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Frequently Asked Questions About Dumpsters

Renting a dumpster doesn’t have to be a confusing process. Below you will find common dumpster rental questions and their answers. As always, if there is a question you have that is not answered below, please call one our amazing staff members and they can help you.
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What Happens if My Dumpster is Overfilled or Overweight?

Pickup will likely be rejected until the contents are brought down to the dumpsters fill line. In this case, you may be charged a dry-run fee due to the pickup rejection.

Can I Extend My Rental Period on Short Notice?

Yes, you are always able to extend your rental period. We prefer advanced notice, yet we understand that things happen in life that can change plans suddenly. Just keep in mind you will be charged a small additional fee per extra day that you hold your dumpster.

What is Included in the Flat-Rate Dumpster Cost?

Our flat-rate price includes: delivery, pickup, local taxes, and relevant fees. All necessary services are covered under your flat-rate.

Do I Need to be Present for Dumpster Drop-off/Pickup?

No, you are not obligated to be present for delivery or pickup. As long as your drop-off location is easily accessible by our hauler, you should be fine. However, if your location is obstructed or locked behind a gate, we may advise you to be present in order to give our hauler access.

Can I Schedule Dumpster Delivery/Pickup for Specific Times?

Our delivery windows operate primarily from 6 AM - 6 PM, Monday - Friday. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee specific delivery or pickup times, yet we can certainly do everything possible to fast track the process.

Are thеrе аnу Prohibited Items in a Dumpster Rental?

Every соmраnу hаѕ their оwn ѕеt of mаtеrіаlѕ thаt if рut in the dumpster wіll rеѕult in аddіtіоnаl fееѕ. It is еѕѕеntіаl tо compare thе соmраnу’ѕ рrоhіbіtеd materials wіth thе thіngѕ уоu wаnt tо dіѕроѕе. Evеrу dау, people аttеmрt tо ѕlір prohibited items іn the dumрѕtеr; nine out of ten оf thеm gеt саught. It wіll nоt оnlу bе bаd fоr уоur wаllеt, but also bаd оn thе еnvіrоnmеnt to рut rеѕtrісtеd mаtеrіаls іn a dumрѕtеr.

Dо I Need tо Schedule Dumpster Rental Pісkuр?

Some dumрѕtеr rеntаl ѕеrvісеѕ rеquіrе the сuѕtоmеrѕ to ѕсhеdulе thе рісkuр. This іѕ nоt to іmрlеmеnt аddіtіоnаl fees, but rather tо give customers an орроrtunіtу to rеmоvе аll оf thеіr unwanted mаtеrіаlѕ. Rеmеmbеr іf уоu have tо ѕсhеdulе a pickup, gіvе thе соmраnу аѕ muсh notice аѕ роѕѕіblе.

Dоеѕ thе Dumрѕtеr Hаvе a Door?

Yes. The dumpsters come with a door on the end to easily walk heavy materials inside the dumpster. The smaller dumpsters have low walls to toss lighter objects into the rental.

Are Swap-outs Available for Ongoing Projects?

Yes! Dumpster swap-outs for ongoing projects are doable, we just ask to let us know in advance so we can ensure proper availability.

Why are Electronics Prohibited in a Dumpster Rental?

Electronics are hazardous due to their components being unable to break down in most landfills. Some electronics also have toxic materials which can leak into soil and groundwater. Electronics must be disposed at special e-recycling facilities.

Wіll I Automatically bе Chаrgеd іf I Exceed the Wеіght Limit?

This is a nесеѕѕаrу dumpster rental quеѕtіоn, еѕресіаllу іf you рlаn on flirting wіth оvеrаgе сhаrgеѕ. In most cases, іf the overage fее is undеr a specific аmоunt, the fee wіll automatically be сhаrgеd tо thе саrd uѕеd tо ѕесurе thе dumрѕtеr. Mаnу реорlе are nоt соmfоrtаblе with thіѕ аѕресt, ѕо bе sure to аѕk this quеѕtіоn!

