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Dumpster Rental FAQs

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Frequently asked questions about Milwaukee Dumpster Rentals

How do I throw away a mattress, TV, led paint, batteries, microwave, light bulbs, computer, bed, refrigerator?

A mattress can be put into dumpster along with a bed and furniture. Large appliances and electronics need to be disposed of separately at your local dump. Some municipalities allow for annual pick up of bulk items or restricted materials when they are left on your curb.  How do I find a dump near me?

How fast can I get a dumpster rental?

Dumpsters can be delivered the same day if ordered before noon. In general dumpsters are delivered and picked up within a 24 period. It is more of challenge for same day deliveries on Mondays and Fridays due to volume. So order your dumpster the day before and you wont have to wait the day you need it. Dumpster rental prices for Racine Wisconsin

What size dumpster do I need for roofing shingles?

There are 3 common sizes of dumpsters. 12 yrd, 20 yrd, and 30 yard.  A 12yrd dumpster will hold approximately 28 roofing square of asphalt shingles. A 20 yrd will hold aprox 50 Sq. The 30 yrd can hold up to 75 Sq. Keep in mind that these calculations are for Asphalt roofing shingles. What size dumpster do I need for roofing? If you are removing Cedar Shake shingles the calculation is as follows: 

Every roofing square of Cedar Shake equals 1 cubic yard of dumpster. Multiple by the number of how many roofing layers you are removing. See our complete list of dumpster sizes and dimensions and check our low dumpster rates when you decide to recycle your roofing material.  One more thought -- Make sure you order the Roll Off type dumpster.  Roll off dumpsters have swinging gates in the back that allow for easy loading of roofing shingles.

Free dumpster near me?

Not very likely. We do get this call on a regular basis. We do not offer free dumpsters but the city of Milwaukee will put out free dumpsters in the summer on an “as needed” basis. City of Milwauke free dumpster. Public dumpsters are available but you will need to find public dump near your residence.

What does it cost to rent a dumpster?

$395 to $605. Our dumpster rental period is for 1-15 days at no additional cost. Best price on dumpster rental. Our dumpster price is flat rate and all the costs are built into the already low rental rate. An extra fee can occur if the roll off or lugger dumpster has to be placed on the street. A street permit will have to have to be acquired along with flashing barricades if required. See Terms and conditions.

Do I need a street permit?

If you intend to place the dumpster on a public street, you'll likely need to get a permit. It is best to contact your local municipality to get the best information.

What size dumpster do I need for a bathroom or kitchen remodel?  

Order the small 8, 10 or 12 yard dumpster if you are remodeling a bathroom. All the materials can fit into the 8 yard if you break it down into the smallest pieces and load flat, but you can use the extra space for those trash items that can clutter your life. Keep in mind that a 12yard roll off container can fit a mound of trash the size of a mid sized car. If  you rent the 12 yard dumpster you may have room for that old mattress and old ugly recliner sofa.

If you need a dumpster for a kitchen remodel you will need to rent the medium sized 12, 15 or 20 yard roll off or lugger dumpster. The size of the dumpster that you need depends on the scope of your project. And more often than not the scope of a demolition/remodeling job will grow as you rip and tear into your floors and walls. If you have a lot of plaster to dispose of it may exceed the ton cap of your desired dumpster. It may be wise to order the next big dumpster size that has a higher Tonnage cap. Find a dumpster rental near me.

How does pricing work?

It is basically a flat rate up to a certain tonnage. All taxes, service, fuel and administration fees are included in the listed price. If the contents in dumpster weigh over the particular Ton Cap, you will be charged per ton over cap (pro rated).  What does it cost to rent a dumpster? Street permits and barricades are not included in the listed price. See below - Dumpsters on Streets

How do I know if my dumpster will go over weight?

1 ton =  2000 lbs. Rain and snow seldom have a significant effect on tonnage. Rain will drain from the back of a roll off when loaded onto a truck. Items that typically cause a dumpster to go over the ton cap are plaster, concrete, trees, brick, dirt, asphalt, stumps and roofing material. The ton caps we offer are for average remodeling and construction projects.

A 30 yrd filled with household debris averages at 2 ton.

A 30 yrd filled with new construction debris averages at 4 ton.

If you were to fill a 12 yrd with Asphalt shingles it would weigh aprox 3.5 ton. 1 roofing square weighs aprox 250 lbs. How much do dumpsters weigh with roofing shingles in them.

What size dumpster do I need for roofing shingles?

Here is a source of reference:
A 12 yrd Dumpster can hold the amount of debris equivalent to the size of a "mid-sized" car.
Mid size car = 12 yard Roll off or Lugger.

Dumpster Sizing for Household, Remodeling and misc

Do I need to be present during the delivery or removal, and what should I do to prepare for the container?

It’s up to you if you wish to be present during the delivery or removal. If you do not want to be there, here are a few helpful tips to remember:

1. Make sure all vehicles and any other objects are out of the way of the delivery or removal area.

2. Make sure all wires and overhead obstructions have been cleared from the delivery area.

3. Make sure the area for the delivery has been marked for the driver, and any plywood is placed on the driveway for the container to be set down on. 

Do I need a roll off or a lugger? What's the difference?

