Renting a Dumpster – 4 Tips for Choosing One

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Hello! Welcome to a new week. We hope that everyone had a great weekend. This week we starting out by giving you some tips for renting a dumpster. So here are some tips that you can use to figure out what size dumpster you need.

Renting a Dumpster – Choose the Right Size

Before you rent your dumpster, you have to determine the size that you are going to need.  A big mistake that people make is ordering the incorrect size. When you pay for a dumpster that is twice the size that you need you are simply wasting money.

Here are two of the most popular sizes that are available for general home use.

10 yard – Holds 10 c. yards worth of material or about three pickup trucks’ worth

Good for:

  • Medium cleanouts
  • Small remodeling jobs
  •  Shingle removal of less than 1,500 sq feet
  • Deck removal of less than 300 square feet

20 yard – Holds 20 c. yards worth of material or about six pickup trucks’ worth

Good for:

  • Medium remodeling jobs
  • Major cleanouts like removing carpet for big home
  • Shingle removal of more than 1,500 sq feet
  • Deck removal of more than 300 square feet

Renting a Dumpster – What is it You’re Tossing Out?

Something else that you have to consider is what kind of waste you’re generating. A lot of dumpster companies won’t let you mix materials. For instance, you usually can’t combine fill and gravel with other kinds of material. In addition, based on what you’re going to be dumping, weight may be a big factor. Things that are heavier are going to be more expensive for you to dump. The best way that you can determine the cost is going to talk with your company and tell them what you’re going to be dumping.

Renting a Dumpster – Understand the Law

You should know what is unlawful to dump. These are things like:

  • Aerosol cans that are partially filled
  • Antifreeze
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Chemical products
  • Dead animals
  • Flammable liquids
  • fluorescent tubes
  • herbicides and pesticides
  • hydraulic oil/lubricating oil/transmission oil
  • medical waste
  • motor oil
  • Paint (with the exception of latex cans that are completely dry, no liquids)
  • Propane tanks
  • Railroad ties
  • Refrigerators
  • And more

Renting a Dumpster – Comparison Shop

It can be very expensive to rent a dumpster. Prices also vary greatly based on the supplier, so you want to shop around and see what different places are offering. You want to also ask about the added expenses such as tipping fees, overage charges, fuel surcharges, and late fees. This way you have a real comparison.

These are four tips that you can use when you are renting a dumpster to find the right one for your needs. If you are interested, we offer dumpster rental. Contact us to find out more, and please follow us on Facebook.

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