Delivery Tips for Your Next Dumpster Rental


Your dumpster is rented, so now what? Just like you’re preparing your house for your next DIY project, you have to prepare your driveway for your dumpster rental. Here’s a few steps to ensure a safe, successful and stress-free delivery:

Step 1: Make Some Room

Are any cars, basketball hoops or home dumpsters going to get in the way if they aren’t moved? If you’re not sure, grab a tape measure and be aware of a few numbers:

  • Dumpster Sizes
    • 10 yards – 14 feet long by 7.5 feet wide
    • 20, 30, 40 yards – 22 feet long by 7.5 feet wide
    • Just to be safe, you should designate a 10-foot width for your placement location
  • Delivery Trucks
    • 50 feet of space needed in a straight line (14-22 feet of this length is for the dumpster)

Step 2: Check Clearance Height

If there are any potential hanging objects, like telephone wires or tree limbs, get rid of them. The dumpster will not be over 7 feet tall, but you have to remember the height of the delivery truck and its raised flatbed. Plan for 14-18 feet of vertical clearance to ensure the dumpster or truck don’t have a chance of hitting anything during delivery.

Step 3: Know Your Date

After ordering your dumpster, you should expect delivery within 1-2 business days after your order is placed. Your dumpster could show up at any time during business hours, so be sure that the area is clear well before your dumpster is scheduled to show up to avoid any fees for a delivery attempt and failure.

What's Next?

Your dumpster is delivered…anything else? Yes! Be sure to know what you can and can’t put into your rented dumpster:

  • General household items like housewares, personal items and clothing can all go in a dumpster
  • Remodeling debris like drywall, lumber, flooring, cabinetry and siding is also accepted
  • Residential and construction debris should not be mixed together
  • Items like furniture, clothing, plastics, paper and other general refuse are meant for residential dumpsters
  • Materials like concrete, sheetrock or fixtures should be placed in construction dumpsters
  • Heavier items will cost more to dump

For a more extensive list of what can and can’t go into a dumpster, check out our First Time Rental Guide or give us a call at (803) 573-0073

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