A construction dumpster (also called a yard dumpster or a roll-off dumpster) is ideal for construction project debris and junk removal.
However, there are a few things you should know before you choose a construction dumpster for your large project. In this article, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to construction dumpster rental, from choosing a dumpster size to having it removed and everything in-between.
The Dos and Don’ts of Dumpster Rental
Before you rent a dumpster, you should keep some basic tips in mind.
- Do make sure you get the correct dumpster size. The size of a construction dumpster typically ranges from 10 cubic yards to 40 cubic yards.
- Do create a solid, flat area in which to place your construction dumpster. (We’ll include more on this in the next section.)
- Don’t place your dumpster on a property you don’t own without permission.
- Don’t place your dumpster in front of fire hydrants, bus stops, or other restricted areas.
- Do know your area’s permitting requirements ahead of your project.
- Do know what material you’ll be placing in the dumpster. Is it bulky yard debris or discarded material from a roof replacement? Will the waste create a hazard in any way?
Where To Place Your Construction Dumpster
One of your primary concerns when renting a construction dumpster should be its location. You’ll want to select an area that is as flat as possible. If you have a flat driveway or parking lot, these can be ideal.
If the surface you’re placing the dumpster on isn’t solid, you should place a plywood base before the dumpster arrives. Otherwise, you risk having it sink into the mud as soon as it rains.
You should also consider accessibility to your dumpster for both the dumpster company and your staff. Ensure the dumpster rental company can easily and safely service your dumpster when needed, and make sure its accessibility makes sense for your company as well.
Do You Need a Permit for Your Construction Dumpster?
Every city has unique requirements regarding permits for construction dumpsters. While your dumpster rental company may help you acquire these permits, it still pays to be aware of these regulations.
Cities may require permits for placing a dumpster on or near a public street/sidewalk or on any other public property. Contact your city’s building or public works department to learn more about its specific regulations.
If you need a permit for your dumpster rental, you should apply for it as soon as possible. Cities can take days or weeks to process these permits, which can slow down your whole construction project.
Can You Place Your Dumpster on a Public Street?
If you can place your construction dumpster on your own property, you should do so. However, sometimes you need to place it on a public street. If you do, you’ll likely need a permit from your city’s department of public works. You should avoid placing a dumpster close to fire hydrants, bus stops, parking meters, or other public rights-of-way.
A good dumpster rental company will know the regulations for placing dumpsters in the area it serves and can guide you through the process.
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