Q&A with the Dumpster Rental Experts

Questions and Answers about renting a dumpster

Got questions about dumpster rentals? Well, we got answers. Here are some of the most common questions asked by people looking to rent a dumpster. We'll help you get the best bang for your buck, and make sure you know what you're getting into when renting a dumpster.

What size dumpster should I rent?

Getting too small of a dumpster or paying for more dumpster than you need are situations where you’ll end up paying more than necessary. So, it’s important to get the right sized dumpster. Luckily, dumpster rental companies will recommend the optimal size for your particularly cleanout. When calling to rent a dumpster, make sure you know approximately how much junk and the type of junk you plan on tossing. This will help the rental company determine the best sized dumpster for your needs.

Typical dumpster rental sizes are 10, 20, 30, or 40-yard capacities. As a general reference, a 10-yard dumpster may be suitable for a small garage cleanout or small deck removal. A 40-yard dumpster, on the other hand, may be ideal for new home construction or a large roof replacement.

Are there any items that shouldn’t be thrown in the dumpster?

Absolutely! Although dumpsters are a convenient solution for throwing away massive amounts of material, certain items should be excluded. Ask your dumpster rental company about prohibited items. The most common items include toxic chemicals, paint, tires, car batteries and flammable/combustible substances. Check out our guide to prohibited dumpster materials for more detail on this subject.

How much does a dumpster rental cost?

Various factors play a role in the cost of dumpster rental. A few of these factors include the size of the dumpster, how long you plan to rent it, and the type of material and total weight of the load. Many dumpster rental companies charge a landfill fee, priced per ton. Local landfill fees vary, but typically run about $50 per ton.

Be wary of overage charges because these additional fees can really add up. The dumpster rental company can help you estimate the approximate weight of your load by letting them know the type of material you plan to throw out and approximately how many square feet of the material you need hauled.

The total cost for dumpster rental varies significantly by location. A 20-yard dumpster rental booked from Hometown Dumpster Rental in Phoenix, for instance, may cost $285 while the same sized dumpster in San Diego runs about $400. It’s recommended that you call at least 2-3 local dumpster rental companies to compare out-the-door pricing before committing.

How long can I keep the dumpster rental?

The standard length of time for a dumpster rental is 7 days, although most rental companies are flexible. Some will even pickup the filled container the same day if you request it. Keeping the dumpster rental longer than 7 days usually carries additional charges.

The most important thing to remember when renting a dumpster for a particular week or weekend is to call ahead of time. Book the rental at least a week in advance to ensure you get your container on the day(s) you need it.

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