Understanding Dumpster Overage Fees

Are you looking to understand dumpster overage fees? When scheduling a dumpster, whether, for construction, demolition, or an event, you pay a certain amount of fees for the service you receive. A reputable roll-off rental like Dump A Box will bill you upfront so that you can stick to your budget. 

However, many tend to leave extra charges on the back burner. As much as additional costs are rental fees that you can avoid, it is still crucial to know how and when you can expect these costs. At Dump A Box, we educate you so you are in charge of your junk disposal budget and avoid surprise fees. 

So what do dumpster overage fees mean? Dumpster overage fees are rental costs that you may pay separately for an additional rental period, overweight, overfilling your dumpster, etc. Below are common types of dumpster overage fees and how you can avoid them. 

Common types of Dumpster overage fees

1. Overfilling fees

Overfilling is one of the dumpster overage fees which your rental can bill separately from your flat rate when you rent a roll-off dumpster. A roll-off container has a fill level that you should not exceed. Filling up your dumpster beyond the mark is a recipe for accidents. And when your roll-off company finds that you have junk overflowing at the top of the container, it cannot haul it for safety reasons. You will either have to reduce the excess debris and request a dump and return service or schedule another dumpster. These services will cost you extra fees. The exciting news is you can avoid overfilling fees!

How do I avoid overfilling fees?

You can avoid this type of overage fee by; first getting the right size container for your debris and maximizing the capacity when loading. Load heavy junks first using the rear door. Also, break down and flatten as much waste as possible and load them evenly. Our junk removal specialist can help you get the ideal size for your debris.

2. Rental extension fees

Another typical overage fee you can expect is extension fees. Often, life happens, and you may not finish cleaning out the debris within the time limit on the contract. That means you end up keeping the container for extra days or weeks. In case this happens, your rental company will charge you for the additional period. 

How do I avoid rental extension fees?

One ideal way to save yourself rental extension fees is to work on your junk removal project within the time limit you agreed with your rental. Call for pick-up as soon as you finish loading the trash or on the roll-off pick-up day. We always send pick-up date reminders to our customers, so you don’t have to miss the dates. 

If you need more time to keep the container, you can communicate with your rental to extend your rental period at a small daily fee. 

dumpster overage fees3. Overweight fees

Overweight fees are the extra costs you can attract for filling above the weight limit. Every container size has a weight restriction for safety precautions. This means a rental company can’t load an overweight dumpster. The extra tons of debris will mean that you have to pay a prorated per ton dumping fee.

How can I avoid dumpster overweight fees?

First, you need the proper estimate of your garbage to be able to pick the correct size. A container size that fits your project size is ideal to avoid overweight loads. Remember to order a container-specific for dense and heavy debris.  

4. Prohibited dump fees

Prohibited dump fees are bills you pay for tossing banned types of junk into your rental. Hazardous trash, for instance, attracts environmental fees. So you will end up paying separate fees for us to handle that particular trash in the dumpster. 

How do I avoid prohibited dump fees?

Avoid mixing your acceptable debris with hazardous waste. You can contact your rental to discuss options for your dangerous debris. 

5. Dry run dumpster fees

If you happen to schedule a roll-off container and our drivers can’t find an ideal spot to place the container, you will pay extra fees to cover the time. That is dry run dumpster fees. 

How do I avoid dry run fees?

Ensure that you have a clear and sturdy area to place your roll-off container.