How to Prepare for Dumpster Rental
The day for your big construction project has arrived. You are ready and excited to kick off the job you’ve been planning for a long time. One of the most important features of the project is the garbage container rental.
You need to be prepared for the dumpster rental arrival if you are going to get the most out of your dumpster. This section introduces how a dumpster can be used in construction projects and what you should do to get the most out of it.
With the arrival of your dumpster rental, you can have a clear schedule for your project.
The construction project will involve a lot of debris and trash – this is why it’s important to have a dumpster rental on hand. You can rent one for as long as you need it to be there so that you are not being blocked by the city during the process.
Some projects might need more than one dumpster, so be sure to ask your contractor about what they recommend before making any decisions.
In order to prepare for the process, here are some tips that you should consider:
Step 1: Create Space For Your Roll-Off Dumpster
The area in which the dumpster is to be placed should be free of any objects that may get in the way or cause damage when the dumpster is delivered. Such objects include, but are not limited to, cars, lawn ornaments, construction materials, etc.
Take note of the size of your delivery. Keep in mind these dimensions:
- 10-yard dumpster rental: About 14 feet long and 7.6 feet wide
- 15-yard dumpster rental: About 16 feet long and less than 7.6 feet wide
- 20 yard dumpsters, 30 yard dumpsters, and 40 yard dumpsters: All about 22 feet long and 7.6 feet wide, but different heights
- The size of your delivery area should be 10 feet wide at minimum.
Click here to read about our dumpster sizing.
Do you still have questions about where to place your dumpster rental? Don’t worry! Before your delivery we will help you in preparing a safe space for your rental.
Step 2: Accounting for Delivery Trucks
Although most of our dumpsters are about 8 feet tall you will also need to account for the height of the roll-off style delivery truck. These need a vertical clearance of 14 to 18 feet depending on the size of the dumpster. Your delivery area should be free of tree limbs, power lines and anything else that could cause interferrence.
In addition to the height of the delivery truck, the delivery truck driver requires 50 feet of clearance in a straight line for parking purposes.
Step 3: Keep in Mind the Dumpster Delivery Date
With you choose exactly when you want the delivery date to be so you will know when to expect it. Be specific about exactly when you would like the container delivered. If your project requires the roll-off container to be dropped off early in the morning or at a specific time just indicate this to us when you place your order.
If you have very strict requirements or need to reschedule, please call or contact us in enough time so that we can make the proper adjustments for you.
Step 4: Filling Your Dumpster
Be conscious of what type of debris your dumpster rental is intended for. Depending on its purpose and size, there are certain limitations as to what you can fill your container with. Familiarize yourself with what can and cannot be put into your dumpster here.
What can I put in my dumpster?
• Everyday household items
• Lumber, Siding, Drywall, Flooring, Cabinetry
• Furniture, Appliances
• Yard/Landscaping debris
• Asphalt, Concrete, Brick
What cannot be thrown away in my dumpster?
• Items that have the potential to contaminate the environment or pose a health hazard
Do you still have question? Our team would love to help you! Simply call us at and one of our qualified crew members would be glad to talk you through everything you need for your dumpster rental.
Why wait? Get your dumpster needs solved today.
Below are some of our available dumpster sizes:
Take a Look At Our Available Dumpster Rental Size:
Ask Us About Any Sizes Smaller Than 10 Yards
10 Yard Dumpster Rental
If you don’t have a ton of debris to get rid of, or don’t have enough space to fit a large dumpster, our 10 yard dumpster would be best for you. The 10 yard dumpster is small and great for residential debris removal, smaller DIY projects, general clean out or household projects. • 10′ long x 8′ wide x 3.5′ tall* • Open top holds about up to 6 pickup truck loads • 1 tons included • This dumpster comes with a 1 ton (2,000 lbs) debris allowance • Ideal for landscaping projects, small construction projects, renovation and more.
15 Yard Dumpster Rental
A bit bigger than than 10 ft roll away dumpster, for those with moderate projects who also do not have a lot space to fit a large 30 to 40 ft garbage container on your property, our 15 yard dumpster would be best for you. The 15 yard dumpster is moderately sized and ideal for concrete, asphalt, debris from small demolition projects, roofing tile, etc. • 15′ long x 8′ wide x 3.5′ tall* • Open top holds about 5-6 pickup truck loads • 1 tons included • This dumpster comes with a 1 ton (2,000 lbs) debris allowance • Ideal for small construction, renovation or landscaping project
20 Yard Dumpster Rental
The 20 yard dumpster is a mid-sized trash container usually seen at most residential projects, as well as smaller construction jobs. This trash container is great for taking care of debris removal if you’re doing a landscaping project, large bathroom remodel, small kitchen remodels. The doors on the 20 yard dumpster make it simple to load. • 20′ long x 8′ wide x 4′ tall* • Open top holds about 10 pickup truck loads • 2 tons included • This dumpster comes with a 2 ton (4,000 lbs) debris allowance • Ideal for small construction, renovation or landscaping project
30 Yard Dumpster Rental
For lots of waste, at a construction, demolition job, or larger remodel job the 30 yard dumpster is definitely the best option. If you are working on a major project the 30 yard dumpster will get the job don • 20′ long x 8′ wide x 6′ tall* • Open top holds about 15 pickup truck loads • 3 tons included • This dumpster comes with a 3 ton (6,000 lbs) debris allowance • Ideal for commercial construction, large residential renovations or large cleanouts.
