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When you’re doing a home improvement project, how you dispose of your waste will have a major impact on how you go about your project. With any project, big or small there is going to be waste and you have many options for how to get rid of this waste.

The three different options you have are:

  1. Renting a dumpster
    2. Hiring a junk removal company
    3. Taking the waste to a landfill yourself

Renting a Dumpster

For most project, renting a dumpster ends up being the most convenient, easiest and cost efficient option. One of the major benefits of renting a dumpster is the flexibility. Most dumpster rental companies typically offers a 7 day rental period allowing you a full week to full your dumpster on your own time. When renting a dumpster, you don’t need to be home for delivery or pick up so your schedule doesn’t need to change just because you’ve decided to improve your home. A 10 yard dumpster is equivalent to 3 runs to a landfill so dumpster rental will definitely save you time and effort.

People often think of renting a dumpster as being an expensive option, however they are more affordable than hiring a junk removal company and we find that when you start filling your dumpster, you’ll always have more waste than you imagined, so you won’t struggle to fill it.

A lot of people think a dumpster will be too big and they won’t have enough waste to fill it, however with multiple dumpster sizes, you’ll always be able to find one that’s perfect for you project. For example, the 10 yard dumpster is perfect for many jobs, from decluttering a garage or basement, downsizing during a transition point in life, big landscaping projects or replacing your roof. Some other projects, like a large kitchen remodel or a full house declutter, will require a larger 20 yard dumpster One common concern we hear a lot with renting dumpsters is that it’s going to take up too much space on your driveway, but residential friendly dumpsters only take up about the same amount of room on your driveway as a car.

If you still think you won’t have another waste to fill your dumpster, one great option is to sharing a dumpster with a neighbor. During busy home improvement times of the year, especially the Spring, it is almost certain that someone around you is also working on a project and could benefit from a dumpster. Sharing your dumpster will allow you to split the costs, as well as split the room in the dumpster which benefits everyone!

Hiring a Junk Removal Company

Junk removal companies have many benefits. The main benefit is that most will remove the junk for you which is ideal if you have heavy objects or are unable to lift your waste. You are also charged by the volume your junk takes up so if you have a large items that won’t fit in your car this might be a good option for you.

One of my major downsides of hiring a junk removal company is that most recommend that you be onsite when they arrive and many have restrictions on scheduling pick ups at night. That being said, if you work a job with regular 9 to 5 hours, this option may not be the best for you. Hiring a junk removal company also takes much more planning than the other options. You must have all your waste organized and ready for when they arrive, unlike other options when you can fill or deliver at your own pace.

Taking the Waste to a Landfill Yourself

This option is definitely the most cost effective option so if you are doing your project with an extreme budget this could be the best option for you. That being said, this will definitely be the most inconvenient and time consuming option. If you only have a very small amount of waste that you can easily lift and fit into your car, this option might make sense. However, normally when completing a project you end up having more waste than you expected.

When considering this option, you must look into where your closest landfill is located and if they charge to dispose of waste. With both of these considered, this option may add up to more time and costs than expected. If you are going to have to make multiple trips to the landfill, this option may not make sense. As well, you must consider the size of your car and the mess that your waste will create. If you have a small car, you need to consider how much can actually fit into it and if it is worst having to clean up the mess in your car while you’re at it.

Doing big home improvement projects can be a big task, so whichever option you decide to choose, make sure you choose the one that fits your needs best.