5 Tips For Avoiding Extra Charges When Renting A Dumpster

There are many reasons to rent a dumpster, such as when you're cleaning out a house, doing a home renovation project, having a new roof installed, or having landscaping work done. In most cases, renting a dumpster from a waste management company is an easy process. But if you're not prepared, it could be possible to be charged extra fees that you're not aware of. Use the following tips to avoid extra charges and fees on a dumpster rental:

Understand Pricing, Terms, and Conditions

Prior to having a rental dumpster dropped off, it is essential to understand the pricing as well as the terms and conditions of the waste management company providing the dumpster. Ideally, you should get everything in writing-- don't forget to read the fine print. If you have any questions, take the time to call the waste management company and speak to a customer service representative or manager.

Choose the Right Location

When you rent a dumpster, the location where it is dropped off and picked up must be free of obstructions. If the area where you plan to have the dumpster placed is near power lines or large trees, extra fees may apply. Likewise, you will need to make sure that no cars or other types of vehicles are in the way when the dumpster is delivered or picked up.

Don't Dispose of Prohibited Materials

While most items can be thrown away in a rental dumpster, there are several items that are prohibited. In most cases, these prohibited items include things like car batteries, paint, flammable liquids, and hazardous chemicals. If you do not follow the waste management company's rules and choose to place prohibited items in your rented dumpster, there is a good chance that you will be charged extra.

Pay Attention to Weight

A big mistake that people make when renting a dumpster is assuming that they can fill the dumpster to capacity without thinking about the weight of the debris. In actuality, most dumpsters have a weight limit, and if you pass that weight limit you will be charged an overage fee. Thus, when renting a dumpster, keep the weight requirements in mind instead of focusing on the volume that a dumpster can hold. 

Avoid Overflowing Your Dumpster

A dumpster can't be picked up if it is overflowing with trash and debris. Most dumpsters have a clearly marked fill line-- it is very important that the items that you are disposing of do not pass that line. If you have an overflowing dumpster when the truck comes to pick it up, you will have to deal with removing the excess debris and you will be charged extra while the drivers wait.