Dumpster rentals are a great, cost effective way to get rid of old items, particularly larger items that you can't just put in the trunk of a car or in your trash can. Many people don't realize that you can't just put that old mattress or chair out with your weekly trash. The trash company won't take it, unless they make a special trip, and some won't even do that. That's where dumpster rentals come in handy. But, are they expensive? Many people wonder how much is a dumpster rental.
First, it's easy to ask "how much is a dumpster rental", but the answer is not so simple. The prices can vary based on a number of reasons, which is why, at Trash Daddy Dumpsters, we do not post prices on our website. We prefer our customers to call us so we can give them the best price based on the area in which they live, but also based on what they are putting in the dumpster. Below are the main reasons why dumpster prices can vary.
The area of the country in which you live plays a very large part in the price of a dumpster, because all businesses and the prices they charge are influenced by the local economy. This means that a 20 yard dumpster in Arvada, Colorado might rent for $369 for two weeks, but that same dumpster rented in Chicago, Illinois might rent for $669 for the same period. Some of the reasons for that are fuel cost differences, differences in rates of pay for the drivers, different disposal rates at the landfills, and different costs of maintaining the trucks, among other reasons.
Most people know the big players in the waste industry - the huge national corporations that all provide residential trash service in addition to providing roll off dumpster rentals. However, in every city there are also smaller, independently owned roll off dumpster companies. Sometimes these companies can provide a slightly better price than their larger competitors.
Many companies today (like Trash Daddy Dumpsters!) have all-inclusive pricing, meaning you pay one price for one dumpster for a period of time, with no extra or added fees (provided you stay under the weight limit). However, not all companies offer this. Some of them, typically the very large national corporations, have lower "base" or initial rental rates, and then add the fees on top of it later, such as fuel surcharges, distance fees, or other miscellaneous fees. Of course it's better to stay away from companies with this type of pricing because you usually end up paying more than you thought you would.
Rental periods also can vary, depending on area of the country, and each company's individual policy. At Trash Daddy Dumpsters, our standard rental period is two weeks. Of course you can keep a dumpster for as long as you need it, but bottom line - the longer you keep it, the more you pay. Make sure when comparing prices you are comparing "apples to apples" in terms of rental periods. The lowest price may not necessarily be the best deal if the rental term is much shorter.
Prices for dumpsters can vary depending on the rental term, the area of the country, and the size of the dumpster, among other things. At Trash Daddy, our website gives a general price range. As with most companies, you will need to call for pricing and availability. Remember - a cheaper initial rental price does not always mean the total cost will be cheaper in the end when it comes to dumpster rentals. Look for companies with all-inclusive pricing, and ideally one that has experts you can talk to before you rent your dumpster.