You want to get rid of old furniture without the hassle of renting a truck or making multiple trips to the dump. Renting a dumpster is a great option! This article will explain how dumpster rentals work, and how they can help with your furniture removal and disposal needs.

What is the Dumpster Rental?

Businesses and homeowners can rent a dumpster to dispose of large quantities of garbage and debris ranging from construction debris, to household items, appliances and even yard waste. When searching for the best dumpster rental service it is important to consider a few key factors

  1. Is the company you are dealing with local, or are they a broker
  2. What is included in the pricing you receive, normally you are looking for at least 1 week, a specific amount of tonnage, delivery pickup and any and all fuel surcharges or environmental fees to be included up front
  3. Do they offer automatic pickup, or do you have to call to avoid additional fees
  4. What are others saying about their service, check places like google, yelp, bing, etc. for local reviews and experiences

After scheduling and filling the dumpster, you should always call the company to arrange for them to come pick it up if you are done early and dispose of it regardless of whether they do automatic pickups or not, mainly because rain adds weight, and this can cost you more given all garbage waste is charged by the ton. It’s as simple as that!

There are many types of dumpsters that you can rent. It is important to choose the right one for your needs. If you are looking to dispose of large furniture pieces or a volume of debris that might exceed the height of the rails, you will need a bigger dumpster that can hold them. The primary reasons to consider a larger dumpster is

  1. Cost and economy of scale ( it is less expensive to rent 1 large dumpster than 2 smaller)
  2. Safety, if your dumpster is overloaded, debris could fall out on the road creating hazards for motorists during transport/ it may not be taken by the hauler

If you are looking to dispose of smaller items or small quantities, a smaller dumpster may be sufficient, but bear in mind that clutter throughout your home or space once brought into a singular area oftentimes takes up more space than we realize.

Dumpster rental service providers do not haul or accept hazardous waste without special scheduling. Some typical hazardous waste items are

  1. Wet Paint
  2. Oil
  3. Fuel
  4. AsbestosĀ 

Should you have any of these items, or anything you believe might fall under the category of hazardous, be sure to include this in the conversation with your dumpster service provider to ensure you are doing things safely, and legally.

What is the cost?

Costs for renting a dumpster vary depending on their size, type and length. Dumpster rentals are usually much more affordable than other ways to dispose of large quantities of trash or debris, such as renting a truck to make multiple trips to the dump.

Renting a 10-yard dumpster for a week can cost around $200-$300. Renting a larger dumpster will cost you more but hold more waste. Therefore, you’ll need to rent it less often. A 30-yard dumpster can be rented for $500-$700 per week. Generally speaking, there is an economy of scale to be had by renting 1 larger dumpster rather than several smaller ones because a lot of what you pay for in your dumpster rental service is trucking.


Renting a dumpster is a quick and easy way to get rid of large quantities of garbage or debris. Although there is an initial cost to renting a dumpster it is usually much less expensive than other disposal methods, such as a trucking or junk removal services. Renting a dumpster is an economical way to dispose of unwanted furniture and other household items while providing you with convenience and safety in transporting your debris away.