Do's and Don'ts of Renting a Dumpster

do's and don'ts of dumpster rental

Updated July 28, 2022

Although renting a dumpster is relatively simple, there are several important things to consider before and after renting a roll-off dumpster.

This guide will help ensure you’re getting the right dumpster for your needs as well as the best possible deal.


...Call ahead to reserve your dumpster rental.

We recommend calling at least a week in advance whenever possible.


...Wait until the day of the cleanout or renovation to call the dumpster rental company.

Rental companies have limited resources, and they may not have a dumpster available for you on that particular day.


...Prepare ahead of time.

Determine the type of material you plan to throw out as well as the approximate amount.

This will help the rental company determine the right size container for your needs.


...Call the rental company without a general idea of the material you plan to put in the dumpster.

You may end up getting a dumpster that’s too small or too large, which costs you extra money in the end.


...Follow the rental company’s rules and regulations regarding the types of materials that can be dumped.

This will eliminate the risk of obtaining fees for throwing out something you shouldn't.


...Throw prohibited items into the dumpster.

These items are not only bad for the environment when disposed of improperly, but the rental company may also charge you extra if you don’t follow their rules on prohibited items.

The most common dumpster prohibited items include paint, tires, and flammable chemicals.


...Load the dumpster to the proper height.

Keeping the dumpster below the max fill line allows for a safe and secure load when hauled away.


...Overload the dumpster.

A dumpster that’s overflowing with material makes it difficult for the rental company to cover and secure the load when picking up.

A dumpster filled with too much material may also exceed the weight limit, which will lead to additional charges from the rental company.


...Call several dumpster companies before deciding on one.

Just like any other purchase, dumpster rental prices vary by location and provider.

Price shopping several companies is the best way to get a good deal.


...Go with the first rental company you call unless you’ve used them before or have heard good things about the company from friends and family.

How do you know you're getting a fair price unless you compare it with other local rental companies?


...Consider the “little guy” when renting a dumpster.

Small, local rental companies are often cheaper than the big dogs and provide more personalized service, too.


...Assume the big name trash haulers are the best option.

Supporting local small businesses is one of the best ways to help improve the community.

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