If you are getting a dumpster dropped off on your property so you can fill it with debris from a construction project, or with junk that has accumulated in your home, you may be worried about others trying to use it. Since the unit sits outside and you probably can't monitor it all the time, there are some things that you want to do and signs that you want to post to help reduce the chances of having others interfere with your dumpster. Look into the following things.
Dumpster Cover Doors
Ask for a dumpster with door covers so you can flip the covers closed at night or when you aren't using the dumpster. This keeps people out, prevents items from flying out, and it makes it difficult for someone to try to get in and out of the dumpster quietly because they have to open the doors. If you can't get doors on the dumpster, consider putting a tarp on the unit when it's not in use.
No Trespassing Warnings
Someone wandering by your home or someone that is out dumpster diving to find items to sell or scrap could end up getting hurt if they are around or inside the dumpster. Since the dumpster is on your property, you could be liable for their injuries and their medical expenses. Get a sign to put on the dumpster that says no trespassing, so you don't have to worry about this happening.
No Dumping Signs
There are restrictions on what can go in a dumpster, and if someone dumps something illegal and you don't know about it, you could end up getting in trouble for the items that are found when the dumpster is picked up. If people are dumping in your dumpster, you also have to worry about running out of room. Put a no dumping sign on the dumpster so you can prove that you restricted access to the unit to others in case you want prosecute someone for dumping in your bin.
When you call to get a dumpster dropped off, talk with the dumpster company about what you can and can't put inside the bin, and make sure they include a list so you know you won't get in trouble for anything that you're throwing away. There are a lot of great dumpster rental companies that have dumpsters that may already have signs posted on them and that offer dumpsters with doors.