Get the Most Out of Your Rental: How to Fill a Trash Dumpster Efficiently

Get the Most Out of Your Rental: How to Fill a Trash Dumpster Efficiently

In 2019, over 3,000 Michiganders decided to move to a new home. Moving isn’t always the easiest process, especially if you have more stuff than you can take with you–or you have quite a bit of renovating to do when you get to your new home.

How can you make the relocation process easier on yourself? Rent a trash dumpster to consolidate all of your waste and let us take it from there.

If you’ve never had this big of a project before and don’t know what to expect from working with a dumpster service, you’ve come to the right place.

Read on to learn one of the most important parts of renting a trash dumpster: learning how to load it up efficiently!

The Do’s of Loading a Trash Dumpster

First, let’s talk about what you should do in order to load up your trash dumpster in an efficient way. The goal is promote safety while also getting the most bang for your buck by wasting as little space as possible!

Bulk Goes First

Let’s say you’re throwing out a ton of your belongings before making your next big move. If you have any large pieces that need to be tossed–think mattresses, couches, chairs, dressers, and even things like large lighting fixtures–you should always start with those. 

While it’s okay if you forget one or two larger items until later on in the clean-out, it’s going to work out best if the bulkiest trash goes into the bottom of the dumpster.

Weight Distribution Should Be Even

As you’re loading up the big stuff, do your best to create even weight distribution. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you need to get out a scale and start weighing your trash before tossing it! Just use your best judgment to make sure that one side of the dumpster doesn’t weight significantly more than the other.

One of the best ways to avoid uneven weight distribution is to approach the dumpster from all sides. If you keep tossing in your trash from the same side or corner, that side or corner will end up a lot heavier than any other spot!

Fill In Gaps as You Go

By starting with the bulk, you can see any gaps in the dumpster that can hold your smaller stuff. For example, you might find a nook under an old bedframe that’s perfect for the pillows you’re throwing out. There might be space between the legs of a chair to stuff old papers or fabrics.

The objective is to use as much of the dumpster’s square footage as you possibly can.

Break Things Down 

How can you avoid wasting perfectly good square footage in your trash dumpster? Break things down as much as you can before tossing them!

Boxes are a must when it comes to breaking down your trash. Keep a box cutter or pair of scissors on hand and cut down your boxes so that you can fold them flat. Boxes that are still in their box-form are going to steal quite a bit of empty space, otherwise!

The same can and should be done for furniture. If you can take apart a desk or a chair and reduce it to smaller pieces, go for it. That way, you don’t have to work quite as hard to fill in all the gaps.

Finally, even if what you’re throwing it consists mostly of large solid objects that come from the more popular, large-scale home renovations–think drywall, asphalt, or particle board–you should still try to break it up as much as you can. Remember, safety equipment comes in handy when you’re breaking apart these kinds of building materials! Always wear the proper footwear and a pair of goggles to protect yourself from jagged edges.

The Don’t’s of Loading a Trash Dumpster

Naturally, if there are dumpster “do’s,” there are also dumpster “don’t’s!” Let’s take a look at the two biggest dumpster no-no’s that we ask every one of our clients to avoid doing.

Don’t Ignore Load Lines

No matter what kind of trash you’re throwing out, you should never ignore the load lines on your dumpster. If your waste is piled up higher than the sides of the dumpster, itself, you’ve gone too far! That includes lighter objects like textiles and even pillows.

The problem is that when we go to load up your rental trash dumpster and drive it away from your property, all of that excess waste poses a threat to us and to everyone else on the road! If the dumpster lids can’t shut all the way, that’s a sign that you’re going to need another a dumpster.

Don’t Ignore Weight Limits

In addition to load height, we also need to think about load weight. If the majority of what you’re throwing out is furniture and other household items, you can generally load the dumpster up to the top. However, if you’re throwing away heavier waste, the rules may differ.

Typically, if you’re filling a dumpster with extremely heavy materials like asphalt or roofing, you need to leave about 12″ of space between the top of the waste pile and the top of the dumpster. 

