Tips on renting a dumpster in Lake Charles, LA
How to minimize extra costs on dumpsters
As with any purchase, informed shoppers get the best deal. That’s certainly the case when it comes to renting a dumpster. Here are a few tips that help you become a more informed customer.
- It's smart to contact at least two companies for quotes. This ensures you’re getting a fair price. Typically, prices are fairly close between dumpster services in the same area, but it's worthwhile to double check the market to make sure you're not overpaying.
- Avoid overweight fees by not mixing in heavy debris (e.g., dirt, concrete, brick, etc.) into a general debris dumpster. For example, say you're loading a dumpster with household junk and you rented it with 2 tons of weight included. Mixing concrete into that dumpster may push the weight of the dumpster well over your limit, meaning you'll get hit with extra charges for the weight when it's weighed at the landfill.
- Understand the rental period and avoid late fees by calling and having the dumpster rental provider pick up the container on or before the agreed upon date.
- When on the fence about which bin size to choose, go with the larger one. The difference in price is minimal compared to the potential of having to rent an additional dumpster.
Ask about recycling options, particularly for "clean loads" of concrete, shingles, and some construction debris. In some areas, it's cheaper for the dumpster company to recycle a load rather than dump it at the landfill. They may pass these savings on to you.
How do I know how much junk or debris I have to dispose of?
It’s difficult to estimate the amount of junk or debris you’ll have for a particular cleanout project. If your not sure how large of a dumpster you need, the best source of information is your dumpster rental company. They have experience in dealing with a wide variety and quantities of waste and debris. They can make recommendations on the right container size.
If you choose to estimate the amount of debris yourself, you can measure it and convert it to cubic yards. One cubic yard is equal to a 3 ft. x 3 ft. x 3 ft. pile of debris. That’s about the volume of a standard kitchen stove.
Estimating the weight of a load is extremely difficult, and so it’s best to consult your dumpster provider to determine if your load is likely under the weight allowance for a particular container size.
What amount of debris can fit inside a dumpster?
This quick guide will give a few examples of the types and amounts of waste/debris that will fit into each of the most commonly sized dumpsters.
10 yard box
- Shed or attic cleanout
- 250 sq. ft. deck demolition and removal
- Kitchen or bathroom remodeling project
20 yard bin
- Garage or barn cleanout
- 400 sq. ft. deck or patio removal
- Up to 30 square of roofing shingles
30 yard container
- House siding replacement
- Garage demo and debris removal
- Estate cleanouts (medium size home)
40 yard dumpster
- Residential or commercial roofing job
- Home or commercial building construction
- Window or siding replacement on a large home