Finding rental dumpsters
If you are a homeowner or a contractor facing a project involving significant garbage disposal, you may want to rent a dumpster, also known as a roll off container or drop box.
Dumpster rentals are an easy solution to rubbish elimination, saving you from having to haul trash to the dump yourself. They are also cheaper than hiring a truck for removal and better at handling high waste volumes than regular trash cans.
Choosing a Dumpster
Garbage dumpsters range from 2 to 40 cubic yards in volume. If you rent a dumpster one size larger than you think you need, you won't find yourself running out of disposal space halfway into a project. A drop box with a volume of 2 to 10 cubic yards is good for handing the waste generated by yard work, basement and garage cleanup and kitchen or bathroom remodeling projects.
Twenty-yard trash dumpsters work well for large basement, garage or attic cleanup jobs as well as floor or carpet replacement projects in large homes. Thirty-yard roll off containers are sufficient for small home additions, small home construction, or garage demolition. A 40-yard construction dumpster is appropriate for new construction or major additions to a large home. These units are also suitable for commercial clean-out or commercial roof tear-off jobs.
The 30- and 40-yard construction dumpsters are typically 6 feet tall, so make arrangements if you are lifting heavy items. Request a container with shorter sides or arrange for a way to step up to the top for simpler waste recycling or disposal. Remember that some materials take up a lot of space or are particularly heavy. If so, you will need a larger dumpster and, if applicable, a higher maximum weight allowance to avoid extra service charges.
Dumpster Rental Services
Dumpster rental costs are determined by length of the lease and the size of the dumpster. Generally, you'll pay more for larger dumpsters and enjoy lowered per-month rates the longer your rental period is. Rental prices vary widely from state to state and depend heavily on how much local landfills charge per ton of rubbish dumped.
The drop box is delivered to your site and picked up when the rental period expires. Pickup and delivery are free, but you will have to ensure that the delivery truck has room to get the unit in and out or you may be charged for unsuccessful pickup or delivery. Try to arrange space for the container on your property, as close as possible to the point at which you expect most of the rubbish to originate. If you leave the container on the street, you may need a permit to park it.
Dumpster rental services impose a maximum tonnage requirement. If you exceed the maximum, you could be charged an extra $40 to $60, or more, for each ton in excess of the maximum.
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