Can I Place My Dumpster on the Street?

Some localities may allow you to place a dumpster on the street, while most require a permit for you to do so. We advise to call us with your local information such as a zip code so we can determine whether you need a permit or not.

Can I Throw Concrete in My Dumpster Rental?

Yes, with a caveat. Heavy items like concrete should be disposed of in an inert dumpster, which is designed to hold up to 10 tons of debris.

What is a "Dry-Run" Fee?

A dry-run fee, also known as a "trip" fee, is an additional cost added to your final bill in the case a driver arrives at your location yet cannot pick up your haul come pickup day.

Is Landscaping Waste Allowed for Disposal?

For the most part, yes. One of the only landscaping materials not allowed is SOD, due to the difficulty of its disposal.

Is Discount Dumpster Open on Saturday?

Our phone lines are open on Saturdays. However, depending on your location, we may not be able to schedule delivery on a Saturday. Call ahead to check for availability, in this case.

What is an "Inert" Dumpster?

An inert dumpster is also known as a heavy box. These bins are designed to hold heavy materials like concrete, rock, dirt, and bricks. This dumpster is ideal for projects involving large disposal of heavy waste.

How Can I Support My Driveway during Placement?

If a dumpster will be placed on your driveway, we suggest placing plywood on it before delivery to help support the weight of the bin. This will prevent your driveway from cracking.

Why are Refrigerators and AC Units Prohibited?

Refrigerators and AC units contain Freon, a hazardous coolant that cannot be disposed of in normal landfills. Freon can damage the ozone layer, as well as leak into groundwater which can poison people and animals in the local environment.

Which Dumpster is Best for Commercial Construction?

We suggest renting a 30 or 40 yard dumpster for commercial construction, as these containers are large and can hold a lot of waste for large cleanups.

Will Bad Weather Affect Dumpster Delivery or Pickup?

This depends on the severity of the weather. It goes without saying that we certainly won't be able to deliver or pick up a dumpster during a hurricane or major blizzard. Mild rain or snow should not cause too many issues. However, keep in mind that severe weather can cause delays.

Which Dumpster Can be Used for Residential and Commercial Work?

A 20 yard dumpster is the perfect middling size for either residential or small commercial projects.

Which Dumpster is Best for Residential Cleanups?

A 10 or 15 yard dumpster are good sizes for residential projects, as these bins are compact and can easily fit on a standard driveway.

Can I Dispose of Dirt in My Dumpster Rental?

Dirt can be disposed of in an inert dumpster, or a 10 yard bin (though with only small amounts of dirt).

Why is Paint not Allowed for Disposal?

Wet paint will leak and stain the inside of a dumpster during disposal and transportation, which then gives our haulers a tough cleaning task ahead of them. Also, paint contains certain hazardous byproducts that are not allowed in most landfills.

Are Mattresses Allowed for Disposal?

This depends. Some service areas may take mattresses, others won't. If you have mattresses to dispose of during your project, let us know in advance and we can tell you if they are or are not accepted.

How Long is the Standard Rental Period?

Rental periods can vary by location, yet our standard company rental period is 14 days (two weeks).

Is Scrap Metal Allowed for Disposal?

This depends on your location. For the most part, scrap metal should be fine. However, some haulers may not deal with that material, so its always good to call ahead and ask.

Is Food Waste Allowed for Disposal?

This can depend on your service area, yet we advise asking us first. Food waste isn't necessarily hazardous, yet some haulers may not take it due to certain circumstances.

Are there Any Additional Fees I Should Know About?

There can be additional fees if: your dumpster is overweight or a pickup is rejected. In the case of overweight, you will be charged additional landfill fees. In the case of a pickup rejection, you will be charged a dry-run fee.

How are Dumpster Rentals Priced?

Our dumpsters are priced based on size, weight limit, and length of the rental period. Keep in mind, larger dumpsters will cost more than smaller ones.

How Much Weight Can a 30 Yard Dumpster Hold?

A 30 yard dumpster holds up to 12 pickup trucks worth of waste and debris.

