Suppose you’re looking for a commercial dumpster or a cheap dumpster rental in Orlando, FL. A 10-yard roll-off dumpster is likely your best bet. They are one of the smallest sizes available from rental services and typically measure 12 ft. x 8 ft. x 3.5 ft. Their size makes them easy to place in driveways, construction sites, parking lots, or even on the street if necessary. Some companies may have different measurements so clarify before signing a rental agreement. It’s also important to measure the area you plan to have it placed to ensure it will fit with no obstructions.
Like most dumpsters, the 10-yard roll-off has a door at one end that swings open for heavy or bulky items or if you want to roll in loads with a wheelbarrow or other device.
The 10-yard is ideal for small projects, like cleaning out a small basement, disposing 1500 square feet of roof shingles or heavier debris like concrete.
If you think a 10-yarder sounds ideal for your needs, your next question is likely, “How much will it cost me?” The national average rental cost ranges from $250 to 450 dollars, but this could be more or less based on a few factors.
Each dumpster size has a weight limit. The weight limit for each dumpster size varies from company to company. The average for a 10-yarder ranges between 2-3 tons or 4,000 – 6,000 pounds. Check with your rental company to get the exact limit. Overage charges can be costly, typically $50 to $100 or more per ton, which can add up quickly. Keep in mind the rental company pays the dump fees at the landfill. The cost is passed on to the customer when the limit is exceeded.
Once the rental company picks up the dumpster, they take it to the nearest landfill, drive it onto a scale, and the dumpster, the truck, and the driver are weighed. The driver then dumps the contents and drives onto another scale to weigh again without the debris. The difference between the two weights is calculated as the amount you get charged for your dumpster.
Of course, this will be an estimate, but there are ways to get a reasonably accurate one. Here’s a chart with average weights for common debris, and it’s based on a cubic yard, which is 3 ft. x 3 ft. x 3 ft.
If you are still unsure of the weight of your debris, consult the rental company, give them the details of what you’ll be dumping, and they can provide guidance on what will work best for your needs and keep you within budget.
The rental duration is usually seven to ten days (confirm this with the rental service you choose), which may seem like plenty of time. Still, it’s possible to underestimate the time a project will take, or something unexpected could come up to derail your plans. Therefore, you want to know beforehand how much you will be charged for any days over your rental agreement.
It’s good to know that some materials may be prohibited by the rental company or may incur an additional charge at the landfill. Things like batteries, paint cans, electronics, and rubber tires may be banned or have additional costs to dump. Before signing, discuss this with the rental company beforehand, and always read the fine print in your contract agreement.
The rental cost will vary between contractors; if cost is your priority, you’ll want to choose the cheapest one. However, cheap doesn’t always equate to quality. Nor does the initial price quote equate to the final cost, keeping in mind any overage charges, surcharges, or penalties for the varying circumstances mentioned previously.
Doing your due diligence is critical. Considering all the factors that can lead to additional costs, be transparent with the rental companies you contact for quotes and ask as many questions as necessary to feel confident in your decision. Have a list of questions ready when making your calls.
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.