Not Quite A Full Dumpster? 4 Ideas For Filling The Unused Space

Posted on: 20 July 2016


When you rent a dumpster, you likely want to get the most for your money. This means that you will want to fill the dumpster to its maximum weight and volume capacities. However, sometimes you need to rent a dumpster because you have too much trash for your regularly scheduled pickup but you still don't have enough trash to fill even the smallest rental dumpsters. If this happens to you, then you may want to check out these ideas for filling the extra space.

Complete a Small Renovation Project

If you are renting a dumpster to complete cleaning of your home, shed, garage, or attic and are unable to fill a whole dumpster, you may consider this the perfect time to complete a small renovation project you may have been considering. For example, renovating a small bathroom or redoing a section of your roof may fill up the rest of your dumpster.

Conversely, if you are renting the dumpster for a renovation project and you find that you have some extra room in it, consider doing some spring cleaning around your home and getting rid of items you do not need.

However, if you are using a dumpster for renovations, beware that there are usually weight limits as well as volume limits for your dumpster. Items such as tiles and concrete are dense and weigh a lot, meaning you may not want to add more items to fill your dumpster if you think you may be near the weight limit. Also, make sure to choose a renovation that will not completely fill your dumpster. For example, while a 10-yard dumpster is usually sufficient for a full deck removal, if you plan to split the usage with a clean-up project, you should consider a small bathroom renovation instead, which will probably use less than half the space of the dumpster. 

Do Some Extra Yard Work

If you have a bit of extra room in your dumpster, you may want to consider pruning the trees and bushes in your yard. Yard waste tends to be light and can take up the extra space in your dumpster surprisingly quickly. However, avoid filling your dumpster with dirt, as many dumpster companies have rules against large amounts of dirt.

Share Your Dumpster With a Neighbor

If you have a good relationship with a neighbor, you may want to consider renting a dumpster together. It can be placed between your houses and both of you can use it, splitting the cost of it. If you plan to do this, you may want to talk to your neighbor first and make sure you get the right size for both of your needs. Additionally, you should discuss weight limits to make sure you are not both filling the dumpster with heavy materials. However, if you just have a little leftover space in a dumpster you have already rented, you may want to offer to allow them to add a few items without charging them to promote a positive relationship with them. 

Create a Neighborhood Cleaning Weekend

You may want to talk to your neighbors and rent a large dumpster together to host a neighborhood cleanup. People can use the dumpster for personal items from their homes, but you should also arrange a walk-through of your neighborhood to pick up any trash or debris that has found its way into your neighborhood. This way, you can use a dumpster while beautifying your neighborhood.

Getting the most out of your money is important. When you rent a dumpster from a company like TCM Sweeping and Disposal, it is easy to fill it if you follow the above advice.