Questions to Answer Before Booking Your Dumpster Rental in VA

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December 15, 2017

In order to get the most out of your dumpster rental in VA, it helps to ask yourself a few questions before you make the arrangements.

When you have a pile of junk taking up space somewhere, your thoughts inevitably turn to where you can arrange a dumpster rental in Virginia. Before you call to make the arrangements, you should also ask yourself a few questions about exactly what it is that you need. Dumpster rentals in Virginia come in many sizes, after all, and not all of them are appropriate for every size job. Figuring out what you need in advance can save you a lot of time on the phone, as well as a lot of money in the end.

What Are You Throwing Out?

The first thing to think about, before booking your dumpster rental in Virginia, is what it is you want to get rid of. If all you have is normal household trash, perhaps inflated a bit by wrapping paper and other holiday waste, you might be best off by just putting a fraction of it in your regular trash each week — enough to just about top it off — until your curbside collection service has taken it all off your hands. If you have too much to go like that, or if you have something too big, like a Christmas tree, then it’s time to look into a dumpster.

How Much Space Do You Need?

In the example of the Christmas tree, you probably don’t need anything too large. Dumpsters come in four popular sizes, identified by the amount of space they have inside for holding junk. A 10-yard dumpster, for instance, theoretically has 10 cubic yards of capacity — “theoretically” because in practice they have about nine yards of usable space. Likewise, a 20-yard container has 19 cubic yards, and so on to the 40-yard container, which has 39.

If it helps, you can think of each cubic yard as being roughly enough to hold one dishwasher. So a 10-yard container has room to comfortably fit in nine dishwashers, or one cut-up Christmas tree and some random holiday garbage on top of that. A 20-yard container is longer, so it can probably take your whole tree; plus the wrapping paper, the empty food containers, the fruitcakes, those blinking lights that chose this year to finally break and some random kitchen garbage you might as well toss in with it. As a rule, anything over 20 yards (or 19 dishwashers’ worth) is probably best shared between houses on the block, since it’s likely to be too much for one household’s normal trash output.

How Long Do You Need It?

Length of rental is another consideration. Most dumpster rentals in Virginia charge by the day, so you’re paying more for every morning the container is in your driveway. As a rule of thumb, you can probably clean out one bedroom-sized space by yourself in a day.

ESI Waste is the local leader in renting roll-on/roll-off dumpsters in the Capital Corridor. When you call to arrange a dumpster rental in Virginia, we can consult with you over the phone about what you need and how long you need it for. We then deliver the container to your location and haul it away when it’s full. If you’ve thought about what you need from a rental dumpster and you’re ready to book delivery, give us a call to learn more.