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What To Consider When Choosing The Perfectly Sized Rental Dumpster For Your Project

When you rent a dumpster, you'll need to choose a size — dumpster rental companies typically offer small 10-yard dumpsters all the way up to huge 40-yard behemoths. Larger dumpsters cost more to rent, so you don't want to rent more dumpster than you actually need for your project. On the other hand, you don't want to exceed the capacity of your dumpster and need to rent an additional one. That makes picking the perfect size very important in saving money when you're renting a dumpster. To help you out, here's what to consider when you're trying to pick the perfectly sized rental dumpster.

Enough Volume to Hold All Your Waste

Volume is the most important consideration when renting a dumpster for two reasons. The first is that dumpster rentals are typically measured and priced by volume — a 20-yard dumpster has 20 cubic yards of volume. The second is that it gives you a good idea of how much space you'll have available to put your junk into.

If you need help visualizing a cubic yard, take measurements of your oven. Standing ovens with a range typically have a volume of around one cubic yard, which gives you an easy way to visualize your space requirements. For example, a 10-yard rented dumpster would be able to fit around 10 ovens worth of waste.

However, items with irregular sizes can make volume calculations more difficult. This includes things like furniture or exercise equipment. You can end up with some wasted space in the dumpster because the items don't stack together well. If you're throwing out several items of furniture or appliances, you may want to err on the safe side and rent a dumpster that's larger than you think you need.

Fits Where You're Planning to Place It

It's important that you rent a dumpster that can actually fit where you plan to use it — if you're forced to put the dumpster in a narrow alleyway in order to avoid blocking traffic, you may be limited to small 10-yard dumpsters. You can also encounter problems if you have a very narrow driveway that is difficult for trucks to access. Take a measurement of the space where you plan to put your rented dumpster and make sure you don't exceed it.

High Rim to Prevent Your Waste From Overflowing

Height is another important consideration when renting a dumpster because you can't overfill the dumpster. If your items are over the rim of the dumpster, the dumpster rental company will refuse to take it — it's unsafe to drive the dumpster rental truck when items could easily fall out of the dumpster and cause accidents on the road.

The height of the dumpster primarily comes into play when you're throwing out furniture and appliances. For example, if you're getting rid of all your outdoor furniture, you may have to throw out a large number of chairs and tables. The rim height of a small dumpster may simply be too low for you to throw out everything you want to without your outdoor furniture going past the rim. Large appliances such as refrigerators may also be difficult to fit into a smaller dumpster with a low rim.

To sum it up, make sure your dumpster fits in the space you plan to put it in, that its volume is large enough to accommodate all of your waste and that the rim is high enough to fit all of your waste without overflowing. Typically, it's less expensive to rent a larger dumpster than to rent two smaller ones — if you misjudge how much waste you have and need to order an additional dumpster to fit it all, you'll spend more compared to simply renting a larger dumpster in the first place. If you need more help with sizing your dumpster properly, contact a dumpster rental company and tell them how you are planning to use your rented dumpster. They've done many rentals and can give you a good idea of how large of a dumpster your project requires.