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Bag vs. Dumpster: Which one is Better for your Small Project?

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Just about any remodeling project or room cleanup is going to leave you with piles and piles of refuse. In fact, the amount will probably surprise you. For instance, if you’re tackling small bathroom remodel, you could see 150 pounds or more of refuse for every square foot that you demolish. So, when it comes to disposing of the debris, it becomes a bag vs. dumpster issue.

Most people are familiar with dumpsters, and less so with bags. As you might have guessed, “dumpster bag” is a term derived from dumpster due to its shape and purpose, except it’s a bag instead of a metal container. It is a waste management item that is portable and small when collapsed. It’s made of a material that will withstand waste common with household projects. You fill it and call a waste management company to pick it up and dispose of it for you. However, pickup for these items aren’t available in all communities, so you want to make sure someone nearby has the capabilities of hauling it off before you make a purchase.

Buy a bag or rent a small dumpster?

An important note here is that a bag is only an option if you have three cubic yards or less of debris. It is roughly a 600-gallon receptacle, about eight feet long and four feet wide. Most are about 2.5 feet high. The weight limitation is around 3,300 pounds, maximum, which is debris from an approximately 22-square-foot room.

Keep in mind that if your project involves mostly heavy materials, such as brick, rock, sand and sod, you’re only going to be able to fill about one cubic yard of the bag due to weight restriction.

There is also the issue of the bag being, well, a bag. It is flimsy, which means you can’t just toss whatever you want into it and ricochet debris off the walls like you can with a rigid metal waste bin.

Keep in mind that if your project involves mostly heavy materials, such as brick, rock, sand and sod, you’re only going to be able to fill about one cubic yard of the bag due to weight restriction.

If you’re certain your project is going to build up more than 3,300 pounds of waste material, you’re going to want to consider a dumpster. These receptacles can range from six cubic yards, which can handle the same amount of a bag, up to 30 cubic yards, which is perfect for projects with up to 10,000 pounds of debris.

Choosing the right dumpster rental company

If you contact the right waste removal and rental company, you can get same day service, which means they can drop off a unit and pick it up the same day at no extra charge for expediency. The right rental company can also help you with determining what size of roll off unit you will need for your project.

If you’re concerned about materials that you can dispose of in a bag or a dumpster, they are pretty much the same. You want to refrain from placing paint, propane tanks, solvents, batteries, asbestos or any type of hazardous materials in either receptacle. At A City Suburban Service, Inc., we’re ready to assist you in residential and commercial services. From determining the correct size to scheduling drop off and pickup dates, we ensure a smooth transaction. Contact us today and let’s talk about your next project.

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