What exactly is a dumpster? A big metal box of varying sizes which you can throw things into. Most project managers hire a dumpster or two first, then move on to the rest of the plan. Homeowners who want to renovate either one room of their homes (especially the kitchen for instance), or the entire house, need to organize a dumpster of the right size for the job as quickly and as inexpensively as they can. It is a necessity, just like drywall and appliances and flooring are. If you don’t have something to put the trash and recycle materials in, then where are you going to put it?
You can save money by looking for a dumpster rental yourself, if you are a homeowner, and contractors already know where the best dumpster rental sites are. If you are a first timer or someone looking to save some money, then a few rental sites online can quote you a good price and get a local dumpster of the right size to your site as soon as possible. Most demo material that’s removed from a home can be divided into three types — appliances and cabinets which may be recycled, actual trash, and materials which can be divided out into separate materials which may then be sent off to the recycler.
Appliances that are in pretty good shape and not beat up and ugly or very dirty, can be donated, as some cabinets can. Straight out trash has to go to the landfill, and recyclable materials like copper and aluminum may either be sorted at the construction site or just taken to the appropriate recycle center. You can save money by sorting it yourself. Some dumpster rentals enable sorting at your site because they come divided into sections. Parts of some recycled materials will get you back a few bucks and this can offset the price of the dumpster rental, sometimes by a lot.
Donations to a charity such as a registered thrift store or a Habitat for Humanity store really help those types of organizations. It is hard to keep all of the material you want to get rid of from a home or office building separated, but a good dumpster will be almost like an additional worker on the job site. There are several sizes to suit just about anyone’s need — from a ten yard small dumpster up to a 20, thirty, and even 40 yard size. They will be delivered to your site or home, dropped off, then picked up when full.
As you are getting your dumpster or dumpster from the dumpster rental site, try and calculate how much demo material you will end up with and get the right sized dumpster. Too little and you may have to rent another one, and too big and it’s a waste of money. If you are working out in the country and there aren’t many bathroom facilities around, then consider renting a portable toilet truck from the same dumpster rental company. Some carry those as well, and keeping your workers comfortable goes a long way towards a smoothly running and efficient jobsite.