If you’ve ever watched any home remodeling shows, or done some of your own remodeling, you know that “demo day” can be a lot of fun, as well as a lot of work. It also involves a lot of waste!
From pieces of drywall to concrete, flooring, roofing materials, and more, any remodeling job comes with old materials to dispose of. It’s a lot more garbage than you can squeeze into a trash can.
That’s where a roll-off container comes in.
Dropped on your property close to your worksite, a roll-off container – or dumpster – is a convenient location for piling up waste to cart away and dispose of it. But there are a few things to know before you call to rent a dumpster for your worksite.
If you need a dumpster for your home or worksite, keep reading. We’re breaking down seven things you need to consider to pick the right container for the job.
- Choosing the Right Size
Before you start shopping for the right roll-off dumpster or looking into the other tips on this list, you need to figure out exactly what size you’re going to need for the job.
Buying too small of a container will leave you stuck figuring out how to get it emptied and returned. You might even have to rent another dumpster. Either way, you could be looking at additional costs as well as a delay on your worksite.
Overestimating and ordering the largest container that you can find could be a mistake as well; you might end up overspending, which means less money for other projects.
While it would be impossible to figure out exactly how much space the waste you’ll collect will take up, there are ways to guesstimate the size of the container you need.
Figuring out a rough surface area of the materials that you’ll be removing is one good trick. For instance, if you’re removing a roof, use the roof’s measurement to roughly estimate the number of materials you’ll need to dispose of.
Then use this to estimate the volume of your waste so that you can compare it to our handy dumpster size chart to figure out which option is best for your project.
- Consider Whether You Need More than One
If you start adding up your estimates for the amount of waste you’ll need to dispose of, you may find that the available dumpster sizes can’t accommodate it. In that case, you might choose to order two dumpsters.
That’s not the only situation that calls for having more than one dumpster on site.
If you’ll be disposing of materials that may be hazardous you’ll need to follow proper disposal protocols. This includes materials like drywall covered in lead paint or ceiling materials that contain asbestos.
Because this requires extra care and work, it’s best to include a second dumpster for other, nonhazardous materials from your site.
Materials don’t have to be hazardous to require an extra dumpster. You’ll also need to separate items that you can recycle from other waste.
- Know What Items Can’t Go In The Container
When looking into whether you’ll need more than one dumpster, it’s also a good idea to know whether or not any hazardous or oversized materials you’ll be tossing are allowed. So be sure to ask us!
Commonly prohibited items include appliances, electronics, yard waste, and paints and other liquids.
- Preparing a Spot for Your Dumpster
Once you’ve figured out how large of a roll-off dumpster you’ll need or how many you’ll be renting, the next step is to figure out where you are going to put it.
If your worksite is tight on space and you need to place your dumpster on the perimeter or in the street, you need to make sure you have the right permits.
Even if your site has plenty of room to hold a large dumpster, you’ll still need to put some thought into where you’ll place it. Keeping it close to where you are working at the moment will be useful… until you move to a different part of your working area. Make sure it’s easily accessible from various locations of your worksite.
- Reserve Your Container Early
Roll-off dumpsters help to keep your workflow going smoothly. They keep workers from having to break down waste into small pieces and cart it off for disposal.
If you know that you are going to need a roll-off container, booking it as far in advance as possible can help prevent a delay to this workflow.
Otherwise, you may end up having to wait for a container to become available, which can lead to missed deadlines and major delays.
- Check Whether You’ll Need a Permit
Depending on where your worksite is and where you’ll need to place your roll-off dumpster, you may need to get some permits before work can start.
Permits may allow dumpsters to be placed in roadways, on sidewalks, or in other public spaces near your work zone.
- Set Your Timeline
You could rent a dumpster for as little as a day or for as long as several months.
The longer you need to keep your dumpster, the higher your costs may be.
If you need to stick to a tight budget, it’s a good idea to establish a timeline. This timeline can help you estimate how long you’ll need to keep your dumpster. It can also help you figure out whether you may end up going over your deadline so that you can budget appropriately.
Renting a Dumpster
Whether you’re remodeling your home or are a contractor tearing up a property you’re set to work on, renting a dumpster is a must.
They give you one convenient, large location for disposing of piles of waste. And if you do your research ahead of time and choose the right size and type for the job, get the necessary permits, and avoid tossing any prohibited items, they can help you meet your deadlines and get the job done right.
If you need a roll-off container for your home or worksite, we can help. Check out our available dumpster sizes to find the right one for your job. Then, contact Marks Clearing & Grading to schedule your delivery so Demo Day can begin!