Make Relocation or Renovation Easy With Dumpster Rentals

If you’re moving, relocating, or renovating, we have a solution for you that will make life easier: trash dumpster rentals! With our guide, you can fill that dumpster up the smart way and get the most for your money.

To find out more about trash dumpster rentals from Plummers Disposal Service, contact us for a free estimate. Give us the details of where, when, and why you need a dumpster and we’ll let you know how much you can expect to pay–without any obligations!

6 Great Reasons To Rent a Dumpster for Spring Cleaning

6 Great Reasons To Rent a Dumpster for Spring Cleaning

Winter is leaving and spring is just around the corner. That means that it’s time for an annual cleanup!

Where there’s cleaning, there’s usually waste. Whether it’s getting rid of outdoor debris or cleaning out the house, it’s all has to go somewhere.

One of the best ways to make your spring cleanup easier is to rent a dumpster. There are many reasons why homeowners turn to this when doing their spring cleaning.

Here are six great reasons that you should consider it too.

1. It Holds Almost Anything

When it comes to spring cleaning, you never know what you’ll find hiding around the house or garage. You may need to throw out large items or small ones, but luckily, a rental dumpster is meant for almost all of it.

Many homeowners love to do DIY projects or work on renovations. Often, used materials can start to pile up in this case.

When it does, you may find it during your spring cleaning. Most DIY materials can be put into the dumpster aside from liquids or paints.

You may also want to clean up the yard to get it ready for the upcoming year. A dumpster is a great way to do this because you can throw everything from branches to leaves into it.

Though having lots of debris and nowhere to put it is common for many homeowners, a dumpster gives you a place to finally rid of all the clutter.

While you can throw most things into a dumpster, there are some exceptions that you need to know about first. One rule of thumb to follow is to never throw hazardous waste into the unit.

If you’d like to see a full list of things that can’t go into the dumpster, here’s a good resource to refer to.

2. Motivation

Cleaning is often something that you dread. Getting a residential dumpster rental can help you stop procrastinating and be productive.

Typically, you schedule your dumpster to be at your home for a period of time. Within this time, you can use it freely until it’s full.

Once it’s gone, you’ll need to rent another unit if you need to use it again.

This can motivate you to get the spring cleaning done faster and by a certain date. Knowing that you only have limited time to throw out junk can be helpful. Once you’re done you’ll be rid of any garbage or debris which can be a great motivator as well.

However, that’s not to say that you can’t rent another dumpster if you’re not able to get it all done in time! You can choose the rental period that suits you best.

Using the rental period as a motivator will help you get your spring cleaning done faster and easier.

3. Choose a Size That Works

No matter how much spring cleaning you need to do, there’s a dumpster size to suit it.

At Plummer’s Disposal Service, we have many different sizes of dumpsters. Here’s a rundown on the sizes:

  • Trash Carts
  • 10 yards
  • 15 yards
  • 20 yards
  • 30 yards
  • 40 yards

If you need to throw out large items like furniture that can’t be used or salvaged anymore, a large dumpster should accommodate it. But keep in mind, you’ll need to have enough room in your yard for the dumpster.

Be sure to check this before ordering your dumpster rental!

4. Convenience

There’s nothing more convenient than a rental dumpster.

Being situated so close to your house, it’s easy to load up debris or junk from both inside or outside and dump it in. You don’t have to go far to dispose of the trash and stay organized.

The added convenience is that you’ll also get delivery and pickup of the dumpster. There’s no need to make alternate arrangements to drop off and pick it up when your rental period ends.

During the pick-up, you’ll also benefit from the disposal service. This means that we will dispose of the garbage in the dumpster for you.

There’s no safety or liabilities for you or your family. Just leave it to us to get the job done.

With convenience like this, it’s a no-brainer to rent a dumpster for spring cleaning.

5. Affordable

Have you had to make many trips to the dump after a thorough spring cleaning in the past?

Not only can it be an inconvenience, but it can also start to add up in gas money. Not to mention all the time it takes to do it.

A dumpster is an affordable way to dispose of your garbage. You don’t have to make many trips to the dump wasting time and gas, and you can rent it for a small period of time.

