September 29

6 Dumpster Rental Tips for Your Home Remodeling Project

The sound of power tools is roaring across the country, especially here in Jacksonville, Florida. Your DIY home remodeling project might have been inspired by an unprecedented amount of time at home or watching your favorite shows on HGTV. Whether adding a tiled backsplash in your kitchen or building a new deck in the yard, there is one crucial thing not seen on television — dumpsters.

You’re probably wondering if you even need to rent a temporary dumpster. The answer might surprise you, and here are several reasons why:

  • Even small, one-area remodeling projects can leave you with a big pile of construction waste and garbage that won’t fit in standard trash cans.
  • From shards of glass to splintered pieces of wood, construction can leave hazardous waste that needs to be disposed of with care. 
  • A dumpster keeps your yard presentable and makes it easier for neighbors to “pardon your dust.”

You probably also have questions about the different types of waste bins and dumpsters to rent and what can be put in them, especially if you’re disposing of heavy fixtures, batteries, and lightbulbs. As you can see, renting a dumpster is not as straightforward as it seems. That’s why we put together 6 tips to help you choose the appropriate roll-off dumpster rental for your needs and budget.

1. Choose the right size dumpster for your project

Just as home improvement projects aren’t one size fits all, neither are dumpsters. If a dumpster is too large, you’re paying for extra space; if it’s too small, you’re paying for multiple pick-ups and drop-offs. Fortunately, rental companies carry dumpsters in a range of sizes. Go for one size up to avoid overloading renovation waste.

2. Estimating the cost of your dumpster

Dumpster rental prices depend on a number of factors, such as location, container size, rental period, and weight of the waste. The key to getting the best price on your dumpster rental is knowing how much space you need to accomplish the job. That’s where our calculator for container cost comes in handy. Just punch in the length, width, and height for various container sizes to see estimated rental costs. The results will give you a frame of reference to ensure you’re getting a cost-competitive price you can afford.  

3. Place the dumpster conveniently and safely to protect your property

When you rent a dumpster in Jacksonville, you’ll have control over where you want it to go on your property, as long as it’s far enough away from roadways and power lines. Your rental company will drop the dumpster off and pick it up using specialized equipment to keep it from ruining the space outside your home. A driveway is usually a safe bet. Behind a shed or the middle of a lawn? Not so much. Here are a few best practices to consider when choosing a location for your dumpster:

  • Dumpsters should be situated in an easily accessible place. The place where you park the container should be twice as wide as the dumpster to account for activity around it.
  • Even concrete isn’t indestructible. You’ll want to make sure the rental company puts protective boards down to ensure the dumpster isn’t sitting directly on your driveway or pavement, risking damage.
  • If your dumpster must rest on your lawn, lay plywood over the ground to spread the weight of the dumpster as it fills to help prevent sagging dirt and grass damage. 

4. Appropriately Label Your Dumpster(s) to avoid mixing types of waste

Setting up proper sorting at your property will help organize and streamline construction waste disposal throughout your home remodel. For example, if your project requires the removal of concrete or soil, it’s better to keep those materials separated from other waste as it makes disposal easier.

You also need to ensure you’re not violating the dumpster rental company’s rules or any environmental laws when disposing of your waste. You can also ask the rental company to take the containers to a recycling provider like ours, who will do the sorting for you. We accept materials such as glass, brick, tree trimmings, steel, and many others.

5. Fill the dumpster in layers to maximize your haul

There is absolutely a proper way to load your dumpster without overloading it — layering. Start with flat, compressed materials such as carpet, foam, insulation, and cardboard to rest at the bottom of the dumpster. Then comes bulky items such as furniture and sinks. Next, fill in gaps with loose trash, including boards and shingles. Finally, place bagged garbage at the top for easy removal. You will be able to fit more debris than expected into your rental dumpster with some careful planning. Keep in mind, nothing should be hanging over the top line of the dumpster when it’s time for pick up, or you might be hit with additional fees.

6. Transporting and emptying your dumpster

Most dumpster rental and junk removal companies will do the transporting and dumping for you. Be sure to ask your provider about how to schedule a pickup date and how to extend your rental if needed. Then inquire about transportation logistics. 

While your provider may already have a preferred disposal provider, it’s also perfectly acceptable to ask the dumpster rental company to dispose of the materials using your preferred construction waste recycling provider. This breakdown of several local options for construction waste recycling and disposal can help you gain a better understanding of your options in the Jacksonville area. 

Reduce, Remodel & Recycle!

Home improvement waste removal doesn’t have to be a hassle. Dumpster rentals make it easy to sort, store, transport, and dispose of your construction debris so that you can focus on the fun part — your DIY projects. Then, rather than load up a landfill, Coastal Recycling Services will recycle and dispose of you construction waste, so you don’t have to stress. Contact us today, and we’d be honored to provide waste management services to meet your needs. That’s the fun part for us. 


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