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  • Writer's pictureMarcin Madetko

Things to Avoid When Renting a Dumpster

When it comes to getting a project done like for home renovations, it is important to understand what your goals are and to make preparations to face the task at hand. Dumpster renting can be seen in the same aspect, where you want everything to go smoothly and as hassle free as possible. This guide will help navigate you to what practices you should avoid when renting a dumpster to prevent any mistakes and issues during your project.

Don't book last second:

A common mistake most people make when renting their dumpster is that they will hold off placing their order till the last minute. It's easy to understand that people want to have all of their trash ready before they make the call, but this will lead to them holding the waste for even longer.

Especially during the busy season, it is not recommended to order a dumpster for the next day since the company will most likely be booked for the next few days. This not only causes you to get a headache for having to keep that pile of debris on your property for longer, but in some cases might cause you to delay other parts of your project.

It's recommended that you book your dumpster at least a week in advance. You might be worried that you won't be able to get all of your waste ready by that time, but depending on the dumpster company, you get usually a one week period to keep the dumpster. So even if you don't have all the trash to throw away when the dumpster rental comes, you still have a nice period of time to complete the task.

Don't throw away prohibited items:

All dumpster companies have guidelines on what items are prohibited from being thrown in their dumpster. These items usually include any hazardous material like wet paint cans, propane tanks, etc. We have a guide on what materials are prohibited in dumpster rentals, and here is a general list of banned items in landfills.

By throwing away these hazardous materials, you as the consumer might bear the fees associated with throwing away banned items.

Some dumpster rental companies either don't allow the dumping of concrete, or will only rent a dumpster just for pure concrete. The issue with dumping concrete lies in the overall density of the material itself. One cubic yard of concrete weights approximately 2 tones, or 4000 lbs; that is already overweight for some of the smaller dumpsters, which means that you will have to pay more for overweight fees.

Another issue with throwing away concrete is that it cannot be mixed with any other debris because you will get charged extra for mixed concrete. There is also the issue that if the dumpster has too much weight in the bin, then the roll-off truck itself might not be able to pick it up, which means you would have to take it out yourself.

Don't choose a dumpster size only on cost:

Make sure that you're not choosing dumpster size solely based on cost, because it might actually cost you more. It's important to choose a dumpster size based on your needs and how much trash you are actually going to throw out.

The issue with choosing a dumpster on cost is that it might not be sufficient enough to dispose of all your waste. See if you buy the smallest dumpster and fill it up but still have more waste left, then you would need to order it again at full price. A better decision would have been to upgrade a size up, and pay more for that one dumpster, but less than having to buy the smaller dumpster twice.

There are also concerns with weight capacity. If you choose a dumpster that can hold all your waste but contains a lot of dense objects increasing total weight, you might blow past the weight limit and get charged extra in overweight fees. Larger dumpster sizes come with more weight capacity, and even though you're not using up all the space, there might be a cost advantage to the upgrade over paying fees.

Do not block your dumpster rental in:

This might seem like a small point, but it might cost you big. If you are ready for the dumpster to be picked up, make sure that it's not blocked in by cars or any other obstacles. The reason being is that when it does come time for the roll-off truck to pick up the dumpster, if there are obstacles in the way of a clean pick up, then they might fine you for essentially wasting their time.

Avoid Being Unorganized:

I feel like this piece of advice really encapsulates the idea that you should plan everything last second. You should take some time to plan a project like this out and get all the information you can or else you might cause a hiccup in the timeline of your projects and/or have to pay extra due to making uninformed decisions.


Here at TrashBox, our goal is to help relieve the stress of your garbage disposal needs, whether you're cleaning out your garage or renovating your house. We are here to answer any of your concerns and deliver your dumpster in a timely and safe manner.

We offer services across the Chicagoland area, such as Orland Park, Bolingbrook, Palatine, and even Hammond Indiana.

Call us at (630)-450-3960 and our team will guide you on what dumpster is best fit for your project!

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