Guide to Renting a Happy Little Dumpster



The purpose of this article is to let you know that dumpster rental is an easy, cost-effective option for homeowners and renters. Renting a Happy Little Dumpster is even easier.

Whether you're cleaning up your yard, cleaning out your garage or moving out of your dorm, we have a dumpster sized, and priced, to fit your needs!

You can use the links in the "Table of Contents" to jump directly to any section, or feel free to read from top to bottom. If you have any questions, call us at 1-888-33-HAPPY or use our contact form.

Dumpster Sizes

The first step in the dumpster rental process is determining which size dumpster is best suited to your project. We offer dumpsters in three sizes; 6 yard, 12 yard, and 16 yard. We’ve found that these three sizes suit the needs of the vast majority of DIYers and contractors. Below you’ll find information about each specific size, along with their common uses.

6 Yard Dumpster - Heavy Projects

Our 6 yard dumpsters are perfect for heavy debris, like plaster, concrete, bricks, blocks, stone, gravel, or asphalt shingles.

6 yard dumpster
Common Uses:

  • Roofing Material (20 Square Max)
  • Small Kitchen Remodel
  • Small Deck Demolition (10x10)
  • Fencing Material & Yard Cleanup
  • Basement Cleanout
  • 2 Bath Remodel
  • Sod Delivery & Haul-off
  • Small Garage/Basement Cleanout

Aside from indoor projects, a 6 yard dumpster can be a perfect fit for landscape and garden cleanup, as well as small (10x10) deck demolitions. If you’re doing a roofing project with asphalt shingles, a 6 yard dumpster with a 4 ton weight allowance will hold around 20 square worth of shingles.

18 Yard Dumpster - Large Projects

18 yard dumpsters are excellent for large DIY projects and commercial job sites. A 16 yard dumpster can hold a LOT of junk, but still has a small footprint of only 8’ wide by 12’ long. In short, if you have room to put a car somewhere, you have room to put one of our dumpsters there. For heavier loads, we recommend the 6 or 12 yard dumpsters, due to weight concerns with our lightweight trucks.

16 yard dumpster
Common Uses:

  • Large Kitchen Demolition
  • Large Garage/Basement Cleanup
  • Multiple Home Improvement Projects
  • Deck Demolition (10x30)
  • Flood Restoration
  • Fire Restoration
  • Roofing Material
  • Estate Cleanup

If you’re still unsure what size dumpster best fits your needs, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you decide.

12 Yard Dumpster - Medium Projects

Most DIY projects around the house can be accomplished with a 12 yard dumpster. What kind of projects?

12 yard dumpster
Common Uses:

  • Average Size Kitchen Remodel
  • Medium Garage/Basement Cleanout
  • Small Kitchen + Bath Tearout
  • Deck Demolition (10x18)
  • Roofing Material (35 Square Max + Junk)
  • Fencing Material & Yard Cleanup
  • Sod Delivery & Haul-off
  • Estate Cleanout

Kitchen remodels, garage or basement cleanouts, and medium (10x18) deck demolitions can usually be contained in a 12 yard dumpster. If you’re tackling a roofing project, a 12 yard dumpster can hold 35 square worth of shingles along with all the paper and debris that goes along with roof replacement.

Dumpster Features


Compact Size
Our 18 Yard Dumpster is barely larger than a 4 door sedan

16 yard dumpster car


Space-Saving Door Design
Our space-saving door design requires only 4ft of clearance

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Dumping Garbage

What Can I Throw Away?

We’re happy to accept most any household & construction waste, as well as landscaping or yard debris. While we love to say yes, we are not a hazardous waste carrier & cannot accept any form of hazardous waste. The lists below show what we regularly accept, as well as items we are unable to accept. If you have questions about what is and isn’t acceptable for disposal in our dumpsters, please give us a call or contact us.

