October 8th, 2021

Augmented Reality for Outdoor Events and DIY Projects

Can you use augmented reality for outdoor events and DIY projects? Absolutely. Before planning your next home construction project, or an outdoor event or family get together, use augmented reality to make sure your dumpster, portable toilet, and storage container will fit on your site by using augmented reality. More […]

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September 27th, 2021

Using Augmented Reality on Construction Sites

An estimated one billion people used augmented reality (AR) in 2020 – and augmented reality on construction sites can save time and help you get the right dumpsters, toilets, and other rentals. How does AR work? Think about the last time you shopped for furniture on your mobile phone or […]

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September 24th, 2021

Do landfill fees cause higher waste disposal costs?

If you’ve noticed your waste disposal costs have increased in 2021, you’re not alone. Like many other temporary site service rental costs that have gone up in the past year, waste disposal fees seem to be climbing as fast as the number of new construction projects. When combined with increased […]

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September 16th, 2021

Ask Angela: What if we need a delivery after business hours?

Hi, Angela, we had a situation where we needed a portable toilet delivered after hours and it ended up costing more than we expected. Why did that happen, and what can we do about it in the future? Hi, there. Thanks for asking this question. It doesn’t happen a lot, […]

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September 1st, 2021

4 Tips for National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, and does your company have a plan for risk mitigation and business continuity? Here are four things to know to get your construction sites or outdoor event spaces prepared for the season. Being prepared goes beyond summer storms and hurricanes, although we see these each […]

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August 17th, 2021

ZTERS Named to Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies List for Third Year

ZTERS named No. 3,541 on the fastest-growing private companies list. HOUSTON — August 17th, 2021 — For the third year running, ZTERS has been named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Privately Owned Companies list. The family-owned company moved up nearly 400 positions this year. They provide nationwide waste rental services, […]

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August 3rd, 2021

Can You Recycle Construction Materials?

The cost of softwood lumber spiked by more than 200% between 2020 and 2021, and copper base scraps increased in cost by 63%, prompting some contractors to look at whether they could recycle construction materials. After all, could recycling construction materials from the demolition process to help offset costs? There […]

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July 30th, 2021

Trail Life Q&A with Mike Campos

Many of our Zeeps spend a lot of time outdoors, and as a company that works on sites across the country, we care about exploring and taking care of our natural environment. One of our good friends, Mike Campos, is currently completing the Triple Crown of Hiking. For those who […]

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July 2nd, 2021

3 Types of Commercial Waste Audits

Financially, environmentally, and even from a public relations standpoint, getting an accurate commercial facility waste audit is the key to improving diversion efforts and achieving sustainability goals. You need a baseline to work from because the more waste produced by your building, the bigger the problem is. Conducting a waste audit […]

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June 23rd, 2021

No Portable Toilet Rentals? Here are Alternatives

It’s summer 2021, after a pandemic year, and everyone’s excited to get back to outdoor festivals, fun runs, and just plain having a good time with family reunions and camping adventures. If you’re one of the hundreds of planners organizing an outdoor event, you may have just found out there […]

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June 4th, 2021

How to Host an Environmentally Friendly Outdoor Event

Going green is important, and that extends to environmentally friendly outdoor events. You may not realize it, but there are several things you can do to make your next outdoor event more eco-friendly. Simple steps like the ones here will help you reduce your reliance on fossil fuels, create an […]

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May 21st, 2021

Ask Angela: Do we really need temporary fencing?

Dear Angela, we’re on the fence (ha-ha) about renting temporary fencing for our job site. It seems like a big expense compared to whatever fines we might get from our city and county. Why does fencing seem so expensive, and what goes into temporary fencing rates? Hey there. Thanks for […]

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May 14th, 2021

5 Ways to Help Prevent Construction Theft

Rapidly rising lumber prices present a major problem for construction companies – finding effective ways to prevent construction theft. The National Association of Home Builders estimates lumber costs went up more than 200% from 2020 to 2021, and that’s in addition to higher costs for other building supplies. When there’s […]

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April 16th, 2021

3 Ways to Destroy a Dumpster

Your crew might think that roll-off on your worksite is indestructible, but it’s easier than you think to destroy a dumpster. And if your crew damages a roll-off rental, you could see thousands of dollars in damage and replacement fees. Before you get dinged with unexpected damage fees, here are […]

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March 26th, 2021

Which industrial compactor is right for you?

