4 Overlooked Factors that Affect Dumpster Rental Rates

by Overton Thompson


When renting a dumpster for construction or clean-up projects, a customer’s main concern usually involves the price. Of course, dumpster rental rates will differ depending on the company you go with. But some contractors and homeowners are surprised when they get the final bill because it may include charges they didn’t account for.

At VaVia, we make sure our clients are aware of our dumpster rental rates, and we promise not to tack on any hidden fees. That being said though, there are some overlooked factors that can affect your overall bill. So here’s a list of things to keep in mind as you load up that container.

1. Size of dumpster

The rate of your dumpster rental will go up with each increase in size. That’s why it’s crucial to book the right size for your project. A good rule of thumb is to rent a dumpster slightly bigger than what you think will accommodate the cleanup.

VaVia makes it easy to choose the right size because our bins come in two options: 10 and 15-yards. Our 10-yard containers are super slim and designed to fit in small spaces. This dumpster is our most economical option. It’s perfect for small renos or a complete clean-out of your garage. VaVia’s 15-yard bin, on the other hand, is ideal for larger construction projects or things like flood and fire restoration.

2. Weight of debris

Dumpster rental companies pay to dispose of your garbage. And what they pay is based on the weight of your collected debris (with the exception of tonnage markets). To keep your rental costs minimal, avoid filling the container with excess junk. Use the dumpster only for the debris it was originally meant for. If there’s additional waste you’d like to get rid of, ask the company if you can upsize. Or be prepared to rent a second bin.

3. Length of dumpster rental period

Trash disposal companies want their dumpsters filled up and emptied on a regular basis, so the business can continue operating efficiently. But if a homeowner, for example, rents a dumpster and lets it sit on their driveway with no activity -- then the rental company is operating at a loss.

This is why some firms will only allow 3-day rentals. But a company with lots of unrented inventory will allow you to keep the dumpster for weeks. Regardless, expect to pay additional fees if you keep the bin longer than the firm’s standard rental period.

4. Distance to delivery site

If you want to save money, it’s best to rent from a local company. The further the driver has to travel to deliver your bin, the more it’s going to cost you. This is because the driver must pick up a single dumpster from the storage yard, then deliver it exclusively to your home. Once you want the dumpster removed, the driver must travel across the city just for you. The cost of gas and driver’s wage are often passed onto the customer. That’s why we recommend renting from a reputable company as close to your location as possible.

VaVia is proud to serve a number of major cities in Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and Arkansas. Our company is quickly expanding to other locations, so there’s a good chance we offer dumpster rentals in your area. By allowing us to handle all your disposal needs, you can concentrate on the things that matter. Easy go!

For more information on renting a dumpster, call VaVia at 1-833-GO-VAVIA or contact us here.