Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions About Dumpster Rentals

Need to get the answers to some important questions about dumpster rentals? We’ve put together our top 10 most frequently asked questions about dumpster rentals:

1) How Do I Rent A Dumpster?

Call us or fill out the Eagle Dumpster Rental online form. We give you a quote, then you tell us the date and time you need your dumpster delivered and picked up.Roll Off Container Rentals

2) How Much Does Dumpster Rental Cost?

Dumpster rental prices vary widely depending on your location, dump fees, the types of material being discarded, and other factors.

Expect to pay somewhere between $100 and $1,000 to rent a dumpster for average residential or construction purposes. Obviously, bigger dumpsters with bigger weight limits cost more.

You may have to pay more than $1,000 when renting a dumpster for major construction and demolition projects.

3) How Big Are Rental Dumpsters?

Rental dumpster dimensions are always measured in cubic yards (most rental companies just say “yards”). Typical sizes include 1, 1.5, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 40 yard dumpsters. Dumpster rental companies – including Eagle Dumpster Rental – offer a varying combination of dumpster sizes to meet the unique needs of any project.

4) For How Long Can I Rent A Dumpster?

Dumpster rentals can be as short as one day or as long as four weeks. Sometimes, customers will order a morning dumpster delivery and then the dumpster will be removed that night. Some customers also require daily, weekly, or bi-weekly dumpster removals, where the dumpster is removed, emptied, and returned on a regular basis until the project is complete.

5) What Items Can I Not Put in a Dumpster?

Rental dumpsters should never be loaded with hazardous items. Talk to your dumpster rental company for a specific list. Basic no-go items include flammable and toxic materials. Some companies also forbid recyclable materials (or at least, they forbid mixing recyclable and non-recyclable materials inside the same dumpster). As a general rule of thumb, anything that can go in a curbside bin can most likely go into a dumpster.

6) Do I Need to Load the Dumpster in a Specific Way?

Try to load your dumpster evenly, distributing the debris as evenly as possible throughout the container. Avoid overloading the dumpster. If you overload your dumpster, you may be charged extra fees by your rental company.

7) Do I Need to Rent a Roll-Off Dumpster?

In addition to roll-off dumpsters, many dumpster rental companies offer smaller containers ranging from 1 yard to 8 yards in size, which is useful for minor projects like yard cleanups or garage cleanups.

8) Do I Need to Be At Home When the Dumpster is Delivered and Picked Up?

You typically don’t have to be at home for dumpster deliveries and pick-ups. As long as you provide clear instructions as to where the dumpster is going, the crew should be able to figure things out.

9) Can You Pick Up the Dumpster the Same Day It’s Delivered?

Many customers fill up their dumpsters quickly and are ready to have their dumpsters picked up before the end of the day. In many situations, dumpster rental companies like Eagle Dumpster Rental can provide same-day service.

10) Can I Order Dumpster Bags?

Dumpster bags are smaller and hold less waste than traditional dumpsters, but are perfectly suited to smaller construction projects and cleanups. Many junk removal companies offer dumpster bag rentals in addition to dumpster rentals.

4 Important Things to Know Before Renting a Dumpster

Never rented a dumpster before? That’s okay. Few people describe themselves as “dumpster experts”. Many people will only rent a dumpster once or twice in their lives.

With that in mind, let’s teach you some of the most important things to know about renting a dumpster.

Local Companies Versus the Big Guys

There are two broad types of dumpster rental companies: local haulers versus some of the biggest, nationwide companies.

While you may be tempted by the flashy websites of some of the bigger companies, local haulers are typically the better option. Local haulers will typically help you save a lot of money: they just don’t have the overhead costs of some of the larger companies.

Plus, if you care about your local economy, then you know that the money you spend on a local hauler will typically stay within your region.

Of course, that’s not to mention things like personalized level of service – something the local guys typically do better than nationwide companies.

How to Rent a Dumpster

Renting a dumpster is straightforward. Here’s the basic process.

First, there are multiple sizes of dumpsters. These dumpsters are all different, but they have one important thing in common: they’re measured in square yardage.Dumpster Sizes


When someone says they’re renting out a “10 yard” dumpster, it means that dumpster can hold up to 10 cubic yards of debris. The exact dimensions of that dumpster could change, but the total amount of waste it can hold remains the same. Measuring cubic yards is as easy as going 3ft x 3ft x 3ft.

The dumpster company will deliver a dumpster to your address, then you fill it up with material. The dumpster rental company come and picks up the dumpster, then takes it to the dump. You pay a “tipping charge” based on the amount of material the dumpster company left at the dump.

The dumpster delivery truck will drive over a weight scale going into the dump, dump out the material inside the dumpster, and pass over the same scale on the way back out, paying an amount based on the difference between the entry and exit weights.

If you have unique materials that require more complex disposals, then you may need to pay special overage fees to the dumpster company, because they’ll pay these fees to the dump.

How Do Overage Fees Work?

Dumpster rental companies will sometimes charge overage fees. These overage fees are based on your estimated usage of the dumpster.

For example, a company may rent out a 10 yard dumpster for $250, estimating that it will be filled with 1,000 pounds of material. If you go over that limit – say, by placing really heavy stuff in your dumpster, then you may need to pay an overage fee.

Be careful with overage fees: some dumpster companies will intentionally set their dumpster limits low, knowing that you’ll probably go over the limit. Then, they can charge more lucrative overage fees. Always ask for weight limits and overage fee information upfront.

How to Avoid Damaging your Driveway

One of the biggest hazards in the dumpster rental industry is damage to the customer’s property.

In most cases, this damage comes in the form of scratches on the driveway: the metal dumpster container and the metal wheels on the rear of the container can make contact with the concrete, scratching it and leaving visible damage. This is particularly problematic with older driveways.

Fortunately, the scratches always look a lot worse than they actually are: many customers are surprised to find they can pressure wash these scratches away in just a few seconds.

Talk to the dumpster professionals at Eagle Dumpster Rental and we’ll help you find the best place to put a dumpster on your property.