Waste Management and Dumpster Rental For Non-Dummies

Rental Dumpster being filled on Construction Site

Waste management, trash & junk removal, and recycling are prime reasons for renting a dumpster. Commercial construction projects of all sizes as well as home renovations and remodeling create waste and scrap requiring a dumpster rental to keep trash under control, simply because trash cans just do not offer proper capacity.

As a general guideline, there are two basic types of dumpsters available for those who want to rent a dumpster. One is called a front load dumpster and the other is known as a roll off dumpster.

A front load dumpster is collected, moved and emptied by using a front mounted apparatus on the waste removal truck. Some front load dumpsters are mounted on wheels. A roll off dumpster is delivered on the back of a flatbed truck and is then rolled off the truck onto the debris collection site. When the roll off dumpster is filled, it is rolled back on the truck and replaced with another if necessary. These dumpsters are generally stationary due to their large size.

Which Dumpster Rental is Best For You?

Dumpster Rentals for Home Improvement ProjectsSo which rental dumpster is best suited for your application? If you are seeking a long term rental arrangement, a front load dumpster is recommended. Most front load containers are scheduled for weekly service. The dumpster is unloaded into the truck on-site and as such is virtually identical to municipal trash pickup of cans. These dumpsters are the type typically employed at restaurants, apartments, and businesses.

Shorter term rentals and/or projects that generate large amounts of trash such as replacing your roof will most often benefit from the roll off dumpster. As a result building contractors, roofing repair companies, and construction companies often lease roll-off dumpsters. As a rule, roll off dumpsters for rent come in 10, 20, 30 and 40 cubic yard capacities.

10 yard dumpsters are good for smaller projects like cleaning out a residential garage, basement, or removing suburban yard waste or remodeling debris. 20 yard rental dumpsters will accommodate demolition from a 300-400 sq. foot deck, or 2500-3000 square feet of roofing material. 30 and 40 yard dumpsters are designed for allowing waste management for large jobs like demolition or major construction. These are the dumpsters you see situated on building construction sites or if an entire structure is being razed.

Go Green and Rent A Dumpster for Recycling!

Many waste products may be recycled using dumpsters. In some areas the recyclable items are required to be individually separated to qualify for recycling. Examples of items which can be recycled include brick and cinder blocks, asphalt,  cardboard and paper, concrete slabs and debris, scrap metal, and wood.  Dumpsters from rental companies recycling are perfect for large and/or sustained recycling initiatives. Check with your local dumpster provider to learn about stipulations regarding recycling and what parameters must be met to properly recycle materials for waste management.

Ask The Experts About Your Dumpster Rental Application and Local Waste Removal Regulations

Roll Off Dumpster Rental Delivered If you are a novice when it comes to estimating the proper sized dumpster you will need to rent, or even if you are a frequent dumpster renter, container rental businesses are always willing to offer their expertise and recommendation for your application. They realize the value of repeat rental business as well as word of mouth recommendation, and will help you get the right dumpster for your job.

It is wise to check with local municipalities as well as the dumpster rental company to learn if there are any restrictions on materials which can be placed in your rental dumpster. Dumpster rental providers will have information regarding the National laws and local regulations concerning the removal of waste.

The best surprise is no surprise and your dumpster rental provider is a good source of information when you need to rent a dumpster.

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About Bob Schrichte

Robert Bob Schrichte is a graduate of Ohio State University with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Communications. Bob’s background is in both sales and writing. He enjoys spoiling a good walk in the woods by bringing along his golf bag. Follow Bob Schrichte on Google+


Thanks for this advice. My wife and I are renovating our home and we have all kinds of scrap to get rid of. Your advice about what kind of dumpster to rent for long term and short term projects was very helpful. This renovation project is definitely long term, so I had better rent a front load dumpster, like you suggested.


Thanks for explaining the difference. I think a front-load dumpster would work best in my situation. It's just a home renovation, but it's going to take at least a few months. We're trying to do the entire main floor in one go while we have the dumpster, so a weekly service would be great. 


It's really good to know these tips on dumpster rentals. I've been working on some home improvements lately and I've been making more of a mess than I had anticipated. It sounds like dumpster rentals can be a good way of dealing with waste like this, especially since I'm not very sure about the local waste removal regulations.

James Lisbon
James Lisbon

Bob, I liked when you mentioned to ask different companies which disposal service is best for your circumstances.   The office building where I work has been doing some construction recently on the entryway.   I wonder if they have hauled off debris or if they have a place to put them.   It would be interesting to research more on the topic.   Thanks for the article!  


Yes, Mr. Clarkson, properly disposing of waste is something that we all need to be doing. I would also urge people to limit the amount of waste they create. I manage a framing team, and it is our goal to fill up the construction dumpster a little less at each job.