Dumpster overage fees can be the biggest nightmare for many dumpster rental customers. When you schedule a dumpster for your home trash, construction waste, demolition debris, or clean up after a disaster, you expect to use it with no extra charges. However, there are applicable fees you may have to pay for breaching the terms of use. Overfilling or overloading your trash container may force you to pay extra charges. Understanding overage fees is imperative as it helps you avoid additional costs.

What are dumpster overage fees?

Every dumpster container-big or small- has a weight capacity of the waste materials it can hold. You may notice that there are 15, 30, 40 cubic yards roll-offs, etc. Each of these containers has weight limits. Depending on your state’s laws and your rental company’s policies, weight limits are there to ensure road safety when hauling the roll-off container. Overfilling your dumpster means that you are adding more weight, and you may run into problems for exceeding the weight limit. This is where overage fees apply.

Remember that overfilling/overloading your dumpster may not necessarily mean that you’ve gone beyond the weight limit. Some debris is dense enough to hit the weight limit at only a fraction of the container’s volume capacity.

Overage fees are the additional costs you will have to pay for every extra weight in tons. Estimating the tonnage of your trash beforehand will help you get the right roll-off size. But what is the surest way to estimate the weight of your junk? 

Determining the Weight of Your Debris

Estimating your debris’ weight beforehand may be a hassle, but it is a crucial step when renting a roll-off. Before you pick your calculator, you need to know the type of trash-is it light and dry? Or heavy and wet material? Often, light debris like yard clippings, branches, and house junk may not cause any overweight problems.

You have to be more concerned about weight limits when disposing of heavy debris like roofing shingles, bricks, stones, earth, tiles, metals, and steel. Calculate your trash weight by multiplying the weight of a cubic yard of waste with the number of cubic yards of garbage you have. Remember that one cubic yard=27 cubic feet, which are the same as 3ft long x 3ft wide x 3ft high. The weight of a cubic yard of debris varies depending on the type of material. An example is that a cubic yard of concrete can weigh two tons while dry and loose earth can weigh approximately 0.95 tons.

We understand that debris weight approximation may not be your cup of tea. That’s why Premier Waste Services has a team to help you get the right weight figures and avoid overage fees.

Understanding Dumpster Overage Fees Phoenix AZ

How to Avoid Overage Fees with Your Roll Off Rental

You don’t have to be a dumpster rental guru to avoid dumpster overage fees. All you need are simple tips like choosing the right container size for your project. You risk overloading your dumpster if you pick a smaller one, so always choose the bigger size to be on the safe side. Be wise when it comes to renting a dumpster by asking the costs of exceeding the maximum weight limit. Read the contract information and check to be sure that everything is in line with the service quote.

Also, you can get a tarp to cover your debris when it is raining. Wet trash weighs more than dry trash. You can also donate some junk items in good condition to reduce the weight of waste in your container.

Rent your Commercial or Residential Dumpster from Premier Waste Services

Avoid overage fees by choosing to work with an experienced team in the industry. We will walk you through the dos and the don’ts to ensure that you get the premier service you deserve. Call us today to get more information.