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A Step-by-Step Guide to Trash Dumpster Rental

A Step-by-Step Guide to Trash Dumpster Rental


[This post was previously published in December 2017 and has been revised and updated.]

Sometimes you need expert junk removal but you also need the time to load it on your schedule. That's when a dumpster rental option makes good sense.

In those situations, having a handy dumpster rental is an affordable, efficient, and smart solution. But how do you go about doing that?



There are several situations that can leave you with excessive amounts of trash that need to be removed. And when the volume of waste and debris is far more than you can stuff into the residential garbage bin, you have to find another solution.

Trash Removal Doesn't Have to Be Hard

Did you do a great job with the end-of-summer-start-of-fall clean up around your hose and yard? But is there still piles and bags of junk and stuff that needs to be gotten rid of? If so, you're not alone. Getting out and taking care of these types of chores is a bit more problematic these days with social distancing, masks, and various restrictions.

Besides, if you've got too much junk and trash, you may not have a proper vehicle for hauling it all off anyway. 

Or maybe you are planning a little DIY remodel and need a convenient place to pile up all the debris like drywall, flooring, and other materials. Especially since you don't want to be putting all that out on your driveway or yard in late fall or winter.

A dumpster rental can be a great solution. The question is, what's the best way to go about getting one?


Step-by-Step Guide for Dumpster Rental

We've put together this easy-to-follow step-by-step process that you can use to streamline the dumpster rental process.

Whether you are renting a dumpster for the first time or are trying to avoid issues you may have experienced in the past, this brief guide will help.

Step 1: Start With a Plan


As with anything else, a successful dumpster rental starts with a plan. It’s easy to think of dumpster disposal as a free-for-all. After all, you can toss anything into a dumpster without a second thought, be it a small bag of trash or a massive old TV that you don’t want anymore.

How much planning could possibly be necessary?

A lot, it turns out. For instance, depending on the company you choose to rent your dumpster from, you may need to think about where you want it placed. Most companies rent out large, industrial-sized dumpsters and it can be difficult to get them close to your house.

This can be important, especially for something like a remodel. It can be tough getting all your debris from somewhere in your home out to the street.

And you will need to pick a date and time frame for your trash dumpster rental.

  • What day will you need to start
  • How long will you need it for?
  • Do you have a deadline to get it all down by?

You want to ensure that the dumpster is there when you need it and doesn’t get picked up before you're done using it. Scheduling then, is the most crucial part of the planning process for a dumpster hire.




Step 2: Choose a Trash Dumpster Rental Company

Once you have a date and a general plan in place, you can find and choose a company to rent your dumpster from. Depending on where you live, you will likely have a few different options. and it's a good idea to shop around and learn about pricing, drop-off and pickup policies, dumpster size, and limitations. 

If you are looking for the best dumpster rental company, however, consider Junk King.

We have a nationwide presence and offer perks that most competitors do not. These include:

  • Fair, transparent, and flexible pricing

The industry standard in the rental dumpster industry is to charge a flat fee for the rental of the dumpster. This is part of the reason that it’s (usually) so important to figure out how much capacity you need beforehand.
You shouldn't have to pay for a large dumpster and then only fill it halfway, but even if you don’t fill the dumpster, you’ll still pay the full rental price.
That’s not the case at Junk King because you only pay only for the space you use. In fact, we use one dumpster size and you are only charged based on volume, not weight. But if you fill the dumpster and need another one, we’ll come with a replacement. Even on the second dumpster, you will still only pay for the space you use.
We also offer easy 3, 5, and 7-day pricing, so there’s no question about when we will be there to pick up your dumpster!

  • Sustainability
    Most junk removal companies just take everything to the nearest landfill. At Junk King, we do things a little differently. We offer customers a greener, more sustainable junk removal solution.
    As a result, when you rent a dumpster from us, we will take it to our local Junk King warehouse after pickup. There, we sort through each dumpster and pull out items that can be recycled, reused, or repurposed. In other words, when you work with us, you help protect the environment without wasting precious time sorting out giveaway items or recyclables.

You won’t find these services from other companies that offer dumpster rental services. At Junk King, we are proud to offer these perks and think they are a big reason why we are ranked number one in the country for dumpster rentals.




Step 3: Find a Junk King Location Near You 

Are you ready to rent a dumpster from Junk King? If so, the next step is to find a franchise location near you. We have locations throughout the United States.

Click here and you can enter your zip code and find out if Junk King serves your area. If there is a franchise near you, it will pop up on the map. Or you can simply give us a call at 1-888-888-5865 and we will match you up with a nearby Junk King location.

Step 4: Get Ready for Your Dumpster

Once you’ve made the arrangements to rent a dumpster from your local Junk King, make sure to mark the date on your calendar or set a reminder on your phone. The most important step for you now is to get ready for the arrival of your dumpster.

That might mean sorting some of the stuff in your home or business that you want to get rid of, or planning with your contractor to start remodel work on the morning your rental dumpster will be dropped off.

Getting ready for your dumpster might mean preparing your driveway.

All our dumpsters are driveway friendly and it’s easy to get a Junk King dumpster close to your house or office. Just make sure to park the cars on the street and remove anything else that might currently be occupying your driveway.

If you plan on placing the dumpster in front of your garage be sure to park your car somewhere else. You don’t want to be boxed in until Junk King comes to pick up your dumpster!

We always call customers 15 minutes before the drop-off appointment. This confirmation call allows us to make sure everything is ready while also telling customers exactly when we are coming.

Step 5: Fill the Dumpster

Once the dumpster is out there in your driveway, you’re ready to get to work. Fill it with whatever, from building debris to old furniture to broken toys. We take anything and everything except for hazardous waste.

Once you’ve disposed of everything you wanted to get rid of, just wait for the pre-set pickup date for Junk King to retrieve the bin. If you end up filling the dumpster and still have extra junk, just give us a call, and we will take of it for you.




DIY With a Dumpster Rental or Book Expert Junk Removal

Junk King is a great choice for taking care of your unwanted stuff. Our residential junk removal services provide an easy solution for clearing out clutter and hauling away unwanted junk.

Junk King provides the highest level of professionalism and fantastic customer service. You get a no-hassle experience with upfront pricing, easy scheduling, and fast service.

Junk King recycles every bit of material possible because we believes that all junk doesn’t have to end up in a landfill. When you work with us you can feel good knowing that you’re doing the eco-friendly thing. We also send usable items to local non-profits and donation centers to help the community.

At Junk King, we are proud to have had so many repeat customers over the years and we know that many people rely on us whenever they need junk removal services.

In addition to our self-service dumpster rentals, we also offer full-service junk removal so that we handle the entire junk removal process for you. If you are interested in either of these services and want to learn more, you can always give us a call at 1-888-888-JUNK (5865) or you can book a MINI Dumpster rental or schedule a pick up by one of our junk removal teams via our homepage.



A Step-by-Step Guide to Trash Dumpster Rental


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