5 Tips For Renting A Dumpster For Your Home Project

Posted on: 27 August 2017

If you are planning a home project, whether it's a renovation or just clearing out a family property, renting a dumpster is likely one of your first steps.There are many questions you might have regarding how to manage your dumpster rental. These tips will help you keep your dumpster rental experience running as smoothly as possible.

1. Use Plywood to Prevent Damage

Are you worried that your lawn or driveway will experience irreparable damage from the dumpster sitting on it? You might not need to worry after all if you take some precautions before the dumpster arrives. Plywood sheets placed underneath the dumpster can help prevent permanent damage.

2. Distribute Weight Evenly

If you are throwing heavy materials into the dumpster, try to keep the weight evenly distributed. This allows the driver to pick up the dumpster easily.

It is also important to remember that dumpsters have tonnage limits. Make sure to rent the dumpster based on the load you expect. Simply because everything fits inside the container does not mean that it is not too heavy.

3. Leave Space for the Dumpster Doors to Open

When you consider placement for the dumpster, consider that it takes about six feet to comfortably open the back doors of the dumpster. Additionally, remember that the dumpster will need ample space in order to be picked up.

4. Hazardous Waste Is Not Allowed in Most Dumpsters

Many dumpster rentals will tell you that you are not allowed to throw any type of hazardous waste into the bin. You might be surprised by some of the hazardous materials on the list. They include batteries, certain types of lightbulbs, motor oil, and pain.

If you do dispose of hazardous material in the dumpster, you might actually be charged an additional fee to dispose of these items.

5. Ask Questions

Rental dumpsters may come with extra fees, so make sure to gather information ahead of time. Some companies offer flat rate dumpsters and others may charge by weight.

Some rental contracts require that you call the company to come pick up the dumpster when you are done with it. Failing to do this may cost your money in the long run. Make sure to pay close attention to your contract.

Overall, dumpster rental does not have to be difficult. In most cases, the contracts are clearly spelled out and easy to understand. Just make sure to follow the rules to avoid paying more.


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