What Size Dumpster Do I Need to Clean Up After Christmas?

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December 8, 2017

What size dumpster do I need to handle Christmas trees, packaging material and other Christmas waste? It depends. 

Christmas is a time for giving and receiving, as well as for feasting and inviting friends and family over for parties and other get-togethers. All this merry-making makes the season one of the best times of the year, but it also puts strain on local trash disposal services. Every year, dealing with tons of extra trash leaves suburban households asking, “What size dumpster do I need to handle all the excess?” The answer is: It’s complicated. 

Christmas at Home 

Many families choose to celebrate Christmas at home with just their close family. Even a cozy Christmas like this generates a lot of extra trash, and a dumpster rental can help keep things clean around the house. Dumpster rentals on this scale don’t need to be large. Most of the waste produced by a single family’s celebration is on the order of extra wrapping paper and the occasional year-old fruitcake. Even this relatively small uptick can push the trash a family produces over the top of its regular outdoor container, which can complicate curbside pickup. Renting an event container to handle the special waste your Christmas celebration produces keeps everything together and packaged for a quick pickup. 

Post-Holiday Neighborhood Cleanup 

Paper and cake nobody eats aren’t the only forms of waste the holiday produces. To really get into the holiday spirit, most families buy the biggest Christmas tree they can fit into the living room. Come New Year’s, that tree starts dropping needles and has to go. Some neighborhoods in Northern Virginia are lucky enough to have a special pickup scheduled to deal with this green waste, but otherwise disposal can be tricky. Renting a 10- or 20-yard container to share with neighbors (who can all chip in on the cost) gives you all a convenient container for trees and already-kissed-under mistletoe. 

Okay — What Size Dumpster Do I Need? 

Other holiday traditions, such as throwing a huge party in the office or taking a road trip with friends from college, place their own demands on your ability to handle the inevitable stream of waste. What size container you need to handle the flow varies with the activity and your local hauling setup. To find the size that fits your holiday plans, a good first move is to call ESI Waste for a free, no-obligation consultation over the phone. Our expert customer service advisers can listen to what you have in mind and give you professional advice for what size dumpster you need. Once the key decisions are made, you can book delivery of the roll-on/roll-off dumpster, or schedule a time to collect the collapsible event boxes you need, and get set up for the holiday. When you’re done, and the trees are in the dumpster and the fruitcake is in the bin, you can call for a pickup that sees the trash whisked away and disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. When you’re wondering, “What size dumpster do I need in Virginia?” ESI Waste is the place to look for the answer.