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January 2, 2022

How can You Avoid Dumpster Overage Fees?

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How can You Avoid Dumpster Overage Fees?

After you have rented a roll-off dumpster or any temporary dumpster for that matter, it’s never fun receiving a bill for additional expenses. Every project should have an expected budget and no one likes going over their budget. However, by following the right procedures, you can avoid those annoying dumpster overage fees. Below, you will find some useful tips that can save you from those dumpster overage fees.

Understand the Dumpster Rental Company’s Policies

Understanding the policies of the dumpster rental provider can help you avoid those overage costs. Overflowing the dumpster, going over the weight limit, and various other conditions could lead to these unplanned fees on your temporary dumpster rental. For example, you may have to pay an additional trip fee if there’s a failed delivery due to a lack of space or obstacles where the dumpster is supposed to be delivered. In order to avoid problems that could lead to overage fees and headaches, make sure you understand the overage policy of the rental company.

Avoid Any Unplanned Dumps

You may rent a dumpster for construction debris, but find yourself dumping yard and household waste in the dumpster. You need to avoid mixing different types of waste because doing so can violate the policy of some companies, which can lead to an additional fee. The container sitting on your property may also attract the attention of illegal dumpers. Random people may see the opportunity to dispose of their garbage as well. The longer you have the dumpster sitting on your property, the heavier it’s going to be, which could cause you to go past your weight limit and have to pay additional fees. So, a little word of advice – when necessary, you may want to avoid those long-term rentals.

Keep the Dumpster Covered

We recommend keeping the dumpster covered so that rain doesn’t get in it. When debris gets wet, it will weigh a lot more, especially construction debris. Some dumpster rental companies will supply a tarp to cover the dumpster, but you can use your own large tamp to keep it covered when you’re not using it. If possible, have the dumpster placed in a covered area of your property, like a pole barn, large garage, or some other form of shelter as this will help keep it dry.

Don’t Fill the Container with Extra Junk

As tempting as it may be when you have extra junk in your home or yard, you should avoid filling the container with extra junk. Only fill the container with the junk that you originally rented it for. Filling it with extra junk could lead to an overweight dumpster. If you’re renting a dumpster solely for patio concrete demolition; then avoid using it for household trash and old junk you had stashed in the garage. Unless that’s what you had planned for it. If you don’t use the dumpster solely for debris or waste that you originally rented it for, then the quote you received from the professionals will take a different turn, and you will be faced with a bigger bill.


By following the above tips, you can avoid overcharge fees at the end of your temporary dumpster rental period.    


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