It’s flexible and it’s affordable. Prices typically depend on the size of the dumpster that you choose. By making a budget, you’ll see just how cost-effective a dumpster rental truly is.

6. Have Your Home and Property Look Its Best

Nothing feels better than having a clean home and yard. A thorough spring cleaning can make you feel energized and excited about the year ahead.

Instead of keeping old or unused garbage or debris, it’s best to get rid of it during your clean up. It can make your space feel bigger and less cluttered.

By having a spotless yard and home, you’ll impress guests and neighbors. Not to mention yourself! By renting a dumpster to throw anything unwanted or useless out, you’ll rejuvenize the look of your property.

Rent a Dumpster for Your Spring Cleaning

It’s time for the annual spring cleaning, so it’s a good idea to be prepared. Choosing to rent a dumpster can help you achieve a clean yard and home.

Understanding these six reasons to rent can show you just how helpful a dumpster rental can be.

At Plummer’s Disposal Service, we can help you with all your disposal needs in Michigan. From choosing the right dumpster size to understanding what you can dispose of, we can help.

If you’re interested in renting a dumpster, there’s no better time than now. Get your free estimate today!

9 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Dumpster Rental Service

9 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Dumpster Rental Service

If you’re getting ready to embark on a big construction or home renovation project, you need to plan ahead for success. Part of your planning needs to include waste removal solutions. 

If you create a lot of waste during your project, it’s unlikely that your regular garbage removal service can handle the volume and materials. Even if you set the extra waste out by the bin on garbage day, they probably won’t pick it up. 

Your best option is to hire a dumpster rental service. This will make your project cleanup (and your life) much easier. The only question is how to choose a dumpster rental company.

We can help. Keep reading for the top nine questions to ask before dumpster rental.

1. What Are Your Size Options and Prices?

First, think about the scope of your project. How much waste and debris do you expect to create? You need to take this question seriously, as it will affect how big of a dumpster you’ll need.

Ask the rental company what sizes of dumpsters they offer, and for what price. However, don’t simply go with the cheapest competitor. They may have less experience, inadequate insurance, poor customer reviews, etc.

2. What Areas Do You Service?

Next, make sure the dumpster rental service you’re considering caters to people in your area. Don’t complete your vetting process only to end up choosing a company that won’t deliver a dumpster to your home. 

If you’re unsure of the areas they service, look for more information on their website. Otherwise, contact them directly by phone, email, or on social media to find out.

3. Can I Schedule an Exact Time for Drop Off and Pickup?

Before hiring a dumpster rental company or signing any contracts, iron out the details of the dumpster drop off. It may be important for you to be present so you can make sure they drop it off in the right space. If you’re having it delivered on a workday, find out if they can deliver it once you get home or during a lunch break. 

This also applies to the pickup time. Once again, you may want to be present when the company comes to collect the dumpster. 

Most companies are more than comfortable dropping off and picking up when the homeowner is not present. Ultimately, it comes down to your preferences. 

4. What If I Run Out of Room in the Dumpster or Need More Time?

Learning how to choose a dumpster rental service perfect for your needs means asking about contingencies. For example, what happens if you end up needing more time than the agreed-upon rental period? Most companies will charge an extra daily fee, but you need to find out what that is. 

Additionally, what happens if you run out of room in the dumpster midway through the project? Will they do an early pick up and drop the dumpster back off in a timely manner? How much extra will that cost?

5. Is There a Maximum Weight Limit?

Most dumpster rental companies have a maximum weight capacity for each size of dumpster they offer. Make sure you know what that maximum capacity is. Furthermore, if you exceed the weight limit, find out what the overage charges will be.

6. Where Can You Drop the Dumpster Off?

Learning how to find a dumpster rental service for your needs may come down to the logistics of the drop-off. For example, if you’re tearing down an old shed in your back yard, will the company be able to drop the dumpster off as close as possible?

Some dumpster services stick to drop-offs in driveways and streets, which may not be good enough for your needs. 

7. Are You Licensed and Insured?

Obviously, whatever dumpster rental service you hire needs to be legitimate. They need to be licensed through the city and conform to safe and environmentally friendly waste disposal standards. Furthermore, each of their drivers needs to be qualified to operate the vehicles, which require CDLs.