40 Yard Dumpster Rental
For extreme amounts of garbage, waste and debris, you’ll need our largest dumpster size available, the 40 yard dumpster. This dumpster is perfect for handling debris from a large home renovation, large construction projects, community clean up events and more. • 20′ long x 8′ wide x 8′ tall* • Open top holds about 20 pickup truck loads • 5 tons included • This dumpster comes with a 5 ton (10,000 lbs) debris allowance • Ideal for the largest construction projects, new home construction or large clean out projects
How much does a trash bin rental cost?
A dumpster question we get alot. Depends on what size trash dumpster you need. But at Elgin Dumpster Rentals we promise to provide you the most competitive pricing for all our our sizes. Keep in mind that trash can not exceed the walls of the garbage container, so for extensive projects consider looking at our larger sizes.
How to rent a dumpster?
Its very simple! All you have to do is:
- Give us a call (630) 937-1058 or send us a message online!
- Let us know your project needs and the amount of trash you expect to have, ex. basement clean out, kitchen remodel, major demolition.<.li>
- We will help you determine what size dumpster you need. (You can choose from 3 yard to 40 yard containers), we have over 6 different size dumpster rentals to choose from.
- You pick your drop off time, date and location. With Elgin Dumpster Rentals we will deliver and pick up your dumpster at a time that works for you.
- Easy Peasy! Everything will be set up and delivered at your specified times. No need to worry! To get your rental set up call us at (630) 937-1058.
How long can I keep the my dumpster?
As long as your need! Usually rentals last about 7 days, but we are happy to accommodate you as long as you need!
Pricing varies if you need more than one dump. Call us and let us know your needs for your construction and we will let you know what we can do for you.
What materials am I allowed to put in the dumpster?
Unfortunately, you can’t put just anything in your bin.
There are restrictions as far as weight and hazardous material, and you have to make sure you get the right container for the right job. If you’re getting rid of furniture, doors or large quantities of trash, you should order at least a 25-yard dumpster. You could use a 10-yard dumpster, but the walls of the bin are only 2 feet high, so you run the risk of piling the trash too high, and we cannot safely pick up any bin that is overloaded.
What debris are considered hazardous? How can I dispose of them properly? The following materials are hazardous: asbestos, treated wood (telephone poles and railroad ties), oil, paint, chemicals, propane tanks, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, etc. If you have paint cans where the paint is totally dry, then it is not hazardous. Tires are not hazardous, but they pose a problem at the landfill, so we may charge an extra fee per tire. See below for a complete list of the hazardous materials.
- List of Materials
- Fluorescent lights
- Mercury thermometers
- Photographic chemicals
- Lighter fluid
- Shoe polish
- Fiberglass epoxy
- Swimming pool chemicals
- Moth balls
- Beauty Products
- Alcohol-based lotions
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Nail polish remover
- Hair relaxers
- Hair dyes and permanents
- Products in aerosol cans
- Paint Products
- Latex/water-based paint
- Oil-based paint
- Turpentine paint stripper
- Rust remover
- Paint thinner
- Household Cleaners
- Ammonia-based cleaners
- Oven and drain cleaners
- Floor care products
- Aerosol cleaners
- Window cleaners
- Furniture polish
- Metal polishes and cleaners
- Tub, tile and toilet bowl cleaners
- Mercury batteries
- Automotive Fluids and Batteries
- Used motor oil and filters
- Gasoline and diesel fuel
- Care Products
- Bug spray
- Weed killer
- Auto body repair products
- Windshield washer solution
- Brake and transmission fluid
- Lead acid batteries
- Metal polish with solvent
How much room do I need for the dumpster?
A 40 yrd dumpster (our largest bin) you need approximately 60 ft in length.
This is approx. 4 car lengths. The bin is 22 ft long, and our trucks are between 33-37 ft long. The truck is also 10 ft wide, so you need 12 ft in width to give the driver 1 ft on either side to maneuver.
Make sure the area for your dumpster is clear of any infringing objects, such as cars, trees or hanging wires, that could prevent the dumpster from being properly placed in the location where you want it. Be aware of the size of your delivery.
Keep in mind these dimensions:
- 10-yard dumpster: Approx. 14 feet long and 7.6 feet wide
- 15-yard dumpster: Approx 16 feet long and less than 7.6 feet wide
- 20, 30, and 40-yard dumpsters: All about 22 feet long and 7.6 feet wide, but different heights
- The size of your delivery area should be a minimum of 10 feet wide
Click here for more information about dumpster sizing.
Do you still have questions about where to place your dumpster? We got you! Before your delivery we will assist you in preparing a safe space for your rental.
How high can we fill the bins?
Please, never fill a bin higher than the side-walls. Please try to make sure trash and debris is level with the top
How many tons of debris can I put in my dumpster?
That depends. About 5 tons in a 40-yard container, 3 tons in a 20-yard container, 1.5 tons in a 10-yard container.
For our 10-yard container, the amount of tonnage depends on the material – if you fill up with inert material you can load up to 11 tons, non-inert 2 tons.