Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Is it Better to Rent a Dumpster or Haul Junk to the Dump Myself?

Several times a week, we receive calls from people inquiring if they can bring us their household items, construction debris, or regular trash.  We explain we rent roll-off dumpsters but can not accept drop-offs. Many are surprised to learn renting a dumpster for their residential needs is an option. A common question is, “What is the better deal, renting a dumpster or hauling it to the dump themselves?”   The answer to this question is, “It depends”.
We would like to provide you with some useful information to help you decide which option is best for you.
The first thing you need to determine is how much junk you have and how you plan on getting your items to the dump? 
Pick-up truck beds range in size from 1.5 cubic yards to 3 cubic yards.  The standard full size pick up has dimensions of 8’ long X 5.33’ wide X 1.5’ high.  This will hold 2.5 cubic yards of materials.
Next, you will need to decide how many trips it will take to complete your project.  Is it going to take you 1 trip or 10 to get rid of all of your items?  Most companies rent dumpsters ranging in sizes from 10 yards to 40 yards.  The charge for one pick-up load at an Oklahoma City landfill can range from $48 to $65. The average cost of a 10 yard dumpster in the Oklahoma City area is $285.  If your project will take four or more trips to the dump, it might be more economical to rent a roll-off dumpster. 
Other things to consider is the cost of fuel, weight of the items, the value of your time, and the potential hazards to your vehicle at the dump.  Most of the landfills are located on the outskirts of the city, requiring more fuel and time to get there. The landfills are often muddy and have various potential hazards such as nails, broken glass, and other sharp objects which can cause tire punctures.  
Many residential customers like to do their projects on the weekend.  The local landfills close at noon on Saturday and are closed on Sunday leaving you to hold your items until Monday.   
In summary, although renting a roll-off dumpster can initially sound costly, in most cases, it will not only save you money, but also time, stress, and potential damage to your vehicle. 
If you have just a few items and think it will only take one trip to the landfill then choosing to haul your own items may be the best choice for you.  Below are a few of the landfills located in the Oklahoma City Metro area. 
 Please do not hesitate to contact us at (405) 640-4345 with any questions about our dumpsters, or visit us on our Facebook page.

East Oak Landfill
3201 Mosely Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73141

 Southeast Landfill
7001 S. Bryant
Oklahoma City, OK 73149

1001 S. Rockwell
Oklahoma City, OK

Edmond Transfer Station
5300 Recycle Trail
Edmond, OK 73034

Norman Transfer Station
3901 Chautauqua Ave
Norman, OK 73072

Saturday, 7 March 2015

How much does it cost to rent a dumpster in Oklahoma City?

Have you purchased an older home and want to fix it up? Have you finally decided to remodel that master bathroom or clean out the garage before the winter storm hits?  Are you trying to decide if it is affordable to rent a dumpster or just haul it to the landfill yourself?  How much does renting a dumpster actually cost?

First, you will need to decide which size dumpster is best for your project.  If you have a small clean-out or small bathroom remodel, a 10 yard dumpster might be all you need.  If you are renovating a larger room or have a major clean-out, you might need to rent a 14 or 20 yard dumpster.  Dumpster prices vary on size.  On average, the smaller dumpsters run about $300 and the larger sizes can be $350 and up.  You might be torn on whether or not it would be cheaper to make several trips to the dump, or landfill, yourself.  The average fee charged by the local landfills range from $40-$70 per load. You will need to ask yourself if it is worth it.  The landfills can be muddy and quite time consuming if there is a line to get in or out. Not to mention, the landfills can be hazardous for the average vehicle tire. However, if you only have a few items, making a trip to the landfill yourself might be the answer for you.

The second factor that affects the cost of dumpster rentals is location.  If you live a considerable distance from the city or outside of the metro area, a company may need to charge an extra fee to compensate for the extra fuel and labor they may incur.  This charge can be anywhere from $50 and up.

Thirdly, you will need to know what type of items will be placed in the dumpster. Some dumpster companies have weight restrictions.  If your items go over a certain tonnage, you might get charged an overage fee.  They may also have restrictions as to the types of materials placed in their dumpsters such as paints, oils, tires, and appliances.  If these items are found in the dumpster you may get charged an extra fee as well.

Lastly, you will also need to ask yourself “How long will I need the dumpster?”  Many dumpster rental companies have specific rental periods.  These can range from 3 days to 14 days.  Most companies are happy to let you extend your rental period for an extra fee, so be sure to ask if that is an option.

In summary, you can see there are several things to consider before deciding if renting a dumpster can be the affordable choice for you.  Renting a dumpster can be a nice, quick way to dispose of your unwanted items or debris and save you from many costly trips on your own to your local landfill.  When you call around to the different dumpster rental companies, be sure to ask lots of questions so you are not surprised by any hidden fees. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (405) 640-4345. 
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