Top 6 Ways to Avoid Dumpster Overage Fees

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Top 6 Ways to Avoid Dumpster Overage Fees

While what you are quoted when renting a dumpster is what you usually end up paying, there are some factors that can end up costing you a lot more at the end of the day. One of the easiest ways for your dumpster rental cost could skyrocket is due to overage fees that can come from overfilling your dumpster and exceeding the set-out weight limit. 

While it can be easy to get carried away with dumping, it can be simple to accidentally overfill your rented dumpster. However, with a little bit of caution, it is easy to make sure you do not go over the weight limit. 

Here are a few tips for helping you avoid dumpster overage fees for your rental.

Do Your Homework

Before starting your project, it is crucial that you do the homework on what kind of waste or debris your job will be creating. Doing this will help you make sure that you are selecting the perfect dumpster for your job. Picking the right container size is the best way to make sure you do not go over the weight limit. A nice method to keep in mind is selecting a dumpster that is slightly larger than what you think you will need. 

Read The Policy

The best way to avoid overage charges is to make sure that you understand what will constitute as overages according to the agreement. Some policies will charge you overage fees for overweight dumpsters, overflowing ones, or even dumpsters that are loaded with items that are prohibited in the rental policy. 

Keep Dumpsters Covered

It is simple: Cover your dumpster during periods of rain. A lot of construction debris weighs more when it is wet. Because of this, you should cover your dumpster when it is raining. A lot of rental companies are able to bring a lid to your house or job site upon request. So, do not worry about asking, because it just may save you some money in the end. 

Avoid Extra Junk

You have a large dumpster just sitting there. So, why wouldn’t you just throw any waste you have into it? While the temptation to throw just any old junk or debris into the dumpster, doing so may result in you having a lot more junk (and weight) at the end of the project. Not only is this a method for avoiding unnecessary weight, it can also help you avoid other charges, too, as a lot of dumpster rentals do not allow construction debris to be mixed in with household waste. 

Skip Long-Term Rentals

The longer you have a dumpster, the heavier the final load will be – it just makes sense. The longer you have a dumpster sitting on the site, or at home, the more debris or junk you will find to throw into the dumpster. As well, the longer you have a dumpster sitting out, the more it is susceptible to things like illegal dumping and natural weight add-ons such as rain weight, etc. 

Recycle, Recycle!

While a dumpster is a great way to get rid of a lot of junk or debris during a cleanup, renovation, or project, there is a lot of junk that gets tossed that could be recycled, or donated instead of thrown out. The more you can recycle, donate, or reuse the less weight you will be adding to the dumpster. 


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