Remodeling or clearing out trash from your property can be an exciting time. With spring just around the corner, it’s time to get back to those around the house projects. However, you’ll find these little endeavors often make a big mess. Clearing out old materials can be a hassle, so it’s good to plan ahead in order to save yourself time, energy, and money. One option is to rent a dumpster. Depending on the size of the materials you’ll be discarding, this can be a great option.
Do I Need a Dumpster?
If you are doing a small project, it might be fine to simply load your debris up in a truck and haul them away to the local recycling station. You will be charged on the weight of the load, but this can be more economical than a small dumpster which you won’t fill. Since a 10 yard dumpster holds about three truckloads of material, don’t rent if you have significantly less than that.
What Size Dumpster Should you Rent?
It’s important to pick the right size capacity when renting a dumpster. If you rent a smaller dumpster and overstuff it, there is usually a charge for exceeding the weight limitations which are assigned to that dumpster. On the other hand, you want to avoid paying for too large of a dumpster which you won’t actually need.
10 Yard Dumpster
This will be the equivalent of three truckloads of debris (10 cubic yards).
- Small roofing repairs
- Household cleanouts
- Shed, small attic or small basement cleanouts
- Small demolition projects
- Interior renovation projects
- General household cleanouts
15 Yard Dumpster
This will be the equivalent of four and a half truckloads of debris (15 cubic yards).
- Medium roofing repairs
- Garage, attic or basement cleanouts
- Flooring or carpet removal
20 Yard Dumpster
This will be the equivalent six truckloads of debris (20 cubic yards).
- Large roofing projects
- Dirt, gravel, sand, and concrete removal
- Home renovation projects
- Foreclosure or estate cleanouts
The easiest way to figure it out is to estimate the amount of truckloads it would take to remove the materials. Based on that you can determine the ideal dumpster size, or if you need one at all.
Four Things to Remember When Renting a Dumpster
There are certain guidelines which a dumpster rental company expects you to follow, here are four things to keep in mind when it comes time to fill your dumpster.
- Weight restrictions are important: exceeding weight limits can be incur extra charges.
- Usually rental periods are for a week. A late fee will be charged each day the container is late.
- Know what you are allowed to put in the dumpster: Often companies have restrictions against putting batteries, tires, or hazardous waste in the dumpster.
- There are restrictions on what can go in the dumpster together: for example most companies won’t allow you to mix dirt and normal debris.
It’s likely you will need to acquire a permit to place a dumpster on your property or road. Consult a professional about your local regulations. Also, make sure there is an understanding between yourself and the dumpster rental company concerning who will be responsible for obtaining the proper permits. This might raise the cost slightly, but it is a necessary part of the process.
As you begin your spring projects make sure your waste removal strategy is in place. If you would like more information about renting dumpsters, please explore the services of New England Enterprises, located Marlborough, MA. A fully licensed and insured excavation contractor, our team of professionals would love to hear from you.