How to Avoid Overcharge Fees When Renting a Dumpster Bin

How to Avoid Overcharge Fees When Renting a Dumpster Bin

Posted by on April 1, 2020
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When you are cleaning your home or doing some renovations, renting a dumpster bin for your junk and debris is one of the best ways to save time and money. However, it is important to understand that bins come in different shapes and sizes. Without a good understanding of the size you will need, and how much junk will be discarded, you can face some hefty overcharge fees. This usually happens because customers overload a bin, and it exceeds its maximum weight.

The good news is there are some ways to prevent these situations from happening. One of the key ways is to know the estimated weight of the junk or debris you will be discarding. Once you have a good idea about the size of the bin that is best for your project, you can call some rental companies and get a more accurate quote. If you prepare yourself before you make the calls, it’s more likely that you will be paying the price you were quoted.

Tips to Avoid Extra Fees on Your Dumpster Rental Bin

Cleaning out your home or taking on a renovation project can be costly, and you don’t want to add to your expenses by paying extra fees on your dumpster rental. Here are some ways that you can avoid these extra fees when you rent a dumpster bin:

Get the best bin size. Knowing how much junk you will need to discard is key to getting the right bin size for your project. Dumpster bins come in various proportions, including 4-yard, 14-yard, 20-yard, and 40-yard sizes. Have a good understanding of the weight that you will need and order a slightly larger bin. This will help you avoid extra fees that come with renting a bin that is too small and ends up overweight. As well, if you have a dumpster rental bin that is too small, you may need to rent a second one to finish your project.

Know the rental policies. Be clear on the policies that your rental company asks you to comply with. Read the contract and be aware of any extra fees that you may face. Be aware that overcharge fees can come from filling a bin beyond its weight capacity and even if you load items that are not permitted. It’s important to be aware of several things concerning rental policies, including:

  • Dumpster rental cost.
  • Weight allowance of each dumpster.
  • Extra fees for exceeding the weight of the dumpster.
  • What type of debris is allowed in the dumpster.

Protect the dumpster from the weather. Snow and rain can seep into the dumpster and cause more weight, which can lead to higher charges on pick up day. When your items become wet, they tend to weigh more. You can avoid these scenarios by covering the dumpster with a tarp to protect it and its load. Consider asking the rental company for this type of extra protection.

Avoid dumping extra items. It can be tempting to use the dumpster bin to dispose of extra waste or junk that you find. However, this can cause the bin to be overloaded and lead to overcharge fees. Remember to only dispose of items that the bin was rented for in the first place. This means ensuring your household waste is still being discarded in your regular garbage bins. Some companies also have policies about disposing of household waste with construction debris in the same bin.

Opt for shorter dumpster rentals. The longer the dumpster bin stays on your property, the more likely it will be filled to overcapacity. That’s why it’s best to avoid renting a bin for a long time. Rather, select shorter rental times to avoid the likelihood it will become too full.

Alternative discarding methods. Cut down on the number of items and debris by donating or recycling some of your things. There are a variety of things that can be recycled, including furniture, clothing, and building materials, to mention a few. Contact local charities in your area to find out if they will accept some of your items as donations. And don’t forget to get a tax receipt so that you can save money when you file taxes next year!

Plan your pick up and drop off. The less hassle you can provide for the junk removal specialists dropping off or picking up your dumpster bin, the less you will have to pay in overcharge fees. That means knowing where you want the dumpster bin left and ensuring nothing is obstructing the way. If trees or branches are blocking the way, you should move them before the delivery is made. If the delivery can’t be made because of an obstruction, you could face a failed delivery charge.

Contact the rental company for pick up. Many customers make the mistake of letting the dumpster sit on their property for too long. Once the dumpster bin is full, you should call your rental company to have it collected.


Spring cleaning and home renovations can be exciting, but also stressful and costly. While renting a dumpster bin to handle all your debris can save you time and money, you need to ensure that you don’t incur any overcharge fees. One of the key ways to prevent any extra charges when you rent a dumpster bin is to know that they come in different sizes and capacities. If you overload a bin, causing it to exceed its maximum weight, then you will have to pay overcharge fees. Therefore, it’s important to understand how much junk you will be discarding. That way, you will be able to rent a dumpster bin that has the right capacity to hold all the debris and junk you throw away.

For more information about professional junk removal services, call Red Bins at 416-733-2467 or contact us here.

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