How To Dispose of Construction Waste in 2021

With construction comes large amounts of debris. Construction projects generate dust, demolition waste, discarded household items, and construction debris. Getting rid of this mess is your job as the homeowner. Renting a roll-on/roll-off dumpster will make cleaning up that junk so much simpler. But there are a few options you should consider before making a call. This article will review the essential items to consider when deciding on your dumpster rental.


The simplest and most efficient way to dispose of construction waste is by renting a dumpster. Tri-State Waste & Recycling, Inc. has a variety of dumpster sizes for these types of projects. You can dispose of the construction waste as you go by keeping a dumpster on the job site.


Should I Self-haul My Construction Waste?

There is only one scenario where self-hauling makes sense. When you have a small load, you might consider it. You can go this route if you have access to a vehicle large enough to carry the load and a dump site you can easily access.

Self-hauling costs add up, however. You could spend extra money to hire help hauling items. There’s the cost of gas to get to and from the dump. The landfill will also charge a dump fee.

Your time also has value. What if you have to drive to the dump more than once? What if there’s a long delay to get into the facility? Are these kinds of activities the best use of your time? How much will they contribute to a successful project in the end? Do yourself a favor and consider these scenarios before going the self-haul route.


When Shouldn’t I Rent a Dumpster?

There are a few reasons you might not want a dumpster. There may be other ways to get rid of items. A garage sale is a traditional way to get rid of unneeded goods. There’s a second-hand market for reusable construction items if you have those. Giving away things works too. You can donate to a charity for a tax deduction or offer the items for free to neighbors, friends, and family. But all of this will take additional time and energy.

If you generate waste continuously, a roll-off dumpster isn’t the best option. For example, if you run a garage shop or at-home business that creates new waste every month, a commercial dumpster that your local waste hauler services is the solution. Commercial dumpsters have lids and are emptied by a standard garbage truck weekly.


What Size Dumpster Is Right for My Construction Project?

Roll-off dumpsters are available in several sizes. You can typically choose a dumpster from 4 cubic yards up to 40 cubic yards. Here are a few examples of the kinds of projects that are suitable candidates for each dumpster size.

1. A 4-yard bin is excellent for a small cleanout job where you aren’t removing everything. Just the junk is going.

2. Use a 6-yard bin for small to medium-sized landscape projects and larger cleanout jobs.

3. A 10 cubic yard dumpster holds the same amount as three pickup trucks. This size is right for a large landscaping project, a roof replacement, or a room remodel.

4. A 15-yard bin is about 4 or 5 pickup truck loads. Choose this size for a kitchen remodel or small home addition.

5. The 20-yard dumpster is the largest dumpster that will comfortably fit in a standard driveway. This bin is for multi-room renovations, bigger home additions, and complete cleanouts of large homes.

6. 30 and 40-yard dumpsters are for huge demolition and construction projects like new buildings or whole house renovations.


What Can I Put in A Dumpster?

A wide range of materials can go into your dumpster. Most household waste is acceptable, including small and large appliances, furniture, and fixtures. Anything that can go in curbside trash can be put in the dumpster.

Be aware, however, that local ordinances affect what can go in the curbside trash. There may be recycling requirements for metals, glass, and wood products. You may also need to separate yard waste and construction debris such as bricks, drywall, or concrete scraps. Your dumpster consultant can help navigate these local rules.

There are also a few kinds of materials that are not allowed in dumpsters. Hazardous material is not accepted. Batteries, automotive fluids, pesticides, paints, and refrigerants have to be handled separately. Dirt is also not accepted in many landfills. But you may find someone interested in taking clean fill or topsoil off your hands.


Be sure to keep an eye out for hazardous materials when filling your dumpster.

Hazardous Materials  

  1. Aerosol Cans
  2. Asbestos
  3. Oils
  4. Paints
  5. Chemicals
  6. Fluorescent tubes
  7. Appliances
  8. Batteries


How Do I Rent a Dumpster?

Renting a roll-off dumpster couldn’t be simpler. Most dumpster rental companies will help you select the correct size dumpster and determine how long you need it. The dumpster will be delivered on your project start date. Once you fill it, a truck will arrive to remove the bin. You won’t have to worry about any of the hauling or coordination. And the result will be a spotless construction project.


If you are unsure of what you can or cannot put in your dumpster, feel free to give us a call and ask. For a larger list of materials that can not go into the dumpster you can click here.

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