Acceptable Items

  • Mixed Use
    • Household Items & Waste
    • Paper
    • Plastics
    • Glass
    • Furniture
  • Construction Debris
    • Remodeling Materials
    • Shingles
    • Bath & Kitchen Tear Outs
  • Yard Waste (no tree stumps)
  • Appliances & Scrap Metal- Large amounts of appliances and/or scrap metal should be added to separate dumpster.  One or two appliances should be placed on top of refuse pile. Appliances with freon are charged a $15 freon disposal fee from most disposal sites.
  • Most Electronic Devices
  • Heavy Materials
    With Advanced Permission

    • Concrete
    • Soil
    • Brick
    • Plaster

Unacceptable Materials

  • Tires
  • Paint
  • Chemicals
  • Solvents of Any Kind
  • Asbestos
  • Oil Tans or Oil Drums
  • Radioactive Anything
  • Volatile
  • Highly Flammable Liquids or Materials
  • Explosives
  • Bio-Medical Waste
  • Infectious Waste
  • Toxic or Hazardous Materials/Waste
  • Liquids of Any Kind

What To Expect

On-Time Delivery & Courteous Drivers
You can expect our delivery driver to show up on time, and provide you with excellent customer service. If you’re present for delivery, the driver will show you how to operate the doors on the dumpster and answer any other questions you may have.


Protection of Your Property
Your dumpster will be delivered and placed on wooden skids that protect your property surface. The entire delivery process only takes a matter of minutes, and then you’ll be ready to start loading that dumpster.


Fast Pickup
When you’re done with the dumpster, call us and we'll pick it up same day or the next day. You do get three days with no daily rental charge, but we do love getting the dumpster back early so other costumers can use it. The pickup process also extremely fast. Within minutes you’ll be watching a dumpster full of junk drive off into the sunset!

Planning & Preparation

Plan Ahead

In general, it is best to plan ahead for your dumpster rental. Not only does this provide you time to decide what size dumpster you need and how long you’ll need it, it also helps ensure a dumpster will be available.

We recommend requesting a dumpster 5 to 7 days prior to your desired delivery date.

We do offer same-day dumpster delivery, but that is based on dumpster availability. We recommend requesting a dumpster 5 to 7 days prior to delivery to ensure the size dumpster you need is available.

If Possible, Stage Your Items

Staging your items ahead of time may save you both time and money. If you’re able to stage your items close to your desired dumpster location, you may be able to limit the number of rental days needed down to only 1 day.

Staging your items ahead of time will also allow you to take your time and reduce your workload once the dumpster is delivered.

Staging your items will reduce the need to travel to and from the dumpster once it is delivered.

Preparing Your Home/Jobsite

In preparation for delivery, make sure the path to your desired drop-off location is clear of any obstacles such as vehicles, bicycles, lawn furniture, trash, or toys.. The delivery truck will also need approximately 12 feet of vertical clearance when dropping off and picking up the dumpster.

If you will not be present when the dumpster is delivered, please describe and mark the desired drop-off location.

Note: Please make sure underground utilities such as septic tanks, or drains are not in the path of the delivery vehicle. The vehicle will weigh over 16,000lbs when leaving with a full dumpster, and could potentially crush underground utilities.

Dumpster Rental Pricing

Dumpster rental pricing varies based on a few factors, such as:

  • Location
  • Dumpster size
  • Type of debris being disposed of
  • Duration (number of rental days)
  • Weight

You can get an instant, flat-rate, quote by visiting our Dumpster Rental Prices page.

Why Flat-Rate Pricing?

For residential customers, flat-rate dumpster rental pricing makes the most sense. Flat-rate prices provide an all-inclusive price based on the dumpster size, the number of days the dumpster is being rented for, and the maximum allowable weight of the dumpster contents.

With flat-rate pricing you know exactly what you’re getting and exactly what you’re paying. No surprises.


What if I Keep the Dumpster Longer, or am Overweight?
If you keep the dumpster beyond the original number of days, or if you go over the maximum allowable weight, there are additional fees. Those fees are as follows:

  • Additional Days: $5/day
  • Additional Weight: Depending on which landfill we use, $45 to $60/ton (Not to exceed 4 tons total)


In our experience, asphalt shingles and concrete are the items most likely to cause overages due to their weight. Asphalt shingles don’t take up a lot of space, but are very heavy relative to their size.

Check out our article How To: Estimate Material Weight Like a Pro for more information on estimating the weight of your refuse. If you are still unsure about weight, give us a call! We’ll be glad to help!

