Dumpster Rentals Take Away the Trash and Save You Money
Should you rent a dumpster or commercial trash container, and if so how will it save you money?
It's not uncommon to see dumpsters outside of institutions, apartment buildings, retailers, restaurants and construction sites. They are also known as containers or roll offs.
Individuals can also rent them for home projects including major debris clearance, cleaning out homes after a person's death, and renovations. In fact, many jurisdictions require a dumpster be on site for projects like replacement of roofing tiles. Check with the contractor and local authorities before beginning any major home improvements.
Dumpster rental companies are usually locally owned and operated. They will drop off the container at the renters home or business and pick it up. Many will sort and recycle the trash.
Rental rates are different depending on which area people are in. In general they are based on the size of the container and the number of days the dumpster is being used. Some plans allow the renter to only pay for the amount of trash disposed of.
Dumpster rental companies deliver the container. People should talk to the rental company ahead of time to be clear about where the roll off will be placed. If it is going on the street, special permits may be required.
Included in the fee is the cost of dumping the trash at the local garbage dump or landfill.
Here's why renting a dumpster saves money.
How Renting a Dumpster Saves Money
Saving money with a dumpster comes down to simple mathematics. Begin by estimating the volume of the trash to be thrown out.
If you are thinking of hauling it away yourself in a pickup truck, how many truckloads will be needed?
What will the cost be for gas for each return trip to the dump or landfill? How much will will the dumping fees be per truckload? How much of your time will you spend?
Here's an example:
You estimate ten truckloads of refuse and the dump is 50 miles away. That's 1,000 miles of driving alone. Add in the gas, wear and tear and the vehicle, the dumping costs per load and of course many hours of your valuable time and suddenly this do it yourself project doesn't seem like such a great idea from a financial point of view.
It's a good idea to sit down and crunch the numbers. The price of gas and dumping fees vary widely between jurisdictions and it's a good idea to map out the actual cost of the project.
Remember, the price includes delivery of the container, pick-up, transportation of the dumpster to the landfill and all tipping fees.
The actual cost will depend on the size of the container and the number of days you want to rent it for.
How to Get the Best Value on a Dumpster Rental
If you have hired a contractor for a renovation project make sure the cost of renting the dumpster is included in the fee.
Plan where you want the dumpster to go. A heavy dumpster may damage a lawn particularly if the soil is wet after a heavy rainfall. A driveway is usually a good option for dumpster placement. Make sure the area in front of the container is clear.
Most companies rent out dumpsters in 10, 20, 30 or 40 cubic yard sizes. Figure out what size you'll need. If you are unsure choose a larger model.
Ask your neighbors if they would like to share the cost of the dumpster. It's a good opportunity for everyone to tackle their favorite clean up project.
Shop around for the best deal. Many companies let you order on line and will deliver with just 24 hours notice.
It's pretty easy to rent a dumpster or trash container and save money. It's also great incentive to actually get those big projects done.