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The Ultimate Guide to Renting a Dumpster

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How to Rent a Dumpster for Your Project

We make renting a dumpster easy with our 5-step process:

If you’re ordering a dumpster for the first time or haven’t needed one in a while, it’s normal to have questions. Don’t worry — from choosing a container size to scheduling delivery, we’ll help make renting a dumpster an easy process.

How to Order a Dumpster in 5 Simple Steps

Step 1: Pick a Dumpster Size

Selecting the right container size is one of the most important steps in the dumpster rental process. You don’t want to overload your bin and have items hanging over the sides, but you also don’t want to overspend on a dumpster that's too large.

The most common roll off dumpster sizes across the country are 10, 15, 20, 30 and 40 yard bins. However, sizes will vary by market, so check what's available in your area. Let us know what you're tossing, and our team will recommend the right size for your debris.

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Common Sizes for Specific Projects

Choosing the right dumpster size is easier if you know how much debris your project will generate and how much it will weigh. Below, you’ll find a helpful breakdown of what sizes we often recommend for certain projects — from removing dirt to tearing down a building.

Small Remodels & Cleanouts

A 10 or 15 yard dumpster is typically ideal for dirt removal, minor remodels, single-room cleanouts and heavy debris disposal.

Mid-Sized Construction and Repair

Consider a 15 or 20 yard bin for roofing jobs, multi-room cleanouts, landscaping projects and general construction.

Large-Scale Remodels and Cleanouts

Use a 30 or 40 yard container for demolition, large renovations, bulky item removal and large-scale construction.

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Step 2: Get Quotes

To get an upfront price, you'll first need to provide some information to get an accurate rate. When you request a quote, have the following details on hand:

  • Your delivery address and zip code.
  • The type and amount of debris.
  • The date you need a dumpster and for how long.
  • Any unique requirements for the project.

☒ Variable Pricing

Keep in mind: many other companies use a variable price model. This means your quoted price is often the base rate without any added fees that will appear on your final invoice. As a result, the price you pay is often higher than your quoted cost.

Unexpected Fees With Other Companies:

  • Mileage and fuel
  • Administrative fees
  • Disposal fees
  • Franchise fees
  • Debris weight

☑ All-inclusive Pricing

With us, you’ll receive an all-inclusive price quote. Our dumpster prices are bundled to ensure that the cost you are quoted is the price you’ll see on your final invoice — as long as you don’t incur added fees, which we explain upfront so you can avoid them.

Our Straightforward Prices Include:

Step 3: Review Details

Our team is professionally trained to answer any questions you might have about your dumpster rental. We’re well-versed in the disposal regulations in your area, and we’ll take the time to review them with you when you order.

If you have other questions about how dumpster rentals work, check out our FAQs or give us a call. Here’s a list of common questions customers ask to help get you started:

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Step 4: Place an Order

When you're ready to order your dumpster, request a quote online or call 877-814-9826 to get started. Here are a few tips to help the ordering process go smoothly:

  • Tell us your zip code, debris type and requested dumpster size.
  • Pick a delivery date — we recommend placing an order several days before you need a dumpster.
  • Select a delivery location, free of obstructions.
  • Have a credit card ready to finalize your order.

How to Prepare for Delivery

After you place your order, we can typically deliver your dumpster within five business days. We’ll take detailed placement instructions so you don't need to call off work or rearrange your schedule for your dumpster's delivery.

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Clear the Way

Make sure there's enough space for your dumpster, as well as no low-hanging wires or tree branches near the delivery area.

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Mark the Spot

Consider putting down plywood, cones or other indicators so the driver knows where to place the dumpster.

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Avoid Prohibited Items

Learn more about accepted and prohibited items to avoid unexpected dumpster disposal fees.

Step 5: Schedule Pickup

When you approach the end of your rental agreement, we’ll send email reminders to schedule your pickup. Once you’ve finished loading your dumpster with debris, just email us back, schedule a pickup online or give us a call or text at 855-378-9829 with your address and pickup date.

As you decide on your pickup day, keep these things in mind:

  • Be prepared for your dumpster to be removed at any time throughout the day.
  • We’ll do our best to provide a time of arrival, but our routes are based on fuel efficiency.
  • Make sure your dumpster is accessible and not overloaded with debris.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a dumpster rental period?

Our dumpsters come with a generous rental period of 7-10 days, however, you can request a pickup at any point during your rental period. If you need additional days, we may be able to extend your rental for a low daily rate.

Do I need to be on-site when you deliver the dumpster?

No. We'll take detailed delivery instructions when you order so that we can still deliver your dumpster even if you aren't around. Please just ensure there are no obstructions where you would like the container placed.

Where is the best place to put a dumpster?

We recommend putting the dumpster in your driveway for residential projects. If you need to place the container in a public area, such as the street, you might need to get a permit from the city. We'll go over any local regulations with you when you reach out.

How soon can you deliver a dumpster?

We typically deliver your dumpster within five days of placing your order. While we might offer same-day or next-day delivery, depending on our container inventory, consider reaching out a few days before your project to ensure that the dumpster you need is available.

Can a dumpster rental damage my driveway?

A poorly placed dumpster can cause damage such as scuffing, scraping and cracking due to the large amount of weight sitting in one spot. However, we'll help you find a location that minimizes the likelihood of damage. You might also consider laying wood planks to protect your driveway.

What is the most common dumpster rental?

Our most popular dumpster rental is a 20 yard roll off dumpster. This bin typically fits in the average driveway, works well for a wide range of projects and accepts most waste types, including heavy debris and yard waste.

We Simplify the Process

We make renting a dumpster simple, by offering straightforward rates and attentive service every step of the way.

We take the time to talk through the details of your project to help you choose the right dumpster for your debris. Plus, our team is just a call, text or email away when you need help. All you need to do is load the dumpster, and contact us to take the trash to the landfill for you. Reach out to rent a dumpster today.

Additional Resources

Check out additional helpful guides and resources to prepare for your dumpster rental.

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Get a Dumpster Delivered to Your Home:

  • Pick a size
  • Get a quote
  • Review details
  • Place an order
  • Schedule pickup