There are different compactors for different types of waste and businesses, so which industrial compactor is right for your facility? Whether you’re a new facility manager evaluating your waste stream for the first time, or you’re looking at compactors for a new location or different kinds of waste, here’s what you […]

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March 12th, 2021

Ask Angela: Can you put a dumpster over a septic tank?

Angela Phillips is a Senior Account Manager III at ZTERS. She helps customers with some of their most challenging site service issues, and she answers your questions here on our website. Dear Angela, we’ve got limited space on our worksite. Can we put a dumpster over a septic tank? Hey, […]

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March 5th, 2021

5 Commercial Renovation Trends for 2021

COVID-19 changed the way everyone does business, and commercial renovation trends are changing to keep up with workplace changes. As of June 2020, an estimated 42 percent of the labor force was working from home. In 2021, many businesses are expected to incorporate hybrid working models to keep people at […]

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February 24th, 2021

How to troubleshoot an industrial compactor

Before you call for service, there are a few simple steps you can take to troubleshoot an industrial compactor. Nothing stops work faster than a compactor that isn’t working. But the team doesn’t need to sit around waiting for a service crew, especially if there’s an easy fix. If your […]

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January 20th, 2021

Ask Angela: What should we do if there’s a dumpster fire?

Angela Phillips is a Senior Account Manager III at ZTERS. She helps customers with some of their most challenging site service issues, and she answers your questions here on our website. Angela, this question isn’t meant to be funny, but what if we have a dumpster fire? Thanks for asking […]

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January 15th, 2021

5 Benefits of Storage Containers

When a storm threatens a jobsite, or you’re concerned about potential theft, what’s the safest way to protect your tools and materials? Some contractors think they can save a few dollars and build a temporary structure for storing items overnight. If you’ve installed security cameras and there’s fencing around the […]

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December 31st, 2020

Top 5 blog posts of 2020

As we leave 2020 behind, let’s take a look at the top blog posts of the year. From planning outdoor weddings to implementing the latest dumpster camera technology, here are the articles people visited most this year. How many toilets does it take?    The most-visited blog post in 2020 […]

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December 23rd, 2020

A 2020 Fireside Chat

2020 was remarkable, not only for the obvious reasons, but also from a business standpoint. We surpassed 100 employees, our new headquarters opened (although we’re still waiting to bring everyone back), and we adapted to meet the challenges and changes we all faced. To close out the year, join Chad, […]

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December 11th, 2020

Ask Angela: How does ZTERS decide which waste haulers to use?

Angela Phillips is a Senior Account Manager III at ZTERS. She helps customers with some of their most challenging site service issues, and she answers your questions here on our website. This is a great question because it’s one people are often curious about. You might already know, ZTERS is […]

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December 1st, 2020

ZTERS Appoints Shelby Lowe to Run Houston Expansion

Lowe will oversee expansion of local worksite service rentals. HOUSTON, November 30, 2020 – Longtime waste industry veteran Shelby Lowe has been tapped to helm a locally focused expansion of ZTERS. As President, Lowe will manage site service rentals in the Greater Houston area. He brings decades of Fortune 500 […]

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November 25th, 2020

What can’t be thrown in a dumpster?

Are there things you can’t put in a dumpster? Actually, yes. And there are things you might not think of. Dumpsters are essential for construction and renovation projects, but not everything can be thrown in a dumpster. If you think you’re going to slide by and dump everything in your roll-off […]

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November 12th, 2020

How do you install temporary fencing?

Temporary fencing is one of the most important site rentals for construction sites, outdoor special events (who wants wedding crashers?), and large public events like carnivals and fairs. Temporary fencing is useful because it can be moved and shifted as needed, and when properly installed, it serves as an effective […]

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October 29th, 2020

Should you order storage containers early in the fall?

