Ultimate Guide to Renting Bins

Ultimate Guide to Renting Bins

Now that you have taken the plunge and decided it is time to clean out the garage – or the whole house – what do you do next? If possible, take some time to sort through items and decide what can be sold or donated, and what must be recycled. Once those decisions have been made, then it is time to contact a reputable dumpster rental company.

What to Look for In a Dumpster Rental Company

Not all dumpsters are equal, and the same goes for bin rental companies. With years of experience, we are dedicated to offering the best customer experience, competitive prices, and a promise of customer satisfaction whenever possible. We treat our customers with the utmost respect, and our dedication to making sure you have all the information needed to make an informed decision. All our staff are trained and experienced, and truly believe that the customer comes first. Unfortunately, not all dumpster rental companies can make the same claim. Here are things you should look for in a rental company before signing a contract or handing over payment.

  • A local presence. By shopping around, you will notice that we serve customers in dozens of communities. We know local rental laws and regulations, the location of recycling and waste disposal sites, and how to meet your dumpster rental needs. We proudly live and shop in the communities we serve, including: Vancouver, Ladner, Burnaby, Tsawwassen, Port Coquitlam, Richmond, Port Moody, North Vancouver, Surrey, West Vancouver, White Rock, Pitt Meadows, Langley, Maple Ridge, Mission, New Westminster, Delta, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Kitsilano, Whistler, Nanaimo, and Victoria.
  • A company that is aware of local, provincial, and government laws and regulations pertaining to the collection, transport, and dumping of non-hazardous and hazardous waste – and follows them always. Too often, rental companies take shortcuts that are bad for their customers, business, and the community at large.
  • Competitive pricing. The company with the lowest prices or bid is not always the one that offers the best equipment, service, and guarantee – or pricing. We are certain that we offer the most reasonable pricing of any competitor but encourage you to check. Ask friends and neighbors. Get quotes and come to us so we can compare apples-to-apples.
  • Delivery and pickup times. Be sure to contract with a dumpster rental company that can, within reason, accommodate your schedule. You are the customer, and we understand that you may work long hours and only be available in the evenings or on the weekends. Let us know what schedule works for you, and we will do our best to accommodate it. Not all companies are flexible in this regard, but we do our best.
  • A variety of bins to meet all your needs. Whether you need a 1-yard bin or a monstrous 40-cubic yard roll-off dumpster for the clean-up to end all clean-ups – or something in between – we have you covered. Regardless of the size waste receptacle you need, we are certain to be able to meet your requirements in a timely fashion.
  • Efficient and ethical disposal policies. As stated, we follow all relevant laws and regulations pertaining to trash removal, transportation, and disposal. We are familiar with all local and regional waste collection sites and will not dispose of hazardous materials in any fashion that will be a danger to the ecology or community at large. It is important that you ask any prospective dumpster rental company their policies and procedures, and only work with an organization you feel is trustworthy. We also work efficiently so as not to waste your time or money.
  • Participation in a chamber of commerce or other trusted industry organization. It is a sign of professionalism and stability if the company you choose to work with is lauded by fellow business owners and has a positive reputation community-wide.
  • Fast service. If you contact someone at a rental company about needed services and have not heard back from someone within one to two business days, then it is time to look elsewhere. When a prospective client tries to speak with us, we do our very best to respond within a business day. Once we have signed a new customer, we work with that person or business on a schedule that meets their needs and perform work as quickly as possible in a reliable manner.
  • Concern for the environment. As stated, we do not dispose of hazardous materials where they are prohibited, but we also believe in a compact with the environment to protect the community. This means that, wherever possible, we will attempt to recycle as much of your waste items as possible.
  • Protect your property. Some customers’ needs are met with smaller dumpster trailers that have wheels and are lighter, thereby minimizing or preventing damage to a customer’s lawn or other soft surface areas. Other clients need 20- to 40-yard roll-off dumpsters and we make every effort to minimize damage by only placing the dumpster on hard surfaces, such as a concrete drive or alley, or by placing wood boards under the dumpster rollers.
  • No hidden costs. Besides competitive pricing, we guarantee that we do not charge our customers hidden costs that are baked into our prices. We believe in transparency when it comes to pricing and encourage our valuable customers to ask whatever questions related to price that they feel is necessary. But again, please remember that pricing is not the sole indicator of professionalism or value for the services provided.

