The Do’s and Don’ts of Dumpster Rentals

The Do's and Don'ts of Dumpster Rentals

Dumpster rentals are more complex than you may think. But that doesn’t mean it needs to be difficult or a burden on your project timeline and budget. A little planning and research up front will prevent surprises that could have been avoided. Follow these best practices below and your dumpster rental experience will be a breeze.


  • Know Your Size – Check out our sizing guide to determine how much waste you plan to need to haul and what size dumpster you need to fit it.
  • Know Your Timeline – Understand when and how long you need the dumpster and how quickly you will fill it up.
  • Get a Permit – Dumpsters located on city-owned property always need a permit. Other restrictions may apply.
  • Know the Potential Fees You Face – Overtime, overfill, overweight charges can occur unpredictably and vary per hauler. Make sure you know them upfront.
  • Order by category of waste – If you have heavy debris or a LEED-certified construction site, you will want haulers to treat your order differently than a standard rental.
  • Understand limitations of the hauler – Inclines, soft ground, public walkways, trees… there are a number of variables that can impact how and where a dumpster is dropped off.


  • Select Based on Square Footage Alone – Heavy construction debris can quickly exceed the weight capacity of a dumpster before it is even half full.
  • Fall Back on a Swap Out – Swap outs are not guaranteed to come immediately and can cost as much as the initial dumpster rental.
  • Assume the Dumpster Can Fit – Make sure your desired drop off point allows for truck access and room to drop off and pick-up.
  • Overfill the dumpster – An overfilled dumpster is a hazard to the hauler as well as the public because materials can fall out of the dumpster in transit.
  • Add waste items that don’t belong – You can’t put just any item in a dumpster. Some limits are obvious like hazardous waste, others are not, like mattresses and food.
  • Assume haulers are inflexible – Haulers set standards so that they can control the logistics of their business. If you need a dumpster fast, or have other unique demands, always ask the hauler first!

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Now that you know the Do’s and Don’ts of dumpster rentals, book today!


2 thoughts on “The Do’s and Don’ts of Dumpster Rentals

  1. I want to make sure that I get the right dumpster rental. It makes sense that I would want to ensure that I get one that’s the right size! That way I don’t have to worry about it being too big or too small for my project.

  2. Really nice and useful tips!! Thank you for sharing!!

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