How Much Weight Can a 10 Yard Dumpster Hold?

A 10 yard dumpster has a weight allowance of 4 pickup trucks worth of waste and debris.

How Much Weight Can a 40 Yard Dumpster Hold?

A 40 yard dumpster can hold around 14 pickup trucks worth of waste and debris.

How Much Weight Can a 20 Yard Dumpster Hold?

A 20 yard dumpster can hold up to 8 pickup trucks worth of waste and debris.

How Much Weight Can an Inert Dumpster Hold?

An inert dumpster has a weight limit of up to 20 pickup trucks worth of waste and debris.

Do I Need to Pull Permits Myself if One is Needed?

It is recommended to reach out to your local permitting authority to pull any permits you may need. We may be able to help you with the process, yet we advise calling us ahead of time to be sure.

Is Glass Allowed for Disposal?

Glass items should not be placed in your dumpster due to potential breakage.

Will I Need to Dispose of Certain Prohibited Items Myself?

Unfortunately, yes. Certain items such as electronics or tires must be taken to special disposal/recycling facilities and cannot be left in your dumpster.

How Soon Should I Call Ahead to Rent a Dumpster?

We advise calling us before your project starts, that way we can better asses your needs. There's no set timeframe to reach out to us, however! We service anyone who needs a dumpster, and will work with your needs to the best of our ability.

Are Lightbulbs or Fluorescent Tubes Allowed for Disposal?

Lightbulbs and Fluorescent tubes are prohibited for disposal in your dumpster rental. The primary reason being breakage issues, secondary being toxic components that make them up such as mercury.

Can I Rent a Dumpster for a Weekend?

We advise calling ahead and discussing your specific circumstances with a representative. In general, we offer rental periods between 1-2 weeks. This period comes at a flat-rate price that saves you money overall, rather than getting charged by the day.

Can I Cancel a Dumpster Order After It's Been Made?

Yes, you can cancel your dumpster order any time before the delivery date. However, there will be a cancellation fee.

What is the Largest Dumpster Size You Offer?

Our largest dumpster size is a 40 yard bin. This container is ideal for large construction or demolition projects.

Are Hot Water Tanks Allowed for Disposal?

We do not generally allow hot water tanks to be disposed of in our dumpsters. They are a bulky appliance that is difficult to dispose of in landfills.

What is the Smallest Dumpster Size You Offer?

Our smallest dumpster size is a 10 yard container. This bin is perfect for residential projects.

Is Medical Waste Allowed for Disposal?

Medical waste of any kind is not allowed for disposal in a rental dumpster. This waste can be potentially infectious, and therefore not safe for haulers and sanitation workers to handle.

Do You Have Resources I Can Consult for Rental-Related Topics?

Yes, we have several online resources you can consult at any time during your rental to assist with any questions or curiosities you may have!

How Many Areas Do You Operate In?

Discount Dumpster operates in over 25 states across the country, and expanding every day. Enter your zip code on our home page to check availability in your area today.

Is Discount Dumpster Open During Holidays?

Discount Dumpster is closed on the following holidays of the year:

  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day
  • New Years Eve and Day

Do You Offer Discounts for Veterans and Active Service Members?

Yes! Discount Dumpster proudly offers discount and deals for veterans and active service members of our Armed Forces. We give back to those who have sacrificed everything for our country.

How Does the Rental Process Work?

Our process is simple:

  • Call us with your information.
  • Based on your info a waste management expert will pair you with the right size you need at the budget you need.
  • The dumpster is brought to you at no extra charge, and swings by for automatic pickup when you're done.

If you can't explain the process in under a paragraph, it ain't worth trying it!

Why are Tires Prohibited?

The rubber that tires are made of make them hard to dispose of in landfills. They must be resold or brought to a special recycling center that deal with rubber products.

Do You Have any Seasonal Deals?

Discount Dumpster does offer certain seasonal promotions for certain holidays. Give us a ring around those special times of year to see what goodies we have in store for you!

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