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Pick the right size dumpster and understand the rules for using it correctly.

Renting a dumpster for your renovation or remodeling project may seem like quite an ordeal. Finding the space for a dumpster, figuring out how large the dumpster will need to be to fit all of your waste in it, and deciding how long you’ll need the dumpster are all very important considerations. It’s also important that you realize which materials are able to be disposed of in the dumpster and which materials may need to be disposed of in a different way.

Sizing

Always err on the side of too big when renting a dumpster, assuming you have the space for it. You’ll generally end up with more waste than you anticipated. “It’s just the floors!” you might think, but who know what kind of scary subfloor might lay beneath that old linoleum or your parquet wood. Most waste management or dumpster rental companies will work with you to determine what size dumpster is appropriate for the work you’re doing. In some cases, if you’re demolishing a particularly heavy thing, you may need to rent a size up in order to accommodate for the extra weight.

Length of Time

Some rental companies have certain rental periods. In this case it is very important that you consider the rental time before having your dumpster delivered. If you have the dumpster delivered before you’re ready to work on your project, you may find yourself paying for more than one rental period.

What to Throw Away

Most general construction items, including drywall, wood, concrete, siding, and brick are allowed in dumpsters. Other items such as furniture, paper items, household waste, yard waste, and scrap metals are generally allowed. Check with your rental company to see if TV sets, appliances with freon removed, washers and dryers, and tires (if cut into pieces) are allowed in their dumpsters. Some companies will dispose of these while others will not.

Some things you should never dispose of in your rental dumpster include appliances containing freon (refrigerators, air conditioners), motor oil or other automobile fluids, car batteries, flammable substances, explosives, whole tires, paints and varnishes, and items containing asbestos. For information on disposing of these items you should contact your trash company or your city. Generally there is a drop-off for the removal of hazardous materials such as these.

No matter what your dumpster rental is for, be sure to follow these guidelines in order to reduce stress and protect the environment. Your project will go more smoothly if you’ve properly estimated the size of dumpster you’ll need, how long you’ll need it, and create an alternative way to dispose of hazardous materials.