Five Things to Consider When Renting a Dumpster

Whether you’re taking on a large home remodeling plan or a construction project on the job, don’t let the junk pile up. Rent a dumpster. Because renting a dumpster is not something the average person does on a monthly or even yearly basis, there are things you may not even consider. We’re here to help you get started on what you need to know before and during, so your project can run as smooth as possible.

Here are top five things you need to know when renting a dumpster:


To get the most possible use from your dumpster rental, timing is crucial. You should plan your rental period around the estimated duration of your project. With many small-scale projects, you may not need your rental for more than a day or two. You can schedule it for a morning delivery and have it picked up the next day. For a large-scale renovation, it will take more careful planning.

This planning should include thinking about the time of year you’ll need the dumpster rental. In New England and Rhode Island especially, dumpsters are in high-demand starting in the Spring since many people begin their construction when the weather permits. Always keep this in mind and plan ahead so you’re able to get the dumpster you need at the right time.


Depending on the type of project, you’ll need the right size dumpster to handle the amount of debris and junk that’s being removed. This is probably the most challenging part because most people don’t know how much space they’ll need. The most common mistake is ordering the wrong size. Tip! Don’t always assume you should rent one that is much larger in the case you have to dispose more junk than planned. In the waste world, “playing it safe” by renting a 30-cubic yard dumpster can be costly if you only dispose 12-cubic yards of waste. So, it’s important to roughly calculate your waste amount before choosing a size. You also don’t want to run into a situation where you underestimated, and have to rent another dumpster at an additional cost.

It’s also important to be mindful of what kind of debris you are disposing when considering size. Materials like carpet and drywall can fill up your dumpster much faster. Whereas bricks and rock require a lot more to fill up the space, these materials add a lot of weight to your dumpster. The best rule of thumb when considering the size of dumpster you want to rent is to use one size up from the minimum you think you’ll need. At MEGA, we have a wide range of roll-off dumpsters for you to choose from and our waste specialists can advise based on the size and type of project you’re working on. (Link/Button to DIY Dumpster Guide).


There are a number of things you must consider when determining the placement of your dumpster rental. Like what is the best location of the dumpster in relation to the construction site? Where will it cause the least disturbance to my property? Or even, will it damage my driveway?

First things first, if space is limited, you will need to take preventative measures to protect your property. To start, keep at least 22 feet of free space above the dumpster to ensure an easy delivery and pick up process. Hanging power lines or walls can pose as hazards and obstructions when it is time to pick up.

You also need to make sure the surface on which the dumpster is placed is suited for the weight. Placing on grass or soft ground is not recommended. The best surface is concrete because it is least likely to cause impressions. You may also want to consider a placement away from any landscaping that you worry will get worn down from a path to the dumpster. However to prevent this, we recommend placing plywood on the ground and placing tarps to collect the debris so you can easily get in and out if your house.


When it comes to getting an accurate estimate for your dumpster rental, all you need to do is call. Make sure you discuss the length of rental time, the weight, materials that you are disposing, and the type of project to determine size of container.


While it may be tempting to just throw everything away in a dumpster, you need to be careful about what you toss in. Hazardous or flammable materials should never be disposed in a dumpster. This includes, corrosive chemicals, batteries, pesticides, and appliances. At MEGA, we are mindful of our customer’s safety, so we provide you with adequate safety information before you rent.

Renting a dumpster can seem quite complex, but we want to make sure it’s not a laborious process. That’s why MEGA is here to help with all of your dumpster and disposal needs. If you have any questions, please call 866-420-6342 or drop us a line at