Dumpster Types

What Types of Dumpsters Can You Rent?

A dumpster is similar to a trash can, but bigger. It performs the function of storing trash from construction sites, the home, or a commercial setting. Dumpsters are a way to store a large amount of trash before it gets picked up by the dumpster rental service. Several dumpsters are available for use, and you can select anyone according to your preferences or the task at hand. All the same, these dumpsters all perform the same function, which is to store the trash till it gets picked up. Below are four different dumpsters that are designed for various tasks:

Four different types of dumpsters

  1. Roll-Off Dumpsters

Roll-off dumpsters are called roll-off because they’re designed with tires attached beneath so you can easily roll them from one place to the other. These dumpsters come in large capacities, and the largest size is up to 40 yards. There are two ways to store your trash in this kind of dumpster; you can either do it with a winch and sled or with a robotic arm that carries the bin to the truck’s bed.

Roll-off dumpsters are an excellent choice for construction projects, renovations, and landscaping work. The size of these dumpsters ensures that you can load as much trash as you need to before you send it out to be emptied. That means you don’t have more time to work on your projects and a lot of space to store the trash.

Sizes Available:

  • 10 Yards
  • 15 Yards
  • 20 Yards
  • 30 Yards
  • 40 Yards
  1. Small Dumpsters

There are different dumpsters, but small dumpsters usually range from 2-10 cubic yards. Small dumpsters are a kind of dumpster that is majorly referred to as “residential friendly” or “driveway-friendly” because they are designed to be small and are usually smaller than even the 10-yard roll-off container.  Below is an overview of the most popular small dumpsters.

  • 2-Yard Dumpsters – A standard dumpster size for small- to mid-sized businesses. A 2-yard dumpster can hold approximately 24 kitchen-sized trash bags.
  • 5-Yard Dumpsters – This dumpster can hold about 18 kitchen-sized trash bags. It is more needed in places with waste management needs, but there is limited space for a bigger dumpster.
  • 3/4-Yard Dumpsters – This size dumpster can hold approximately nine kitchen-sized trash bags. These small dumpsters are ideal for mobile placement.

Before choosing dumpsters, buyers should note the weight capacity of the dumpster. The dumpster may be able to contain the trash, but overloading weakens the materials over time.

  1. Construction Dumpsters

A construction dumpster is a common sight on construction job sites. These dumpsters are usually large and open-topped, and they can serve different purposes and are rented mainly by companies temporarily.

Construction dumpsters can also be called roll-off dumpsters because of the wheels attached to the bottom of the container. The sizes range from 10 and 40 cubic yards capacities. They are the best option for many clean-up projects like demolitions, roof tear-offs, yard waste, and remodeling.

Other construction dumpsters are specifically designed for a particular use. A dirt dumpster is used to store yard debris and soil compound removal, while some specific dumpsters are used to store concrete, brick, and asphalt.

  1. Yard Dumpsters

Yard dumpsters are designed for interior use because they are so small that they can pass through 3-foot-wide commercial entry doors and even standard elevators. Yard dumpsters come in different sizes, but they’re designed to be used for residential purposes and for collecting small quantities of inert materials.

What Factors Affect Dumpster Rental Prices?

  • Dumpster Size

Before you pay for a rental dumpster, you need to be sure of the size you need. The size of the dumpster affects the price you’ll pay. Dumpster sizes are measured in cubic yardage, and the most common sizes include 10 yards, 20 yards, 30 yards, and 40 yards. Before you select a dumpster, you must be sure of the amount of space your project will require. If you don’t make your calculations right, you end up paying for a dumpster too small for your project or vice versa.

  • Location

The location of your residence or company affects your price apart from landfill fees. If the road to your house is off the major road and it takes time to travel to your location, then it’s apparent that you won’t be charged the same amount as someone that lives not too far from the same rental company. 

You should also note that your area will determine if you can place the dumpster in your home or in a public right of way. To put a dumpster in a public right, you’ll need to get a permit. Usually, dumpster rental companies will go through the stress of applying for the permit for you, but you’ll be the one to pay all the fees required to get the permit.

  • Rental Company Type

The type of rental company you hire is a significant factor in determining the price of their service. If you employ National waste management companies, you tend to pay a higher fee than when you use locally-owned companies. Apart from that, two companies cannot charge the same price; while some companies have a more efficient means of operation, like quality dumpsters and highly qualified staff, other companies may not have these features.

Also, a company may run a promotion or discount that reduces its price range. Some companies give discounts to senior citizens or veteran military personnel. Hence, before you choose any dumpster rental company, you must have shopped around for the company with the best deal. This will ensure that you get the best price that fits your budget and also earns you excellent customer service too.

  • Rental Basis

The price of renting a dumpster will be affected based on why you’re renting it. You may decide to rent a dumpster for a period of a month or months, and the trash you’ll be storing in it also matters. The company considers all these factors before giving you a quotation for their fees.

  • Availability

It’s usually challenging to rent dumpsters in some particular seasons. For instance, during spring, the demand for dumpsters will increase because there’s a lot of cleaning. During times like this, the price of dumpsters may increase. Also, companies may have limited sizes of each dumpster, causing you to rent a size that may not be appropriate for your need.

  • Duration of Rental

The standard duration for renting a dumpster is one week. Although you can come to a consensus on extending the duration with the rental company, however, this depends on the company’s policies. If you only need a dumpster for a day, there’s no harm in asking if you can get a discount since you’ll be returning it that same day. Also, if you need to extend the duration of your rental, then you’ll have to pay some extra daily fees.

  • Type of Trash

Before getting a quotation from any dumpster rental company in your area, be sure that you’re as detailed and explicit as possible when describing the kind of trash you’ll be disposing of. Many companies have a discount policy for dumpsters that are ” clean loaded,” meaning that no hazardous materials will be stored in the dumpster. Only materials that can be easily recycled, like shingles or concrete. It is easier to recycle waste than to dump them at a landfill. The rental company will have to pay to dump waste at a landfill, but they’ll get paid to recycle materials. So when your materials are primarily recyclable, you won’t have to spend as much.

But you’ll be expected to pay more if your trash is unauthorized and harmful. Some rental dumpster services will not rent out their dumpster if your waste is most hazardous.

  • Weight of Trash

The weight of your trash can affect the price you have to pay rent a dumpster. Some copies have included weight limits in their base price. If you have additional weight, you’ll incur overage fees per extra ton that you add to your dumpster.

These overage fees can increase quickly, mainly when throwing away heavy materials like brick and concrete. Overage fees differ for each company, but it’s not so expensive.

Much like how you need to be sure of the size of the dumpster before you make your order, you also need to be sure of the weight of your trash or garbage. Instead of renting a small size dumpster, you’ll need a larger size dumpster. You should also ensure that you have additional space but not excess room in your dumpster so that it doesn’t disrupt what you need it for.

  • Permits

Before you rent a dumpster, you must ensure that you can keep your dumpster on your property. If not, you’ll need a permit to let you put in the public right of way. The permit will cost you a bit and increase the total price you need to pay to rent a dumpster.