How Long Can I Keep a Temporary Dumpster?

Temporary dumpster rental period

A common rental period used by dumpster rental providers is seven days, but that can vary depending upon the company’s policies. Some offer three-day rental periods, while others include 14 days in the standard base rate. Still others offer flexible rental periods ranging from one day up to 30 days or more.

On one hand, you want adequate time to load the dumpster. On the other hand, you don’t want a large dumpster sitting on your property for longer than it needs to be. Planning ahead is the key.

These tips will ensure your dumpster rental period fits your project perfectly, so you can make the most of your rented dumpster.

How long will the project take?

One week temporary dumpster rental

Try to estimate how long the project will take as accurately as you can. Sometimes projects run longer than you'd think, so be as thorough as you can in your estimation. By breaking the project down into days/hours, it becomes easier to accurately estimate how long it will take to finish.

It may or may not be necessary to have a dumpster on-site from the start of the project. If you don’t need it right away, choose a drop-off day when you’re ready to start loading it.

If the disposal portion of the project can be completed all at once, consider renting a dumpster for a day. In some cases, you can score a discounted rate, especially if dumpsters are in limited supply during busy times of the year.

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For long term projects, many rental providers will accommodate customers' needs as best they can, such as keeping the dumpster on-site for 14 days to a month, or even longer in some instances.

Dumpster rental companies are flexible in their rental periods, although keeping the dumpster longer than what’s included in the base price will incur daily charges, usually in the $10 - $20 per day range.

Save on dumpster costs by avoiding daily charges

dumpster rental durationIdeally, it’s best to abide by the dumpster rental provider’s standard rental period (if not a shorter period than that). By doing so, you can avoid paying additional daily charges tacked onto the base rate.

If the cleanup is part of a long-term project, it’s best to negotiate the total rental cost upfront rather than winging it day-by-day. For example, a cleanup that takes 10 days longer than expected could tack on an additional $200 to the base rate of the dumpster ($20/day x 10 days). In some cases, that could double the total cost of the rental!

By negotiating a longer rental period upfront, the dumpster rental company is likely to provide a better rate from the get-go.

To sum it up

When renting a temporary dumpster, rental periods can range from a single day to 30 days or more. The most common rental period is seven days, although 14 days is also pretty common.

When calling dumpster rental providers, it’s important to ask them how many days are included in the rate you’re being quoted. A dumpster rental company that can accommodate your project’s schedule better than a less expensive company may likely be the better option. We always say here at, don’t choose a dumpster company based solely on price! Read more about that here: A Warning About Going with the Cheapest Dumpster Dumpster.

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