What to Know Before Renting a Dumpster

Do you have an upcoming project that will require renting a dumpster? Are you on the hunt for a reputable dumpster rental company? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

There are many reasons why a person may need dumpster rental services, from backyard cleanups to home renovation projects. Keep reading to learn what you should know before renting a dumpster, and what factors to consider in order to make the best choice for your needs.

Renting a Dumpster

Renting a dumpster is a relatively simple process. The first step is to find a reputable dumpster rental company and then determine what size and type of dumpster you need. The dumpster company will then deliver the dumpster to your desired location, and remove it when you are done.

If you have been searching for local waste management services, you may have realized that you have a lot of options. While renting a dumpster is a fairly straightforward process, it is made even easier with the right dumpster company.

Should You Choose a Local Dumpster Company?

When choosing a dumpster company, you have the option of going with one of the bigger nationwide companies, or going with a local company. 

While the big dumpster companies may seem tempting, choosing a local company has many benefits. Local companies are the best choice in terms of convenience, service, and cost savings. Local companies also come with the peace of knowing that you are working with someone who is familiar with your area and avoiding internet schemes or middlemen. 

What Type of Dumpster Fits Your Project?

The first step is to identify what size dumpster you need. The bigger the dumpster, the more expensive it will be. Therefore, knowing what dumpster size you truly need is critical. Information like how much waste you have, the scope of your project, and what type of waste you will be discarding will help determine what dumpster size you will need. 

At WasteNow, we supply our customers with expert knowledge and advice on what size dumpster will best suit their needs. We offer a variety of roll-off dumpsters for household renovations and construction projects as well as containers for specific types of garbage.

What Type of Waste are You Disposing of?

Dumpsters typically have strict guidelines and restrictions for what can be disposed of in them. Most often, dumpsters are for household junk, furniture, garage, and attic debris, etc. Items like rubber tires, liquids, flammables/hazardous materials, pesticides, or dumpster loads purely of dirt, gravel, concrete, and/or bricks are prohibited. 

How Long Will You Need It?

First, determine how long you will need the dumpster. To minimize costs, have your dumpster delivered on the first day of the project, and picked up promptly at the end. 

WasteNow offers a one-week rental compared to most other companies’ 5-day rental periods. You can extend your rental for an additional daily fee.

Where to Put Your Dumpster

Once you have chosen your dumpster, the next step is to find an easily accessible, flat surface for it to sit on. In general, dumpsters should not damage your property. However, where you decide to put the dumpster plays a major role in ensuring the safety of your property and those using it.

Placing your dumpster in the grass is not advised as it has a high risk of damaging your landscaping. Instead, place the dumpster on the most level part of your driveway or on the street. If possible, a concrete surface is the best place to place your dumpster. Concrete is not susceptible to impressions on its surface and it can hold the weight of the dumpster. Asphalt is softer than concrete, and asphalt driveways have a slightly higher risk of damage from a dumpster. 

Protecting Your Driveway

Regardless of what type of driveway you have, there are ways to avoid dumpster damage. You can protect your driveway by laying down plywood or 2×4 boards under the dumpster. The wood will help distribute weight and act as a protective cushion between the driveway and dumpster.

The weight of the dumpster plays a role in the risk of damage. The heavier your dumpster is, the more likely it is to cause damage. Try not to overload your dumpster, and take extra precautions if you will be filling the dumpster with heavy items.

Heat can affect asphalt by making it softer and more vulnerable to impressions. In the summer, try to put your dumpster in a shaded area if possible.


Pricing is one of the most important factors when it comes to a rental decision for most people. A reliable dumpster rental company will be fair and transparent with its pricing. Dumpster pricing is dependent on the size of the dumpster, rental period, and type and weight of waste.

At WasteNow, rentals begin at $190 for our 6yd dumpster. The rate varies depending on size, delivery location, and rental period. Contact Waste Now today for your personalized quote.

Weight Limits

Some dumpster rental companies enforce weight limits and will charge more based on whether or not the limit is exceeded. It is important to note that weight limits are not usually exceeded if you avoid filling your dumpster with heavy items like brick, concrete, tree stumps, or wet carpet. If you are planning to dispose of heavier items like concrete, WasteNow offers concrete dumpsters to solve the weight limit specific issue.

Rent Your Dumpster Ahead of Time

It is important to rent your dumpster ahead of time. Dumpsters can get booked up, so it is helpful to schedule your rental a few weeks in advance. 

Dumpster rentals can be used for a variety of projects. With a little research, planning, and communication with a dumpster rental company, you can determine the option that best suits your needs. Choose a service provider you can rely on to give sound advice about your requirements, prompt delivery and collection, and competitive prices. Contact WasteNow to learn more about our specials and receive the best pricing on dumpster rentals in Louisville, Kentucky, and Southern Indiana.