Understanding Dumpster Rentals


Most of us have seen rental dumpsters lining the side of the street at one time of another, usually signifying a home improvement project, renovation, or even demolition. Unless you've had the opportunity to rent a dumpster for your own home or business, there can be a lot of questions and possible misconceptions that go along with renting.

Those individuals and companies that rent dumpsters on a regular basis understand most of the details of what is and isn't allowed. They tend to have a long working relationship with companies where they know the rules and can communicate easily if they have any questions. If you're considering renting a dumpster for a home or business project, learning a bit more about the basics of renting can better help you determine if it's the right decision for you.

Can only certain companies can rent dumpsters?

While it's common to see home working crews using dumpsters while doing their jobs, the good news is that any individual can rent a dumpster. You don't have to be a company or even a contractor. Dumpster companies try to make renting a dumpster a hassle free experience and help to work within your budget constraints. Even for the first time renter, they can walk you through their various options and costs.

Can you place a dumpster anywhere?

While you don't need to have a permit to rent a dumpster from a rental company, you might need a permit to put it close to your property. Check with the city or municipal offices in your area to learn more about obtaining a permit for a rental dumpster. You may need to specify the size of the dumpster and how long you plan to have it on your property, or you may find that you won't need a permit at all if only renting for a few days. But it's always better to find out beforehand than take the risk of incurring fines.

What can be disposed of in a dumpster?

Depending on the renovation or project, it can vary what you're allowed to toss in the dumpster. Most companies have no problem with anything pertaining to yard waste, unwanted clothing and items, and construction materials, although the costs involved with disposing of various types of wastes can differ. There are a few items such as chemicals, eWaste and electronics, and paint that must be handled in the proper way, and are not allowed to be tossed in the dumpster. Even things such as old mattresses and box springs can cost extra to throw away, so talk with your rental company about what you'll be disposing of.

Are dumpsters expensive to rent?

While there are costs involved with renting a dumpster, you'll need to compare it to the relative costs of other alternatives. Without having a dumpster to readily accept waste, you'll need to find other methods of getting rid of your unwanted materials. When you consider the costs of multiple trash bags and the fuel costs of multiple trips to throw everything away, renting a dumpster can seem competitive in price. And that's not to mention the time spent having to do all the transporting, which can take time away from your project. After you add it all up all the time and finance costs, you may find renting a dumpster is money well spent.

Which size is best for my project?

Depending on the company you'll be working with, dumpsters can come in lengths from 10, 20, 30 or even 40 yards. If you're doing a landscaping project for a small yard, it's unlikely you'll need a gigantic dumpster to dispose of everything. If it's difficult to make an estimation about which size you need, speak with a rental company about the scale of your project. After years of various jobs, they usually have a good idea of what you'll need.

After learning about some of the benefits and restrictions of renting a dumpster, you'll be better prepared to decide if it's the option that you're looking for on your next home or business renovation project. For any questions not covered here, don't hesitate to contact a dumpster rental company in your area where they can better answer questions pertaining to your specific project.