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Waste Management in CT: Nine Tips for Renting a Dumpster

Posted on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 @ 10:30 AM

dumpster rentalBefore you rent your next dumpster, it's important that you take into consideration what you need the dumpster for and how long you are going to need it. A great resource for any questions you might have about waste management and renting a dumpster is your local waste management company.

Inside this article you'll find key tips about renting a dumpster that will help you make the best and most economical choice for your debris solutions, from tipping fees to the size thats perfect for your waste disposal needs.

9 Tips for Renting Your Next Dumpster

1. Plan Ahead

Choose a dumpster that fits your needs. A business may need a dumpster with weekly removal while temporary dumpster rental is the answer to big cleaning out projects like moving or spring cleaning. Remodeling and reroofing and new construction usually require an on-site waste dumpster. 

2. Measure 

Know what dumpster you need for the job and size matters. If it is too small, you will have to pay to dump more than once. If you get one too big, you pay for something you will not use. A homeowner doing a kitchen remodel, or transforming a two-car garage into a bonus room should do fine with a 20-yard dumpster. Your dumpster provider can advise you.

3. Know What Kind

There are two types of dumpsters: front loading and rear loading. A front load dumpster with long-term rental is the answer for places like businesses and apartments and rear load dumpsters are ideal for tight spaces, like alleys. Be sure there is room for a dumpster to be easily placed and emptied before ordering.

4. Ask Price

Know what you are paying for when considering renting a dumpster. Prices vary depending on size and the weight of the debris.

5. Ask About Fees

When looking for a dumpster, inquire about fees. Some national companies have “hidden fees” like surcharges, delivery or disposal. Make sure your price quote is a flat fee that includes delivery and disposal. 

6. Disposal Costs

Dumpsters are weighed before dumping and if your waste is heavier than the weight in your agreement, you could be charged extra. 

7. Time Limit

Know your rental time limits, because the dumpster is not yours. You may have to pay extra charges if you need the dumpster longer than a standard rental period. 

8. Avoid Extra Charges

Be extra careful if you are disposing of heavy construction material like bricks or shingles. A normal load of household debris should not involve any overweight fees because the debris is lighter.

9. Be Honest

Be truthful with the provider about what is being put in the dumpster. Items like tires and shingles might have different costs for disposal than excess construction material like drywall or lumber. If you tell a service provider you will only be putting tree limbs and brush in the dumpster and they get to the landfill and find old tires in the bottom, you likely will get an additional bill for disposal.

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