Ultimate Guide to Renting Bins

Rent1 provides all the equipment and machinery you need to get the job done, from loaders and excavators to shipping containers and dumpsters. We have dumpsters of all design and size and are certain that we have one that will fit your needs.

Tips When Renting a Dumpster

If you are in the market for a dumpster rental, here are some tips to keep in mind.

  • Safety reflectors

For safety reasons, large dumpsters of the 10-yards and up roll-off variety, should have white reflectors on all corners for nighttime visibility. These dumpsters are large, but even in pitch darkness can be difficult for pedestrians, bicyclists, or vehicular traffic to see when stationary.

  • Public right-of-way placement

Our dumpsters are available for rent in many communities, from Vancouver to Langley to Victoria and everywhere in between. Please be aware, however, that each municipality requires some sort of “street use” permit if the dumpster you are renting will be placed in a public right-of-way. It also is advisable to check if any other permits are necessary to place the dumpster on private property when being transported on municipal roadways.

  • Types of waste

In most cases, the following types of items or materials can be disposed of in any dumpster you rent from Rent1: most non-hazardous waste, including all kinds of plastic, all wood products, cardboard, steel, paper and paper products, green waste items, drywall, carpet, carpet pad, roofing materials, insulation, furniture and appliances, and most household items. You also may dispose of non-organic materials like concrete, dirt, block, asphalt, stucco, sand, brick, ceramic tile, and gravel.

  • Items not approved for 20- and 40-yard dumpsters

A good rule of thumb is to stay away from all manner of hazardous waste: oil filters, chemical products, herbicides and pesticides, solvents, radioactive items, liquid paint (except paint cans where the liquid has dried out), flammable liquids, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, aerosol cans, all types of oils and lubricants for motor vehicles (motor oil, transmission and hydraulics), oil filters, contaminated liquids such as those mixed with gasoline or other solvents, railroad ties, green treated lumber, antifreeze, refrigerators, dirt of yard waste that has been contaminated with petroleum, fluorescent tubes, tires, batteries, asbestos, dead animals, medical waste, sealed tanks or barrels, and other liquids.

  • Items approved for disposal in 10-, 20-, and 40-yard dumpsters:

Our largest dumpsters can accommodate the same types of materials, including items considered non-hazardous waste: plastic, wood, green waste, cardboard, steel, paper and similar refuse, drywall, carpet, carpet pad, insulation, roofing materials, appliances and furniture, and other household goods. As far as non-organics are concerned, feel free to dispose of dirt, concrete, asphalt, block, stucco, sand, brick, gravel, and ceramic tile.

  • Items approved for 10-yard dumpsters

The amount and types of non-hazardous items approve for disposal in our smaller dumpsters are slightly different: small concrete debris (2 feet by 2 feet or smaller in size), dirt, block, brick, asphalt, stucco that is free of wire mesh, sand, ceramic tile, clay roofing tile, and gravel. About 10 percent of the waste can be organic in nature, such as yard waste, and other refuse.

  • Items not approved for 10-yard dumpsters

For the most part, these smaller dumpsters prohibit the same kind of refuse: roots, grass, herbicides and pesticides, trash, all hazardous waste, oil filters, radioactive material, solvents, paint except dried out in a can, other flammable liquids, spray cans, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, motor oil and other oils for vehicles or engine-powered machinery, contaminated liquids, antifreeze, railroad ties, “green-treated” wood products, large appliances like refrigerators and washing machines/dryers, contaminated dirt, lead paint chips, tires, fluorescent tubes, medical waste, batteries, asbestos, animal carcasses, all liquids, and sealed tanks or barrels.

  • 3-yard dumpsters

These smaller dumpsters can accommodate: wood, plastic, steel, cardboard, paper and paper-related refuse, carpet, carpet pad, drywall, green waste, household goods, insulation, appliances, furniture, and small amounts of broken concrete, dirt, block, brick, stucco, asphalt, asphalt roofing shingles, ceramic tile, sand, and gravel.
As is the case with most dumpsters you can rent, you cannot dispose of hazardous waste. This includes all kinds of garbage, like chemical, oils of all kind and oil filters, herbicides and pesticides, items which may be radioactive, solvents, paint (except dried), flammable liquids, spray cans, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, antifreeze, railroad ties, water repellent lumber, refrigerators, paint chips or contaminated dirt, batteries, fluorescent tubes, asbestos, dead animals, tires, medical waste, and sealed tanks or barrels.

