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What You Should Know About Renting a Roll-off Dumpster

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If you are undergoing a home renovation or remodel, you're going to have a lot of waste. So what are you supposed to do with all that garbage? You need a roll-off or construction dumpster to get rid of all the waste with ease. If you are thinking about renting a construction dumpster, check out these five important facts.

It's Helpful to Estimate How Much Waste You'll Have

Most dumpster rental companies offer 10, 15, 20, 30 and 40 yard dumpsters. As you may have guessed, the bigger the dumpster, the higher the price. However, that doesn't mean you should just rent the smallest dumpster to save money. It's best to estimate how much waste you think you'll have and try to choose a dumpster to hold all or most of it. That way, you don't have to worry about swapping out the dumpster as often, and you can just focus on your project. If you're unsure, talk to the dumpster company. They'll be able to guide you to the right size based on your project.

You Want to Ask the Company About their Pick up and Drop off Policies

Find out the company's policies regarding picking up and dropping off dumpsters. For example, you'll want to know how early you need to schedule a drop off or pick up: a few hours or a few days. Don't forget to also find out what days they pick up and drop off. Are you going to get charged extra if you finish your project on Friday night, but they aren't open until Monday to pick up your dumpster? If you have a lot of waste, you may need to have your dumpster picked up and replaced with an empty one. You should find out if that will cost you an additional fee.

Determine if You Have Electronic Waste

Most of the construction waste you have will be able to go right into the dumpster. However, electronic waste cannot. Electronic waste includes many different items, such as computers, cellphones, batteries, televisions, microwaves, etc. State laws prohibit you from dumping electronic waste into a landfill. As the electronics age, they can leak toxic elements. There are many places you can dispose of your electronic waste, and many even offer you money in exchange for your waste. Some dumpster rental companies may even give you money for your electronic waste.

If You Have Scrap Metal, Don't Toss It

Unlike electronic waste, scrap metal can be tossed into the construction dumpster, but that's like throwing away money. Scrap metal is in high demand, and you can get a lot of money, depending on the type of metal. If you take the money to a recycling center yourself, you'll need to sort the metal by the type of metal, which can be confusing if you aren't familiar with different types of scrap metal. Plus, if you're in the middle of a renovation, you probably don't have time. Luckily, many dumpster rental companies will also give you money in exchange for your unsorted scrap metal.  

You'll Probably Have to Park the Dumpster in Your Driveway

You're going to need to park the dumpster somewhere, and the road may not be a good option. If you live in a particularly narrow street, it could be too dangerous. It could even be against the law or rules (if you live in a neighborhood with a homeowner's association). You'll need to park it on your property, which usually means your driveway. While most construction dumpsters are driveway-safe, you'll still want to ask the company if there dumpsters cause damage to driveways. Even if they don't, it's a good idea to set down a piece of plywood to protect against scratches.

A roll-off dumpster is a great way to quickly and easily eliminate waste from a home renovation or remodel. For more information, contact a construction dumpster rental company in your area today.