discounts and extended rental periods.

Whether you need a dumpster in Arvada for general refuse, or remodeling and construction debris,  trash, or more, Sam’s mini roll-off containers are the solution.

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Boulder CO Businesses May Need to Recycle, Compost to Meet Zero Waste Goals

recycle center boulder coA new report from LBA Associates and Kessler Consulting shows that Boulder, CO businesses should recycle, and even compost, to meet the Zero Waste Strategic Plan. The city should also consider requiring all homeowners to subscribe to trash service.

“LBA/KCI found ways for the city to reduce costs and maintain service while planning for system-wide improvements such as every-other-week trash collection, mandatory trash/recyclables collection, mandatory commercial recycling/food waste recovery, and C&D diversion. We estimated that these improvements would earn the city long-term net annual revenues in excess of $500,000. Boulder staff and council are currently building their zero waste plan update around these improvements and others.”

City officials have not yet endorsed the recommendations, but will struggle to reach the 85-90 percent goal of waste diverted from landfills without changes, according to Jamie Harkins of the Local Environmental Action Division (LEAD).

The Boulder City Council will hold a study session July 29. Also, feel free to share your voice online!

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Your Locally Owned Denver Dumpster Company

Sam's Hauling Denver CO

We provide roll-off dumpsters in the following Denver-area locations.

What does it mean to be locally owned and operated in Denver? It means a local family invested time, money and hard work to serve their hometown community. They hired locally for over a decade, creating jobs in Denver that supported Denver families. They paid taxes to the State of Colorado and the city of Denver for over a decade. A majority of their profits and the wages of employees have been spent in the greater Denver area, benefiting other Denver businesses.

Local Denver Dumpster Rental

Denver owned businesses are what make Denver… well, Denver. Lots of places have a Bin There Dump That, but only Colorado has a Sam’s Hauling. Sam’s does NOT have a corporate office based in another state. Sam’s does not have to make up for lost profits in one region by charging more in another. When you call Sam’s, you can talk to…Sam!

If you want some “corporate rules” franchise service then call Bin There. But if you want service from the owners of the company, the largest and oldest mini dumpster rental service in Denver, then you want service from the best, Sam’s Hauling. We have three distribution centers in the greater Denver area. This means we can fulfill most orders in a day. Get professional, prompt service from Denver’s LOCAL dumpster rental company.

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National Waste & Recycling Association

waste recycling denver coThe National Waste & Recycling Association plays an active leadership role in advancing policies that benefit the solid waste industry and improve the quality of life for all Americans. Its advocacy work focuses on the legislative and regulatory objectives of its members across a variety of important solid waste issues.

Denver CO Waste Recycling

The Association is also proactive in its work to educate government officials at the municipal, county, state and federal levels on key policy matters that are important to the industry. Providing support to legal cases before federal and state courts is an additional and important function of the Association, shaping laws and regulations that ensure the vitality of the solid waste collection, transportation and disposal industries.

The next meeting in Colorado is to gauge interest in establishing a chapter.

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Denver CO Natural Gas Phenomenon

Sam's-US EIASince 2007 there has been a natural gas boom in Colorado and especially the greater Denver area. This also includes Boulder and other surrounding areas. Here are some quick facts about natural gas in CO:

  • Average household energy costs in Colorado ($1,551 per year) are 23 percent less than the national average, primarily due to historically lower natural gas prices in the state.
  • From 2007 to 2012, crude oil production in Colorado rose 89% and marketed natural gas production rose 38%.
  • In 2013, 64% of the electricity generated in Colorado came from coal, 20% from natural gas, and 17% from renewable energy resources.
  • December 2013 forecast from the Leeds School of Business ranked Colorado in the top five fastest growing states economically, spurred strongly by energy production.

What is Hydraulic Fracturing?

encana fracking
Much of the boom has been due to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” According to Encana, fracking is “a controlled operation that pumps water, sand and additives (fracturing fluids) into the wellbore and down the casing/tubing under high pressure; as the mixture is forced out through perforations in the wellbore into the surrounding shale rock, the pressure causes the shale to fracture, allowing the natural gas to flow into the reservoirs.”

Benefits and Drawbacks of Fracking

While the industry, and certainly the need, for natural gas has been growing, so has the knowledge level and understanding of the general public. There are many in the public, and private, sectors that are not so willing to give fracking the green light. Many areas in Colorado and Denver especially are currently debating over the allowance of fracking. In a nutshell, here are some of the arguments for and against:

Pros:

  • creates jobs and revenue
  • more sustainable energy source-can convert to LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas)
  • cleaner burning-reduced air emissions
  • cheaper prices-abundant
  • increasing education and knowledge -If the attendance numbers at the Colorado School of Mines are any indication, natural gas and oil production are bringing Denver and Colorado to the forefront. Undergraduate enrollment has increased 2,000% over the last 10 years to accommodate the influx of students.

denver co fracking
Cons:

  • damage to environment-water supplies, chemicals leaked
  • unsightly disturbances -walls built in neighborhoods to deter drill site and sound
  • unknown factors -unanticipated/unknown damage to environment, people, animals

While these do not seem to be as tangible as the Pros, it is the ever-present feeling of the unknown that has people worried, and rightly so. Although fracking has been done in the US for quite some time, there are still a number of potential hazards that could eventually cancel out the benefits.

Renewables and Natural Gas: Competition or Collaboration?

Natural gas does not have to be an all or nothing venture. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) states that “natural gas and renewable energy each contribute to economic growth, energy independence, and carbon mitigation, sometimes independently and sometimes together. New technologies, policies, and practices are emerging that may allow businesses to consider these energy sources as more ‘bankable’ partners.

Natural gas and renewables can be key elements of system-level solutions that stand to transform the national energy landscape. Much of the current discourse considers renewables and natural gas in isolation or concentrates on the competitive impacts of one on the other.”

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Meeting Colorado Renewable Energy Standards is Inexpensive

denver co renewable energy solar panelsA Denver Post blog details a study to examine the cost effectiveness of meeting the renewable energy standards set in Colorado. The joint study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) concludes that meeting the standards is inexpensive. This is especially true when prices are compared to other states.

Cost of Renewable Energy

In Colorado the cost of complying came to 1 cent/kwh in 2012. Most of the talk about renewable energy centers around solar power. Xcel Energy has long offered Solar Rewards and incentives for installation of residential and commercial panels. Though rebates are now gone and incentives have been reduced, the cost of solar installation dropped $5/kw, making Colorado one of the least expensive states.

Colorado Solar Panels

One factor pushing the cost of meeting renewable energy standards was a requirement that a certain amount be roof-top solar, or distributed generation. The upfront cost of this is more than alternatives, but the operating costs are low once up and running.

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