Most Common Questions About Roll-Off Dumpsters

Roll-off dumpsters are a versatile piece of equipment. They complement a range of projects from home renovations to LEED recycling. At PBS Services, we’ve been working with customers in Alabama find a solution to their waste management needs with roll-off dumpster rentals. Over the years, we’ve been asked a series of questions that we thought might help you as you start your project.

Do I need a commercial or roll-off dumpster?

The word dumpster usually refers to large containers that hold waste. But, there is a difference between the two. When you are considering waste management services, you need to know the difference to confirm you are getting the right service and price.

Commercial Dumpsters

Commercial dumpsters are the semi-permanent fixtures behind a restaurant, hotel, business, or school. Companies like PBS offer businesses in Alabama with waste management service by providing commercial dumpster rentals that include driver delivery and maintenance.

Roll-off Dumpsters

A roll-off dumpster is synonymous with construction. You’ll see them as open top and come in a variety of sizes and shapes. They don’t have to be used for commercial purposes only. Residential homes under construction benefit from having them on site to help with waste. Roll-off dumpsters can go to landfills or recycling plants depending on the type of waste involved.

How does it work when I need to rent a dumpster?

First, you need to find a reputable waste management service in Alabama that offers dumpster rentals. Once you’ve confirmed they provide the services you need you can give them a call. Rentals usually are booked according to the length of time they are required. You can expect a delivery fee in addition to the cost of renting the dumpster. Be prepared for a weight limit. Some places will attach a maximum load to each dumpster. Going over the weight limit could mean additional fines.

What sizes are available in a roll-off dumpster?

The roll-off is usually long and rectangular. The sizes include 15, 20, 30, and 40 yards. Using a roll-off is less hazardous. All debris from the job is tossed safely into one container removing the chances of injury in the work area. Getting work done can happen quickly when you are more focused on the task rather than making frequent trips to the landfill or recycling center. Getting the right size is helpful.

How do I know what size I need?

Homeowners who need to rent a dumpster should confirm with their contractors to get an estimate on anticipated waste. Each size will hold a different amount, but here’s a rough guide based on PBS Services roll-off dumpsters:

  • 40-yard Container – holds roughly the same amount as 25 – 30 pickup trucks worth of trash or waste.
  • 20-yard Container – holds about 20,000 lbs of debris. That would be about the size of your residential garbage truck.
  • 15-yard Container – Can hold about 6-8 pickup trucks worth of garbage.

Earlier we mentioned finding a reputable company in Alabama with experience in waste management. Businesses like these work with people just like you to help them identify what kind of equipment they need. You can talk to them about the job you are completing, and they can confirm what size works best.

What am I allowed to throw away in the dumpster?

Each rental company has its own rules, but here are a few things you should know. Restricted items are usually batteries, oil (or other automotive fluid), paint, tires, or anything flammable. Before you confirm your rental, the company shares with you the complete list of restricted items. Other than that almost anything goes such as carpet, tile, shingles, furniture, and other everyday household items.

Pro tip: be considerate when filling your dumpster. Keep things even. Avoid creating hills of garbage on one side or the other. It helps you get more into the container and makes it easier to remove.

How do I use a roll-off for recycling? 

Companies like PBS help businesses who are working with LEED certification. We’ve talked a little about the LEED program, but the biggest takeaway is working with a waste removal company with experience following the strict guidelines. All waste must be accounted for including recycling. Businesses like PBS make it simpler by keeping detailed logs to confirm you are sticking within the required standards.

How much does it cost to rent dumpsters?

Prices vary based on the size of the container and how long you need it. Don’t forget about delivery fees. Roll-off dumpsters require a truck to haul the contents to the landfill or recycling center. You’ll need to pay a delivery service to cover the expenses for transporting the waste. Talk to your company about additional fees. As we mentioned before, going over the weight limit could incur additional fees. Sometimes projects don’t go to plan and take a little longer. Ask what it might cost to rent it per day, week, or month if you need an extension.

Roll-Off Dumpster Rentals in Alabama

PBS Services helps commercial and residential properties find cost-effective solutions for waste management. Contact us today to learn more about rentals, sizes, and assistance with LEED recycling.

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