Deciding on a Dumpster

If you are in the middle of planning a construction or home renovation project, you probably get a lot of advice. Well-meaning friends and neighbors always seem to know exactly what you should do. One piece of advice you’ll hear over and over is to get a dumpster. But you may be wondering whether your project really needs and on, and whether your project is big enough to merit a dumpster rental. This article should make it easier to decide what’s best for you.

The general rule of thumb in construction is that every project will produce more debris and waste than you think it’s going to. Even small projects can end up producing a large volume of waste that needs to be disposed of. The exact amount can vary a lot from one project to the next, which is why a roll off dumpster can be ordered in many different sizes.

Sizing goes by volume, which is figured in cubic yards. The smallest size for a conventional dumpster is 10 cubic yards. If you have trouble imagining how much that is, just picture a dumpster six feet wide, by nine feet long, and just over four feet tall. That would be about the volume for the small end. You can imagine how easy that is to fill up. Larger sizes are 20 cubic yards, 30, 40 and so on.

If your project is very small, smaller than a 10 cubic yard dumpster, you might wonder if you need one at all. The other thing to keep in mind is that many types of construction waste are not accepted by most city garbage collection crews. This can include things that are potentially toxic like pain to things the city does not want in its landfill like yard waste or concrete.

If you have a very small project you might want to look into mini roll off dumpsters which will allow you to dispose of all your waste neatly and easily without ordering more dumpster space than you need.

In the end, a dumpster of some kind significantly reduces the stress involved in your project. It saves you on clean up time during and after the project. It allows you to enjoy the fruits of your labor when you’re done, instead of having a whole second project cleaning up after the first one. Ultimately, the stress you save is going to be worth it.

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