  • 1-yard dumpsters

For the smallest 1-yard dumpsters available for rent, feel free to dispose of all non-hazardous materials but be sure to stay away from hazardous or radioactive items as specified for larger dumpsters.

  • When loading the dumpster

As you begin to fill the dumpster, it is a good idea to spread items out evenly to distribute weight. Also, make sure no items overflow above the top or sides of the dumpster. If there are weight disparities, the dumpster could tip during travel. If items are above the top of sides, they could fly out during transport, resulting in injury or worse – and legal ramifications for everyone involved.

Why Rent a Dumpster

At some point, many home, or business owners will find a reason to need a dumpster. You may not think so now, but as your household or business grows, you will naturally accumulate “things” that will take up much needed space or outlive their usefulness. Items could be broken and cannot be donated – who knows the exact reasons? But here are several reasons why you may need to rent a dumpster:

  1. Your attic has become a problem because, well, it just is. You moved in several years ago and it seemed like the best place to just store stuff till you had the time to sort through it. But guess what? That day has passed. Go up there, sort through it, and begin taking items down to the dumpster. You never know, once cleaned it could be a perfect extra bedroom or play area for the kids.
  2. Your town experienced a rain storm of biblical proportions and your basement flooded. Draining it is the first order of business. The next? How about ripping out water-logged carpeting, insulation, books, and furniture before mold sets in? All items that sat in water likely cannot be saved, so get rid of them.
  3. When you moved into your home, the roof looked okay. But 15 years later, you noticed there are some missing shingles. Worse, you noticed some mold spots on your ceiling and discovered leaks in the attic. Removing all that tiles, perhaps multiple layers, will create a pile of junk in your yard that would become an eyesore. A better solution? You guessed it, a dumpster.
  4. You have decided to make liveable space in the basement, but decades of collected “stuff” needs to be sorted. Items you cannot sell or donate are perfect for the dumpster. As a tip, sort the items into non-hazardous versus hazardous so you know what can be placed in the dumpster.
  5. The kitchen is due for a full-scale remodelling project. Once you have pulled out the old cabinetry and flooring, chances are these items cannot be left outside for regular trash collection, so the best alternative is a dumpster rental.
  6. Choose a smaller bin, say a 1- or 3-yard model, for smaller clean-up chores, like the garage, storage shed, or other areas where junk has collected. Now that you have room, think of all the useful things you can do with the space.
  7. Accumulated junk is a disaster for any retail business storage area or “back room,” so get rid of old boxes, filing cabinets, holiday decorations no longer used, and any other items using up valuable space. From a more practical standpoint, all these items – if ignored by humans – will eventually attract bugs and much larger vermin.
  8. Your porcelain sink in the bathroom has missing pieces that cannot be sprayed over, so the whole thing must come out. Before you know it, your significant other has decided on a complete bathroom redesign. So not only do you need some place to dump the sink, but also the cabinetry, old light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, window treatments, and old flooring. This is no time for nostalgia.
  9. Your family is growing, and you need to convert an extra bedroom into a baby’s room or nursery. Guess what? That is right. The full-size cardboard cut-outs of your favourite super hero are bashed up and torn and needs to visit the inside of a dumpster. The same goes for the old weight bench you used as a teenager, not to mention boxes of stuffed animals that have seen better days. Stop sniffling and forget the crocodile tears – it all must go.
  10. Your household is growing, but this time your oldest son – who left to follow his dreams on Wall Street several years ago – just announced he must “move back home for a few months.” That means his old bedroom, now and old in-home office, needs to be cleaned out. Out on an old pair of jeans and get to it.
  11. Wind storms suck, especially when they come swirling into your neighbourhood and leaving your property littered with downed trees and other debris. Yes, you can probably bundle the yard waste for curbside pickup, but all your neighbors are thinking the same thing. So, outsmart them and rent a dump, and clear your property first. Call us, we have just the dumpster for your needs.
