How to Rent a Dumpster
A Quick Guide to Ordering a Dumpster
Renting a dumpster is relatively straightforward. You call a dumpster rental company, get their rates and then choose which size dumpster you’d like delivered. Though as simple as it may seem, every time you get a dumpster there are several different factors at play that may sway your decision. That’s why we’re going to show you how to rent a dumpster from start to finish, pointing out all the major decisions you need to make while ordering a dumpster.
Step #1: Research
The first step to renting a dumpster is to research the waste haulers in your area. Be sure to look at the kinds of services they offer, especially if you are looking for regular trash collection services. Some haulers may only offer temporary roll off dumpsters as opposed to the smaller, permanent containers used by businesses and commercial properties for solid waste disposal. Double check that the waste haulers you are looking into offer the type of service you need.
Step #2: Get Quotes
After you’ve found a few haulers in your area that provide the service you need, the next step is to call them up and ask for a quote. The amount of information the hauler will need from you in order to generate an accurate quote will vary based on the type of service.
For temporary dumpster rental services, you will need to know:
- How much debris you are disposing of (can be a ballpark estimate).
- What type of debris you are disposing of (household trash, construction debris).
- How long you will need the dumpster.
- Where the dumpster will be delivered.
When you order a dumpster, these are the main factors that will determine the size of the roll off dumpster, as well as the total cost of your rental.
For permanent dumpster services, you will need to know:
- The approximate size of your waste stream.
- The type of business or organization being serviced.
- The number of employees in your workplace.
- Approximate square footage of your property.
All of these factors are taken into consideration by waste hauling companies to determine what size permanent dumpster you will need and to calculate the monthly cost of disposal.
Step #3: Ask the Right Questions
Once you have a few quotes in hand, it’s time to get a dumpster. The ordering process is relatively simple, though there are some quick questions to ask your hauler before sealing the deal. A few questions you should ask include:
- How is pricing determined? Do they offer flat-rate or variable-rate disposal?
- How long is the built-in rental period?
- What is the cost of extending the rental?
- Do I need a permit for a temporary dumpster?
- Are there any materials that I should not put in the dumpster?
- Can I request additional pickups, and how much do they cost?
These questions will help clarify the company’s terms of service so you can avoid extra fees and know ahead of time the cost of additional services. Of course, most companies will go over their terms with you prior to ordering, but in some cases you may need to press for more information.
As soon as these questions have been answered to your satisfaction, go ahead and rent a dumpster by choosing a size and letting the customer service representative know where you would like the dumpster placed.
Step #4: Start Taking Out the Trash
The last step of course is to start throwing out your trash. Whether you ordered a temporary roll off dumpster or a permanent waste container, you should be able to start filling it up as soon as it arrives.
Have a few questions about renting a dumpster? Give Dumpsters.com a call at 844-444-DUMP today and we’ll answer any questions you have about the dumpster rental process.
Need help? Talk to a Dumpsters.com Service Specialist.