Dumpster Rental FAQ

If you are thinking about renting a dumpster, you most likely have a lot of questions.  Below you will find the answers to the most common dumpster rental questions we hear all the time. 

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Most Common Roll Off Dumpster Rental Questions

General Dumpster Rental Questions

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Can you rent a dumpster for yard waste?
Yes! Removing yard waste and and landscaping debris is a common use for roll off dumpsters.
How do you schedule a dumpster rental?
With Trash Daddy, it's a 3-step process.  Step 1: you find your service area or city for details on sizes and rental periods available there.  Step 2:  call us or use our live chat for the current price and availability. Step 3:  we get some basic information like address and placement instructions.  And that's it!  Your dumpster delivery can be scheduled in about 5 minutes!
What is the rental period for a dumpster?
It depends on your area. In most areas, our rental periods are 14 days. But in some places it's 7 days. Check your service area for details. You can always keep the dumpster longer if you need it, but there is an extra charge.
What is the difference between a commercial dumpster and a roll off dumpster?
A commercial dumpster is a much smaller, square shaped dumpster. These are serviced weekly by a typical trash company. A roll off dumpster is a larger bin serviced by a specific type of truck. Roll offs are used for a larger volume of junk and trash and for items you cannot put out for your normal trash service.
Are there any specific disposal regulations or permits needed for dumpster rentals?
Not usually, but it can depend on the city or area. If your area requires a permit we will let you know, and we will let you know what needs to happen to get the dumpster delivered.
What is a dumpster rental?
A dumpster rental is a large trash container that anyone can rent to dispose of large junk or items you cannot just set out with your normal trash.
Can you rent a dumpster for residential use?
Yes! We specialize in helping customers with residential dumpster rental service. One of the reasons we started this company was to make dumpster rental easy and affordable for anyone, especially for residential homeowners.
Does the dumpster have a door on it?
Yes! All dumpsters that we rent have a door that swings open on one end. All you do is lift a locking handle, and the door will swing outward. 
What items can you put in a dumpster?
Almost anything! Examples are furniture, appliances, mattresses (in most areas), remodeling debris like wood or drywall, fixtures, flooring, carpeting, metal, concrete, dirt and much more.

Dumpster Delivery And Use Questions

How much space do you need to place a dumpster at your location?
The truck needs enough space to maneuver. It needs clearance of at least 60 feet in length, 60 feet in height and 12 feet in width.
How far in advance should I book a dumpster rental?
Usually just one business day is enough. However, this depends on the area and the time of year. Also, in some areas we can provide same day service. Check with us for same day availability.
Does someone have to be present when the dumpster is delivered?
No, as long as nothing is blocking the area for the driver to place or pick up the dumpster.
What are the delivery and pickup timeframes for a rented dumpster?
Deliveries and pickups can occur anytime from 7am to 7pm. We cannot guarantee a time because the routes are created in the morning the day of the haul.
What if i need to change or cancel my dumpster rental order?
That's fine. Same day cancellations are a fee of $100. If you cancel 24 hours ahead of your delivery date, it's a $40 cancel fee. If you provide us more than 48 hours notice for cancellation we don't charge a fee.
How long can you keep a dumpster?
You can keep a dumpster up to 30 days in almost every area.  But, outside the rental period there is an extra charge of $15-20 per day.
What are the weight limits for dumpsters?
There is a distinction between weight limit and weight capacity. As for capacity, all dumpsters are capable of carrying well over 15 tons of weight. However, most local regulations prohibit hauling dumpsters that heavy. Most dumpster companies that use flat rate pricing (like Trash Daddy) will have a weight limit associated with each size. The weight limit refers to how much weight is included in the flat rate price, not how much weight the dumpster can hold.  See our sizes page for common weight limits for each size.
Can I place a dumpster on the street?
Yes, most of the time.  Some cities will allow it if you have a permit, and other cities don't allow it at all. We will let you know when you order if that is an issue.

Dumpster Sizes Questions

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What sizes of dumpsters are available for rental?
This depends on the service area or city.  Not every size is available in every area.  Check our service area page for details of what's available there.  The sizes we rent are 10 yard, 12 yard, 15 yard, 20 yard, 30 yard and 40 yard. 
What is the most common size dumpster rental?
The 20 yard is the most common dumpster rental size.  If you'd like more details, take a look at the article "what is the most common size dumpster rental".
What is the ideal dumpster size for a residential cleanout?
The 20 yard and 30 yard are the most popular sizes for residential cleanup jobs. The 20 yard is popular because it's not as tall, but the 30 yard has a larger capacity. At about 22 feet long, both will normally fit in most residential driveways.

Dumpster Prices Questions

What are some tips to choose the right dumpster rental company near you?
Check out their website. Look for companies with pictures of their team and details about their experience in the industry. Also check their reviews.
How much does it cost to rent a dumpster?
It depends on your area. Prices vary by area, and they can change with the local economy. That said, the prices with Trash Daddy range from about $395 to $949, depend on the size and the area of the country in which you live. Give us a call or use our live chat to get specific prices.
What happens if I exceed the allowed weight limit for the rented dumpster?
It's fine but there will be an extra charge. The dumpster can still be hauled, unless it's over-loaded and/or over 15 tons. When it is dumped all the dumpsters are weighed, and if it's over the weight limit there will be a charge of up to $125 per ton (pro-rated) over the weight limit of that size. See your service area for details. NOTE: overweight charges are NOT common. 
What happens if I need the dumpster for longer than the rental period?
You can keep the dumpster longer than your rental period if you still need it, but there is an extra charge of $15 to $20 per day. You can keep dumpsters in most areas up to 30 days.

Prohibited Materials Questions

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Are there any items that cannot be put in a dumpster?
We have a dedicated page for prohibited items that can't go in a dumpster. See that page for more details. This list is determined by what can go in landfills, which are strictly regulated. Please make sure you never put any of the items below in any dumpster:

Electronics (TVs, computers, etc.), refrigerators, AC units, hot water heaters, fluorescent bulbs, car batteries and lithium batteries, tires, air conditioners, latex paint cans and chemicals, household cleaners, propane tanks, explosive materials, adhesives, medical waste, oil & gasoline, contaminated soil, asbestos, or any other hazardous chemicals.
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