Waste disposal is a common headache for a lot of people, and finding the right dumpster rental can be a complicated process for anyone that has never needed to deal with it before. There are a lot of different companies that offer similar services for vastly different prices, and sometimes even finding the right dumpster for the job can be harder than you would think. Believe it or not, this is not as simple as just looking at a search engine and clicking your mouse a few times.
The first obstacle that you need to overcome when trying to rent a dumpster is finding a reliable company to do the job. Like with just about everything else, some companies offer you good service at a reasonable rate and others will take every opportunity to gouge you on price or services rendered. You can save yourself a great deal of trouble to checking out several different companies before picking up the phone to talk with a customer service representative. Try looking at a combination of companies that specialize in renting dumpsters and others that offer it as a side service. Sometimes the companies that offer dumpsters as a side service can help with other areas useful for the job you are doing, and other times they simply offer better rates because they make their money elsewhere.
The next thing is to determine which kind of dumpster you will need for your project. There are actually quite a few different types of dumpsters to choose from. In general dumpsters come as either front loading or roll off dumpsters. Front loading dumpsters the smaller dumpsters you see behind a restaurant or retail business, the kind that can be picked up or emptied with a regular dump truck. A roll off dumpster, on the other hand, is generally bigger and delivered by a flatbed truck. These are the kinds of dumpster that you would often see at a construction site. However, there are also specialized dumpsters to handle specific situations: medical industrial complexes use bio-hazard bins that are tightly sealed to dispose of biological waste, and companies that work with corrosive chemicals have special rubber dumpsters to remove industrial or chemical waste.
The next factor that you need to consider is the size of the dumpster you need for your job. Front end dumpsters are generally smaller and more appropriate for light loads or regular emptying, such as what you would find at a business. Roll off dumpsters come in several sizes to handle various amounts of debris. You can choose these dumpsters in 10, 20, 30 or 40 cubic yards of volume. The most common size you will see is the 20 cubic yard dumpster, which is appropriate for mid-sized projects like clearing out the interior of a single family home. If you are having trouble deciding which size will best fit your project, simply order the next size up from your first choice. That way you do not need to worry about ordering a second dumpster or paying additional fees for putting too much waste in the one you have. Some companies make their money by bleeding you with added fees, so it is better to be safe than sorry.
In fact, negotiating the price is your next biggest concern now that you know what dumpster you need to rent. Dumpster rental companies charge their customers based on a combination of the distance their trucks have to travel, the weight of the waste in the dumpster, and how long you keep the dumpster on location. Most companies will offer you varying rates based on long term or short term projects, but distance and weight are usually inflexible. This is due to the amount of gas their trucks will need to use up in order to transport the filled dumpster from your location to the landfill to dispose of it. Many companies will also charge you an added fee for taking the waste to a landfill, and this charge can vary from as little as $15 to hundreds of dollars, so make sure to ask about it before you rent the dumpster. You may also be assessed other fees for disposing of particular types of waste, filling the dumpster above the rim, or making the truck wait on you once it arrives to pick the dumpster up. Make sure you are clear about those fees as well.
The last major concern that you need to address when renting a dumpster is making sure that you are in compliance with local laws. Most states and municipalities have restrictions on what kind of waste requires a professional waste management service, whether you are able to dispose of it in a landfill, and where you can place your dumpster on location. For example, it is common to need a permit to leave a 20 to 40 cubic yard dumpster on the street. You may also be required to sort recyclable materials separately. Fortunately these are common questions that can be answered by a customer service representative once you settle on a company to speak with. Be sure to tell them about your project and inquire about what permits or restrictions apply to your situation.