Every year the holiday season launches a festive time. The temperatures drop, pumpkin spice is everywhere (and in everything), pumpkin patches and tree lots pop up in the parking lots of retail centers, and holiday layaway plans kick into gear at big-box stores. If you’re running a construction site, you […]

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October 20th, 2020

Ask Angela: Pumpkin patches in a COVID-19 world

Angela Phillips is a Senior Account Manager III at ZTERS Site Solutions. She helps customers with some of their most challenging site service issues, and she answers your questions here on our website. Dear Angela, Pumpkin patches and haunted houses are allowed in our area. We usually host a pumpkin […]

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October 13th, 2020

5 Reasons You Need an Event Portable Toilet

You’re planning an outdoor event. You found the space, arranged for parking, got the permits, and ordered the food. You even remembered to send out invites! But what’s arguably the most important rental you need to schedule? Portable toilets. Believe it or not, planners do forget about the toilets. And […]

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washing hands

October 1st, 2020

The do’s and don’ts of hand washing stations

Hand washing has been a hot topic in 2020 (for obvious reasons). The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has had hand washing facility requirements in place for decades. But there are updated recommendations when preparing workplaces, retail locations (especially pharmacies), and construction sites for workers in light of COVID-19. […]

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September 25th, 2020

New NW Houston Headquarters for ZTERS Site Solutions

A 27,000-square-foot campus will meet the needs of rapid expansion HOUSTON, September 24, 2020 – When Jon Farley launched ZTERS Site Solutions in 2009, he brought decades of waste industry experience to the table, and he knew he could improve the customer experience. He also knew he could build a […]

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September 16th, 2020

Top 5 Benefits of Dumpster Camera Technology

There are three major problems our customers tell us keep them up at night: how to cut waste costs, how to hold haulers accountable when service requirements aren’t met, and how to implement new sustainability goals, whether they’re issued from municipalities or their own corporate headquarters. In 2020, we implemented […]

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August 21st, 2020

What is a luxury portable toilet trailer?

Who doesn’t love the look of a high-end hotel bathroom? The shimmering fixtures. The dark wood tones and glossy counter finishes. Is that level of luxury available at an outdoor event? Believe it or not, the answer is yes. On the outside, a luxury portable toilet trailer might look like […]

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July 27th, 2020

Ask Angela: How can we convert an indoor wedding to an outdoor wedding?

Angela Phillips is a Senior Account Manager III at ZTERS Waste Solutions. She helps customers with some of their most challenging site service issues, and she answers your questions here on our website. Dear Angela: With everything going on, we decided to play it safe and convert our indoor wedding […]

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July 17th, 2020

What’s the life cycle of a porta potty?

The average lifespan of a porta potty is around 10 years, and a lot can happen in that decade. There are many types of portable toilets. Just a few include luxury trailers, toilets with baby changing tables, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant toilets, and more. Some units (trailers, for […]

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June 9th, 2020

How do you dispose of hazardous waste?

Hazardous waste can take many forms, depending on the industry and the facility producing the waste. It is most often produced in medical facilities, at industrial sites, in commercial buildings, and even in residences across the United States. So, how do you dispose of hazardous waste? What do property owners […]

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May 28th, 2020

Ask Angela: Helping crew members feel safe after the shutdown

Angela Phillips is a Senior Account Manager III at ZTERS Waste Solutions. She helps customers with some of their most challenging site service issues, and she answers your questions here on our website. Dear Angela, Now that work is ramping back up from the Covid-19 shutdown, how can we help […]

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May 13th, 2020

Temporary office trailers: What to know before you rent

Temporary office trailers serve many functions. From construction companies to schools undergoing renovations, mobile office trailers are used in many industries to provide essential space for performing essential duties on a jobsite. Renting a temporary office trailer isn’t complicated, but here’s what you need to know before you rent. Asking […]

