Renting A Dumpster: All You Need To Know

Usually, most of the waste we create through our regular activities can be handled through the city's trash service. However, if you're undertaking a home renovation that generates a lot of discarded materials, or you're finally clearing out the basement, then you're most likely going to need something with a bit more capacity for disposal than your trash can. That's where renting a dumpster can be exceptionally helpful.

While some people use rented dumpsters so often for their jobs that they understand exactly which size they need and how to go about renting one, other first time renters may not know where to start when they want to get a dumpster for their own project. By reading through these brief descriptions, you can feel more comfortable about renting your own dumpster for your project.

Who can rent a dumpster?

Everybody! Renting a dumpster is not just for those in construction or a real estate agent clearing out a house. Anyone at all can make use of a rental dumpster. What you need to have is an idea about how large a dumpster you need, approximately how long you'll need it for, and some room where you can place it during your project.


Before you have any size dumpster set up close to your property, you'll need to clear it through the proper authorities beforehand as this usually isn't handled by rental companies. Depending on where you are, this may be purchasing a permit through the city or clearing it with a homeowner's association. Once a location has been selected and cleared with the authorities, make sure branches or power lines aren't too close to the area as a truck will need space to drop off and pick up the dumpster.


Dumpsters are typically rented by the yard, with the smallest being 10 yards for smaller amounts like garage cleanouts all the way to 30 yards for large-scale demolition projects. Keep in mind that the size may also include a weight limit, such as a ton of waste for a 10 yard dumpster, meaning that if the overall weight is over a ton even though you still have room left in the dumpster, you may have to pay overages for the additional weight. Make sure you know the amount for these overages in case your project exceeds your dumpster limits.

Also, don't worry if you underestimated the size you might need. If you happen to fill a dumpster but have waste remaining, the company you rent from can bring you another one at an additional charge. Or if you have just a small amount left, maybe the company will agree to remove it for a small fee. Just be careful not to overfill your rental dumpster over the lip as this is hazardous and can cost you additional charges.

What can I throw away?

Outside of hazardous materials and items, almost anything is fair game. But do keep in mind that some prices vary depending on what you're throwing away. For example, a dumpster full of yard waste may cost less than building materials from a home remodel because yard waste can be taken straight to the landfill without further processing. Consult your dumpster rental company about your project and what you think you'll be getting rid of to get a better estimate of your rental costs. Also, you might be throwing away mainly yard waste, but be wary that an unscrupulous neighbor doesn't empty half his basement junk into your dumpster while you're not looking.

So you've got an idea about what size you need and how long you'll need it, you've made sure you'll have the necessary room, and you understand what you can dispose of and the costs involved. With this information in hand, you should feel in control of your conversation with the dumpster company when requesting your own dumpster.

You'll be ahead of the game when you have all the pertinent information that rental companies need, but don't be afraid to ask for recommendations from them if you're unsure about what size you need or what you're disposing of. After you've worked everything out with the rental company, get your heavy-duty gloves ready because the real fun is about to begin!