Throwing Out 6 Myths About Dumpster Rentals

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Renting a dumpster can be a great way to streamline whatever project you’re planning to tackle. However, there are many myths and misconceptions about rental dumpsters that may be holding homeowners back from taking advantage of this time and money saving solution.

If you’re on the fence about dumpster rentals, we’ll debunk 6 common myths and help you get a clearer picture of what the process looks like. 

1. Dumpster rentals aren’t for everyone

If the only dumpsters you generally see are on commercial properties, it’s possible you might assume that’s their only use. But any homeowner can rent a dumpster for any project. Whether it’s a renovation project, garage clean-out, moving, or landscaping project.

If you plan to place the dumpster on your property, no permit or approval is needed. The only issue you’re likely to have is if you are a member of a Homeowners Association, you may need to double-check any rules they have regarding dumpster rental.

2. Renting a dumpster is too expensive

You probably think that renting a dumpster will cost way more than getting rid of the trash yourself. But the truth is that construction projects often create more waste than you anticipate, and taking multiple trips to the landfill can really add up, in both cost and time. 

With a dumpster, garbage can be put directly into the bin and hauled away without the hassle and cost of garbage bags, gas, or a vehicle for hauling if you don’t have a truck available.

3. Dumpsters are dirty and unappealing

It’s likely you think that the idea of having a big, dirty dumpster in your driveway or yard seems unattractive. However, the alternative is likely having to bag and sort a mess of garbage bags. The sturdy walls of a rental dumpster will keep all your waste in one convenient location, and it will also help keep out any dumpster-diving critters that might be attracted to the waste.

4. Renting a dumpster is a hassle

If you’re already overwhelmed with everything that goes into planning a renovation project, the last thing you want to do is jump through a million hoops to rent a dumpster. That’s why ZTERS helps make the process super quick and easy. Just give as a call and we’ll help you find and schedule a dumpster that works for your needs.

5. You can’t put a dumpster in your driveway

If the thought of destroying your driveway or grass with a large, heavy dumpster gives you pause, you’re not alone. Luckily, there are steps you can take to help lessen the impact of the dumpster on your property and prevent damage. ZTERS recommends placing plywood over the area where your dumpster will go.

6. You can put anything in a dumpster

The last thing you might believe about renting a dumpster is that you can just chuck everything you want to get rid of into the bin and send it off with no issues. However, for environmental and safety reasons, there are a few things that cannot be thrown in a dumpster.

A few common materials that should be kept out include:

  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Tires
  • Hazardous materials
  • Batteries
  • Fluorescent bulbs

Large items such as furniture are typically taller than the container and stick out over the top, therefore needing a special container and/or separate scheduling to remove them Similarly, make sure the items you’re tossing aren’t too heavy. If you’re disposing of a lot of rocks or other heavy items, it might be wise to choose a larger dumpster in order to prevent additional fees or damage to the dumpster. Our Dumpster Sizing Tool can help you determine exactly what size you need.

No matter what your next project is, renting a dumpster is easier than ever. If you’re still unsure about what you need, feel free to give us a call and we will find the solution that works for you. 

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