Finally, make sure the company is insured and bonded. At the very least, they need to carry liability insurance. In the event that they accidentally cause damage to your property during drop-off or pick up, liability insurance will cover the cost of repairs.

8. Do You Have Customer Reviews I Can See?

Next, before signing a contract with any dumpster rental service, you need to make sure they have a solid reputation in the community. Find out what other homeowners who have worked with them have to say about their services.

Did they have a positive experience? Was the company on point with communication? How did the drop-off and dumpster pick up go?

Using customer reviews and testimonials is one of the best ways to gauge a business’s credibility. Check their website to see if they have any published. They may also post them on their social media pages. 

Lastly, use Google to search the company name and “reviews.” If you can’t find any customer reviews on your own, ask the company if they can provide them. 

9. Are There Any Materials I am Not Allowed to Put in the Dumpster?

Finally, you need to make sure you’re not violating the dumpster rental service company’s rules or any environmental laws when disposing of your waste. Ask the company what hazardous materials are not allowed to be tossed in their dumpsters. If you violate these rules, expect to pay extra fees for each violation.

Typically, you can find a list of prohibited items on their website. If you know you have hazardous waste or prohibited items that need to be taken care of, you may need to look into specialty services that handle those types of materials. 

Looking Into a Dumpster Rental Service

Are you still wondering what to ask before renting a dumpster? Check out some of our other frequently asked questions from customers just like you for more information.

And if you’re ready to hire our dumpster rental service, contact us today to request a free quote. If you have any more questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask. We look forward to working with you!

8 Benefits of Hiring a Grand Rapids Dumpster Service for Your Commercial Building

8 Benefits of Hiring a Grand Rapids Dumpster Service for Your Commercial Building

8 Benefits of Hiring a Grand Rapids Dumpster Service

There are a lot of good reasons to get dumpster rentals. Click to learn the benefits of hiring a Grand Rapids dumpster service for your commercial building.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency reported that the U.S. had 267.8 million tons of municipal solid waste. Unlike residential trash, which is mostly biodegradable, commercial waste can be a nuisance. Therefore, it would be crucial to hire dumpster services.

Renting dumpster services isn’t only for large-scale projects. The services are essential for different project sizes. It would be best if you took the time to get a reliable and experienced dumpster service provider.

If you’re considering Grand Rapids dumpster services, go for it. Here are eight benefits of dumpster services you need to know.

1. Reliability

When you rent a dumpster in Grand Rapids, you’ll rest easy knowing that you have a reliable service on-site. The providers leave you with the dumpster, which ensures that your project won’t stop before the arrival of the junk hauler. With the hired dumpster, you can dispose of the materials as necessary and remove them once you’re done with the project.

You need to schedule dumpster delivery with a reliable company to ensure that you get quality services. The last thing you’d want is to wait for the dumpster driver for days, which means that your project will have to stall.

2. Cost-Effectiveness

If you want to hire dumpster service in Grand Rapids, the cost is probably one of your concerns. So, how much does it cost to rent a dumpster? For a commercial dumpster, the size will be bigger than a residential one, which will determine the cost of renting the equipment.

Dumpster services are cost-effective, regardless of the size you choose. Compared to other ways of handling junk removal or construction waste, renting a dumpster is cheaper. Depending on the level of waste, you can have the dumpster service once the project is complete, which will mean that you’ll pay for the rental service for the few hours you’ll have the dumpster.

3. Safety

The right approach to waste disposal makes your commercial site have a better appeal. The waste generated in a commercial project not only makes a place unattractive, but it also poses a hazard to the workers. It is essential to place all the waste in a secure dumpster to avoid potential accidents such as slips and falls.

Waste items such as metals and woods with protruding screws can injure workers’ feet. Other materials, such as plastics and papers, can be slippery. Hiring Grand Rapids dumpster service enhances the safety of your site besides making it look attractive.

4. Versatility

When you rent a dumpster, you’re not limited to the type of waste to discard. You can conveniently dispose of your construction waste and old electronics. More importantly, you don’t have to sort the waste before disposing.

