Dumpster Bags or Dumpster Rental: Which Is the Better Deal?

Building a new deck for your home is exciting—so is reroofing your home. Cleaning out your garage? Less exciting but still necessary. For myriad reasons, you may need somewhere to put a large amount of trash, waste and debris. Depending on the scope of the project, you could rent a dumpster or some dumpster bags.

Most portable dumpster rental companies will give you the choice between dumpster bags and a standalone dumpster. If you’ve never rented a dumpster before, how will you know which is right for you and your wallet?

This article will answer that question and other FAQs.

What’s the difference between a dumpster bag and a dumpster?

A dumpster is a large metal container that can be dropped off at a certain location and used for waste disposal during construction projects or cleanouts. They typically come in sizes ranging from 10 to 40 cubic yards.

A dumpster bag is a smaller container that serves the same purpose as a dumpster. The only difference is that it has softer sides and is considerably smaller (usually 3 cubic yards) than a traditional dumpster. There are certain debris types that aren’t allowed in dumpster bags that we’ll get into below.

What type of project would be ideal for using dumpster bags?

Any small project that doesn’t have you disposing of any large and bulky items would benefit from the use of dumpster bags. This also means any project that would produce less than 6 cubic yards of waste. A cubic yard is about the size of a standard oven, for reference.

How do dumpsters and dumpster bags stack up price-wise?

As we discussed above, dumpster bags can hold 3 cubic yards of waste, while the smallest standard dumpster can hold 10 cubic yards. Based on national averages, the cost of renting two dumpster bags (at $173 each or $346 total) is roughly equivalent to the average price of renting a standard 10-yard dumpster ($344). So for any project that will produce greater than 6 cubic yards of waste but less than 10 cubic yards, you should opt for the dumpster because you’ll get more bang for your buck.

Are there any restrictions on what can and can’t go into a dumpster or dumpster bag?

Yes. Hazardous waste materials like chemicals, oil and antifreeze cannot go into dumpsters. The same goes for dumpster bags, though they have a lighter weight capacity than dumpsters. Dumpster bags can’t hold more than 3,300 pounds, while dumpsters can typically hold much more. Check your portable dumpster rental company for weight and content restrictions on dumpsters.

What about placement? Can I place a dumpster or dumpster bag anywhere?

Dumpsters can usually be placed on any flat surface on your property if there’s enough room to open the door and load it onto a truck. A dumpster bag is removed via a crane from a truck, so it must be placed a certain distance (anywhere from 5 to 18 feet) away from the curb.

Call to discuss dumpsters or dumpster bags today

Now that you know some more facts about portable dumpster rentals and dumpster bags, before you begin your next project, call us at Griffin Waste Services. We offer reasonably-priced portable dumpster rentals, complete with same-day delivery and flexible rental options, so call for your dumpster today.

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