Construction Debris Disposal Guide – 5 Key Tips

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There are certain things to keep in mind when disposing of construction debris, like wood, drywall, flooring, roofing, and insulation.

Learn how to avoid additional fees and overages with the following tips...

1. Plan ahead.

It's easier to plan ahead and choose the correct dumpster size for a project when you know the type and amount of debris that will be (or has been) generated.

For example, concrete debris generally needs to be separated from other types of construction debris.

Knowing this information will help you and the dumpster rental company choose the best roll-off container for the job.

As a general rule, heavy debris (concrete, shingles, etc.) should go in a  small dumpster (10 or 20 yard bins), and lighter debris (insulation, lumber, etc.) should go in a larger dumpster (20, 30, or 40 yard bins).

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Keep reading: Best Dumpster Size for Small Demolition Projects

2. Estimate debris volume.

One cubic yard of junk or debris measures 3 ft. x 3 ft. x 3 ft., roughly the size of a standard kitchen stove.

Think of it this way: Roughly ten kitchen stoves would fit in a 10 yard roll-off dumpster.

This may make it easier to visualize which dumpster is right for the project and may make it easier to do the math when figuring out how much debris your project will generate versus how much dumpster capacity you’ll need to accommodate it.

3. Don’t mix construction debris with general waste.

Most municipalities do not allow mixing construction debris into the general waste stream (i.e., household trash).

Avoid using a rented dumpster as a catch-all for construction wastes, trash, yard debris, and other wastes. Mixing these wastes could lead to additional fees or other issues.

If necessary, rent multiple dumpsters to accommodate different types of waste and debris. Depending on the amount of junk you have, hiring a junk removal service to handle some or all of the job may be a more convenient and affordable option.

Find out more: Prevent Others from Illegally Dumping Garbage in Your Rented Dumpster

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4. Order a slightly larger container.

Another expensive mistake is booking a dumpster that isn’t big enough to finish the cleanup.

Choosing a dumpster that's too small can lead to more hassle and costs.

You'll have to either order an additional dumpster or pay overage fees for overfilling the dumpster.

By spending an extra $20 - $50 on averageand going with a larger dumpster, you can avoid these extra costs.

Learn more: Dumpster Sizes and How Much They Hold

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5. Plan container swap-outs and pick-ups ahead of time

Ensure the job site runs smoothly by scheduling pick-ups ahead of time.

Depending on the rental provider’s schedule, it may be several days before your dumpster can be picked up or swapped out with a new one.

Any delay at a busy construction or demolition site can be problematic. Communicating pick-ups or swap-outs with the rental company ahead of time can greatly reduce slowdowns at the job site.

The key to a successful construction debris cleanup is proper planning and effectively communicating your disposal needs with your roll-off dumpster rental provider.

An experienced and reputable rental company will ensure the disposal process for your project runs smoothly.


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