Renting a Dumpster in Phoenix, AZ [FAQs]

What is a roll-off dumpster?

These days you see dumpsters taking away all sorts of debris and junk from construction sites. You’ve probably have seen one across the street from a neighbor doing some home renovations or roof replacement. But like magic, the next day it’s gone. How do they transport these dumpsters around town? This is what makes a roll-off dumpster such an ideal disposal system.

It’s carried on the back of a specially built truck that has a sled-like chassis. The dumpster is slid backward off the back end. The rest of the unloading is basically gravity and the truck drives off slowly lowering the dumpster down. There’s a chain that’s connected to the sled and keeps the dumpster from clunking-down suddenly. Loading the dumpster back onto the truck is done the same method only in reverse.

How to protect my driveway?

Depending on what you are doing, you can decide where the dumpster is going to be placed. For messy jobs, you’ll need it closer to your work or cleanup project. Some folks don’t mind the dumpster parked in the driveway or even on the curbside. You might need to ask your local city hall authorities what is allowed. Many city ordinances won’t allow curbside dumpsters for safety reasons or you may need to request for a permit.

In that case, you need to decide where it goes on your property. In any case, is there anything better to protect your driveway from scuffing or scratching? Perhaps you have spent a pretty penny adding a decorative driveway surface? One of the better solutions is adding a cushion such as old sections of carpet, moving blankets, or thick cardboard. As the dumpster is lowered off the rig, these can be slid into place at the back end.

The last section to come down can have some padding as well. If you know there’s going to be a lot of stuff going into the dumpster, this is a consideration. If you decide to put it on your lawn, there’s going to be sunken grass as a result. Additionally, any driveway that has a thin concrete covering is a risk for cracking. This may be all the more reason to have it curbside if your city and town allow this.

Good reasons to order a dumpster?

why we need dumpster

Unless you’re doing something that needs small to large-scale material removal, always factor in how much is being removed. This comes down to the number of tons a dumpster can hold. Each size is rated for a limit on tons being hauled. You also need to pay taxes and fees for materials that need special disposal. Be sure to ask AZ Junk Removal what applies for what’s being thrown out, and see this article for more information on how pricing works when it comes to renting dumpster.


This is the average weekend warrior dumpster for light clean-up. It can hold up to 1 ton (2000lbs) and measures 14′ x 7′ x 3′. This size dumpster is good for general-purpose cleanup, garage junk, backyard foliage disposal, and home refurbishing. You have enough room to put a room or two of discarded material into this container.


When you need to do a couple of rooms-worth of junk, this size is perfect. This holds 2 tons worth of stuff (4000lbs) and measures 14′ x 7′ x 4′. Home renovation projects or extensive yard work is perfect for this size container. The extra foot added to the edge of this dumpster works better if you stack debris carefully rather than throwing-in stuff randomly.


This size container sounds bigger overall but is the same height as a 15-yard dumpster. What you get here is the length rather than anything else. It’s also better that you can walk right up to the edge and toss stuff inside. This holds 4 tons with (8000lbs) limit on junk and material. The total size is 22′ x 8′ x 4′ and has a little bit more girth for larger loads to have hauled away in Phoenix.

What’s allowed to throw out in a dumpster?

allowed items in dumpster

Well, it’s not like you’re going to be rolling out oil drums full of radioactive material from your basement… But there is a certain amount of what is considered legal to put inside a dumpster. Be sure to let AZ Junk Removal know what you are throwing out. These materials need to be transported to dumping sites that are intended for garbage or junk. Materials such as old paint cans, left-over chemicals, fertilizers, asbestos, and medical waste are not allowed.

This isn’t limited to air conditioners and refrigerators, and hot water tanks. Tires and materials that are contaminated aren’t allowed either. If you intend to dump only dirt it cannot be mixed with wood or other trash. Just ask AZ Junk Removal for a complete list of what can and cannot be dumped. There is always a solution we can offer for removing your junk in other ways.

Do I need an oversize dumpster?

full size dumpster

Some projects need to bring out the big guns and this can include house renovations, complete roof replacement, or a combination of both. You might need a 30-yard or roofing dumpster for extensive jobs. If you’ve got a very big job, we can arrange for a 40-yard dumpster upon request.

Roofing dumpster

This is when you have a roofing replacement that needs a dumpster that can handle lots of old asphalt shingles. But that’s not all since this container is good for other roof debris including insulation, wood scraps, and roof planks. This container isn’t measured strictly by size but by the weight. Asphalt shingles are heavy and for this, you need a container that measures that weight by tons.

You’ll need to calculate how many roofing squares cover your roof to get the right container weight limit.


The big bruiser of the dumpster family is an incredible container for the maximum capacity. It can hold up to 4 tons and measures 22′ x 8′ x 5.5′. When you’re gutting a house for remodeling, this is what you’ll want to order. It’s perfect for broken down walls, sheetrock, and construction garbage. The height of this size dumpster is ideal at times when conventional dumpsters aren’t holding material based on mass.

Dumpster Rental FAQ

How long can you keep a roll-off dumpster?

Most rentals for a dumpster depend on how long you need the dumpster. If it’s a weekend project you can ask for a 2 or3-day rental. You might need to reserve a container for up to 7 days. Construction projects can allow for dumpsters to be left as long as 30 days in special requests.

Do dumpsters have doors?

Most dumpsters have doors but they can be tricky to open for most people. To open the back end you must remove a safety chain by releasing the safety latch. After this, the chain is removed from a slot. There is a lever that opens the two latches holding the door closed. You can hold the back of the door with one hand and lift the latch with your free hand. After this, the dumpster door is free to open with both of your hands now.

How long can you keep a roll-off dumpster?

Most rentals for a dumpster depend on how long you need the dumpster. If it’s a weekend project you can ask for a 2 or3-day rental. You might need to reserve a container for up to 7 days. Construction projects can allow for dumpsters to be left as long as 30 days in special requests.

What size roll-off dumpster do I need?

This all depends on the amount of work you are doing. Since each dumpster is not just about size, it relies on total weight as well. Heavy items like soil and roof shingles made of asphalt are heavy. This can be calculated in advance using the help from your contractor or from AZ Junk Removal. If you’re unsure of how big a container you need, we’ll always give you a free estimate.

How do I stop someone from using my dumpster?

You’ve all heard this story, as an open dumpster is an open invitation for everyone on the block. You wake up in the morning and there’s always less room in your dumpster to put stuff. So what can you do to prevent unauthorized dumping? If you have a trap that can go over the top and is tied down, this usually works. We recommend a night vision camera that watches who is putting in stuff at night. It never hurts to put a large sign on your container that gives a warning. Mentioning there is a camera also works wonders to detour those who dump illegally. With footage that is filmed, you can go to the police with your proof. If they are identified by you, they can be given a fine by the police based on your town’s laws.

Is the drop-off and pick-up service included in the rental price?

Most rental companies will have different rules about pick-up and delivery. Of course, these are costs that include the use of driven vehicles. Though, we’re upfront about these costs from the start when you order a drop-off and pick-up service. They are a minimal service charge that includes placing a container and taking it away. The level of care that goes into both ensures that your property is not damaged.


If you have any questions about what the drop off and pick-up fees are, we’ll be happy to speak to you.

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