Dumpster Bags Or Dumpster Rental?

No matter how small the project seems, when it comes time to clean up your remodeling or building efforts, you’re bound to have a lot of debris. Perhaps you’re searching for a method to take care of the waste but feel a little intimidated renting a dumpster. You could purchase dumpster bags instead. In most cases, your better bet is the dumpster. Here’s the information you need to make the decision that’s right for you.

Dumpster Bags

Dumpster bags continue to grow in popularity. They are readily available at most home improvement or major hardware stores and don’t cost much — a couple twenties will probably cover it. The cost raises, however, when you factor in the cost to have it removed. The waste management company’s fee to hook up to it and take it away might just be heftier than the bag itself. Still, dumpster bags do have benefits along with drawbacks.


  • Convenient for smaller projects with light-weight materials
  • Easy to purchase and position to use
  • No rental time limits
  • No unattractive dumpster sitting on the property


  • Can only handle smaller projects — less space (approximately 3 cubic yards)
  • Weight limit; not recommended for concrete, brick and similar materials
  • Must be placed near the street
  • Unstable container
  • Slow pickup according to scheduling


In contrast to dumpster bags, dumpsters are bulky, ugly and something of a hassle to order. However, you’ll find the benefits outweigh the drawbacks in many situations.


  • Dumpsters come in many sizes, not limited to a bag size
  • Holds various types of waste, including drywall and broken-up concrete
  • Sturdy container
  • Scheduled delivery and pickup


  • Unattractive sight
  • Needs greater space

Remember the capacity of a dumpster bag? The 3 cubic yards it typically holds doesn’t compare to the smallest dumpster, which is typically 10 yards. In fact, standard dumpster sizes range from 10 cubic yards up to 40 cubic yards. So if you need more than a bag or two, you already have a dumpster’s wort of debris.

Before deciding on either course of action, try calling your local store and pricing the bags, then contact your local waste management company, such as Tri-State Disposal. Find out how much it would cost, total, then compare it to the cost of a dumpster rental at a local company. Chances are, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Just don’t call it a dumpster when you call. Call it a roll-off instead. They will think you know what you’re talking about.

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