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6 tips on renting a dumpster

You don't rent a dumpster every day. We understand that when renting a dumpster you may run into issues that can cause inconvenience. Below, we provide some practical tips that you can go through to make the rental as easy as possible.

  1. Before a remodel, make an estimate of the waste that will be generated
  2. Check which wastes are allowed
  3. Check if you need a permit
  4. Consider an open or closed container
  5. When placing, keep enough space free
  6. Make sure the waste container is not too full

Tip 1: Before a remodel, make an estimate of the waste that will be generated

One of the trickiest things to determine is the size of the dumpster you need. Make a realistic estimate based on size and cubic waste that will be released. Keep in mind that in many cases you would rather order a dumpster that is too big than too small. Ordering an extra container because the container is full will ultimately have a higher price tag and will cost you more time than ordering one that is slightly too large. The dimensions of a waste container with us vary from 3 to 12 cubic meters. The most popular containers at Afvalcontainer Holland are the 3m3 and the 6m3.

Determine your format!


Tip 2: Check which wastes are allowed

Which waste should go where? A frequently asked question at Afvalcontainer Holland. In many cases it is not allowed to put all the waste that is released during a renovation in one container. In construction waste and bulky waste containers, however, most waste may be offered mixed together. That is why we recommend containers of this type to many customers. For major renovations in and around the house, waste separation is often more advantageous. We then recommend that you hire separate containers: clean rubble, wood, garden waste or soil container. Uncertain whether your waste may or may not go in the bulk waste container? Read our blog article about this.

Tip 3: Check if you need a permit

Most of our dumpster rentals do not require a municipal permit. Nevertheless, you want to be on the safe side and check with your municipality whether or not they require a permit for the waste container. Do not wait too long with this, the procedure can sometimes take 1 or 2 weeks. Suppose you need a permit, the municipality will decide whether or not to grant the permit based on the size of the container, the length of time it will be in place and possible inconvenience to nearby residents. If the possibility exists, you can also have the container placed on private land so that you can literally put the container in front of your door.

Check your municipality!


Tip 4: Consider an open or closed container

In urban areas it regularly happens that the environment makes grateful use of a waste container. This is not desirable for several reasons: a) it means you pay for waste that does not belong to you, b) it may contain waste that is illegal for which you as a customer are then responsible. A closed waste container can then offer a solution. The closed 10m3 waste container is fully lockable and is therefore safer to use. The waste can still easily be deposited in the container through the door. Read all about the advantages of a closed container in this blog and know exactly when it is better to rent this container.

Look for a closed container!

Closed container

The 10m3 closed container, convenient in urban areas.


Tip 5: Keep enough space available when installing

Placing a dumpster is easy, if there is space. Our own Spelt trucks need 2 to 3 parking spaces when placing and removing a waste container. This is because they have to maneuver in front of the placement site. After placement, most waste containers fit in 1:parking space: in the case of the 3m3, 6m3 and 10m3, this fits in a classic parking space. In addition, please ensure that there are no objects at the place of delivery that could unnecessarily block the placement or removal of the waste container. Moving the waste container on your own initiative may cause damage and is strongly discouraged. Do not do this.

Select a container!


Tip 6: Make sure the waste container is not too full

A full container is what we do it for, but beware, a container can be too full to be dangerously loaded. When do we consider a dumpster too full or too dangerous?

  • If a dumpster is filled more than 20 inches above the edge.
  • The load is not firm enough in the dumpster, for example, if loose rocks are loaded on the low side of the container.
  • There are protruding parts (protruding, i.e., is not excellent) in the waste container.

container too full

Example of an overfilled container.

Overloaded containers will not be taken because we always guarantee road safety. So you risk extra trip costs that we then have to settle. Not pleasant. Therefore, make sure that your waste container is not overfilled or dangerously overloaded. So when in doubt, choose a larger size, this way you avoid these extra costs.

Not all your questions answered yet? Read the FAQ page and see if your question is among them or contact our customer service. They always have the perfect tip when renting a dumpster!

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