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Everything you need to know about renting a dumpster

There are plenty of reasons someone like you might need to rent a dumpster: home renovation, cleaning up before a relocation, a big DIY project — just to name a few.

Renting a dumpster certainly isn’t the biggest financial undertaking you’ll make, but unless you’re a general contractor or other industry professional, there’s a good chance it’s also not a task you face too often.

You’ve probably got a lot of questions!

We’ve put together this buyer’s guide to make sure you have as much information as possible at your disposal leading up to your rental decision.

Here's what you need to know

What Size Dumpster Do You Need?

Whether you’re doing a small clean up or a major renovation, there is a bin for your job. But what size do you need?

It helps to know what’s available. In the United States, sizes include 4, 10, 14, and 20 yards

For a detailed description of each bin and what might go into a bin see our Pricing & Sizes page

What Cannot Go In A Dumpster?

  • propane tanks
  • ammunition
  • leftover paint, paint cans and paint thinner, stains and varnish
  • household cleaning products
  • batteries
  • fluorescent light bulbs
  • tires, motor oil, gasoline and antifreeze
  • aerosol cans
  • pesticides and fertilizers
  • pharmaceuticals and biomedical waste

Dirt and masonry products are allowed only when arranged at the time of your dumpster rental order — if you’re doing a big outdoor or renovation project, be sure to talk to your rental agency first to confirm proper arrangements can be made for those materials.

Making the most of your dumpster rental

Ideally — for everyone involved — it’s best to plan ahead for your dumpster rental. That being said, if you need to rent a dumpster at the last minute, you’ll often be able to do so.

Most dumpster rental companies will allow you to keep the bin for around 5 to 7 days, giving you plenty of time to fill it. But in our experience, most homeowners only need their dumpsters for about three and a half days. When you call to book your rental dumpster delivery, discuss your needs and expected timeline with your local Dumpster Delivery Experts.

What happens to my stuff?

Once your dumpster rental is picked up, it is immediately taken to a landfill or a transfer station, where items can be sorted for recycling and disposal.

Red Flags: What to avoid

If any dumpster rental business you’re considering displays any of these qualities, it’s a bad sign

  • Poor Communication
  • Not enough Questions asked
  • Shady Pricing
  • Dirty Equipment

We hope this guide helped you understand a little better how the dumpster rental process works, and what to expect throughout the process.

If you’re ready to make your dumpster rental decision, give our office a call. We’re standing by to help you choose the dumpster that’s the perfect size for your project, and help you through the process in any way we can.

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