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May 5th, 2020

ZTERS COMMERCIAL WASTE OFFERS COMPOLOGY CAMERA SYSTEMS TO ADJUST WASTE SERVICE

New technology helps companies right-size their waste and recycling streams. Houston, Texas, April 24, 2020 – To keep pace with recent changes in commercial building usage due to COVID-19, the commercial waste division of ZTERS Waste Solutions began offering Compology camera systems in their dumpsters to help companies adapt their […]

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May 1st, 2020

New dumpster camera technology for better waste management

What if smart technology could help you know when your dumpster is full? Better yet, what if that technology could help you optimize your pickup schedule so you’re not paying to empty air from your dumpsters? Think about how many times you’ve been charged for a half-empty pickup—or perhaps worse, […]

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April 7th, 2020

How to right-size commercial waste due to COVID-19

How are you managing commercial waste during the shutdown? Whether your state has declared a full shutdown or not, commercial facilities from strip malls to multifamily housing units have contacted us to help them right-size commercial waste due to COVID-19. We’ve heard from companies at all points on the spectrum, […]

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March 25th, 2020

Survey: How is COVID-19 affecting site services?

Over the last week we’ve reached out to our vendors to find out what they’re seeing on the ground. Specifically, how is COVID-19 affecting site services in the construction, events, and waste industries? Will hand washing supplies last through the crisis? With vendors in 35 states responding to our survey, […]

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March 3rd, 2020

5 Ways to Save on Commercial Waste

Property owners and facility managers often have to streamline to save on commercial waste, How often do you analyze how much money you throw away with the garbage? Commercial waste is costly. From wasted paper and packaging, to disposing of appliances and pieces of furniture, your company may spend hundreds […]

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February 25th, 2020

9 Fun Facts About Commercial Waste

Commercial waste isn’t all about breaking down cardboard and recycling paper. If you’re a property owner or facility manager running a corporate campus, retail center, chain of restaurants or any other type of commercial property, share these facts next time someone asks you about your industry. 1. About 70% of […]

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February 18th, 2020

Ask Angela: portable toilets for camping

Angela Phillips is a Senior Account Manager III at ZTERS Waste Solutions. She helps customers with some of their most challenging site service issues, and she answers your questions here on our website. Angela, we’re going camping for a family reunion and there are going to be a lot of […]

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commercial waste

January 23rd, 2020

How to Conduct a Commercial Waste Audit

Property owners and facility managers know all about waste. From new waste reduction legislation to changes in the recycling industry, it’s important to measure a building’s waste output on a regular basis. Conduct a commercial waste audit to “right-size” a building’s waste service and make service contracts more efficient and […]

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temporary dog fencing image

January 8th, 2020

Ask Angela: Temporary fencing for dogs?

Angela Phillips is a Senior Account Manager III at ZTERS Waste Solutions. She helps customers with some of their most challenging site service issues, and she answers your questions here on our website. Hey Angela, we’ve got some dogs visiting our property for a short time. Can we order temporary […]

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December 31st, 2019

Top 5 ZTERS Waste Posts of 2019

As 2020 rises on the horizon, let’s take a look back at the top five ZTERS Waste Solutions blog posts of 2019. Perhaps not surprisingly, our Ask Angela columns were some of the most viewed pages. Do you have waste solution questions? Reach out through our Facebook or LinkedIn pages […]

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ZTERS 2019 celebration

December 27th, 2019

ZTERS 2019: A year of celebration

This year marked the ZTERS ten-year anniversary, and it was a year of firsts for our company. We launched new tools. We won a couple of awards. And we are extremely grateful for all our staff, customers, and vendors who made 2019 such an eventful year. Here’s a recap of […]

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waste advice from ZTERS

December 4th, 2019

Ask Angela: How do we winterize portable toilets?

Angela Phillips is a Senior Account Manager III at ZTERS Waste Solutions. She helps customers with some of their most challenging site service issues, and she answers your questions here on our website. Hi Angela: Is there anything we need to do to winterize portable toilets? We’ve got porta potties […]

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ZTERS PlanGrid integration screenshot

November 20th, 2019

Temporary Construction Rentals Streamlined with New ZTERS PlanGrid Integration

Construction project managers can now easily order temporary worksite rentals using the new ZTERS PlanGrid integration. Award-winning rental service provider ZTERS Site Services and PlanGrid, a leading construction productivity software that is part of Autodesk Construction Solutions. PlanGrid has been used on more than 1.5 million construction projects around the […]

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roll-off container

November 14th, 2019

What Kind of Roll-off Container Rental Do You Need?