  12. Your grandchildren are coming for a summer-long visit, and you need more room.
  13. This year, you decided to us your income tax returns for a backyard renovation: A fresh lawn, new garden, wood patio and outdoor kitchen. But, of course, all the old stuff must go. This means existing grass needs to be pulled up, not to mention plastic landscape edging, and the broken-down swing set in the corner of the yard.
  14.  Speaking of backyard projects: With the kids finally moved out, you no longer need that round, above-ground swimming pool and filtration system. Tear it down, call us to rent a dumpster, and throw it away.
  15. Now that you and your spouse are “empty nesters,” you have been thinking of selling your house. The only problem? The realtor has said it will never sell “as-is” and needs to be de-cluttered. We have the perfect solution a 30- or 40-yard dumpster for week-long cleaning projects.
  16. Well, forget about downsizing. Your aging parents have asked if they could move in, so now you really need the room. Get cleaning and leave nostalgia at the curb.
  17. Ah, Spring is in the air, birds are chirping in the trees, and squirrels are foraging for their lost nuts. Now is the ideal time for spring cleaning, to refresh your yard and home by throwing away junk that has accumulated over the last six months. That pre-lit Christmas tree whose lights died before the holidays? Time to get rid of it.
  18. A close friend from college has decided to man-up and clean his house. He has asked for your help. Step 1? Recommend that he rent a dumpster, to save his sanity – and your friendship.
  19. An uncle on your spouse’s side, twice removed through divorce, re-marriage, and divorce, has left you his summer cottage on the lake when he passed away. Yay! The problem? It has not been cleaned in 25 years and needs to be gutted, top to bottom. That means lots of junk will need to be tossed, and the best solution is one of our largest dumpsters. Of course, you may find mementos you want to keep, but the rest is destined for the garbage heap.
  20. You are thinking twice about that “deal of the century” you got on a rental property near the local community college. The problem? Twenty years’ worth of college kids leaving junk behind in closets and cubby holes you never knew existed. If there ever was a time you needed to rent a dumpster, this is it. Right away.
  21. Your neighborhood-wide yard sale was less than stellar, leaving you with dozens of items you want to get rid of – not to mention a few things you are sure a neighbor sneakily left behind.
  22. Your youngest has finally moved away to college for the next 10 months. Party time? Not so fast. First, his bedroom in the basement needs to be cleaned out. And maybe even sanitized. The first thing to do is call us and ask about dumpster options to help reclaim your home.
  23. Your employer has put you in command of cleaning out a demolition site that is going to be turned into a parking lot. That means it is time to rent a couple 40-yard dumpsters for concrete, steel, and other debris that needs to be moved.
  24. You agreed to help the local community centre clear out several storage areas that will be turned into an after-school centre for city high school students. It really is amazing how much “stuff” you can cram into one of our largest dumpsters!
  25. You just started cleaning but have decided you need quiet time. Guess what? There still is room in the dumpster, so grad a folding chair and a cold drink and move right in. Close the doors for a few, and just relax. You have earned some time off.

Different Dumpsters for Different Needs

Every project you have that requires cleaning out refuse or other unwanted items is different than the next. You may simply be cleaning out your garage, or perhaps you work in construction and have been tasked with demolishing a small structure and disposing of the debris. In either case, we have a variety of dumpsters to fit all your needs, from 1- and 3-gallon units all the way up to our largest, a 40-gallon unit capable of handling whatever you throw into it.
We will gladly rent any kind or size of dumpster you feel is best suited for your needs but would like to share information to help you make an informed decision. The different kinds of dumpsters are:

  • Front Loader Dumpsters

These are the kinds of dumpsters most often seen in residential areas, retail locations, offices, store fronts, or in apartment or condominium developments. This kind of dumpster is unique because it has slots on both sides, where a garbage truck’s front prongs are inserted to lift the container. With the prongs in place, the truck operator activates a control to lift the unit and dump its contents into the truck. These types of dumpsters are sized anywhere from 2- to 8-cubic yard capacities.