Choosing a Dumpster Rental Company

When looking for a dumpster rental company, we recommend keeping an eye out for the following characteristics:

Make sure the company you talk to is actually a local company, not a broker. Working directly with a local company will save you money, and ensure you have direct contact with the company providing the service.


Clean Dumpsters
Making sure a clean dumpster arrives at your location is important. A smelly, dirty dumpster isn’t just a nuisance, it can also be a breeding ground for bacteria.

Make sure the dumpster rental company you select provides clean dumpsters. A little dust and dirt on the outside is normal, but don’t accept a dumpster that shows up smelling or looking like the landfill.


Timely Dumpster Pickup
Nobody wants a full dumpster taking up space on their property or jobsite. Make sure the company you rent a dumpster from will pick up your full dumpster the day you call for pick up. A lot of companies will wait several days before pick up.

Happy Little Dumpsters, LLC will happily pick up your dumpster as soon as you’re ready, regardless of your rental duration. Simply call us, and we’ll haul it away the same day.

Transparent Pricing
As stated earlier, flat-rate pricing makes sense for residential rentals. You know up-front exactly how much you’re spending, and exactly what you get for that price. Look for a company that provides flat-rate or all-inclusive pricing.

This pricing structure should include the dumpster rental for a set number of days, landfill fees up to a certain weight, and all applicable taxes. Verify with the company that there are NO hidden fees.


Customer Service

Any service company should be focused on providing an excellent customer experience. Look for a company that goes out of their way to accommodate your needs.

Additionally, it’s a good sign when a company responds quickly to your emails, texts, or calls. Companies that readily make themselves available to you, or offer extended business hours, are focused on providing you with a quality service and experience.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions at all about how dumpster rental can help you accomplish your projects, we'd love to hear from you. Give us a call, leave a comment below, or fill out our contact form.

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  1. Braden Bills on October 11, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    I need to get the right dumpster so I can dispose of all of my junk. It makes sense that I would want to be sure that I get one that’s the right size! That way I don’t have to worry about not being able to fit everything inside.

    • Kyle Miller on October 11, 2017 at 10:22 AM

      You’re absolutely right Braden! Not only is the overall size of the dumpster important, it’s a good idea to make sure the weight limitations of the dumpster meet your needs as well. Thanks for your comment!

  2. John Kelly on October 13, 2017 at 4:41 PM

    I really like the idea behind getting a “clean” dumpster. I really wouldn’t want a dumpster that smelled like some of those restaurant dumpsters I’ve smelled. Good work with this blog, and a good read!

    • Kyle Miller on October 13, 2017 at 4:57 PM

      Delivering clean and well maintained dumpsters is something we’re pretty passionate about John. We definitely know the stench you’re talking about, and we work hard to make sure our customers never catch a whiff of that coming from any of our dumpsters! Thanks so much for you comments, and I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Gloria Durst on November 15, 2017 at 8:22 PM

    I agree that size matters when choosing a roll off dumpster. Finding out how much stuff you have to haul away would help you know what size to get. You may also want to talk with past clients to see how reliable a rental company is.

    • Kyle Miller on November 18, 2017 at 12:04 PM

      We find that reliability is lacking in heavy haulers, and light haulers like us are much more responsive to customer’s schedules

  4. Callum Palmer on April 11, 2018 at 7:58 PM

    This is a fantastic guide you’ve put together here and I especially like that you included a section on what can and cannot be thrown away. After all, when someone rents a dumpster they need to have a thorough understanding of any limits on what they can throw in there. That way they do not get suddenly charged as a penalty for something they did not know about.

    • Kyle Miller on April 17, 2018 at 4:00 PM

      Thanks Callum, for your input. We always like hearing from other waste haulers and roll-off dumpster providers. We do try to make the dumpster rental process as seamless as possible

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    • Happy Little Dumpsters on July 25, 2018 at 8:40 AM

      We’re glad to see folks reading this! We hope it helps people with renting dumpsters who aren’t familiar.

  6. Matt Peel on March 25, 2020 at 8:43 PM

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  9. Eion on August 13, 2020 at 10:06 AM

    Thank you for mentioning the limits on hazardous waste materials in this article. Dumping dangerous materials in a commercial dumpster is not only dangerous to the company that owns the dumpster, but to the environment as well. We all need to do our part in keeping the environment clean!

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