You may not realize you have choices when it comes to roll-off container rentals. Most people think they have to go with a regular steel roll-off dumpster, but there are other options available. Depending on your worksite and the type of debris you need to haul, there are several styles […]

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construction portable toilets lined up

September 8th, 2019

OSHA Rules for Construction Portable Toilets

On construction sites, whether new builds or renovations, construction companies are obligated under OSHA law to provide access to toilet and sanitation facilities. Construction portable toilets are the way you meet this need, but do you know the rules around how many to rent? If you’re in charge of a […]

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August 22nd, 2019

How the China Recycling Ban Changes Commercial Recycling

When you toss a plastic bottle into the recycling bin, where do you think it goes? Most people picture it going to a sorting facility, probably near a garbage dump, where it gets turned into something useful. But if you’re a commercial property owner or facility manager, you know recycling […]

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August 5th, 2019

4 Ways Construction Temporary Fencing Saves Lives

One out of every five work-related accidents—and 20% of workplace fatalities—happen on construction sites. That’s not surprising when you consider the nature of construction work. Crew members may forget safety equipment, falls can be common, and heavy equipment abounds on jobsites. Construction safety is a top priority for jobsite managers. […]

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July 23rd, 2019

Top 10 Dumpster Rental Hidden Fees

Dumpster rentals might seem straightforward—you just have a dumpster delivered and picked up, right? But dumpsters aren’t a one-size-fits-all service. And when you’re gathering quotes, you might be surprised at the wide range of prices quoted to you. If you look up the national average cost for dumpster rentals, it […]

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waste advice from ZTERS

July 12th, 2019

Ask Angela: How to clean up after a storm, fire, or disaster

Angela Phillips is a Senior Account Manager III at ZTERS Site Solutions. She helps customers with some of their most challenging site service issues, and she answers your questions here on our website. Angela, we’ve been watching news coverage of weather and flooding and wondering about the process of cleaning […]

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Photo of storm debris

July 8th, 2019

Storm Debris Dumpster Rentals Explained

When Hurricane Harvey hit our hometown of Houston, flooding was the immediate concern. But when the floodwaters receded, homeowners were left to clean up the massive amount of storm debris on their property. That led to giant piles of soaked building materials, tree limbs and other debris in the front […]

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May 28th, 2019

How to Protect Against Construction Job Site Theft

In the construction industry, job site theft is a serious problem. High-value equipment and materials combined with unsecured locations are tempting to thieves. This is especially true if the job site is in a remote location. The National Equipment Register estimates the cost of equipment theft each year falls between […]

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May 20th, 2019

When is a waste broker good for business?

Have you ever calculated the real cost of waste service across your facility portfolio? Yes, you get vendor invoices every month. But chances are, you may not have audited the real cost of your commercial waste management. In going through your day-to-day operations, you need to maximize profit, boost efficiency, […]

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April 30th, 2019

How do you install a job site storage container?

Have you ever shown up at a job site only to find all the copper has been stripped from your makeshift security shed? If you have, you’re not alone. The FBI has called copper theft a threat to critical U.S. infrastructure. Theft is a serious risk on construction sites. The […]

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waste advice from ZTERS

April 22nd, 2019

Ask Angela: What goes into temporary fencing rental fees?