It depends on the question what size dumpster do I need? Roll Off Dumpsters have small wheels on the back (bottom) and are tipped off the back of a truck and rolled onto your drive. Roll Offs have back swing gates and they generally have lower sides. Luggers are delivered on smaller trucks are boomed off the back of a truck and lowered onto your driveway. Luggers have flat bottoms, smaller bases, and higher sides with one low side to the back for loading. Luggers are great for tight driveways and alleyways. There are sometimes when they can be placed on a lawn.

How much room is needed for delivery?

Electrical, telephone wires and trees need to be at least 14.5’ in height. The Wheel base of the truck is aprox 9’. The mirrors on the truck, span 11’. Dumpsters cannot be delivered over fences. Dumpsters need to be lifted or tipped off theirs trucks and require additional height when placed. Drivers cannot drive on neighbors property without written permission. Vehicles, boats, trailers, etc must be moved prior to delivery. How much for a dumpster rental in Kenosha WI

Dumpsters for concrete and dirt recycling

We offer dumpsters for Concrete, Brick, Dirt, Metal and Cardboard. Please ask about the available price and cost of each comodity. When Items are kept in a "clean" manner, meaning not mixed with other items, we can recycle them at a lower cost and pass that price difference onto you our customer.

Are there restrictions for what I can put into a rental dumpster?

Lead acid batteries, fluorescent lamps, asbestos, gas, oil, wet paint, radio active waste, medical waste, flammable or explosive materials, large amounts of yard waste, concrete/asphalt, dirt, large appliances, tires.  No "Hazardous Materials" of any kind.  Computers (desktop, laptop, notebook and tablet computers) desktop printers (including those that scan, fax and/or copy) computer monitors other computer accessories (including keyboards, mice, speakers, external hard drives and flash drives) DVD players, VCRs and other video players (i.e., DVRs) fax machines and cell phones.  What can't I throw in a dumpster

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Please note that luggers and the roofing specials have separate service Areas.

What are the delivery, pick up, rental periods?

Allow 24 hrs for deliveries and pick ups. Call for Saturday deliveries. Rental period is for 0-15 days. You may call dumpsters in for pick up at any time before 15 days. Dumpsters will automatically be removed after 15 days. If you are finished with your dumpster before the 15 day period please contact us for removal. $12 per day over 15 day period.  How much is a dumpster rental for Waukesha Wisconsin?

How do I handle dumpsters on streets?

We provide street permits for only the city of Milwaukee. 7 day street permits typically run $145 for 1 week. A permit for an extra 3 weeks (totaling 15 days) is an additional $45. These permit fees can vary depending on how busy the street is. Two Barricades are required for dumpsters placed on the street. $55 per pair.  Please contact your city hall for requirements outside of Milwaukee. Street permits can add an additional cost to your remodeling construction project. Find out how you can cut your waste management costs and what you need to to get a street permit for your dumpster rental.

Will it damage my driveway?

Protect your drive by placing three 8' 2x6's boards in the area to be delivered. Placing dumpsters on your grass can cause damage especially when the ground is wet. Asphalt surfaces are softer in warm weather. Hauler, contractor or sales agent shall not be responsible for damage to any private pavement or accompanying subsurface to lawn, concrete, asphalt or any route reasonably necessary to perform the services herein contracted.

Can I put a dumpster on an incline?

The answer is yes, for the most part. Every site is looked at on a case-by-case basis. There are situations where snow and ice may create a risky situation. Roll off dumpsters have small rollers in the back only to assist in the pick up and delivery of the container. Ninety-five percent of the roll off container is resting on the flat steel bottom part of the dumpster. Learn more about it here.  

How do I know what size dumpster to get?

If you are cleaning out a house and have furniture items, you may want to go with a 20yd or 30yd dumpster as the furniture will take up room in the container. Always remember going to the next size container is never a bad thing as you want all the room you can get rather than coming up with no room at all and you still have items to put in the container. Example = a 12yd roll off can hold the equivalent to the size of a mid-size car.

Can I have the roll off dumpster placed in an alley?

No, but there may be exceptions. Most alleys are not wide enough for trucks loading and unloading dumpsters to back into them, and with low hanging wires they would not be able to deliver the container in a safe manner. The exception is if you are on a corner lot and the alley is wide enough for the truck and container to back into. You may still have to get a permit just in case to place it in the street. Contact Milwaukee Dumpster Rental if you want to know more.

Can I place the roll off on my lawn?

No, but there may be exceptions. The weight of the truck would leave ruts in the yard, causing it to sink into the lawn and damaging the grass. An exception may be made if the area you need to use is dry and you place plywood down for the container to sit on. Contact Milwaukee Dumpster Rental if you want to know more. 

Can I place the dumpster on the street?

Yes, in most cases. For many renovation and construction projects, the driveway is usually not an option. By obtaining a street permit from your municipality, you can then place the container in the street. Some municipalities will only give street permits for a certain amount of days and they do charge to issue the permit as well, and they may require barricades. In some areas, it is the responsibility of the hauler to get the permit and the barricades.

Do dumpsters have backdoors?

Roll off containers have a swing door on the end which can be opened to walk items into the container. The roll off door needs a 9-foot area to swing open.

How long can I keep the dumpster?

This usually depends on the dumpster company. Some companies will rent them out for 5 to 7 days, and others may rent them for a longer period of time. We rent for up to 15 days.

How much can I place in the dumpster?

All containers have a load level sticker which will indicated that the material should not go above or sticking out above the load level sign.