What you need to know before you rent a dumpster

How to pick the best dumpster rental company for you.

Although it may seem like a relatively easy thing to do, renting a dumpster is definitely something you will want to take some time with. This article will assist you in knowing how the process works and what you should be looking for.

 

The fact is that there are a lot of different companies out there, some are better than others. But how can you really distinguish between the good guys and the not so good guys? Well, the first thing you want to do is to be sure that you are working with someone who has been around a while. There are many pop-up waste companies out there who will appear for a year or two and then disappear, so that is probably where you want to start. You can simply ask the customer service representative “How long have you guys been in the dumpster rental business?”, If you receive anything other than a clear-cut answer, then that should probably be the first red flag for you. Another option is to simply do a quick web search on the company to do a little bit of your own research, it should not be too difficult to find out how long the company has been around for. More than likely, if the business has been around for a while, the rest of the essential information, such as if they are insured or not should be in order.

Local Hauler Vs. The Big Guys

Although it may be easier to find a “bigger” company like a Waste Management, I highly recommend you find a local waste hauler. It will save you money instantly because normally the local guys simply do not have the overhead that the giant companies have. When you rent a dumpster from a local waste hauler you can be sure that your money will stay in your city, which can go much further than you might first realize. Beyond that, a local hauler can truly give you an enjoyable personal experience that you cannot receive from a big-name waste company. When you deal with a local hauler, you will be dealing with someone who is in the community, and someone who has stock in making sure this goes the right way. Nobody wants their business to have a bad reputation, especially a local waste hauler.

What do I need to know?

Knowing the process is never a bad thing. The dumpster rental business is a pretty simple business. Here is how the business works:

There are multiple sizes of dumpsters, but they all have one thing in common: their size is based on their cubic yardage.  What does that mean? It means the amount of debris that the container can hold based off of cubic yards (3ft x 3ft x 3ft). So, a 10 yard container can hold up to 10 cubic yards of debris, a 20 yard can hold up to 20 yards of debris and so on. Now, the next thing to understand is that just about all dumpster companies pay what is called a tipping charge. The tipping charge is what the landfills charge the dumpster company to dump the waste at the landfill. In most cases, the dumpster company is charged based off of the weight of the material that is dumped. In this case, the dumpster company would drive over scales, drive into the landfill and dump the material, then drive back across the scales and then they will receive their ticket stating how much weight they have dumped into the landfill.

Now, you may be asking “why is this important?

It is important because landfill fees are a big cost to dumpster companies, and therefore there are always limits to how much weight you can put into the dumpster without being charged anything additional. You must be careful with this! There are many dumpster rental companies out there whom put extremely low limits on their dumpsters or even do not include tonnage at all. Which means the great deal you got for $250 could turn into a $600 deal very quickly if you are not careful! I will give you a for instance:

Say you rent a 10 yard dumpster for $275 with a 1,000 lb limit. This may sound like an OK deal, and it could very well be if you are only put things like mattresses in there. But, in most cases this is not enough of a weight limit to ensure that you will not pay overage. Now let’s say the total weight comes out to 2 tons. At a very average rate of $50 dollars per ton, you will wind up paying $75.00 in overage bringing you total to $350 before you even know what happened. None of us like after-the-fact charges and “gotcha” fees. It’s simply not fair.

So what is the solution?

Choose a local hauler who you can work with to find what is the perfect size dumpster with the right limitations for you. In many cases, upgrading to a slightly bigger container will allow you more space and more weight limits, which is well worth the $25-$50 dollars up front rather than paying hundreds in overage.  Chose a local dumpster rental company who doesn’t mind going over everything with you, and I can say that it will be time well spent.

Should you be worried about damaging your driveway?

Yes and no. I worked for another dumpster rental company for over 3 years prior to my employment with JunkGone.com, and in that entire time I did have a good deal of cases where driveways were damaged. In 95% of those cases, the driveway was scratched due to the metal wheels on the rear of the container making contact with the concrete. This is particularly the case with older driveways, where the metal wheels contact the old concrete and take off a small layer of the concrete. In most cases, the solution was to pressure wash the driveway, taking off an equally small layer off the entire driveway.

However, I was so excited to be employed with JunkGone.com because of how the delivery process works. JunkGone.com, having encountered this situation a number of times, created a simple solution to this problem. On every dumpster rental in Atlanta GA, JunkGone.com lays down protective sheets of wood onto the concrete or asphalt driveway, eliminating the metal wheels contact with the driveway (check out this video). Does this sound pretty simple? It is, but the reality is that this process takes extra time and care that other dumpster rental companies do not want to take. JunkGone.com pays close attention to detail, so much so that they will sweep up around and underneath the container, removing anything that may have fell out or rolled under the dumpster. Again, sounds like a small thing to do, but no dumpster rental companies in Atlanta do this because it takes time. When we sweep up from under the dumpster, we remove things like nails that roll under the container which can puncture your tire and give you a big headache. Not to mention it is a good idea if you have children who may play around on your driveway.

The bottom line is that you are looking for a local waste hauler who will take the time and ensure everything goes smoothly. I can assure you that if you choose JunkGone.com., you will have an exceptional experience and be an extremely satisfied customer.

Written by Todd J. ( Todd@JunkGone.com ) | JunkGone.com, Inc. 2015 ©

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