  • Rear Loader Dumpsters

Also available in 2- to 8-cubic yard capacities, this kind of dumpster is distinguished from its front load cousin by its complicated grappling and dumping mechanism. A rear load dumpster features a hinge and winch mechanical system. Two poles project crossways from the front edge of the dumpster, which lock into the underside edge of an opening at the back of the garbage truck. The hole at the rear edge of the waste receptacle has a winch fastened to it by a hook, and when activated by the truck driver hoists the container up until its contents fall into the back of the truck.

  • Roll-off Dumpsters

These are the sometimes-dinged up behemoths you see outside of construction areas or parked in your neighbour’s driveway if they have a large amount of refuse to get rid of.  With a capacity of 40-cubic yards, it is the largest-capacity waste unit available. Depending on the situation, such as where the dumpster will be placed, it can be loaded two ways: Either the use of a robotic arm mechanism, or a winch and metal sled. The dumpster is dragged onto the rear of the dump truck by the robotic arm mechanism or lifted at a 45-degree angle over the truck’s metal sled by the sled and winch system. At this point, the waste unit is locked onto the winch and pulled into position by the sled. Once the garbage dumpster and sled ascend, the sled achieves a horizontal position by tilting backward. These dumpsters are reserved for the largest amounts of waste that need to be disposed of from any location.

Which Size Dumpster is Best?

In nearly all cases, renting a dumpster is far less expensive than hiring a “college junk” company to come in and clean out your home or business, but the key to getting value for your money is estimating correctly. If you are tearing off a residential roof, the decision is easy – you need a 40-cubic yard trash receptacle.
But if you believe you have, at most, 15 yards of trash but are confident you can cram it into a 10-yard dumpster, you may be disappointed. If certain large items do not fit, then what? Then you may be forced into renting another 10-yard dumpster or figure out some other way to store and transport the trash. The result: Lost time and money. Remember, you will not get a discount for renting a second 10-yard dumpster. The best approach would have been to rent a 20-yard unit which is more expensive than one 10-yard dumpster but less expensive than two.
By properly estimating the size of the dumpster, you will ensure that you are not forced to over-stuff the unit. As mentioned, all trash placed into the dumpster cannot extend beyond the level sides of the unit, and the trash hauler by law cannot transport the unit if there is a chance debris will be expelled during transportation. You could be ticketed or fined and may even be charged an overfilling fee if the truck driver has the level the trash himself.

Now that you have estimated how much trash you have that needs to be hauled away, what size dumpster will fit into the allocated space? If the dumpster needs to be maneuvered into tight space, say a small alley or driveway, you need to measure the dimensions. In most cases, our dumpsters are eight feet wide, so that normally is not the issue. The issue is the length of the driveway, alley, or other flat surface where the dumpster will be positioned.
Dumpster sizes are as follows:

  • 10-cubic yard: 10-feet long by 8-feet wide by 3.5-feet tall.
  • 20-cubic yard: 22-feet long by 8-feet wide by 4-feet tall.
  • 30-cubic yard: 22-feet long by 8-feet wide by 7-feet tall.
  • 40-cubic yard: 22-feet long by 8-feet wide by 8-feet tall.

You also need to remember that most dumpsters have a door that is 8-feet wide that swings open, so your space estimate should take that into consideration. You will need space for the door swinging open.

Why Some Dumpster Sizes Work Better than Others

Not all dumpsters are created equal. The size helps determine how much junk or other items can be loaded into it. Here some guidelines to keep in mind.

