How To Use The Internet To Find The Best Roll-Off Dumpster

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If you’re going to do any sort of home improvement, you’re going to make a mess. If the scope of your project is large, like remodeling a kitchen or replacing a roof, you’re going to generate a lot of waste. The key is renting the right size dumpster at the lowest possible price.

But there’s more to getting this right than just calling a random local business. First I’ll show you where to find them, and then we will get into getting the right size at the best price.

Where To Rent A Roll-Off Dumpster

Hopefully now you’re a little more comfortable with the process and are ready to make the call to a couple local waste management companies for prices. Your best resource for finding local companies is usually Yelp. They specialize in home services and can save you a lot of money and grief in trying to find a company that will treat you right.

Another good place to try is Google maps. Not regular Google but their map webpage. Here’s a link. Just type ‘rent a dumpster’ in the seach box and a slew of local companies will pop up on the left side of the screen, many of them with reviews from homeowners in the area.

Can You Get Away Without One?

This seems like a silly question at first, but it holds the potential to be the most cost-effective question you could possibly ask.

If you’ve hired a contractor, it’s important that you make sure that you are both on he same page. While most contractors do offer this service as part of their contract, it’s not guaranteed especially with smaller companies. It’s best to ask them if they want you to rent one or if its already included in the price.

Do you have a van or pick-up and plan to haul it to the dump yourself? Check to see what type of waste they accept. They will often not take building material left over from demolition. Drywall, cabinets, carpet, paneling, and large amounts of landscaping are some of the items that tend to be blacklisted.

The only way to work around this rule is to break down the materials into easily disposable pieces. The downside here is that doing so can often be a lot of hard work and very time consuming.

The Cost of a Dumpster

Renting a dumpster is not cheap. The average price is around $400 a month, depending on the size. The price tag is typically affected by the size of the unit you want to rent and the length of time it’s needed. Obviously, the bigger the dumpster or the longer you need it, the more you’ll have to shell out.

Even if your contractor says they’ll take care of the waste removal, it’s important you discuss dumpster size and duration. You might want to be able to toss some of your old items in there too and you want to know how long you have to do it. It’s a good opportunity to clean out that basement or attic a bit.

You can even pull the weeds from your garden and conveniently drop them in there. Don’t be afraid to take advantage as long as your midful about the weight limit, but as long as you don’t throw piles of cement blocks or buckets full of old wet potting soil from your indoor garden in it you should be fine.

How To Choose The Right Size Dumpster

A 6' tall man standing next to a 10, 20, and 30 yard dumpster.

To help you get a feel for the size, the man standing next to the containers is about 6' tall.

Dumpster sizes range from 10 and 40 cubic yards for most residential work, with increases happening in five or ten cubic yard increments, depending on what the companies near you have available. For something big like a roof you’ll need 30 or 40 yards. The same goes for a kitchen full kitchen demo although if you have a small kitchen you may be able to get away with a 20 yard one.

Here are some dimensions of the different sizes. Keep in my that they may be slightly different depending on where the roll-off comes from, but these dimensions will give you a good idea of what to expect.

Exterior Dimensions Of Roll-Off Dumpsters

10 yards

12' long x 8' wide x 3.5' high

20 yards

22’ long x 8’ wide x 4’ high

30 yards

22’ long x 8’ wide x 6’ high

40 yards

22’ long by 8’ wide by 8’ high

It’s important to note that it’s the height that changes the most at the larger sizes, while the length and width will stay the same.

Because the price tag jumps up with each increment, it’s very important to talk with your contractor about what size you’ll need. Obviously, you don’t want to get a dumpster that’s bigger than you need. However, you also want to make sure you’re not overfilling it either.

The reason for this is because with each size there is usually a weight limit, go over that limit and you will get charged extra. Your contractor also has the option of calling and getting it hauled away and replaced by another one. It’s usually cheaper to just fill one large roll-off dumpster once than having a smaller one hauled away and replaced.

There Is A Cheaper Option

If you can get away with it, a front loader is often cheaper. Here’s the difference.

These dumpsters come with a lid and are what you’re probably more accustomed to seeing. These are ideal for small jobs involving items that may not be permissible to throw away through regular trash service.

Typical front loading dumpsters.

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What Can You Throw In Them?

Even though a dumpster will allow you to toss items that wouldn’t be allowed to be thrown out by typical trash service, it should be noted that they’re not designed to handle everything you may want to dump. Some of the items that you typically can’t dump include:

  1. Hazardous Waste
  2. Appliances
  3. Pesticides
  4. Televisions
  5. Recyclables
  6. Computers
  7. Batteries
  8. Air Conditioners

Any items that cannot be tossed in the dumpster can usually be gotten rid of through your towns hazardous waste collection program.

There may be a chance that you’ll need a permit to have a dumpester placed on your property. Most of the time your contractor or rental company will take care of this for you. If your unsure just ask, they’ll know exactly how to handle it.

Dumpster Divers

A woman climbing head first into a dumpster.

This happens a lot so I want to give you a heads up. It’s not uncommon to look out the window and see someone rooting around what you threw out. Sometimes these are regular people that are down on their luck or are just cheapskates. But a lot of the time the people that feel entitled to what you have thrown away border on crazy. The best thing to do is either call the police or just wait until they finish and leave. I have confronted these people more than once for trespassing and they have gotten very nasty with me so I just wanted to warn you.

Page Last Updated On Sept 18, 2018 by Scott Jenkins