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How to Prepare for a Dumpster Delivery

How to Prepare for a Dumpster Delivery

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Did you know that more than 30% of the material that is delivered to a construction site ends up in a dumpster[1]? This stunning figure represents not only the amount of debris going into dumpsters, but a significant portion of the trash volume heading to our landfills.

Dumpsters are crucial for the success of the construction, demolition, and home renovation industries.

Construction business in the U.S. tops $1.8 trillion worth of structure building[2]. The demolition industry comes in at $9 billion in annual market activity.

There is no easier way to handle all that trash than by renting a roll off dumpster. But there is more to renting a dumpster than just calling to order.

How to Prepare a for a Dumpster Delivery

When ordering a dumpster for your home renovation project or large commercial project, there are some steps you should take before delivery day to maximize both safety and convenience.

Each drop off location is unique. There are some specific differences between home delivery and delivery to a large construction site.

These steps will help ensure your site is in tip-top shape for a smooth and successful delivery of your roll off dumpster.

Residential Dumpster Delivery

At a residential site, a rental dumpster is typically delivered onto your driveway or the street in front of your home.

Unlike a large construction site, you won’t have a large parking area or empty lot to place the dumpster. This means that you’ll have to take a few extra steps to ensure that your site is ready on delivery day.

An infographic on how to prepare a residential site for a dumpster delivery
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1. Select the Best Dumpster Size

Not sure what size dumpster you need? Don’t worry! A dumpster rental provider will discuss the size of your job and the type of waste you’ll have for disposal.

When you call they will help guide you to the correct dumpster size. It is suggested to get one size larger than what you think is needed.

This will prevent the need for multiple dumpsters which can end up costing you additional money

2. Choose the Best Dumpster Placement Location

Dumpster rentals fit on most residential driveways, even those are that somewhat short. Larger dumpsters, especially those with a swinging access door at the back will need more room for placement and access.

Pick a dumpster placement location with ground that is as flat as possible.

3. Ensure Easy Access

You not only need a long enough driveway. You also need to make sure the dumpster can be off-loaded from the hauling truck.

In general, you need at least 15 feet of vertical clearance. This allows the truck to tip the dumpster up and then onto your driveway.

The truck also must back up to the drop-off point. The driver will need at least 60 linear feet for the truck to position and back up.

4. Use the Street as an Alternative Delivery Spot

If your driveway is too small, or you don’t have a driveway at all, the next best spot is the street in front of your home.

Make sure that there are no access or parking restrictions on the street in front of your house. The street should be a relatively flat surface and not on a steep hill.

On delivery day, move any vehicles to give a clear space and access for your street delivery.

5. Obtain a Permit if Required

You may need a permit for a dumpster at your residential site. This is common for street placement of a dumpster. However, there may be rules regarding dumpsters in your driveway as well.

Apply for a permit through the building or engineering division at your local city or county office. Some locales require a dumpster permit even if the container is delivered completely onto your private property.

A dumpster permit for street placement is classified as a right-of-way permit. In either case, you can expect to pay a permitting fee.

Be sure to request your permit well before your delivery date so there are no unexpected delivery delays.

6. Get Ready for Delivery Day

Clear the delivery area of all vehicles, lawn furniture, equipment, trash cans, and debris. Ensure there is enough clearance on all sides for the dumpster container.

If you are opting for driveway delivery, you can protect the surface of your driveway with plywood, tarps, or other protective material.

7. Communicate Any Changes

If a driver arrives at your site to find obstacles, inadequate access, or lack of a permit, your delivery will have to be rescheduled for a different day.

You can avoid any unnecessary rescheduling by keeping in good communication with your service team before your delivery date.

Commercial Sites

Dumpster delivery to a large construction, rehab, or demolition site is a bit more involved than a residential delivery. Review these tips to cover your bases for a large dumpster delivery.

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1. Determine the Best Dumpster Size

A dumpster rental company will offer large dumpster containers up to 40 cubic yards, able to handle your biggest waste.

When you call, they will review your job specs and arrange for delivery of the appropriate size dumpster to your construction job site.

A dumpster company will also review the size of the dumpster to ensure your site can accommodate these monster containers.

2. Get the Right Type of Dumpster

Dumpster services offer large dumpsters for standard construction and demo waste, along with a selection of inert dumpsters.

Inert dumpsters are perfect for disposal of heavy non-organic waste, such as concrete, landscaping rock, asphalt shingles, and stucco demo waste.

3. Choose the Location for Your Dumpster Delivery

Larger commercial sites benefit from having more room to place a rental roll off container. This can be a side yard, parking lot, or loading dock.

When you call to order your dumpster, let your dumpster team know where you’d like your dumpster placed. They will then give detailed delivery instructions to their driver.

Upon arrival, plan for someone onsite to guide the driver to the proper location.

4. Check Permitting Requirements

When renting a dumpster, you may not need a permit if the dumpster is placed completely in the worksite area. This is also true if it is already included as part of the wider permitting process for large commercial projects.

If the dumpster must be placed on a city street, contact the appropriate city or county division first. For commercial construction or demo work, there may be extra safety requirements.

These may include safety signage, cones, fencing, or barricades.

5. Get Your Site Ready for Delivery

On delivery day, clear out the delivery spot by moving any vehicles or construction machinery out of the way.

There shouldn’t be any trash or construction debris in the delivery area. Consider marking the location with cones or fencing to keep it clear until the hauling truck arrives.

6. Plan for Long-Term Jobs

Dumpster rental companies offer affordable solutions for big jobs that need a roll off rental for more than two weeks.

You can opt for a larger dumpster to accommodate more waste or get an extended rental period so you can keep your dumpster on site longer. There are also usually swap-out services.

This involves picking up your full dumpster and bringing a new empty one each time you need it. In this case, you would need to provide room and access for the extra dumpster that is delivered at the time of pickup.

Why Should I Prep My Job Site for a Dumpster?

It is essential to prepare your home or job site for your delivery. Taking the time to get ready for your dumpster delivery will give you these important benefits:


Ensure the safety of you, your employees, and operators by removing potential hazards before delivery. You can avoid injuries and damage  with proper site preparation.


Your dumpster delivery will be smooth and quick when you get your site ready ahead of time. A roll off truck can safely deliver your dumpster when your site is clear with sufficient access to it.

This lets you get to work cleaning up all your trash and debris without any delays or need for rescheduling.


Missing a permit requirement will cost you time and money. If you fail to get the proper permits in place, the dumpster delivery cannot be completed.

Avoid any unnecessary delays by staying on top of paperwork and permit fees.

Call Today for Expert Dumpster Advice and Quick Delivery

It’s Discount Dumpster's goal to make your dumpster delivery as fast and easy as possible.

When you call to order your dumpster, we partner with you to get you set up for delivery. We’ll give you site preparation tips and reminders about clearing the delivery site and how to protect your driveway.

If you need a permit, we’ll review the steps to apply for one and help you along the way. Our team of service professionals has years of experience in all types of jobs and delivery situations.

Give us a call today to find out how we can help you clean up!

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About Monica Mayhak

I am an expert content writer with a depth of experience in the waste management and dumpster industry, with over 25 years of experience writing about construction, home improvement, property management, and education topics. As lead research writer for Discount Dumpster, I have expanded my knowledge and understanding of waste management, construction, and environmental issues over the past several years.

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