What To Consider When Renting A Dumpster

household-dumpsters-photoPeople tend to buy and store a lot of “junk” throughout their lifetimes. This is never more painfully obvious than when homeowners are in the process of moving or renovating. During these times, homeowners tend to unload a lot of items that no longer work, haven’t been used in years, or no longer serve a purpose. Purging that amount of accumulated stuff is no easy task. Thankfully, there are many waste management companies that have a solution for this situation. There are dumpsters for rent in every city, available in a variety of sizes depending on the project. Here’s what you need to know about renting a dumpster.

What is a Dumpster?

The word “dumpster” is usually used to describe a trash receptacle that is larger than a typical trash can and is designed to be mechanically unloaded in a designated truck. But the word dumpster first came around when the Dempster family began to work in the trash field in the 1930s. They revolutionized the process by creating the first trash bin of its kind, dubbed the “Dumpster”, a play on their name. Dumpsters typically sit outside of places that create a lot of trash. Places like schools, offices, restaurants, and recycling centers tend to have one or two containers on the property. However, certain dumpsters are now available for residential use. “Roll off” dumpsters, which are actually much larger than the typical containers, are available for individual homeowners to rent. These long, rectangular containers are referred to as “roll offs” because they are transported to the home on a truck similar to a towing truck and simply “rolled off” to be used.

Renting a Dumpster

Roll off dumpsters come in a wide range of sizes. The size of the container is based on how many cubic yards of trash it can hold. Typically, rentable roll offs start at 10 cubic yards and increase in size to 45 cubic yards. Other common sizes are usually 15 yards, 20 yards, and 30 yards. Depending on the contents, the dumpster can be taken either to a recycling center or a landfill.

Finding dumpsters for rent in your area shouldn’t be too difficult of a task. Usually, there is at least one small, locally owned business in any given area. Then, of course, there are the big name companies that are everywhere. Some people prefer to invest their money in small businesses, so this could be a good route to consider. Take the time to shop around and compare prices between these businesses. Remember to keep the following points in mind while doing so.

What Could Go Wrong?

hazardous-wasteIt can be difficult to determine which size receptacle to rent, as you don’t want to pay a larger amount for space that won’t be used and you also don’t want to use a container that’s too small for the job, resulting in needing to spend even more money renting another. To make the matter even more complicated, many rental companies have weight limits depending on the size of the roll off. They will then charge you hundreds of dollars more for “overage” fees if your lot goes over the weight limit. So now you have to factor in both the amount of trash you’re expecting to throw away and how much you anticipate it to weigh. Before you settle on a dumpster to rent, make sure you ask what the weight limits are and how much they charge for overages then plan accordingly.

Other than that, there are a few small considerations to make. You should check with your city beforehand if you plan on parking the dumpster in the street. There are certain road laws that may prevent you from doing so. You should also plan to make room for the truck that drops it off. If they don’t have proper access to the area, they could possibly leave with the dumpster and charge you for the wasted time.

Renting a dumpster is a good alternative to rushing back and forth from trash dumps, but the process can be a bit tricky. It’s always best to take your time and pay attention to details before settling on a specific dumpster to use.