When you have large volumes of residential and commercial waste to get rid of, dumpster rental offers a more economical solution than junk hauling firms that provide the labor. After all, you, your contractors or your staff could just as easily fill a dumpster. The next question that springs to mind after you’ve thought this through is “How can I find dumpster rental near me in Houston, TX?” That’s how you happened on this handy online guide to local roll off dumpster rental companies, so the first part of your quest is complete. What next? Just choosing an affordable dumpster rental company at random is easy, but will your get the best prices on your roll off containers?
As a wide-awake consumer or business person, you know that getting estimates is the first step. Here’s the information you need to provide to get them:
- What does your load of garbage consist of?
- How much garbage is there?
You also need to make your choice guided by general principles including:
- Locality: the less the travel distance, the cheaper your overall costs
- Reputation: reliable service matters, even when you’re just hiring a dumpster.
How much does it cost to rent a roll-off dumpster?
We can’t say what garbage containers for rent will cost without knowing a whole bunch of things, but we can tell you what factors affect pricing and why you’ll find a fair amount of variation in the estimates you’re going to get from local Houston, Texas companies. Obviously the first variable is dumpster size, but if you explained your waste removal needs properly, that shouldn’t vary from company to company. If you see any discrepancies here, do ask why a certain dumpster size was recommended to you. Further, costs are affected by:
- Fees charged by local landfills. Remember, dumpster rental cost is only part of the total cost of the job.
- Distances that have to be travelled, both to your site and from there to the appropriate waste disposal site.
- The length of time you keep your dumpster. By the way, this is a good opportunity to save if you can be ready for next day removal.
- The mass of your filled dumpster. This affects both waste disposal and transport costs.
Which dumpster size to rent?
Unless you already have a great deal of experience in renting dumpsters, you will need the recommendations of your local Houston dumpster rental company. They will probably offer you one or more of the following dumpster sizes:
- 10-yard dumpster: 12 ft L x 8 ft W x 4 ft H. This size is usually sufficient for household cleanups and junk removal that’s just a bit too much for your local garbage removal to handle.
- 20-yard dumpster: 22 ft L x 8 ft W x 4.5 ft H. If you have building rubble to dispose of, this is the smallest size to use for weighty loads.
- 30-yard dumpster: 22 ft L x 8 ft W x 6 ft H. A tall dumpster with lots of volume, you may need to get a machine to load up your debris.
- 40-yard dumpster: 22 ft L x 8 ft W x 8 ft H. This is as big as a bin gets, but it’s a great size if you’ve got a lot of weighty debris to get rid of.
Mini 6-yard dumpsters and larger 15-yard dumpsters are occasionally offered.
What materials can you place in your container?
Certain types of waste can’t be combined in a single dumpster load, that’s always the case when dealing with waste management tasks. That’s another reason for discussing your plans in detail with the rental firm. It isn’t just a matter of loading the dumpster as full as it can go either, you have to leave some space at the top of your load, either because of its weight, or just to ensure that the dumpster can be moved without spilling any of its contents.
- General trash: this can usually go in a single dumpster, but be kind to the environment and remove recyclable items. Of course, you can’t put any kind of hazardous waste in a dumpster, just as you wouldn’t do so when using your regular trash service.
- Garden rubbish: Tree branches, waste from pruning plants, dirt and clippings can all be recycled into compost, so you would have a dumpster that only gets this kind of trash loaded into it.
- Building or demolition rubble. Here, you have to be careful, and weight is the prime indicator of what goes into the dumpster. Bricks and concrete, for instance, may well have to go into a different dumpster than lighter materials like wood or dry walling.
- Furniture, appliances and unwanted household items. You can usually put these all in one dumpster, but a separate box should be kept for e-waste that is hazardous.
How you should prepare for the dumpster arrival
Before your dumpster arrives at your gate, you will need to have identified a place where it can stand, and where the truck can easily load and unload the dumpster. Usually, you would want the dumpster to stand on a firm, paved surface rather than on ground or grass which might sink under the weight of a fully-loaded dumpster. To prevent scrapes and scratches, you might want to take extra precautions. Some sheets of plywood will help.
However, smaller roll off dumpsters aren’t as heavy and might even be able to stand on firm ground depending on what the weight of the load is. Always ask if you aren’t sure what you need to do with your trash containers.
Many people will choose the easiest access and a firm surface by placing their dumpsters on municipal ground outside their sites, but do be aware of the need for permits in order to do this, and talk to your neighbors, assuring them that dumpsters will be taken away quickly to prevent complaints and disputes.
The final step in your preparations is to ensure that anyone helping you to load up your dumpster for trash pickup understands what materials can and cannot go into it and to what level it may be filled. For example, heavy loads need even more free room at the top than light ones. Now you’re ready for your debris removal project!