Some dumpster service providers offer services for hazardous waste disposal. If you have medical waste such as used syringes, you can ask your service provider for the way forward. Some companies might opt to give you a different vessel for such waste.

5. Service Flexibility

When you start a large-scale project, you have to be ready to make adjustments along the way, as it doesn’t necessarily go as planned. Adjusting your project based on the factors that arise is a critical success factor. Once you rent a dumpster in Grand Rapids, you don’t have to worry about flexibility.

A local dumpster rental company can guarantee you the flexibility you need when dealing with a large or complex project. Working with a company that’s not close to your commercial site limits the aspect of flexibility. If you need to make any alterations, a company that’s far from you might take time to incorporate changes you need for the project.

6. Improved Efficiency

With a designated place to dispose of your waste materials, your work will be more efficient. Piling the waste can make your workers waste significant time disposing the garbage as they have to make several trips to the designated disposal site. Your employees will have more time on their hands to focus on other tasks that add value.

You can check the guide to dumpster sizes to know the vessel that would be ideal for your commercial project. When you get the right size of the dumpster, efficiency is a guarantee. You’ll need to establish your disposal needs before embarking on your project so that you can know the right Grand Rapids dumpster service to hire.

7. Protect Your Image

When working on your commercial building, you’ll need clients after the project is complete. Most of these potential clients are watching the construction work and how you’re handling the site. People passing by are likely to note your site’s appearance.

A neat and clean site communicates to anyone watching that you’re keen on safety. If your site is chaotic and messy, people will assume you’re disorganized and careless. Consequently, potential clients won’t be enthusiastic about renting or leasing your commercial building.

8. Eco-Friendliness

Did you know that 12% of the municipal solid waste in the world is from the U.S.? Worse still, the United States only recycles 35% of municipal waste. Consequently, a significant amount of waste goes to the environment, and its negative implications can’t be emphasized enough.

You don’t have to be an environmental enthusiast to take proper care of the environment. The way you dispose of your waste has considerable impacts on environmental sustainability. When you rent a dumpster in Grand Rapids, you’ll cut down on carbon emissions.

More importantly, you’ll hardly face legal trouble due to environmental pollution. Certified dumpster companies have met the set regulations, meaning that they handle the waste in the best possible way. You’ll ultimately have peace of mind knowing that your project isn’t aggrieving Mother Nature.

Grand Rapids Dumpster Service Has Significant Benefits for Your Commercial Project

Renting a dumpster is one of the best decisions when you have a large-scale commercial project. With Grand Rapids dumpster service, you’ll have enhanced project efficiency. The service is cost-effective, flexible, versatile, and safe.

It is essential to hire a reputable dumpster company to avoid frustrations when you need the services. Consider working with a certified and experienced service provider. The benefits of a Grand Rapids rental will be worth your investment.

How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Dumpster? A Helpful Price Guide

How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Dumpster? A Helpful Price Guide

How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Dumpster? A Helpful Price Guide

Are you wondering how much does it cost to rent a dumpster? If yes, you should check out our guide here on the average prices.

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Illegal dumping of waste is a huge environmental problem all around the world. Studies show that as much as 90 percent of all electronic waste is dumped illegally.

Oil, car tires, metal, and other waste not only contaminate our natural resources but can also pose a health risk to animals and humans alike. 

But when you have a home or office remodel or clean-up project underway, and the garbage doesn’t fit in your trash can or dumpster, what can you do?

That’s where a dumpster rental comes in.

So how much does it cost to rent a dumpster for a home or office project? Keep reading to find out.

How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Dumpster?

The cost of a dumpster rental isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer. Because they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, your total might vary from one project to the next.

Before you can get an exact quote on how much a dumpster will cost for your project, there are a few important questions you’ll need to answer.

Commercial or Residential?

While it may seem like all dumpsters are created equal, a unit that works for catching construction site waste might not be the right one for your garage clean-up at home.

That’s why the first question that you should be ready to answer when inquiring about a dumpster rental is whether you plan to use it for a residential or commercial project.

