What do I need to know about renting a dumpster?

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If you’re taking on a construction or renovation project, you will likely be renting a dumpster. But how do you know which is the right one? And should you take any precautions?

How big is your project?

At Roll-Off Dumpster Direct, we offer rentals 10, 20, 30, and 40 yards in size. A 10 yard dumpster holds 10 cubic yards of waste — and the same for the other sizes. Also, all of the dumpsters are 8 feet wide. However, the larger sizes are considerably taller and longer. For a detailed list, visit our dumpster sizes page. When renting, keep in mind the type of project you’re tackling and how heavy your waste will be. For example, a 10 yard dumpster might be perfect for roof shingles or small bathroom renovation, but it wouldn’t be appropriate for disposing of concrete or rock.

Where are you putting the dumpster?

Obviously, you’ll be looking to rent a dumpster that is proportionate to your driveway, or wherever else the dumpster will be placed. (You’ll need to check with your local parking enforcement office before putting it on the street.) However, it is not always cheaper to simply choose the smallest size. If the smaller dumpster needs to be emptied multiple times, you’re usually better off renting a larger size — as long as you have the space to house it. Also, remember that a truck will be hauling the dumpster and will need to back in and out of the driveway so there will need to be a cleared path.

What are you putting in the dumpster?

Dumpsters are a simple way to get rid of all of your waste materials during a big project. Still you can’t just throw anything in there. The following items are prohibited:

  • Paint
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Dirt
  • Chemical Products & Industrial Waste
  • E-Waste (batteries, computers, televisions, microwaves, etc.)
  • Oils

Should you take precautions?

Finally, you should know that the rental company is not responsible for any damage to your driveway. In this transaction, it is the customer’s job to take the necessary precautions. We recommend placing 4′ x 8′ sheets of plywood on the driveway to protect it from scratching. Some customers also choose to place tarp around the dumpster to catch any debris that misses the dumpster.

Now that you have some basic information, you’re ready to rent a dumpster. Use our free online quote tool to see your low price, and place your order online today.