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How to Rent a Dumpster

Learn how we’re making waste removal better in San Antonio, Birmingham, & Nashville.

At Independent Waste, we’ve focused our mission on eliminating the problems that come with dumpster rental in the construction industry. If you’re ready for a seamless solution to waste disposal and an insightful partner in the responsible removal of debris, we’re ready to help. Read on to learn more about sizing a dumpster for your project and see how we’re making the process streamlined for contractors and homeowners alike.

How to Choose a Dumpster Size for Your Project

Choosing the right size of a roll-off dumpster involves assessing the volume and type of debris you need to dispose of. We rent roll-off dumpsters in 20, 30, and 40 cubic yard sizes, with smaller dumpsters suitable for minor cleanouts and larger ones for extensive construction projects.

Consider the scope of your project and estimate the amount of waste generated. Additionally, check weight limits and local regulations to ensure compliance. If you’re uncertain, it’s often best to opt for a slightly larger size to accommodate unexpected waste. However, if you’ll be disposing of heavy materials like bricks, roofing shingles, or flooring tiles, one or more 20-yard dumpsters will be best.

Consulting with our specialists can provide guidance on selecting the optimal size based on your specific needs and the nature of the debris. Explore our dumpster sizes below for best uses, or contact a member of our team for more information today.

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We’re Ready When You Are. Order a Dumpster Today.

Whether you’re building, renovating, or cleaning up, Independent Waste has 20-, 30-, or 40-yard dumpsters ready to deploy to your location. Order today for next-day or scheduled delivery.

How Does a Roll-Off Dumpster Work? Our Rental Process Step-by-Step

A roll-off dumpster is for special situations that require you to handle significant amounts of waste material. That could include old appliances, cabinetry, flooring, drywall, and more. The right-sized dumpster depends on the type and volume of waste you’re throwing away.

Step 1

Place an Order

Whether you prefer to make a phone call, send a text or an email, or log in and order a roll-off dumpster—we meet you where you are.​ Just tell us about your job site, what you’re planning to dispose of, and the dates you need a dumpster. We’ll handle the logistics.

If you need help choosing the right size and quantity of dumpsters, explore our Home Projects Guide, our Construction Waste Disposal Guide, or simply contact a member of our team for personalized recommendations.

We’re happy to provide you with an all-inclusive quote—whether you need our services for a weekend or over the course of a complex commercial construction project.

Step 2

Choose Your Time Frame

We provide a next-day guarantee for all deliveries and hauls. Whether you want a roll-off dumpster tomorrow or are ready to schedule delivery for a future date, just let us know what you need.

Once you’ve cleared a spot for your dumpster, that’s all the preparation you need. Our highly skilled teams use advanced technology to deliver your dumpster to the precise location you request.

Step 3

We Deliver Your Dumpster

Our proprietary dispatch and routing technology allows you to specify not just a service address but exactly where you want the roll-off dumpster placed. You’ll always know when a driver is on the way, so you can worry about what matters—your project.

We’re proud of our industry-leading customer service that connects drivers directly with contractors. That means less risk of miscommunication and more time to focus on managing your job site.

Step 4

Schedule Empty-and-Return Service

Don’t let waste slow down the pace of progress on your job site. When you need a dumpster emptied, you can trust our team to respond promptly—no waiting for days to find a driver. We also provide advanced reporting so you always know when and where your last dumpster’s debris was hauled.

Step 5

Step 5: Transparent, Hassle-Free Billing

Independent Waste knows that no two accounting departments are the same. We work with our clients to deliver our bills to best meet the needs of your team. With Independent Waste, there are never any hidden fees or surprises—you’ll always know what to expect.

Dumpster Rental FAQs

A roll-off dumpster is a large, open-top waste container with wheels, designed for temporary use in disposing of construction debris, household junk, or other bulk materials. It is delivered and picked up by a specialized truck, allowing for convenient on-site loading and removal of substantial amounts of waste.

A roll-off dumpster is suitable for a variety of non-hazardous waste, including construction debris, household junk, furniture, appliances, and yard waste.

Permissible items include materials like wood, metal, plastic, drywall, and concrete. However, prohibited items include hazardous materials, chemicals, tires, and electronic waste. Review our prohibited items list before ordering to ensure that our dumpsters are right for your project.

At Independent Waste, we tailor rental periods to each client to best serve their needs. We frequently develop long-term contracts with clients in the commercial construction industry and can even set up permanent rentals for businesses. We can also rent dumpsters for short-term residential projects, home cleanouts, office cleanouts, and more. Simply tell us what you need, and we can work out an agreement.

What Makes Us the Most Trusted Construction Waste Haulers


Independent Waste values the importance of partnership through honest and clear communication.


We understand the importance of being present, responsive, and ready to help.


Our teams pride themselves on finding progressive solutions and being flexible to meet our partners where they are. We win when we help you win.


We are committed to hard work and going the extra mile to deliver the highest level of service.


At Independent Waste, we know that our business is only as good as our service. We’re here when you need us—every time.

Ready to Get Started? So Are We. Order Today.

Set your project in motion when you order a dumpster from Independent Waste today. Our drivers are ever-ready to respond to your needs, and our disposal experts can help you customize a rental to suit your needs.

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