  • 10-yard Dumpsters

Simply put, our 10-yard dumpsters are good for holding 10-cubic yards of dirt, wood, or other debris. To put things in perspective, that is about as much as you could haul away in three to five pickup trucks with full-size beds. This makes it an ideal option for small home or business cleanouts or renovation projects. For instance, one of these dumpsters could accommodate 10 standard-size kitchen stoves placed tightly together.
Here are some restrictions to keep in mind before renting a 10-yard dumpster. The average weight limit is from one to three tons, and going over it could incur overweight fees as the dump will be weighed by the trucking company; You can rent for up to seven days, with extensions – but call us for details; Be sure to pay attention to the type of debris that can be placed in the dumpster, because items not allowed – such as hazardous waste – could result in fines or other litigation; If you disposing of large amounts of mixed trash, such as appliances or furniture and recyclables like plastic or paper, keep them separated in different dumpsters.
Some of the 10-yard dumpsters feature a rear door for easy loading, which is ideal when disposing of large or heavy items that would be difficult to lift over the edge of the unit. The benefits of such a dumpster are: Rear door for easy loading; the roll-off design means it can be quickly rolled off the truck and placed at your location; and it has smaller dimensions and will easily fit in most modern driveways and alleys.
There is a variation of the 10-yard dumpster that may be appealing in certain situations. This is what is sometimes referred to as a “lowboy” because it has shorter sides – only two to three feet off the ground. Such a design makes it a simple task to dispose of refuse like dirt, bricks, concrete, tile, sand, and asphalt which can be easily tossed over the side of the unit. The unique benefits and features are: Simple loading from any side; better suited for heavier items; has a longer footprint than a rear-entry model with dimensions of 16-feet long by 8-feet wide by 2-feet tall.
We also rent dumpster trailers, which are ideal for hauling away 10-yards or less of trash. If you are restricted to using a dumpster on soft ground, a trailer-designed model is a great option. Here are its benefits and options: Wheels make it ideal for soft surfaces; is available in different sizes and shapes; great alternative to a larger, heavier roll-off dumpster; Low-risk chance of damaging property such as grass or a driveway.
Depending on your needs, you also may want to inquire about front-load containers. While the maximum size is 10-yards, the most popular are smaller: 2-,4-,6-, and 8-cubic yards. These are most often seen at businesses, restaurants, or retail locations where there is a weekly trash collection service. But remember, these are not the kind of dumpsters you would choose for demolition, construction, or other large projects. There are benefits, however: They have a single- or double-door on top; mostly used where weekly trash collection is available; garbage trucks can easily pick them up with a hydraulic powered, front-loading arm; it has a smaller footprint if 7-feet long by 6-feet wide by 7-feet high.
It also is possible that your trash needs are much smaller, in which case we may suggest you use a 10-yard bin. These are perfect for smaller projects, like cleaning out the shed, garage, or attic; a 250-square foot wood deck removal; 2,000 to 2,500 square feet of old roofing shingles; small home remodelling projects for the kitchen or bath; Dirt or concrete removal of about one cubic yard.
It is important to speak with one of our rental professionals before making a final decision, as they can help educate you on trash restrictions, estimate the size of the dumpster needed, cost, and other information to factor into your decision. We also encourage our customers to look around for recommendations and compare features online before renting a dumpster.

  • 20-yard Dumpsters

Our 20-yard dumpsters offer much more size than their 10-yard cousins – roughly the same amount of waste or refuse you could fit into 10 pickup trucks with full-size beds. That is a lot of hauling capabilities, especially when you are working on different projects, such as roofing, garage or other home renovations, or just cleaning out your entire home or small retail store.
When thinking of renting a 20-yard dumpster, keep these things in mind: Remember the stated weight allowance, which in this case is about three to five tons – with five being the maximum; The normal rental period if seven days, but call for more details; There are restrictions on the kind of waste that can be placed in our dumpsters, so it is best to speak with one of our rental professionals beforehand; Be sure to keep recyclable materials separated for easier disposal.
Our 20-yard dumpsters are available for rent in different configurations, one of the most popular being the standard, roll-off dumpster with an open-top. The door is hinged for easier opening and closing, ideal when you are trying to dispose of heavy or bulky items like appliances, furniture, dirt, or building materials. These are good options for garage, home, or small business clean-up tasks or renovations.
If you have a situation where you need a larger dumpster but also have soft ground to worry about, we rent 20-yard dumpster trailers, too. Wheeled, these are ideal where a roll-off dumpster is too heavy and would damage grass or other soft ground. Because they are larger, they offer more potential benefits: Approximately the same sized as a regular, roll-off dumpster: About the same size as a normal, roll-off dumpster; Low-risk of damage to soft ground and other property where a roll-off dumpster is not an option; Designed to for unloading and pickup.
We also rent debris boxes, with the 20-yard size being a go-to option thanks to its affordability and versatility. What projects would be a great fit? Here are some ideas: A 2-car garage; a 500-square foot outdoor patio; two layers of roofing shingles on a 2,000-sqaure foot residence; a bathroom or kitchen remodelling project; a whole-house cleanout when moving in or out; demolishing a standalone shed or garage; throwing out a whole house-worth of garbage; construction debris for a small residence; yard waste removal; or if you are a small property manager and have residences to clean or demolish before another renter moves in.
If you call one of our rental professionals to discuss your situation, give them as many details as possible. The more information we have, the better to make an informed decision. Ultimately, the decision is yours, if course, but factors that contribute to how much you spend are the size of the dumpster, how long you need it, and the distance to travel for drop-off and pick-up.

