Understanding the Need and Protocol for Renting a Dumpster

Posted on: 23 March 2015

If you are hosting an event or handling a remodeling or other construction job on your property, the most important thing to do is make sure you have the means needed to get rid of waste. This will prevent you from being hit with violations from the city and creating an eyesore on your property. In this regard, rent a dumpster that can allow you to get rid of any waste accumulated throughout the process.

Do I need a dumpster for my project?

When it comes down to it, you need to gauge the amount of waste that your project will accumulate. As a general rule of thumb, if your event or construction is going to create enough waste to fill more than a few trash cans, you will need to rent a dumpster. You might balk at the idea if your project isn't that large, but you should know that there are dumpsters available to accommodate any project. 

For instance, there are front load dumpsters that allow you to dump plenty of debris and garbage quickly and conveniently, roll-off containers that can fill truck loads of waste, and trash compactor dumpsters that will break down items to smaller pieces for easy removal. 

What should I keep in mind when renting a dumpster?

If you are renting a dumpster, there are some very critical tips that will help you make it a smooth process:

  • Remove any wires that are hanging overhead or set up the dumpster in a way that avoids them 
  • Be sure that the dumpster is installed with enough walking room on all sides for workers to properly operate and fill it
  • Get a consultation ahead of time from a dumpster rental contractor, so that you can get the size that you need for your project
  • Set a pickup date that allows you time to properly clean up after the project, so that you're not left with a mess, or hit with fees for extending the rental period

How much will it cost?

When it comes to renting a dumpster, you will be able to get the best price possible if you shop around and get all quotes in writing. However, you can expect to pay between $200 on the low end and $900 on the high end, with the average cost of a dumpster rental approximately $390. 

Talk to a dumpster rental contractor to get your questions answered.