Dumpster Rental Tips

Dumpster Rental Tips

Tips for Renting a Dumpster

If you have decided to rent a dumpster for your home project or contracting or commercial needs, you may feel overwhelmed with questions. How do you rent a dumpster? When should you rent one? How big of a dumpster do you need?

Our team of hardworking experts is here to help. Read on to learn the answers to these questions and get some helpful tips for renting a dumpster.

How to Rent a Dumpster

Use the following guide to navigate through the dumpster rental process:

  1. Determine the scope of your project and calculate the needed size of your dumpster rental.

  2. Contact a reputable container service with positive customer testimonials and proven success.

  3. Clear the space needed for your dumpster rental.

  4. Create a plan for filling your container.

  5. Load carefully and with purpose — stick to the plan. This will keep you safe and help the process go smoothly.

  6. Contact your container company if your dumpster needs emptied and brought back, or when you are finished using it.

Tips for Renting a Dumpster

Now that you know the steps needed for successful dumpster rental, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Place your dumpster on level ground.

  • Use a ramp when necessary. You can construct one using plywood and cinder blocks.

  • Avoid overfilling your dumpster. This is a safety hazard and could result in additional fees.

  • Use a wheelbarrow to make the loading process faster and safer.

  • Recycle materials when you can. This is good for the environment and economy and can give you more space in your dumpster container for non-recyclable materials.

Making the Most of Your Dumpster Rental

Plan how you will fill your dumpster. You will find you have much more space to work with — and a much easier time loading — if you figure out your gameplan ahead of time. Understand how to layer the items in your dumpster for maximum efficiency. Set aside things that cannot be thrown away. Decide the exact location you will place your dumpster container and let your neighbors know to expect its arrival if necessary.

Decide if more than one emptying trip will be needed. Sometimes, you end up needing to haul away more than you anticipated. Keep an eye on the level of your dumpster and make adjustments as needed.

Keep your dumpster's weight limit in mind as well as the length of the rental period. This information will be provided to you. Keeping these numbers in mind will help you avoid incurring additional costs. If possible, have your materials prepared for throw-away before your rental shows up. This way, the process can go as quickly and efficiently as possible and you have a clear picture of the amount of space you will use.

Prepare your space for the dumpster before its arrival. This includes measuring the distance from the debris to the dumpster. Plan to place your dumpster on level ground as close to your waste as possible to minimize trips back and forth. As a courtesy — and to avoid having to move your dumpster more than once — be sure your dumpster is not blocking any parked cars, traffic or entrances to homes or businesses.

Common Dumpster Rental Questions

Have a question about dumpster rental? Keep reading to find answers to some commonly asked questions.

What Size Dumpster Do I Need?

D.B. Container Service offers 10, 15, 20 and 30-yard dumpster rental options. These dumpster sizes are ideal for the following kinds of projects:

  • 10-yard dumpster rentals: Our 10-yard containers are the ideal size for cleaning out a one-car garage, a small room remodeling project or general spring cleaning around your home.

  • 15-yard dumpster rentals: These can handle the contents of a two-car garage, a large room interior or exterior remodeling project or items from basement decluttering.

  • 20-yard dumpster rentals: 20-yard rentals are suitable for roofing debris, siding, deck removal or basement renovation.

  • 30-yard dumpster rentals: These are best for new construction projects, whole house renovations, commercial clean up and more.

If you are still unsure of what size dumpster your project or business needs, give our experts a call at 718-257-2300. We are happy to help you make the best choice.

How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Dumpster?

How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Dumpster

The cost of your dumpster rental depends on the size of the dumpster and the length of time you plan to use it. Additionally, if you return the dumpster overfilled or filled with prohibited materials, additional fees may apply.

When Should I Rent a Trash Dumpster?

Dumpster rentals are ideal for the following residential projects:

  • Shingle replacement

  • Estate cleaning

  • Move outs

  • Storm cleanup

  • Brush and stump removal

They are suitable for contractor work:

  • Renovation

  • Demolition

  • Plumbing work

  • Concrete and asphalt removal

  • Large-scale development projects

Dumpsters can also be rented for commercial businesses. No matter your industry, D.B. Container Service promises fast and efficient dumpster service and reliable drop-offs and pick-ups. Use commercial rentals for:

  • Waste management

  • Sidewalk and parking lot work

  • Remodeling projects

  • Disposal services

  • Construction debris

It is a good idea to check the weather forecast before choosing a rental date. Inclement weather and hazardous roadways could impact the delivery or pick up of your container. Although D.B. Container Service can usually accommodate last-minute dumpster requests, we ask that you reserve your dumpster rental as soon as possible, due to limited availability.

What Items Are Prohibited In a Dumpster?

Due to health and safety regulations, you are not permitted to throw away the following items and materials in a dumpster:

  • Paint

  • Batteries

  • Biohazard material

  • Medical waste

  • Chemicals

  • Freon

  • Propane tanks

  • Dirt

  • Lead materials

  • Food waste and other household garbage

  • Asbestos

This is not an exhaustive list. There are other materials not suitable for your dumpster. If you are unsure about an item, give our team a call.

Contact D.B. Container Service for All Your NYC Dumpster Needs

D.B. Container Service - NYC Dumpster Rentals

D.B. Container Service is a family-owned container rental service. We have been building long-term relationships with our customers and delivering exceptional service since 2001. Our philosophy is simple: we operate a customer-focused business by offering honest, fair and impeccable service.

We are happy to provide container rentals to everyone, from the average homeowner to general contractors to commercial business owners. Our service areas include:

Request a free quote or contact us online today for more information about our dumpster rental services.



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