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A Complete Guide to Dumpster Rental Fees

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Tips to Manage Your Dumpster Rental Budget

Our straightforward pricing and clear rental terms make it easy to keep track of your waste removal budget. However, there are a few instances where you may see additional fees – such as overloading your dumpster or exceeding the weight limit. Our guide is here to help you avoid unexpected costs.

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What Is a Disposal Fee?

Disposal fees are the most common type of charge. They happen when the landfill must charge extra for certain materials because they require special handling. You may also see disposal fees if you toss an item that the landfill does not accept. If you’re unsure if you can throw out a particular item, our team is just a call away. Here are common items to watch out for.

Bulk Waste

Certain landfills charge more to sort and process recyclable household items like appliances and electronics. This may also apply for mattresses and upholstered furniture, since they can take up a lot of space in the dump. We'll review these costs with you so you know what to expect.

Mixed Debris

Special-use dumpsters, often rented for items like heavy debris or yard waste, have strict limitations on the specific type of debris you can put inside. For instance, if you’re tossing concrete or dirt, the sorting facility may not accept the container if they spot food waste or household debris.

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous wastes like batteries, paints and gasoline are prohibited in most landfills for environmental and safety reasons. If you need to dispose of hazardous debris, find a drop-off site or collection event in your area.

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What Is a Trip Charge?

We charge a trip fee to cover fuel costs and route delay if the truck driver cannot drop off or pick up your dumpster due to obstacles that interfere with loading or unloading. Here’s our advice to avoid a missed drop off or pickup.

Give Delivery Instructions

Give us detailed delivery instructions so the driver can place the dumpster in the correct location. There will be a trip fee if we need to return to relocate the container.

Check Height Requirements

The delivery truck needs 18 feet of vertical clearance to drop off a dumpster. So make sure to choose a drop spot with no low-hanging tree branches or power lines that would prevent delivery.

Don't Block the Way

Keep the area free and clear of vehicles and other obstacles that could block dumpster placement. If you live in a gated community or have a fenced-in construction site, make sure the gate is unlocked and open on delivery day.

What Is an Overage Charge?

An overage charge happens when the weight of your debris is more than the weight limit provided with your agreement. You'll likely be charged the difference, typically on a per-ton basis.

You may also see an overage charge if your dumpster is beyond the max limit of ten tons. Our drivers typically won't pick up a container this heavy for road safety reasons, but if they are able to get it to the landfill, you may see an "over the road" fee, which varies depending on the laws in your state.

To avoid unexpected charges, we'll help you choose the right dumpster size for your debris and review all of the associated costs. You may even decide to factor a potential overage into your budget if you don't think you'll have enough debris to warrant a larger container or an empty-and-return.

What Is an Overloading Fee?

If debris is overflowing or hanging over the sides of the dumpster, it cannot be safely transported to the landfill. Debris could fall out, causing personal injuries or property damage.

How to Avoid Overloaded Dumpsters:

  • Remember the weight limit.
  • Load debris evenly, filling gaps.
  • Place bulky items at the bottom.
  • Break down boxes or large pieces.

When Do Extension Fees Apply?

Our generous rental periods typically range from 10-14 days, giving you the freedom to cleanup on your schedule. But sometimes, you need a little extra time. We’re flexible – just let us know, and we’ll extend your rental for a low daily rate.

Call Us When You’re Ready for Pickup

We won’t pick up your container until you call. To avoid extension fees when you don’t need extra time, make sure to call on or before the last day of your rental period and we’ll remove the dumpster promptly.

3 Ways to Prevent Unexpected Dumpster Rental Costs

When you call to rent a dumpster, our expert team will review the weight limit, placement instructions and types of containers available to properly handle your specific cleanup. Here are a few tips to keep common dumpster rental fees from happening.

Clear the Way

To avoid a trip charge, make sure the delivery location is clear and accessible. We’ll ask about possible obstructions like hanging wires, locked gates or low-hanging tree branches.

Choose the Right Container

If you’re tossing yard waste, roof shingles or concrete, ask us about the appropriate temporary container. We offer special-use dumpsters for these debris types.

Stay Within Your Weight Limit

Our dumpsters have generous weight limits - typically two to six tons for general waste and ten tons for heavy debris. If you need to toss more debris than expected, ask for our empty-and-return service.