Your answer might change the size recommended to you. Additionally, not all dumpsters are equipped to hold all types of materials. The waste found at a commercial site may not be okay in a dumpster intended for residential use.

What Size Dumpsters Do You Need?

It is important to mention whether you plan to use a dumpster for a residential project or a commercial one. But even more important than that is figuring out what size you need.

If you’ve never rented a dumpster before, this can be a very tough question to answer. Whether you’re ripping siding off a home, emptying your old garage, or cleaning up after an office remodel, judging the amount of waste you’ll need to throw away is a big challenge. 

Luckily, most dumpster rental companies are more than prepared to help you choose the right size unit.

Describe what exactly you’re renting a dumpster for. List any and all types of trash you’ll be tossing. For instance, if you’re doing a home remodel, you’ll want to list:

  • How many rooms you’re remodeling
  • The types of rooms you’re remodeling
  • The extent of your remodel project (i.e. are you ripping out floors and drywall, or just putting in new appliances?)

If you plan to take on multiple projects while you have a dumpster rented, mention all of them. You might be tempted to downplay the amount of garbage you’ll be tossing because it will mean a cheaper rental.

But a cheaper rental won’t be big enough to hold everything you need to toss. You’ll be left with a pile of garbage to get rid of, which will likely mean having to rent another unit.

How Long Will You Need the Dumpster?

Once you’ve figured out how large of a dumpster you need, it’s time to consider how long you’ll need it for.

We all want to hope that a project will go quickly and smoothly. But before you rent a dumpster for a day, ask yourself whether that is realistic.

Project delays can cause your work to stall. Maybe you start ripping into your demo project and find that there’s far more work to be done than you originally thought.

If you only planned to rent your dumpster for a day or two, that delay will be a problem.

It’s always better to overestimate how long you’ll need the unit when you’re doing any kind of renovation project.

If you’re simply cleaning out the attic or garage, or emptying old furniture out of an office, a shorter deadline might be okay. After all, you won’t want that dumpster sitting around for too long after you’ve finished your project.

What are You Tossing Out?

The last thing you should mention when you’re inquiring about how much it costs to rent a pod is the type of garbage you plan to toss.

Most renovation projects and home or office clean-ups have plenty of cardboard, drywall, paper, and wood. But if your clean up or project has more than that, it’s important to ask before you throw it in the bin.

Some materials cannot simply be tossed in a dumpster, even if it’s one for commercial use.

For instance, a few items that you cannot toss in any kind of trash receptacle include:

  • Materials that contain asbestos
  • Lead acids batteries
  • Tires
  • Propane tanks
  • Mattresses
  • Yard clippings
  • Refrigerators and beverage containers
  • Motor oil
  • Liquid waste, like septage or untreated sewage

If you have these or any other unacceptable waste, you’ll need to find the proper disposal method. For instance, tires can be taken to a collection site. You’ll need to pay a small fee to have them properly disposed of.

Getting the Right Dumpster for Your Project

Now that you know the questions you’ll need to be able to answer, it’s time to give us a call to figure out how much does it cost to rent a dumpster for your next project.

Contact us today for your free estimate, and get started on your home or office project right away!

Big, Bigger, Biggest: Your Complete Guide to Dumpster Sizes

Big, Bigger, Biggest: Your Complete Guide to Dumpster Sizes

Do you know how small or how big your dumpster rental should be? If you’re confused about dumpster sizes, this complete guide can help clarify things for you.

Residential or commercial projects equal a lot of trash. And trying to figure out what to do with that trash can be overwhelming. That’s why you need to rent a dumpster. A dumpster will make the process much faster and easier, but before you hand over your money, you have to make sure you understand the different dumpster sizes. We’ve put together this guide to help walk you through the process.

So let’s get started!

When to Rent a Dumpster

Sometimes the trash can isn’t enough. If you’re getting ready to undertake a large project, you might need to rent a dumpster instead. Trying to do the work without the dumpster can make the process much more stressful and much, much slower. But how do you know when you need a dumpster? We’ve put together a few examples.

You’re Planning a Renovation or Remodel

Part of the renovation or remodeling process is ripping out old floors, tearing down walls, or removing unneeded windows. You have to have a place to put all this debris. It’s always a good idea to have at least one dumpster on the scene of any remodel or renovation.

