Dumpster Rental 101

Local Dumpster Rental 101

If you’re a little lost on where to start with your first dumpster rental – say no more, you’ve come to the right place. The purpose of this article is to help you with the process of renting a dumpster. Upon reading this, you will have learned everything you need to in order to optimize your dumpster rental experience, saving you time, money, and effort.

If you’ve got a weekend project ahead of you, and are in need of a dumpster for disposal of a large amount of items, there are a couple important things to first think about:

1. HOW MUCH will I need to throw away?

This is for you and the dumpster rental company’s sake. If you know exactly how much you need to throw away (in tons or cubic yrds), you can pick the exact size dumpster that will fit  your needs (sizes run in 10, 20, 30, and 40 yrd dumpsters). If you aren’t one hundred percent sure what size would be optimal, it is best to get the bigger size. With that being said, you need to be carefull  with being safer than sorry, the bigger the dumpster, the more you pay.

2. WHAT is it I am throwing away?

What are you throwing away? There are some items rental companies won’t allow you to put in their cans. Make sure you have that discussion with the rental company prior to getting the  size you think you need.

Also keep in mind that some objects weigh a lot more than others. For example, shingles are small, but in large volumes are extremely heavy, and can make you go over your allowed  weight.

3. WHEN do I need my waste out of my hands?

Make sure you give yourself the right amount of time to dispose of your waste. If you take longer than you thought, its possible the rental company could give you late fees. At the same time, if it takes you less time that you expected, you are now paying for days that you didn’t use.

4. HOW MUCH am I willing to pay?

This will depend on the size of the dumpster you think you need. If your not up to spending for a certain size dumpster, then perhaps its best to size down and select the next smallest dumpster size.

5. WHAT materials am I throwing away that could be potentially hazardous?

This is for your safety as much as the rental company’s. Some rental companies won’t even allow you to dispose of hazardous materials because of their policies.

If you do have hazardous materials, make sure to dispose of them with the proper precautions and equipment, depending on what the hazardous material is.

6. WHAT materials am I throwing away that are too heavy for me?

This is strictly for your safety. Depending on your height, the dumpster you rent could stand taller than you, making it hard to throw heavier objects away. There is a simple solution to this dilema however: find tall, strong friends.

With these questions in mind, you know everything you need to know, except for one last important step; Who should I rent from?

This all depends on where you live. There’s always national dumpster rentals to consider, which can prove to be more reliable and trustworthy than locally owned rental services. Give it a Google and see what best fits your need.