FAQ For New Renters

If you’re new to the dumpster renting world, you might have a few questions. Here are a few common questions about dumpster rentals and how to go about renting them. Many questions about your dumpster will have to be answered directly from the company you are renting from, because they can vary greatly. We will help you understand some of the possibilities so you know what to look out for when you are in your search. If you have any other questions about dumpster sizes or the dumpster industry, don’t be afraid to ask. We will get back to you as soon as possible!

Can I put a dumpster on property that isn’t mine?

This will vary on a case by case basis. If you want to place a dumpster on property that is not owned by you, you will first need to get permission and come to an agreement with them and the rental company. However, it is not recommended, because those who own that property might feel inclined to throw some of their junk in the dumpster, and you would then be responsible for whatever ends up there at the end of the rental. If you need to drive through a neighboring yard, you will also need to get permission for that. While a simple pass-through might not seem like a big deal, some people might not want a giant dumpster truck to drive on their property. It is just out of a courtesy and to protect you in the unlikely event that something happens during the drop off or pick up of the dumpster.

Do I need a permit to rent a dumpster?

Placing a dumpster on your own private property does not require a permit. You will only need a permit if you plan to place the dumpster on city property, most commonly this is street placement. A permit will be required before the dumpster can be dropped off. In some cases, the dumpster company will be able to pull the permit for you and include it in your charges. Permit charged vary based on location. Ask your rental company what their procedures are. They should be able to steer you in the right direction if they are unable to get the permit for you. Or check out our blog post When Are Permits Required?

How long can I keep a dumpster rental?

The length of your dumpster rental terms will also depend on which company you choose. With some rental companies, you could be charged for each day that you have the dumpster. Other company will give you a rental period for one price, usually between 7 and 14 days. Some companies will even allow you to keep the dumpster on your site for as long as you need it, while charging for the additional days if there is a rental period. The option that is best for you will depend on what your needs are with the dumpster.

How much does a dumpster rental cost?

The cost of your dumpster will depend on a few factors that can vary based on which company you decide to rent from. The size of dumpster you choose will play into the cost of your dumpster. Larger dumpsters will cost more. The weight of your materials will play into the cost. More stuff to get rid of usually will equal more money. Lastly, there are additional fees that come into play with the landfills. There are disposal fees, taxes, and drop-off/pick-up charges.

What sizes of dumpster rentals are there?

For temporary roll off dumpsters, there are a variety of sizes available, usually between 10 cubic yards and 40 cubic yards. The most common are 10, 20, 30 and 40. Availability of these sizes will vary based on location. Sometimes you will come across more uncommon sizes, such as a 12 or 15 yarder. Ask the rental companies in your area which sizes they have available.

How much weight can a dumpster hold?

When you are shopping around for the best price, make sure you understand how you will be charged for the weight of your materials. Some companies will charge you based on the total weight of your materials and you will pay a predetermined amount per ton. Other companies will give you a weight limit in tons and you can put any weight in up to that amount. You would only get charged for exceeding the limit. Dumpsters can hold a lot of weight, so it is important to be careful when filling it with heavy material, such as brick or concrete. Just because a dumpster can hold up to a certain weight, doesn’t mean you should put that much weight in it! In many areas, it is actually illegal to haul more than 10 tons over the road. So if your dumpster happens to exceed that amount, you could find yourself paying additional fees from the landfill.


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