Everything You Need to Know About Renting a Dumpster

Ever interested in a home dumpster rental, but you weren’t sure where to start? This article will guide you through every step of renting a waste management commercial dumpster and give you an excellent place to begin. RGH Waste & Disposal LLC is committed to helping you with any of your dumpster needs.

Before Renting Tips

Before renting a dumpster, here are some important tips to help ease the process. When selecting what company to rent a dumpster from, there are two main types- local and nationwide companies. Usually, local companies are a better choice in the long run. Local dumpster rental companies can be found through a quick web engine search. If you are interested in staying local and contributing to the local economy, renting from a local dumpster business would be the best choice. Local businesses provide a level of personalized care and attention that nationwide companies may not possess.

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How To Rent A Dumpster

Renting a dumpster is a relatively straightforward process. To begin your search, keep in mind that dumpsters are rented out based on their square yardage. For example, renting out a “10-yard dumpster” means the dumpster can hold up to 10 yards of material. Contact RGH Waste when you determine how big of a dumpster you will need for your project.

Picking The Right Size

Dumpsters are available in 10-, 20-, 30-, and 40-yard sizes. To give you an idea of the size, a 40-yard dumpster will hold up to 20 pickup truck loads of material, depending on what you are hauling to the dumpster. The 10-yard dumpster is the cheapest option, but you have to ensure that 10-yards is enough room for any materials you dispose of for your project. You need to take into consideration precisely what kind of material you are hauling. The most significant dumpster possible is your best bet if you have hefty materials or debris that cannot be broken down.

Another critical factor in terms of size is property size. You can’t rent out the largest dumpster if you have no room to place it on your property. Regardless of the dumpster size, ensure you have the right amount of space for the dumpster to sit on when it arrives at your home.

Dumpster Delivery

The company will send the dumpster to your address, and you can fill up the dumpster with the debris that you have. When you are finished using the dumpster, the company will return and transport the dumpster to a landfill or dump. The dump truck drives over a weight scale, deposits the debris, and then is weighed again upon exiting the dump. The difference between the entry and the exit equals the amount of debris that was dumped, which will determine how much you are charged.

Watch Out For Overage Fees

Make sure you know about the overage fees that your dumpster rental company most likely has. Suppose you are placing plenty of heavy materials in your dumpster. In that case, it may end up being more debris than anticipated, and the dumpster company will charge you extra for this overage. Always consult with the dumpster company so you can plan around weight limits and avoid overage costs.

Remember Your Property

One factor many people don’t consider is that dumpster rental may damage your property. Metal dumpster containers can leave scratches in your driveway, especially if it’s an older driveway. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to blast away the blemishes with a pressure washer. If you are worried about your driveway, discuss your concerns with the dumpster company in order to avoid damage. Some companies use wood shoring, which protects your driveway from dumpster scratches.

Now that you’ve read more about renting a dumpster, you can be more prepared to rent one when the time comes. If you’re still uncertain about the best size for you or have any other questions, reach out to RGH Waste & Disposal LLC. We can help guide you and make the dumpster rental process as smooth and easy as possible.


Lisa is the General Manager of RGH Waste and Disposal LLC. After many years of working in waste management, Lisa has ‘seen it all’ and then some! She knows the 'ins' and 'outs' of waste disposal and has a wealth of experience from years of working with first-time dumpster renters to seasoned commercial clients.