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Roll-off or construction dumpsters are great for big projects that create a lot of waste, such as home remodels. You simply toss in all your junk and have it hauled away for a reasonable fee. Of course, even small fees add up quickly, especially when you're tackling a big project. If you want some tips on how to stay under budget, check out these three ways to save a little bit of cash when you rent a roll-off dumpster.
Know What Size Dumpster You Need
Dumpsters aren't one-size-fits-all solutions. Companies usually rent dumpsters of different sizes, which are measured in cubic yards. For example, a 10-yard dumpster can hold 10 cubic yards of waste. You'll want to estimate how much waste you'll have to get the perfect dumpster for your needs. Choosing one that's too big means you're wasting money, and if you get one too small, you'll have to spend more time, and possibly money, having it swapped for an empty one.
The dumpster rental company should be able to help you determine what size is best based on your project. However, there are some basic guidelines you can use to determine the right size yourself. A 10-yard dumpster is good for small projects, such as cleaning out your garage or remodeling a bathroom. A 20-yard dumpster may be a good idea for a larger cleanup or removing roof shingles. 30-yard and 40-yard dumpsters are best left for big projects, such as major home additions, remodels or window/siding replacement.
Ask About Policies
When you find a dumpster rental company, make sure to ask questions, specifically about their policies. Some policies you'll definitely want to ask about are those related to picking up and dropping off of the dumpsters. Find out what days and times they pick up and drop off the dumpsters, how early you need to request a drop off or pickup, if you'll get charged extra for having a full dumpster swapped with an empty one and if you'll be charged if you finish your project on Friday but they don't pick up until Monday. These help you time when to have your dumpster picked up and dropped off, so you don't end up paying more than you should.
Another important policy to ask about is what type of waste you can and can't put in the dumpster, so you don't get fined. Typically, you can put most construction materials in a construction dumpster, such as drywall, wood, insulation, etc. However, there are many items you cannot toss in the dumpster, such as paint, oil, gasoline, tires, dead animals, asbestos, Freon, biohazard material and electronic waste. Electronic waste includes cellphones, computers, batteries, etc., and they cannot be sent to landfills. As these items decay, toxic substances seep out and into groundwater. Some dumpster rental companies offer money in exchange for electronic waste, so ask about that too.
Scrap Your Scrap Metal
Electronic waste isn't the only thing you might be able to turn into money. Scrap metal, such as that from old appliances, can be traded for money. Different metals are more valuable and can get you more money. Non-ferrous metals or those that are not magnetic, like copper, can get you the most money.
Unfortunately, to get the most money out of your scrap metal, you need to sort it and remove any non-metal pieces, which takes time you may not have. You'll also have to learn to identify the different types of metals. Luckily, many companies, including many dumpster rental companies, take your unsorted metal in exchange for cash. So, if you have metal waste, don't just toss it in the construction dumpster, earn back some of the money you spent by having it scrapped with or without the help of the dumpster rental company.
Renting a construction dumpster can prevent headaches and frustration when you have a lot of trash, and with so many ways to save money, you shouldn't hesitate to take advantage of one. If you have an upcoming project or event that will have a lot of waste, contact a roll-off dumpster rental company like Parks & Sons of Sun City, Inc. to request a quote or have all your questions answered.