The dumpster rental industry has its own jargon. Whether you’re renting a dumpster for a renovation project, a cleanup, or a major construction project, your rental will go smoothly if you know the following terms.
10, 15, 20, 30, and 40 Yard Dumpsters
At Eagle Dumpster Rental, we offer five different dumpster rental sizes. Our dumpsters include 10, 15, 20, 30, and 40 yard dumpsters. When we call our roll-away bin a “20 yard dumpster”, we’re referring to the fact that it’s a 20 cubic yard dumpster. Generally speaking, here are the dimensions you can expect to find on your rental dumpster:
10 Yard Dumpster: 12ft x 8ft x 4ft
15 Yard Dumpster: 16ft x 8ft x 4.5ft
20 Yard Dumpster: 22ft x 8ft x 4.5ft
30 Yard Dumpster: 22ft x 8ft x 6ft
40 Yard Dumpster: 22ft x 8ft x 8ft
Our 20 yard dumpster holds the equivalent of about 10 full pickup truck loads of debris. Not sure which size is right for your project? Talk to our staff. We have years of experience picking the perfect dumpster.
Most people call it a dumpster rental. Depending on where you’re from, however, you may hear terms like “roll-off bin”, “roll-away dumpster”, or “open-top container”.
In the UK, Australia, and other Commonwealth countries, you might hear terms like “skips”, “skip bins”, or “rubbish bins”. These terms are less common in the United States, although we still encounter them periodically.
Whatever you call it, it all refers to the same thing: it’s a rental dumpster.
Landfill Fees or Tipping Fees
As a dumpster rental company, we don’t just deliver and pickup your dumpster: we also safely dispose of everything inside your dumpster. To do that, we’ll visit a local landfill to responsibly dispose of your unwanted debris.
Landfills are run by local and city governments. Landfills charge a fee to offload waste. This is called the landfill fee or “tipping” fee. The landfill weighs our vehicle before entering, then weighs it again when we leave. We pay for the weight difference.
Landfill fees are typically charged by the ton. The average price in the United States is approximately $45 per ton.
Our upfront estimates include all fees and charges – including an explanation of your landfill fees or tipping fees. That makes it easy to see how much you can expect to pay for your dumpster rental in total.
Overage charges are fees incurred if you exceed certain tonnage limits on your dumpster rental. These fees are charged in addition to the original quoted price for your rental.
If you rent a dumpster with a 5 ton weight limit, for example, and add 6 tons of weight to it, then you may be charged an extra fee. This fee covers the extra costs of hauling and disposing of the extra waste.
A “clean load” is a rental dumpster that’s been filled with a single type of recyclable material. Clean loads can contain concrete, asphalt, plastics, or cardboard, for example. A clean load leads to lower costs for the dumpster rental company because the entire load can be recycled instead of dumped at a landfill.
Always ask your dumpster rental company if they accept clean loads for recycling. You can save money and help the environment. You may be able to fill up a single clean load, have that load hauled away, and then prepare for a general load of trash.
A mixed load is a dumpster that’s been filled with multiple types of materials, including recycles, wood, cardboard, plastics, and other debris. A mixed load may be sorted at a sorting facility, where machinery or employees will separate recyclables from general waste.In general, however, a mixed load will be dumped entirely at a landfill.
At Eagle Dumpster Rental, we’re a full-service junk removal company that also offers dumpster rentals.
A junk removal company – also known as a trash hauling company – will totally remove debris from your property with no help from you required. The service is similar to a basic dumpster rental. However, the junk removal company does all of the hard work – including hauling debris from your property into the dumpster and then emptying the dumpster at a landfill. If you need to remove a lot of waste from your property in a short period of time, then a junk removal company might be the best option.
A commercial dumpster or trash dumpster is a rental dumpster picked up by local trash collectors on a regular schedule. They’re the dumpsters you see behind restaurants, grocery stores, and apartment complexes. A commercial dumpster is different from a rental dumpster. Residents and businesses are often restricted by what can be placed within a commercial dumpster.
“Maximum tonnage” refers to the maximum weight of the material that can be loaded into a rental dumpster. At Eagle Dumpster Rental, we explain maximum tonnage upfront. We’ll tell you how much weight can be added to your dumpster. We’ll also give you a general idea of how much material that will be – since we certainly don’t expect customers to weigh everything before tossing it into the dumpster.
Some dumpsters are made of steel. Other dumpsters – like dumpster bags – are made from canvas material. A dumpster bag is ideal for smaller cleanups and minor renovation projects, although it’s not nearly as durable as a steel rental dumpster, nor is it suited for larger projects.
A roll-off truck or dumpster delivery vehicle is the vehicle that drops and picks up your rental dumpster. The truck will safely drop the dumpster on your property or a nearby city street, then pick it up when full.
Customers in some municipalities may require a dumpster permit before renting a dumpster. In general, you don’t require a permit when placing a dumpster on your own private land, although you may require a permit when placing a dumpster on a public city street – like the curb in front of your home. Ask us about dumpster permit requirements in your area. Or, check your city website for more information.
Rental dumpsters can handle virtually any materials – although they can’t handle everything. All rental dumpsters come with a list of prohibited materials.
In general, anything that can’t be tossed in a landfill cannot be tossed in your rental dumpster. That means you can’t throw out hazardous materials, toxic waste, or appliances. Some of the most common prohibited materials we encounter include motor oil, lead-acid batteries, paint cans, and tires. These prohibited materials are also known as household hazardous waste, or HHW.