If you’re not in the commercial, industrial, or construction industry, renting a dumpster can be confusing. That’s because most people only need to do it a few times. But don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Just write a caption that says, “I have no idea how to rent a dumpster.”
I have rented dumpsters two times in my life. The first time was when I needed to get rid of a lot of stuff I should have gotten rid of years ago before moving. I needed two dumpsters because I was also building my own home simultaneously. The second time was when I needed to rent a dumpster for a construction site. Even though it is not common, knowing about dumpsters can help you save money on your rental. For example, if you only need a small dumpster, you might be able to save $300 by renting one for $300 instead of paying $600 for a bigger one.
When I decided on a dumpster rental, my life was very chaotic. I was trying to pack up the stuff from the old house, get the new home in living condition and transport the kids to their new school. It was a lot for me to handle. I rented two dumpsters that were too big for my job and too small for my construction site. I paid a bunch of money for this mistake. Learn from me and do some research before deciding what size dumpster to rent.
It is the Size that Counts!
The thing you must do before renting a dumpster is to determine what size you’ll need. It is important because it will be costly if you order the wrong size. You don’t want to pay for a dumpster that’s only half full!
Most dumpster rental companies offer a few different sizes; make sure you pick the right one for your project.
A 10-yard dumpster is suitable for small remodeling projects or medium-sized cleanouts, such as removing a deck of 300 square feet or less or taking off a shingle roof that is 1,500 square feet or less. A 10-yard dumpster can hold around three pickup trucks full of debris.
A 20-yard dumpster can hold a lot of material. It is suitable for medium-sized remodeling projects or when you have a lot of debris from a bigger project, like removing carpet from a large house, taking off the roof of a home over 1,500 square feet, or removing a deck over 300 square feet.
Thirty-yard dumpsters are generally used more for business purposes, major home addition, or new construction. They hold 30 cubic yards of material which is the equivalent of around nine pickup trucks full of debris.
If you are doing a full window or siding replacement, a 40-yard dumpster might be the right size. It can hold around 12 pickup trucks worth of debris. Keep in mind that this size is usually more for commercial or industrial purposes.
What is the Nature of Your Trash?
Different dumpster companies have different rules about what you can put in their dumpsters. Some companies don’t allow you to mix materials. The weight of the materials can also affect how much it costs to dump them. You should consult with the dumpster company about what kind of materials you will be putting in there to get an idea of how much it will cost.
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It is illegal to get rid of hazardous waste. It includes chemical products:
- oil filters
- herbicides & pesticides
- radioactive material
- partially filled aerosol cans
- propane tank
- motor oil
- transmission oil/lubricating/hydraulic oil/
- contaminated oils (mixed with solvents, gasoline, etc.)
There would benefit if you did not put in the trash antifreeze, refrigerators, petroleum-contaminated soil/lead paint chips, tires, batteries, fluorescent tubes, railroad ties, medical waste, asbestos, dead animals, sealed barrels, or cylinders.
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Prices can vary a bunch from one company to the next, so it’s important to compare prices from different companies. Make sure you question any additional fees, like overage, tipping, or late fees. And find out if there is a fuel surcharge.
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It would be best if you always tried to negotiate the price for a dumpster rental. Commercial contractors do this all the time, so you should too. You can also ask about special discount pricing. Some dumpster rental companies offer 10% or more discounts to military personnel, seniors, veterans, or members of specific organizations.
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Precision Disposal is a company that helps take care of commercial waste. They serve all of Port St. Lucie, FL, and the surrounding area. If you liked this article, go to their Facebook page or Contact them at (772-281-5027) if you need help with your next dumpster rental.