If you have a home improvement project or you've decided to declutter your home, you may be generating more trash than you can handle. There are only so many trips to the town dump one person can make before it becomes a waste of time and money. The better solution is to rent a dumpster in Framingham. But how do you go about it? How much does it cost to rent a dumpster? And do you really need one?
Dumpster 101: What Is a Dumpster and Who Needs One?
Dumpsters are large trash containers that homeowners or contractors can rent to get rid of garbage. They have doors on one end so that you can walk in large pieces of trash safely and easily. They can sit on your property, or you can get a permit to site them temporarily on a public road. That means you have to ensure you have a proper site for the dumpster before you rent one.
The dumpster rental company will lay down planks to protect the ground before they place the dumpster. You can hire them for a minimum of one day and for as long as you need them. They are also known as roll-off dumpsters because the truck pulls up and rolls them right off onto your lot.
When the dumpster is full, call the company, and they'll come and take it away. Some companies will sort through the trash, and some of it will get donated or recycled. The rest will go to the landfill.
Smaller sizes such as 10 yard dumpsters tend to be considered residential dumpsters. They are perfect for small home improvement projects or a serious declutter.
These smaller dumpsters are also suitable as construction dumpsters. For larger projects like roof replacements, there are 30 and 40-yard dumpsters that can handle huge quantities of waste.
Tips for Choosing the Right Size Dumpster
It's important to choose a dumpster that has enough capacity for your project. Dumpster rental companies cannot accept dumpsters that are overfilled. Always choose a dumpster with a bigger capacity instead of cutting it close.
10-Yard Dumpster Rental
A 10-yard dumpster is 14 feet long, 8 feet wide and 3 feet high. It can hold around 1 ton of garbage, which is equivalent to around 50-70 trash bags. They are suitable for:
- Home or garage clear-out
- Waste from remodeling a single room
- Yard waste
15-Yard Dumpster Rental
For slightly larger projects, a 15-yard dumpster offers a greater capacity. They can hold around two tons of waste, which is equivalent to about four pickup truck loads. Like the 10 cubic yard dumpster, they are also 14 feet long and 8 feet wide, but have sides that are 4 feet tall.
20-Yard Dumpster Rental
A 20-yard dumpster can take about six pickup truck loads of waste. That’s about three tons or 110-130 trash bags. They are perfect for medium-sized renovation projects, home clearances, and serious decluttering. They have the same footprint at the 10-yard and 15-yard dumpsters, but are 5 feet high.
30-Yard Dumpster Rental
The 30-yard dumpster offers the biggest capacity that is commonly available, although some companies may also offer 40-yard dumpsters. One 30 cubic yard dumpster can hold nine pickup truck loads. That is about four tons of waste or 170+ trash bags. They are wider, with a 22 feet x 8 feet footprint, and stand six feet tall. They are suitable for a whole house remodel of an average-sized house. They can also accommodate a lot of landscaping debris, for example, if you have to cut down several trees.
Once you have decided on the correct dumpster capacity for your project, you are ready to start getting quotes.
Prepare a Site for the Dumpster
After deciding which dumpster size you need, check you have space for it. You need a flat, hard surface that can support the weight of the dumpster. Plus, it needs to be accessible for drop-off and collection.
If space is tight, it might make more sense to rent a smaller dumpster and have it emptied and returned to you the same day or the next day.
Try to site it close to where you'll be working. If you need to site the dumpster on public property, you'll need a street/sidewalk obstruction permit.
Choosing a Dumpster Rental Company
Now you are ready to get in touch with the dumpster rental companies to get quotes. How do you choose a dumpster rental company? There are a number of local companies operating out of Framingham itself as well as nearby areas such as Natick, Wayland, Dover and Marlborough. National companies that can deliver locally are another option. Local companies usually offer lower prices and better customer care. Shop local is always a good way to go, because your community will benefit from it. It is also important to check their Google reviews to make sure that they have a good reputation.
The cost to rent a dumpster varies depending on its size and how long you need it. It's a good idea to call the dumpster rental company to discuss your project before making your order. You can rent the dumpster at daily, weekly or monthly rates for as long as you need it. Some companies offer same day, next day and weekend service as well.
Remember that you are not allowed to overfill dumpsters. So make sure that you order one that has enough capacity and is also readily accessible. Also, you must not throw banned items and materials (see below) into the dumpsters. If any of these are not true, there will be additional fees to pay.
Once you've chosen the company you want to use, either order a dumpster online or call the company to set the delivery date and make arrangements. Then fill your dumpster with trash and then arrange a pickup time with the company.
Prohibited and Banned Materials
You should know that there are certain things that you can't dispose of in a trash dumpster in Massachusetts, such as sofas, mattresses, appliances, TVs, car tires and propane tanks. For these types of items, you may be able to dispose of them at the Framingham Recycling Center or a local scrap metal facility. Some dumpster rental companies may be able to take some items away for an extra fee as well.
In addition to large items, hazardous materials are also banned from throwing into a dumpster. These include asbestos and other hazardous materials, anything flammable, fluorescent bulbs, paint and oil, and large tires.
Construction waste such as asphalt shingles, concrete, bricks, dirt, and stone require special dumpsters and cannot be disposed of in regular dumpsters. The cost to rent a dumpster of this type will be higher.
Rent a Dumpster from Zoom Disposal Services in Framingham, MA
Massachusetts residents generate over 5.5 million tons of garbage a year. To keep our communities safe, clean and healthy, we should take care to dispose of our wastes. In Framingham, renting a dumpster is a good solution when you have a lot of garbage to get rid of. You enjoy the convenience of being able to dump almost everything without having to drive anywhere.
If you're ready to hire a dumpster, choose Zoom Disposal Services. Based in Framingham, MA, we offer dumpster rentals in Marlborough, Framingham, Southborough, Natick, Wayland, Sherborn and surrounding areas. We're committed to providing an easy, smooth, and reliable service. Call us with any questions at (508) 740-8053.