Answers to the Most Common Questions When Renting a Dumpster

Dumpster Rental FAQs

We’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions and answers regarding renting a dumpster. From large-scale commercial construction sites to small home renovations, we will help you make the best decision for your project and your wallet.

Is a Roll-Off Dumpster a Regular Dumpster?

A roll-off dumpster is an open-waste dumpster used for construction or renovation projects. Roll-off dumpsters come in various sizes and can be used for both commercial and residential sites. 

Is it Expensive to Rent a Dumpster From American Dumpsters?

American Dumpsters’ pricing varies based on location, size and debris type. We always provide upfront pricing when you’re quoted for your rental so you can rest assured that’s the amount you’ll be charged. Unlike other cheap dumpster companies, we do not include hidden fees or charges that would increase the amount you owe. 


What Dumpster Size Do I Need for My Project?

The size of your project will determine the size of the dumpster you need to rent. We offer a 10, 20, 30 and 40-yard dumpster, so you can be confident we have a dumpster that’s perfect for your project – big or small. You can call us at (855) 954-6331, and one of our helpful customer service representatives will gladly walk you through which size makes the most sense for your needs.  

What Types of Debris Can Go in the Dumpster?

The dumpsters at American Dumpsters can handle various types of debris from many projects, including yard waste, debris, construction and demolition materials, roofing and shingles, concrete and asphalt, and more. Choosing the right dumpster depends on the type of debris you’ll have, and our dumpster experts will ensure you’re selecting the right dumpster during the quoting and renting process.

Our roll-off dumpster rentals can accept the following types of waste and debris: 

  • Residential waste
  • Most large and small appliances 
  • Yard and landscaping debris
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Brick and concrete cinder blocks 
  • Drywall and sheetrock 
  • Flooring materials
  • Siding
  • Insulation 
  • Shingles and roofing materials
  • Most types of non-hazardous construction waste

What Items Cannot Be Put Into a Dumpster Rental?

You can use our affordable dumpsters for most waste and debris, but some items are strictly prohibited. Typically, these items can present health or environmental hazards and include: 

  • Adhesives
  • Food waste
  • Hot water tanks
  • Inks and resins
  • Oils, fuels, propane tanks and hot water tanks
  • Paints and lacquers
  • Tires
  • Items containing hazardous chemicals

How Long Do I Get to Keep the Dumpster Rental?

Most of our rental periods are 7 to 14 days, but this is flexible based on your project. Depending on the location, availability and demand, we can adjust your rental if you need to keep it for longer than you originally planned. And we’ll provide the additional days for a low daily rate. 

When will my dumpster be delivered?

Our drivers deliver dumpsters on weekdays from 6 am – 6 pm. You can choose your delivery day, and we can provide a delivery window but do not provide an exact time at which your dumpster will be delivered.

When will my dumpster rental be picked up?

When you’re done using the dumpster, you can notify us to arrange pickup. We will not pick up the dumpster until we know you are finished using it. You can call (855) 954-6331 to let us know you’re ready for us to pick it up. 

Do I have to be present for pickup or delivery?

One of the perks about renting a dumpster with American Dumpsters is that you do not have to be present when the dumpster is delivered. During the rental process, we’ll ask where you want the dumpster placed, so our drivers will know exactly where to put it. 

As the renter, you are responsible for keeping the area around the dumpster clear so that our drivers have no issues accessing your property or the dumpster for pickup or delivery. Any failed attempts made by our drivers may result in an upcharge. 


Still have questions about renting a dumpster from American Dumpsters? Reach out, and we can help answer any questions you have so you feel confident in choosing our services.

Call (855) 954-6331 to speak with one of our service representatives.