Save Money and Space in your Dumpster

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No matter the project, saving money and space is always beneficial. Renting a dumpster can be an intimidating process, but we hope to simplify the process and help you save as much as possible. Though every experience is different; this is our best advice for someone who wants to learn more!

Avoid Extra Charges

The most significant way to save money when using a dumpster is to steer clear of fines and extra costs. Here are a few things that will add to your bill:
  • Additional rental day charges
  • Overweight charges
  • Blocked or failed pick-up
  • Unacceptable items
To learn more, check out our Dumpster Costs Demystified blog that breaks down the cost and fees involved with renting a dumpster. 

Flatten Your Load

The last thing you want is to still have junk left over after investing a considerable amount of money into a dumpster rental. Flatten items as much as possible and stack them to avoid any space going unused. Break down bulky furniture to salvage extra space and maybe even help relieve some pent-up stress! It is usually more cost effective to pack a dumpster tightly and possibly incur some overweight charges than to pay for a dumpster to be emptied and returned.

Picking the Right Size

Save Money White Line Waste The same is true when choosing your dumpster size. It is usually less expensive to purchase more space than anticipated than to underestimate and run out of room. Dumpster rental companies will usually charge to empty and return a dumpster. Since the process constitutes the same amount of work and cost for the company, they may even charge the same price as the original rental. It is quite common to underestimate the actual volume of waste that you have to dispose of. Knowing the weight and volume of common construction materials can be extremely helpful. Most receptacles are sized by volume in cubic yards, much like concrete. It is prudent to order 5 to 10 yards larger than you’ve accounted for. For instance, if you think you will be able to fit your load into a 10-yard container, rent a 15 or 20-yard container instead–at least for your first rental. If you are planning to use equipment to load a dumpster (a skid-steer, forklift, tractor, excavator, or front-end loader) avoid gathering dirt or earth. It may not look like much during loading, but soil compacts quickly and gets heavy very fast. This can rack up considerable overweight charges. If you have hired or have others to help you, make sure to explain the importance of properly loading and packing the container. Even one poorly placed board can create a very large void in a dumpster. Communicate the possibility of extra charges and agree on who is responsible for overweight charges or possible damages.

Find Alternatives

Save White Line Waste If you have a little extra time, there are numerous alternatives to throwing things away. Here are some things you can try and exclude from your dumpster. You may even be able to avoid using one altogether.
  • Gently Used Items
    • Resale/Donations
    • Craigslist
    • Let-Go
    • Facebook Marketplace
    • Curbside
  • Recyclables
  • Roofing Materials
  • Metal Items
  • Yard Waste
Check out our blog on alternative disposal methods for more information on each of these.

Be Upfront and Communicate

Tell the person that you are ordering from a little bit about your project and the things you are disposing of. They may be able to assist you in choosing the right size dumpster for your needs and give you some tips on avoiding additional charges. Don’t hesitate to ask for help strategically planning your dumpster rental.