Dumpster 101: Learning The Basics Of Renting Your First Dumpster

Whether you're tackling a spring cleaning project or taking on a larger chore, such as replacing your roof, chances are you'll need to rent a dumpster. This might seem like a straightforward task, but in reality, there are a lot of factors to consider. Don't get stuck with a dumpster that isn't right for your project and instead, here are a few simple tips to help ensure you rent a dumpster that will fit your needs and budget:

Dumpster Sizes

The sizes offered by your local waste management companies might differ, but in general dumpsters come in the following sizes:

  • 10 Yard – The smallest dumpster available through many companies, the 10 to 12 yard dumpster, will accommodate about 2 tons of waste and is ideal for cleaning up your yard, attic or basement.

  • 15 Yard – A typical 15 yard dumpster will hold about 3 tons of debris and is a good option if you are replacing a smaller roof or if you have a two car garage you want to clean out.

  • 20 Yard – Typically, a 20 yard dumpster will hold about 4 tons of waste. You should consider this larger dumpster if you are renovating your home, cleaning out multiple rooms in your home or are tearing off a single layer of roofing shingles.

  • 30 Yard – If you're renovating your home, a 30 yard dumpster is probably the best option. A typical 30 yard dumpster will hold approximately 5 tons of waste.

  • 40 Yard – Typically, a 40 yard dumpster is the largest option available to you. If you have a major renovation, such as an addition or if you're building a new garage, this is probably the best option.

If you're not sure which dumpster is the best option, consider visiting your local waste management provider and simply ask. Sometimes, actually seeing the dumpster in person can give you a better sense of which size will accommodate your project.

Where Will It Go?

Another aspect of renting a dumpster that many homeowners overlook is exactly where you'll place the unit. Even if you're renting the smallest dumpster available, the waste management associate dropping it off will need plenty of room to unload it from the truck.

In addition, the weight of the full dumpster can also cause damage to your yard or driveway. Unfortunately, you will be personally liable for this damage, so keep this in mind when deciding where you want the dumpster dropped off.

Watch What You Toss Into the Dumpster

From that load of cardboard boxes from your last move to that old couch that is taking up space in the garage, there are many items that you can toss into your dumpster. However, there are quite a few things that should never be thrown into your dumpster. According to Angie's List, these include batteries, electronics and old paint.

In addition, it's never acceptable to dispose of pesticides, automotive fuels and leftover household cleaners in the dumpster.

Not only is it unsafe for the environment to toss these items into the dumpster, if you're caught, you could be fined by the waste management company. This is only a short list of items that are acceptable to throw into a dumpster – and depending on where you live, the restrictions could be even more strict. Contact your local waste management provider for a complete list of restricted items.

From determining which size meets your needs to making sure you don't toss out anything you shouldn't, finding the right dumpster for your project can be tricky. If you're completely lost, or don't want to spend more money than you should, don't hesitate to ask your local waste management company for some help! Click here for info on waste management.