3 Tips for First Timers Renting a Dumpster
If you’re renting a roll-off dumpster for the first time, how do you know if you are renting the right size? You may have plenty of questions about renting a dumpster, and not have all the answers you need. If that sounds like you, we want to help. Here at Green City, we want to educate you on the renting the right dumpster.
Renting a Dumpster is Not Complicated
Renting a dumpster is as easy as can be. Just follow these simple tips to make sure you are renting the right size dumpster.
Figure Out What You’re Throwing Away
One of the biggest things you need to take measure of is what you’re going to be tossing out. Is it household items, uprooted landscaping, maybe even roof shingles or concrete?
Household items consist of some of the basics – appliances and furniture. You can also toss toys and clothes, but if you can it’d be best to donate them to Goodwill or the Salvation Army so they can find a new home. Renting a dumpster is usually for spring cleanings, or when moving out. In most cases, all you’ll need is a 10 yard roll-off dumpster, one that is small, and easy to throw in items over the top.
Uprooted landscaping is a reference to trees, shrubbery, dirt and other organic materials. When throwing out a tree, try to break it down as much as possible, either by sawing it down to smaller pieces or breaking off the branches. Tie up small branches with another branch to keep them all together and make it easier to throw away. When throwing away dirt, try to get it in the dumpster first. You don’t want dirt to fill in the cracks and end up swirling around in the air getting into your eyes. Compacted dirt is really dense, you want the dense stuff to be at the bottom. The biggest size you may need to get rid of your landscape is a 20 yard. It’s very dependent on how big your landscape is and what you’re throwing away.
Other items like concrete or roof shingles, or demolition waste are construction debris. These items can be very heavy and require a dumpster with a high weight limit. For most residential projects, a 20 yard roll-off dumpster is the minimum size needed. Most commercial projects however, require a 30 or even 40 yard roll-off dumpster.
Estimate How Much You’re Throwing Away First
While we’ve given a light idea as to what size dumpster you need to rent when dealing with certain materials, you need to measure it out yourself. It’s the worst feeling when renting a 30 yard dumpster meant to compensate 4 to 5 tons of debris, when you fill it up only a 1/3 of the way with household junk and stale pantry food. Keep in mind that dumpster pricing consists of both size and weight limit, both set at a fixed price before you even pick up the phone. There are no refunds for unused space inside a dumpster.
A good rule of thumb is to measure the size space you’re looking to clear junk out of. If a room is 10x12 square feet, you may just want a 10 yard container. Same goes for measuring any other spot you’re dealing with.
Work with Green City Waste Recycling
If you have more questions about renting a roll-off dumpster, don’t hesitate to contact us. We provide Free Quotes to help you choose the right size dumpster for your project. For more information, or to schedule a roll-off dumpster for your next project, call us at 800.528.7089.