Whether it’s a renovation project, new construction, home cleanout, furniture removal, or any other type of waste or debris removal project, a junk removal service or dumpster rental are the top two solutions for the job. But, when is it better to rent a dumpster vs. hiring a junk removal company, and vice versa? Let’s explore the difference between the two and determine which is best for your situation.
Disposal Option #1: Rent a Dumpster
When you’d prefer to clear out the junk/debris yourself, renting a dumpster is the way to go. It’s a simple process that involves calling the dumpster rental company, choosing a container size, having it dropped off at your property, filling it up, and having it hauled away.
Roll-off dumpsters come in several capacities, including the most common container sizes: 10, 20, 30 and 40 yard bins. When renting a dumpster, “yards” is referring to the “cubic yard” capacity of the dumpster.
For reference, a 10 yard dumpster is ideal for a garage or shed cleanout, while a 40 yard dumpster is the best solution for construction projects or complete re-roofing jobs. The dumpster rental company can help you choose the perfect container for the job.
Find out which dumpster size is right for you:
Many dumpster rental companies are focused on eco-friendly waste removal, so most of the debris you toss in the dumpster will head to recycling centers. This is particularly true for “clean loads” containing all of the same recyclable materials, such as concrete or asphalt shingles.
Dumpsters are heavy, particularly when filled up with junk and debris. There are two main things to consider when it comes to dumpster weight: protecting your driveway/property and avoiding exceeding the weight limit.
Guard Against Damage:
A roll-off dumpster can easily weigh several tons once filled with debris. For example, a single layer of shingles torn off a 1, 500-square-foot roof as part of a re-roofing project can easily weigh two tons (4, 000 lbs). This amount of weight can wreak havoc on a concrete driveway, yard, patio, or asphalt.
Many dumpster rental companies will place plywood or 2 x 4s beneath the dumpster when dropping it off to protect against damage.
Nearly every rental company enforces weight restrictions on the load. These restrictions are determined based on local regulations and landfill dumping fees. If your load exceeds the weight restriction set by the rental company, you may incur additional charges.