Acting As Your Own GC? Here's What You Need To Know About Dumpster Rentals

20 June 2023
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Taking the reins as your own general contractor, or GC, can save you a great deal of money. However, GC-ing your own project also comes with a great deal of responsibility. One major aspect of this is handling waste removal. A dumpster rental is usually your best option. Here's what you need to know.

Determine the Proper Size

Before renting a dumpster, it's important to know what size you need. A small project may only require a small dumpster rental, while larger projects, such as home renovations or a complete roof tear-off, may require a larger dumpster. Keep in mind that it's better to rent a larger dumpster so you don't have to pay for multiple trips with a smaller dumpster.

Permit Requirements

Depending on where you live, you may need a permit to place the dumpster on your property or in front of your home. Contact your local government to inquire about permit requirements and fees. If your home is part of a homeowners' association, you will need to check with them for any restrictions or regulations as well.

Types of Waste

Understand what materials can be disposed of in a dumpster. Common materials allowed include construction debris and household waste. However, there are several items that cannot be disposed of in a dumpster, including:

  • Hazardous materials
  • Large fixtures, like the bathtub or toilet
  • Old appliances

Additionally, yard waste should be disposed of separately. It can be composted as opposed to going to a landfill.

Rental Time

When you rent a dumpster, you will typically have it for a set period of time. Make good use of this time by coordinating it with your demo day. However, if you need it longer, you can usually negotiate an extension for an additional fee. Be sure to communicate your needs upfront with the rental company so they can accommodate your timeline.


The final cost of renting a dumpster will depend on the size, rental period, and location. It's essential to get a written quote before committing to a dumpster rental. Many rental companies include a delivery, pickup, and disposal fee, but others charge additional fees. It's important to ask about these fees upfront to avoid any unwanted surprises.

Being your own general contractor can be a challenging but rewarding experience. Knowing what to expect from a dumpster rental can make the experience a successful one. Contact a professional to learn more about dumpster rentals