You Want to Declutter

Has your attic, garage, or shed turned into more of a storage unit? When you finally get around to clearing out all that junk, there’s a good chance it won’t all fit in your normal trash can.

If you don’t have a dumpster, you’ll have to keep the junk around for days or even weeks until you have more space in your bin. That means all your trash will have to go back into the garage or attic while you wait. A dumpster gets everything out of the house on the same day.

You’re Doing a Large Landscaping Project

Renting a dumpster might not be the first thing on your mind when you’re planning a landscaping project. But if you don’t get one, your whole project might come to a grinding halt.

For example, let’s say you have to remove a tree. You can’t toss an entire tree in your green waste container. Having a dumpster makes sure your landscaping goes according to plan the first try.

You’re Installing a New Roof

Again, before you can install a new roof, you have to find a way to get rid of the old one. If you don’t have a dumpster on hand, your roofing contractor might not even be able to start the installation process.

You’re Recovering from a Disaster

Sometimes disaster happens. If your house has been damaged by a flood or a fire, you may need a dumpster to help you through the recovery process. Why? You’ll have to remove soggy floors, furniture, and other belongings out of the house before the mold. It can also be unsafe to move into a home full of smoke-damaged items. A dumpster can get everything out of your house so you can work on repairing the damage.

Picking the Right Type of Dumpster

Before you rent a dumpster, you have to know what type of dumpster will work best for your project. And we aren’t just talking about size (although size does play a big part).

If you own a commercial building and plan to do some renovations, you’ll want to rent a commercial dumpster (or two). Commercial dumpsters are bigger and stronger than residential dumpsters.

However, if you’re simply decluttering your home, you may not need a large dumpster. In this case, you should look into residential dumpsters. There is some overlap when it comes to commercial and residential dumpsters. But knowing the difference can help you choose the dumpster that best fits your needs.

Understanding the Different Dumpster Sizes

There are a number of different dumpster sizes to choose from, but you want to make sure you get the right size. If you get something too small, you won’t be able to finish your project. If you get something too big, you’ll have spent money on space you aren’t using.

Here’s a quick guide to different dumpster sizes and how much they can hold.

Trash Cart

This isn’t actually a dumpster. But it is larger than a traditional trash can. A trash cart is 29 inches long, 34 inches wide, and 45 inches deep. This makes it a good choice if you need a bit of extra space in for trash. For example, a trash cart is helpful to have at residential parties, special events at the office, small job sites, etc.

Self-Dumping Hopper

Again, this isn’t actually a dumpster, but it is a step up from a trash cart. This self-dumping hopper has a capacity of up to 2 yards, and it’s a good fit for small residential projects.

10 Yard

This dumpster is 12 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 4 feet deep. Is one of the smallest dumpster out there, but it’s the perfect size for small or medium remodeling projects or cleanups, such as:

  • Garage decluttering
  • Deck removal
  • Bathroom (or other room) remodels
  • You can also use this dumpster for small commercial projects

15 Yard

A 15-yard dumpster is a good fit for medium to large residential products. For example, you should have one of these dumpsters if you have to:

  • Demolish a shed
  • Remove a driveway
  • Re-shingle a roof
  • Do a large cleanup project
  • This dumpster is 16 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 4.5 feet deep

20 Yard

This size dumpster is 16-22 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 4.5-6 feet deep at the largest. You can get a slightly smaller 20-yard dumpster if you need all that space. This dumpster is best for large residential projects.

30 Yard

You probably won’t need a 30-yard dumpster unless you’re doing a full home remodel or a commercial project. This dumpster is 22 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 6 feet deep.

40 Yard

A 40-yard dumpster is one of the biggest sizes out there. It’s 22 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 8 feet deep. You won’t need this for any residential projects, but it’s a good fit for medium to large commercial renovations and remodels.

A Beginner’s Guide to Dumpster Sizes

Dumpster sizes can make or break your project. If you don’t get the right size, your entire project could come crashing to a halt. This guide will help you find the best size for any project, both residential or commercial.

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