You’re planning a project that you know will generate a fair amount of waste. How will you get rid of it? Relying on your trash service to haul it away isn’t possible due to the amount of waste you’re going to generate, so the only other options are to hire a waste removal company at a premium, haul it off to the local landfill on your own, or rent a construction dumpster.
The more convenient and efficient choice renting a dumpster. A number of factors make this the right decision: it’s cost effective; you can often get same-day service; the company will drop off your unit where it will best suit your project; and they’ll pick it up and haul your waste away as scheduled.
What size dumpster do you need?
One of the first questions people have about dumpsters is in regard to size. A reputable dumpster provider should be able to recommend the right size after you explain your project to them. However, consider this when planning your project:
- 6 yard dumpster – This is one of the smallest roll off units you can get. It can handle up to 4,000 pounds of debris and is perfect for a small cleanouts and other small projects, including light landscaping work.
- 10 yard dumpster – Again this is a great unit for small projects, but can handle about 1,000 pounds more debris than the six yard dumpster. Small remodeling jobs and a two-car garage cleanout are typical projects suited for this unit.
- 15 yard dumpster – If you’re tackling a roofing job and need to deposit old shingles somewhere, the 15 yard unit is going to handle it quite well, as long as you’re not generating more than 6,000 pounds of waste.
- 20 yard dumpster – Three car garage cleanouts, medium size construction projects and roofing jobs of around 2,200 square feet are common projects that require a 20 yard unit, which will manage around 8,000 pounds of debris.
- 30 yard dumpster – Measuring 18-ft. by 8-ft, this is among the largest roll off rental units you’re going to find. Handing up to 11,000 pounds of debris, this unit is a good match for large remodeling jobs and demolition projects, such as tearing down small garages or sheds, whole house window/siding jobs and whole house cleanouts.
Your rental company should be able to walk you through the size you need based on your project, and they should explain all fees and taxes so there will be no surprises later. You can tell them exactly where you want your unit dropped off and what day you want it picked up.
How much does dumpster rental cost?
This is probably the second most common question people have, and most are surprised to find out that renting a dumpster not the budget buster they feared it was going to be. You can do some comparisons to see who is offering the best price, but the average cost goes as follows for a seven day dumpster rental:
- 6 yard dumpster - $280
- 10 yard dumpster - $300
- 15 yard dumpster - $330
- 20 yard dumpster - $380
- 30 yard dumpster - $440
Be sure your rental company explains all fees, taxes and other charges related to the unit, as they will vary by company.
- Extras Should you need your dumpster for an extra day, plan on paying a $50 fee. In the Chicago area, you’re required to have a permit for your dumpster, which costs $50 for three days and $100 for 30 days. Furthermore, many rental companies will charge a 3 percent fee if you choose to pay with a credit card. Should you go over on your weight limit, plan on a fee of $55 per extra ton.
What materials can you put in your roll off dumpster?
Check with your rental company about what materials you plan on putting in your dumpster because there are various items that cannot be dumped in the landfill. Railroad ties, tires, batteries, asbestos, oils, infectious waste, paints and lacquers – these are among the many items that are not allowed in landfills, as they are hazardous.
Common materials placed, legally, into a dumpster includes general household items, like clothing, remodeling debris like drywall and lumber, flooring, cabinetry and siding. Most old appliances can be placed in a dumpster, but check with your rental company first because refrigerators are often not accepted due to the fact that the cooling agent in them contains toxins that are bad for the environment.
Electronics are also a questionable material for dumpsters. Some landfills will charge a fee to dispose of your televisions, computers, personal electronics, etc. You might consider recycling your electronics, as there are many metals in them that are of value.
Storm debris can be placed in dumpsters, but most landfills will reject large tree stumps. Mattresses are also often rejected in most service areas. If you’ve got freezers full of food that you want to dispose of, don’t plan on throwing it into your dumpster because it attracts vermin. Instead, choose a local composting center.
Propane tanks are highly combustible, so those will not be going into your dumpster. Get in touch with a local propane company or fire department about where it can be disposed.
Rent a dumpster for you next construction project
Contact your rental company well in advance of your construction project to ensure a dumpster will be available for you. However, in many cases, same-day delivery is possible.
Your rental company should be able to walk you through the size you need based on your project, and they should explain all fees and taxes so there will be no surprises later. You can tell them exactly where you want your unit dropped off and what day you want it picked up. Also, should your project be a little more intense than you planned, you can call and have the unit picked up and an empty one dropped off for an extra fee.
At A City Suburban Services, we know that getting waste out of the way is important to our clients. We are skilled communicators and work hard to ensure our clients are happy and that the waste removal portion of their project goes off without a hitch. Contact us today and let’s talk about your upcoming project.