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Dumpster Rental Info for New Jersey residents

When placing a roll-off dumpster in the public right-of-way…

If you need to place your dumpster in the street, the State of New Jersey first requires that you obtain the proper permit from the local municipality, if required by that city or county. This permission is valid for 30 days, at which point it must be renewed (if necessary).

When placing a dumpster on the side of a public street, sidewalk or parking lot, it’s also required that you place reflective markers/tape around it. Violators to this rule face a $100 fine.

Read the law related to dumpsters on the street

How do I know if a waste hauler or dumpster rental company is legit?

All solid waste haulers, including roll-off dumpster rental providers, must be licensed and registered with the State of New Jersey. In some cases, the waste hauler may also need to be permitted at the local level.

Here’s a list of approved solid waste transporters registered with the State of New Jersey.

***Call New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) at (609) 984-6985 for the most up-to-date information.

Recycling of debris is a booming industry in New Jersey

About 27,000 people are employed in the recycling industry in the State of New Jersey. The NJDEP estimates another 9,000 jobs attributed to the recycling industry are on the horizon.

Recycling in New Jersey adds up to a $5.9 billion industry annually. It’s no doubt an important part of New Jersey’s economic future.

Recycling is mandatory for some items and varies by location

The State’s recycling rules and regulations vary by location. Some larger counties, such as Bergen, require all bulk quantities of construction and demolition (C&D) debris (brick, concrete, asphalt, etc.) to be recycled. Mandatory recycling rules vary for residential and commercial customers.

See the complete list of items that should be recycled by county (accurate as of 9/2012). For the latest recycling rules and regulations, visit the NJDEP Recycling page.

Where does all the waste go?

New Jersey is one of the most densely populated states in the country, which means a lot of waste is generated but there are not a lot of places to put it.

Thus, landfill tipping fees are high compared to other states. Additionally, New Jersey levies three different landfill taxes:

  1. Solid Waste Services Tax of $1.05/ton
  2. Landfill Closure and Contingency Tax of $0.50/ton
  3. Solid Waste Recycling Tax of $1.50/ton

Some estimates claim New Jersey’s landfill capacity could run out as early as 2016. Whether this turns out to be accurate or not, New Jersey is taking action. Here’s how:

  • A large percentage of waste is trucked or sent via rail to other states, namely Pennsylvania and Ohio.
  • Recycling in New Jersey is on a steady incline.
  • Much of the waste is incinerated at waste-to-energy plants to produce renewable energy and reduce the volume of waste by up to 90%.
  • The number of landfills have declined in the past couple decades, and the ones still in operation are safer, cleaner and more efficient than ever.

Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in New Jersey

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.