When renting a roll off dumpster, there is quite a bit of information we need in order to get your dumpster delivered. Contractors, roofers, landscapers and others in similar professions are usually familiar with the dumpster rental process. However, some individuals, homeowners, business owners and others haven’t had much experience renting open top dumpsters and aren’t sure what to expect. Hopefully this information will help shed some light on the process and make renting a dumpster easy.
To begin, we are not a broker. We are a local, independent, veteran owned, family-run roll off dumpster company. Some dumpster rental brokers are not even located in the State of Texas. For those who don’t have time to handle the task of renting a roll off for their project, a broker might be beneficial and time saving. Brokers shop the local dumpster companies for you to find the best price and availability. But they also add their fee on top of the prices quoted to them from the local dumpster companies. Obviously, this increases the price you will pay for your container, even if the broker has found the best deal around. If you come directly to us, you will avoid the broker mark up and pay significantly less than if you’d rented your dumpster thru a broker. Either way, you will need to know and be able to provide the same information when you order your dumpster.
The most important thing to know when renting a dumpster is the size container you need. Our inventory consists of 17, 20 and 30 cubic yard containers. People often mistakenly refer to them in feet but that is incorrect. Roll off containers are measured in cubic yards. To the inexperienced customer this can be confusing as many cannot estimate the amount of waste each size container can hold. To help clear up some confusion, here are the actual dimensions of our containers measured in feet.
- 17 cy = 14’ long, 7’ wide, 5’ high
- 20 cy = 22’ long, 8’ wide, 4.5’ high
- 30 cy = 22’ long, 8’ wide, 6.5’ high
It’s also important to know your budget. Dumpster prices vary depending on the size and delivery location. Our prices are quoted PER DUMP so if you need a second container, it will be an additional charge. This is why it is so important to understand the amount of debris and waste each size container will hold. If you underestimate the size you need, you could be stuck needing a second dumpster when renting a bigger size the first time would have saved you the full cost of another roll off. If you overestimate the size you need you could end up spending more money on a dumpster when a smaller, less expensive dumpster would have been sufficient. Fortunately for our customers, the difference in price from the 17 cy to the 20 cy and the 20 cy to the 30 cy is not that significant so if you are really unsure, we do suggest you order a size up. And of course, you can always call and speak to a manager for help deciding on the best size dumpster for your project.
Something else both you, the customer, and GSS need to know is what type of debris and waste will be placed in the dumpster. There are certain items we cannot accept in our containers and some items we can accept but must be made aware of during the initial dumpster rental process. There are also certain materials we do accept but only under certain weight limits, as those more dense materials are heavy and can get a dumpster over the legal weight limit quickly. Prior to delivery, we will send you our terms and acceptable materials list to review and return to us signed to make sure there is no confusion.
GSS will also need to know what kind of surface the container will rest on. All roll off trucks are heavy and, even when empty, can get stuck and tear up unstabilized ground. The dumpsters are heavy as well, and significantly heavier when filled to capacity. Even with a light rain, the hardest packed sand or dirt can become too wet to navigate or support a dumpster without it sinking somewhat into the ground. We prefer to have a stabilized surface of some sort to place the container, as well as a stabilized surface upon which our trucks can travel once on site. This ensures your property won’t be damaged. However, if there is not a stabilized surface on which our driver can travel and unload the roll off, we will work with you, our customer, to place the container in a location satisfactory to both you and GSS to get the job done. We try to be flexible, accommodating and cautious. Customer service is very important to us, as is preserving our customer’s property.
Please be ready to provide us with a bit of information such as delivery, mailing and email address. If the job is a managed project, we will need an on-site contact name and phone number, as well as contact information for the person placing the order or someone we can call for any clerical questions. And finally, we will need to know how you wish to pay for the dumpster. We prefer credit card payment but accept checks and cash as well. If paying by credit card, we obtain the card information when the order is placed but we do not charge your card until the day of delivery.
We hope this information has answered some of the common questions had by our customers. We are always here to answer your questions and guide you thru the rental process, making it as simple as possible. Please feel free to contact us any time if you would like more information.
Until next time, y’all take care!