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Roll-Off Dumpster Rental Tips: Choosing Your Dumpster Size and More

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Here in Kansas, the end of the fall season is approaching and with that comes the excitement (or stress) of preparing for the upcoming holidays. If you are like most people, this is a busy time of year as you try to use the remaining fall days to get your property cleaned up before winter hits, or your house ready for your indoor hibernation from the cold and your family’s holiday invasion. In this preparation process, it is quite likely that you will begin to accrue piles of past treasures that have become present, unwanted clutter. Or maybe your property cleanup project got out of hand and you need to find a better solution than making numerous laborious trips to the landfill in your van-turned-truck. If this is you, a roll-off dumpster rental could simplify your job (and retain the value of your van.)

A good waste-management company should make renting a roll-off container simple and ensure that you get the right dumpster for the right job. But, we also think it is crucial that you know the details of a roll off  dumpster rental so that you can ask the right questions. You deserve to have the best company provide the best dumpster at the best price. So here is our advice on how to choose the best dumpster size for your project along with other tips and considerations for roll-off dumpster rentals.

Selecting the Right Type of Roll-Off Container

Not all waste is created equal. Therefore, it is critical that you consider the kind of items that you want to dispose of and make sure that the roll-off dumpster rental company is informed of this. There are restrictions as to what kind of waste can go into certain container types. It would be a shame to order a concrete washout container when you need to dispose of waste concrete from a demolition project. Here at Nisly Brothers, we offer a number of different types of roll-off dumpsters. Our helpful staff can assist you and make sure the container you order is exactly what you need.

  1. Standard Waste Roll-Off Containers
    These containers come in a variety of sizes and are great for residential debris and cleanup projects, commercial construction sites, brush removal, and more.
  2. LEED Containers for Recycling
    Roll-off recycling dumpsters are great for LEED certified construction sites or other projects when you need to keep wood, metal, or cardboard, separate in order to recycle.
  3. Concrete Washout Containers
    These are designed for the very specific purpose of disposing of the concrete washout from concrete construction projects. The containers have a special lining to prevent the concrete from drying onto it. Using a concrete washout dumpster prevents caustic water and hazardous materials from spilling onto your property, and contaminating the soil and water.
  4. Compactor Receiver Containers
    These are designed specifically to connect to an industrial trash compactor and are completely enclosed. They compact the trash into the receiver container, and are perfect for companies that will have lots of trash, since it can be compacted.Generally they are 40-yards, and are usually placed for large commercial customers.

Your waste management company should help you select the kind of container that is the perfect fit for your project. Before calling to ask about a rental make sure you know all the types of waste you want to dispose of. Certain kinds of waste are not allowed to be placed in a roll-off dumpster rental.

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Choosing the Right Roll Off Dumpster Size

Nobody likes ordering a roll-off dumpster rental for a project and then discovering that they needed a bigger container. On the other hand, you do not want get a large container when all your trash could have fit in a smaller, easier to load, and less expensive dumpster. So, a little bit of homework (and a waste management company that is looking out for your good) can spare you from frustration, extra work and a few dollars. We can help you decide what size is best for your project.

Roll-off Dumpster containers come in a variety of sizes. Containers are generally measured by cubic yards. One cubic yard is a cube of space that is 3 ft. long by 3ft. wide by 3ft. high. Dumpster rental companies typically offer containers ranging from 15 to 40 cubic yards. The containers have similar length and width dimensions with the size increasing with the height of the sidewall. Here are some helpful details to look into when ordering one of the dumpsters that we offer at Nisly Brothers:

  • 15-yard roll-off dumpster (8’ x 22’ with 3’ sidewalls)This dumpster is ideal for heavy materials like dirt, sand and concrete removal projects, since larger ones will be too heavy when they are filled.
  • 20-yard roll-off dumpster (8’ x 22’ with 4’ sidewalls)This is one of the most common dumpster sizes and is perfect for small to medium-sized residential and construction projects. These are practical dumpsters for outdoor cleanup projects or large home remodeling projects. 20-yard dumpsters are approximately equivalent to six pickup truck loads.
  • 30-yard roll-off dumpster (8’ x 22’ with 6’ sidewalls)These roll-off containers are for major construction or demolition projects. When you are doing a large cleanup job in your barn, building a new cottage or cabin, reroofing your house or other similar projects this size is right for you. A 30-yard dumpster holds the equivalent of nine pickup truck loads.
  • 40-yard roll-off dumpster (8’ x 22’ with 8’ sidewalls)These are for the big projects like tree removal or brush cleanup because brush often takes lots more space. These containers are great for handling debris from large home remodeling projects, community cleanup events, or commercial construction sites. A 40-yard dumpster holds the equivalent of 12 pickup loads of trash.

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The chart below shows the approximate size needed for various roof shingle projects. A square is equal to 100 square feet of shingles or 3 bundles of asphalt shingles.

Container SizeAsphalt ShinglesWood Shake Shingles
20-Yard Roll Off Dumpster60 Squares12-13 Squares
30-Yard Roll Off Dumpster90 Squares20 Squares
40-Yard Roll Off Dumpster120 Squares25 Squares
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Preparing a Location for Your Dumpster

You do not want to order a dumpster only to have it show up and not fit in your space. Be sure to think ahead and prepare a location that has plenty of room and is able to be accessed by the truck. You do not want the truck to drive across your yard or a sidewalk because the truck and container loaded with waste can be very heavy and can leave ruts in your yard when loaded or unloaded. Make sure to ask your waste management company for their recommendations on site preparation and location. All roll-off dumpsters have an 8-ft. wide door that swings open on the back. If you will want to load through the door make sure to plan on an additional 8 feet so the door can swing open. It is best for you to be present when your container is delivered. Our experienced drivers will work with you to place the container exactly where it will work best for you.

Pricing a Roll-Off Dumpster Rental

A lot of details can go into the cost of renting a roll-off dumpster. Some disposal sites charge a disposal fee at the disposal site and some collect user fees with property taxes. Some areas have a flat rental rate for the container and then add-on charges for the disposal of the waste materials. You want to be sure that you won’t get caught with any unexpected costs so make sure to always ask if there is an extra hauling fee and a dumping fee per ton. Also make sure you know if there are weight limits on how much waste may safely be placed in the container and if the company charges you for overages. A waste management company that is looking out for your good should make sure you are fully aware of all possible fees. It is always better to ask more questions than to be caught by surprise. Our knowledgeable staff can help you with all the details so there will be no surprises when your project is done.

So, now you have the basic information you need to be able to rent a roll-off dumpster knowledgeably. A trustworthy rental company should be concerned about all these things as well, making sure you have the best dumpster for your project at a competitive price. Learn more about Nisly Brothers roll-off dumpster rentals by visiting our dumpster rental page on our website, or call our office for more details

Life is stressful enough without having to deal with the frustrations of hauling your own trash to the landfill.  Nisly Brothers goal is to eliminate the stress of your trash disposal by providing excellent trash services.

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