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What You Need To Know About Renting A Dumpster

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By on Aug 16, 2017
What You Need To Know About Renting A Dumpster

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If you’re about to undergo a large home improvement or clean-up project, it’s likely you’re bound to have a lot of waste. But this can’t simply be thrown out in your standard garbage can. For large material and waste removal, you must rent a dumpster.

However, unless you’ve taken on a big project before or have the guidance of a pro, you may be wondering where to even start when it comes to a dumpster rental. To help, here are a few frequently asked questions about dumpster rentals and some tips to help you out.

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When To Rent A Dumpster

When Should I Rent A Dumpster?

If you’ve hired a contractor for your home remodeling project, oftentimes, the contractor will handle the coordination of waste removal. However, if this is a home or landscaping DIY project, damage clean-up or you did not discuss waste removal with your contractor, a dumpster will be needed. It’s a good idea to have one ready for the project.

You might be asking why all this is necessary if your town or city services your garbage pickup. Often, your local city services will not take drywall, cabinets, paneling, carpet or floor waste and large quantities of landscaping such as trees or shrubs. Here are a few things generally not allowed in dumpsters:

  • Hazardous waste
  • Pesticides
  • Appliances
  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Recyclables
  • Batteries

For these items, it’s best to find a local disposal facility near you where they can be properly reused or terminated.

How Much Is It To Rent A Dumpster?

When planning a remodel or home improvement project, a dumpster should be factored into the overall cost. Generally, the size of the dumpster will impact the final cost as well as how long you’ll be renting it. The average cost to rent a dumpster is $391, with most homeowners spending between $316 and $395.

What Size Dumpster Should I Rent

What Size Dumpster Should I Rent?

When it comes to size, it truly depends on the type of home improvement project you’re planning. Dumpsters often come in these sizes:

  • 10 Yards
  • 15 Yards
  • 20 Yards
  • 40 Yards

For smaller kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects or a roofing repair, a 10-yard dumpster should be a good fit. Major home additions or disaster and debris clean-up may require a larger size, such as the 30- to 40-yard option. Every project is different. You may want to ask around or speak with a pro to determine what size dumpster you’ll need.

Where Can I Rent A Dumpster?

When it comes to deciding where to rent your dumpster from, there are many options available. It’s a good idea to get estimates from a few of your local waste removal companies to compare prices and services. Read reviews and research each company thoroughly.

It’s a good idea to inquire about how the waste material is disposed. After all, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that some or most of your material can be recycled or reused. A reputable company should be able and willing to answer these questions.

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How To Rent A Dumpster

Will A Dumpster Damage My Driveway?

Some areas don’t allow dumpsters on public property, such as the street or walkway. Putting the dumpster on grass or dirt is not recommended, so the best choice for homeowners tends to be the driveway. A major concern most homeowners have is driveway damage.

The unfortunate facts are that a dumpster could scratch your driveway if not cared for properly. You should ask your waste removal company what they recommend if this is a concern. Also, ask to see if the dumpster can be placed on wood to protect your driveway’s surface. Try to place the dumpster on a flat, level surface to help even the heavy load.

If your driveway does become damaged, you’ll need to discuss with your contractor and have it repaired.

Do I Need A Permit?

Depending on the area you live and where you’re placing the dumpster, a permit might be necessary. However, the good news is that most dumpster rental companies will take care of this for you. If you have decided to place your dumpster on public property, like the street, you may need to obtain a permit. Your city or town might have requirements you must follow so the dumpster does not damage public property. Be sure to ask and inquire what may be needed to ensure an easy placement and pick-up of the dumpster.


Dumpsters are an unavoidable part of large home remodeling projects or additions. However, it doesn’t have to be a hassle. Dumpsters can help your next project go smoothly and get rid of the materials you don’t want, for good.

Are you planning a large home improvement? Read Preparing For A Big Construction Or Remodeling Project for more tips.

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