Published: February 19, 2020

All you need to know about roll-off dumpsters

All you need to know about roll-off dumpsters

Whether you are cleaning up your garage or basement, or fully renovating your home. You will need to put all the trash and debris somewhere. That is when roll-off dumpsters come into the picture. Getting a temporary dumpster is not only simple, but necessary. Every construction project or even spring clean-up will generate waste.

You might be on the fence on whether it is a good choice to rent a dumpster. You may think you don’t need it, but the truth is, it is an ideal choice in a vast number of scenarios. It will make your working environment safer. Since having debris exposed on the working site can lead to accidents and injuries. When you rent a dumpster, it makes the site automatically safer, since you won’t have piled-up trash risking everyone’s wellbeing.

They come in a variety of sizes, and though there are general measures, every company has their own standard. We can find dumpsters from 10-40 cubic yards. A cubic yard is a measurement unit of volume. One of the biggest challenges when choosing a dumpster is which size will be better for you? If you are only doing cleanup then maybe de 10-yard is perfect for you. But in case of a full renovation, a 40-yard dumpster might be better.

How to choose the right dumpster size?

Once you have made the decision to rent a roll-off dumpster, then choosing which size to rent is next. It is important you overestimate the amount of trash and debris your project will generate. This way, you can choose the most adequate size, and avoid any extra fees or charges for not planning everything correctly. Some of the common sizes are:

  • 10-yard dumpster. Perfect for garage, attic, basement cleanouts. As well as interior renovations and dirt or concrete removals.
  • 20-yard dumpster. Ideal for deck, floor, dirt and concrete removals. Bedroom remodels, roofing jobs and big landscaping jobs.
  • 30-yard dumpster. Generally used for large pool and large deck removals. Also, interior renovations, whole home cleanouts, small home demolition and new home construction.
  • 40-yard dumpster. Being the bigger one, it is often used for large home cleanouts, demolition projects, and new constructions. As well as roof replacements, major interior renovations and community cleanup events.

It is also important to keep in mind the weight of the materials you will be disposing. You have to select the right dumpster for both size and weight. Choosing the right dumpster size will not only give you peace of mind, knowing all your trash will fit into it. But it will also save you from special fees for over-filling. Taking all these things into consideration can give you a clearer view of which container is the best for your project.

Why is it important to choose the right dumpster size?

Choosing a dumpster that is too small can be an incredibly expensive mistake. Estimating how much garbage and debris will result from whatever project you have planned can be rough. Which is why it is always important to overestimate. If you have 15 yards of debris, and you try to fit them into a 10-yard dumpster, it will likely result in increased costs.

You will probably need a “switch-out” and the company will deliver an empty 10-yard roll-off dumpster at your door. This will double up the original cost, and ordering a 20-yard one, could’ve avoided all the trouble. Also, it’s important to avoid overfilling the container. The debris should be leveled or under the top of it, since piling it up can be road hazard. The company cannot legally haul the roll-off dumpster if the debris exceeds its capacity.

Driving it around with debris piling up on top is dangerous. In most cases, the driver will leave and you will be informed that it can’t be picked up until you level it. In which case, you will be charged a “trip charge”. However, if driver levels your trash themselves, by throwing out debris, you will be charged an “overfilling fee”. And you will be left with a pile of trash that still needs to be taken care of.

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