Large projects often mean you have more trash than your weekly refuse service can collect. When you need to get rid of a lot of waste, renting a roll off dumpster is inevitable. You have to cart all that trash and debris away somehow and it is far more efficient to have a service provider do the heavy lifting than for you to make multiple trips to a refuse site.

That being said, you would probably prefer not to have that equipment and trash hanging around in your yard or outside your home for any longer than is absolutely necessary. Proper planning means you can minimize the amount of time you have a dumpster on-site, potentially reducing your costs and limiting disruption.


How Long Will You Need Your Dumpster?

How long you will need for your dumpster rental depends on the amount of time you expect to be moving trash from your site. That may not be the full length of the project, so the first step is to create a plan that breaks out each portion of the task.

A typical project contains the following segments of work: outline, estimation, preparation, action, and completion.

The outline phase is when you create a list of the tasks to get done, then put them in the order that they need to happen. Estimation goes hand-in-hand with this process, as you set a time frame for each task and judge how long it will take to get to the next. Hopefully, you have no mess to clear up at this point!

Preparation means making sure you have the right tools to do the job, including clear storage spaces and enough trash bags or cans, but you probably do not need a dumpster just yet. As you enter the action phase, the crucial questions become how much waste will you generate and when will it start to get in the way. Some small projects can turn around a quick one-day dumpster rental upon completion, but most will require a longer rental that begins at some point during the action phase.

So the exact point at which you should request your roll off dumpster depends on the following considerations:

  • Will most of your waste be created right at the beginning of your work, or will it wait until the end?
  • Could the clutter be organized as you go through the work, or will it get in the way of what you are trying to achieve?
  • Do you have a temporary space to store some of the debris while you work?

The bottom line is that you can get hold of a variety of dumpster sizes as and when you want them, but it pays to plan ahead and only have the equipment there as you need it.

It is important to note that although you rent a dumpster for a set period of time, you are not locked into that deadline date. You will have to arrange a pick-up time even if you do stick to your schedule, so there is flexibility if you need a little more time to get the job done. You will be charged for additional days, of course, so it is still important to minimize any overrun.

If you take the time to understand the detailed sections of your work and the critical point when your waste must be out of the way, you can rest assured that your roll off dumpster will be there when you need it (but not a minute longer, if you can keep to your plan!)