San Diego homes and business all face the time when they need a company offering residential and commercial clients affordable dumpster rental. After all, we all need a massive spring clean every now and then, and when we get work done, we always seem to generate waste. Building rubble, defunct appliances and other waste can be a huge problem to get rid of, or you can do junk removal the easy way – with the help of a roll-off dumpster rental company in San Diego, CA.
Clearly, junk-hauling, complete with a team to load up your junk is a tempting option, but I’ve always found that a roll off dumpster rental near me and my own labor (including hired help), works out a whole lot cheaper. So, assuming you’re going to choose this option, what do you need to do in order to initiate and complete your waste-management project?
- First up, it’s essential to tell your dumpster rental company what type of debris removal is going to take place. They’ll be able to give you a more accurate estimate that way, and you’ll get good advice at the same time.
- The further your trash pickup service travels, the more it costs you, so whatever you do, avoid out of town or out of state companies. Local is best!
- Now that you’ve broadly itemized your junk by material type and found the contact details for San Diego, California waste container rental, your next step is to get at least three estimates.
- You will for a fairly accurate impression of the service you can expect by the way company representatives deal with you, but do check if others have a positive opinion of their service.
How much does it cost to rent a roll-off dumpster?
Admittedly, this is a rather tricky to answer accurately without knowing all the details that determine dumpster rental cost, but we can tell you what influences the cost of your mega-trash bin rental:
- What size roll off container do you need, and how many dumpsters will it take to get the task complete? More on this later.
- What type of refuse are you disposing of? Again, we’ll go into this in greater depth shortly.
- What do local landfills charge for waste disposal, and how are their fees determined? Many landfills go on weight rather than volume when determining charges.
- How far will the rental company have to drive to deliver your dumpster, and how far will they need to travel in order to empty your trash containers?
- How long do you plan to keep your dumpster? Try to plan so that it stays with you for a short time only. If it can arrive in the morning and be taken away next day, you’ll definitely pay less.
Which dumpster size to rent?
Here’s a valuable tip for you: the cheapest dumpster will actually end up costing you more if you have to do several loads to clear your junk away. Instead of choosing a size at random, get a consultant to recommend one or more options. Here are the most common dumpster sizes:
- 10-yard dumpster: 12 ft L x 8 ft W x 4 ft H. This is a handy little dumpster for household junk or smaller commercial needs. The bin is not deep, so it is easy to fill by hand.
- 20-yard dumpster: 22 ft L x 8 ft W x 4.5 ft H. Another dumpster for those who prefer to load up by hand, this would be the minimum size for most construction waste projects.
- 30-yard dumpster: 22 ft L x 8 ft W x 6 ft H. You’re probably looking at mechanical loading unless you have a loading bay ramp to park it next to. This dumpster also handles the heavier types of waste well.
- 40-yard dumpster: 22 ft L x 8 ft W x 8 ft H. Big and roomy, this is the largest dumpster size commonly available. Look at its 8ft height. Clearly, you’re looking at a mechanical scoop for loading.
- There are certain companies that have intermediate 6-yard dumpsters and 15-yard garbage containers for rent.
What materials can you place in your container?
Not only does this factor impact the size of your dumpster, but how you will prepare for its arrival. After all, you can’t just mix up rubble and trash any old how. Before we begin with what you CAN put into your dumpster, it’s good to inform yourself what CAN’T go in a dumpster. Generally speaking, that’s mainly waste that is designated as hazardous. Your rental company should provide you with a list.
Household waste and trash: These are the things you’d usually have in your regular trash disposal, but for whatever reason, you need bulk removal of a whole lot of it – more than your usual trash service can manage. Remember to take out recyclables.
Typical garden waste: Back in the day, we had compost heaps for this, but with small, modern yards, most of us need to get rid of prunings and clippings. You can even add small amounts of dirt, but beware of the weight factor. Don’t load anything that can’t be turned into compost.
Building refuse, rubble, etc: No construction or renovation task is without its waste. You may have old guttering, bits of pipe, brick and mortar rubble, old flooring materials, discarded roofing materials, dry wall and more to get rid of. The heavy materials present the biggest problem for removal, and should be kept all together. Find out to what extent other materials have to be sorted.
Worn out household goods and furniture: No matter how frugal you are, hanging on to that old refrigerator, the wonky couch or the moldy mattress is pointless. It’s just using up space that you could put to better use. Electronics are the trickiest to dispose of, so be sure to ask if anything you need to dump would be classed as “hazardous”.
How you should prepare for dumpster arrival
Bearing in mind that you’re renting a dumpster to save time, money and stress, it makes sense to be ready for its arrival ahead of time. A few thoughts to bear in mind include:
- Do you have to spend time sorting your refuse before arrival? Get the timing right to save on rental days.
- Will the truck be able to get to the place you’d like the dumpster to stand?
- Is the surface you’re planning to place it on firm enough? Remember, your dumpster is going to be extremely heavy when full.
- Will the dumpster rental company take steps to protect paving or concrete slabs, or do you have to do anything yourself?
- Do you need a permit? If your dumpster is to stand outside your property, you probably will.
- Will the sight of your dumpster upset or affect any neighbors? Communication can save you complaints and disputes if that’s the case.
- Check through all the information supplied by your roll-off dumpster rental company, and ensure that those helping you to fill the dumpster know all the necessary details.