More Useful Tips

The key to being successful is striving to meet your customers’ needs, professionalism, competitive pricing, and a dedication to exemplary customer service. We believe that we earn high marks in all those categories and have earned our reputation because we also educate home and business owners, so they make informed decisions. Here are some other useful tips when renting a bin or dumpster.

  • Make decisions based on your own needs. As a reputable bin rental company, fulfilling your needs to the best of our ability is in your best interest – and ours. We will not tell you what you need but will strive to provide information needed to make the right choice.
  • If you have rented a dumpster for more than one day, it is advisable to keep it covered whenever possible. We have heard of many cases where a home or business owner left a dumpster unprotected overnight and came out the next morning to find it filled with someone else’s junk. It also is not a bad idea to install an inexpensive web or WIFI-enabled security camera near the bin for just such a reason.
  • Waste products can become smelly and unmanageable if they are exposed to the elements, such as rain or snow – two other good reasons for keeping a tarp handy.
  • Only rent what you need, and trust in your rental advisor’s dumpster recommendation.
  • Check with your rental provider or municipality about any permits needed to park a dumpster on a public street or public right-of-way.
  • Be sensitive to concerns of your neighbours or fellow business owners. Dumpsters can take up a lot of space, so be sure you are not encroaching on someone else’s property or blocking their access to their residence. Because certain waste products, such as flooring or drywall damaged by rain or flood waters, can become odiferous, make sure to use a tarp overnight to help contain the odours.
  • Ask for recommendations from other customers. It never hurts to get someone else’s opinion about a company’s services and rental rates.
  • Be sure the rental company is fully licensed and insured.
  • Ask to inspect the company stock of dumpsters and take note of their condition. If they are rusted through, it may be a good idea to look elsewhere.

The Really Big Dumpsters

For your biggest junk removal jobs, you need the biggest dumpsters we rent: The 30- and 40-yard versions. Why? The absolute bottom line is you will get the most value for your money.

  • 30-yard dumpsters

These are the second largest dumpsters we rent and are more than enough for most residential and small business junk removal needs. Typical dimensions are 22-feet long by 7.5-feet wide by 6-feet wide. A large 30-yard dumpster can hold up to 10,000 pounds of waste items and have higher walls – making them ideal for tall furniture or other debris.
Which projects are ideal for such a large dumpster? Business renovations, office clean-ups, home or business expansions, preparing a home for sale or when moving in, general waste removal, or estate sales that have ended with leftover items.
Renting this large of a dumpster may present a few logistical challenges. We will need a space approximately 60-feet long by 23-feet wide to drop off and pick up the dumpster, and this area must be free of anything that would impede the disposal truck from reaching the waste unit. It also is important to make sure there are no low-hanging power or utility lines overhead, or the dumpster will have to be placed elsewhere.

  • 40-yard dumpsters

These are the truly “Big Berthas” of the dumpster rental business, and for good reason. At 22-feet long by 7.5-feet wide by 8-feet tall, each unit can hold up to 16,000 pounds of non-hazardous waste. What kind? Steel, wood, glass, concrete, bricks, construction debris, tires, appliances – just about anything you can toss into it.  Because of the sheer size, such large units are perfect for construction firms, roofing businesses, and homeowners poised for a top-to-bottom cleanout of a 2,000-square foot home.
Renting a dumpster is not what anyone would call a “life changing” event, but the end results may deliver a positive you never thought imaginable: More room and free space to build or add on to your dreams, or open space free of clutter so you have time to dedicate to other pursuits.
At Rent1 Equipment Rentals, we are dedicated to renting you all the equipment and machinery needed for all your construction or waste removal tasks. Contact us today at 604-359-6287 for information or send an email.