Angela Phillips is a Senior Account Manager III at ZTERS Site Solutions. She helps customers with some of their most challenging site service issues, and she answers your questions here on our website. Hi, Angela. I was pricing temporary fencing for a construction project. It seems like fencing rental is […]

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April 4th, 2019

Planning an outdoor wedding? Here are your portable toilet options

Outdoor weddings are a great way to experience natural spaces as you celebrate your union. Planning an outdoor wedding sometimes takes a little more effort than a traditional indoor event, especially when it comes to scheduling logistics like portable toilets. Even if the outdoor venue has some toilet facilities, they […]

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March 29th, 2019

Commercial Waste Service: Expectations vs. Reality

Whether you manage one or multiple commercial facilities, chances are you’ve had some pain points around your permanent commercial waste service. If you manage multiple sites, you may be dealing with multiple vendors, multiple invoices and multiple points of contact each time you call or email. And with the 2018 […]

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March 25th, 2019

What to Know About the Types of Temporary Fence Rentals

Installing a fence is a costly and labor-intensive project, and you don’t need long-term fencing for construction sites or events. Temporary fence rentals give you the option to place fencing temporarily, provide a solid barrier, and protect your site without a permanent fence structure. Not sure what options are available […]

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March 4th, 2019

5 Portable Toilet Rental Myths Busted

Imagine you’ve been planning an outdoor wedding or a family reunion for months. You secured the space. You called the tent rental, the caterer, and the florist. If it’s a smaller affair, maybe you rounded up family members to divvy up the DIY responsibilities. But what about the bathroom facilities? […]

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January 28th, 2019

How do you choose the right roll-off dumpster?

Construction projects of all sizes have one thing in common – you’re going to need a roll-off dumpster. Dumpsters are one of the first services you schedule when you establish a construction site. They come in several sizes, and the right one will depend on your project size, budget, and […]

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temporary fencing

December 10th, 2018

Is temporary fencing right for your project?

Purchasing and storing fencing for construction sites and events can be costly. It also requires transport and storage logistics. For many construction companies and event managers, the project won’t have a line item in the budget for purchasing new fencing outright, and permanent fencing is almost never practical. That’s why […]

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storage container

December 10th, 2018

Five reasons your construction project needs a storage container

Where do you find storage space for all the supplies, equipment and tools required for your project? If you’re like many construction companies, you probably rent space at a storage facility, ask subcontractors to store things (and hope you see everything again), or build a temporary shed and cross your […]

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August 9th, 2017

Industry Insights: Budgeting for a Roll-Off Dumpster

Budgeting for a Roll-Off Dumpster There are a few factors that might be overlooked when determining a budget for a dumpster rental. Generally, the most important factors are the type of debris and amount. Are you throwing away cardboard, construction debris, or concrete? Obviously, the scale at the landfill is […]

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July 18th, 2017

Providing Real Value: Saving Time, Money, and Stress

Every company that has ever thrived either provided value to their customers or, at the very least, convinced their customers that they did. Microsoft and Apple are prime examples of companies that provided value to customers. Computers and their operating systems have rearranged the way people think, work, and play. […]

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pricing

July 13th, 2017

Transparency in Pricing

At Zters we pride ourselves on the transparency of our pricing. Our customers should always know exactly what they are paying for and how we calculate those charges. However, not all companies share our desire for transparency. In the Waste Industry, many companies try to obscure the true cost of […]

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waste management for contractors

October 13th, 2015

Waste Management for Contractors: Avoiding the Transfer Station

As working contractors, we know that your time is valuable. That’s why ZTERS offers a variety of convenient products and services to help your jobsite run smoothly and effectively. A complete waste management plan shaves off enormous planning time and trips to the transfer station.

When you hire ZTERS to collect, transport, treat, and disposes of your waste you save time not only in the short-term scope of the project, but in the long-term as well. How? When we provide waste management for contractors, we ensure you are in compliance with the garbage collection codes in your area. Our services are completely integrated, meaning that you never have to take time out of your workday to handle any complaints, schedule pickups, or pay any fees for not disposing of waste properly.

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portable restrooms

October 13th, 2015

Finding Luxury Portable Restrooms For Your Wedding

We are certainly in the midst of a trend when it comes to wedding locations. Couples increasingly opt for flexibility in searching for a venue, and they often don’t settle for the traditional “banquet-hall” experience. If you envision an outdoor wedding at a stunning parkland, a friendly gathering at a private bed and breakfast, or an intimate ceremony at your own home, you will likely need to provide portable bathrooms from a vendor like ZTERS.

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