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Not All Dumpster Companies Are The Same! Be Sure To Ask These Five Questions Before Hiring Someone …


Not all dumpster companies are created equal.


When it comes to renting a dumpster for your project, it's important to choose the right company. You want to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. You want someone you can trust, and you want someone local (we are located in Baton Rouge but provide rental options for many surrounding areas).


Whether you go with us or a competitor, here are five important questions to ask before hiring a dumpster company:

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1. What size dumpster do I need?

Different projects require different sizes of dumpsters, and it's important to choose the right size to avoid overloading the dumpster or paying for more space than you need. Ask the dumpster company about the sizes they offer and describe your project to get a recommendation for the appropriate size. Check out the “How many truck loads fit in a dumpster?” page for more info.


2. What are the rental terms?

Before renting a dumpster, be sure to ask about the rental terms, including the length of the rental period, any fees for exceeding the rental period, and the terms for renewing the rental. Make sure you understand the terms before signing a rental agreement.


At Southern Roll Off Dumpster Rental, we offer same-day delivery with flexible rental periods (30 days is standard, with swap out service as needed). We will rent as long as you need but we typically only place a residential dumpster for seven days and will ask to have a scheduled pick-up planned a few days in advance. However, we have trucks picking up all around the city regularly and can always have them stop by if you're in a hurry.


3. What can and cannot be put in the dumpster?

Dumpster companies may have restrictions on what can be put in their dumpsters, and it's important to understand these restrictions to avoid extra fees or penalties. Ask about any prohibited items and make sure you only put approved items in the dumpster.


Most dumpster companies will accept:


  • Solid Waste

  • Bulk Waste

  • Yard Waste

  • Organic Waste

  • Recycling


Items that may not be allowed are the “common sense” things like hazardous waste (like asbestos), motor oil, tires, appliances, or other chemical fluids.


You can put anything into a Southern Roll Off dumpster that is allowed at the local EBR Landfill. Construction materials, home repair and remodel materials, landscaping and yard debris, dirt, rocks, scrap metal, and any other project waste is allowed.


We do haul concrete, but at a maximum of 11 yards. In addition, there are recyclables that can be hauled in a separate dumpster. If you have any questions about any the types of waste allowed, feel free to give us a call or you can contact the EBR Landfill directly at their website here



4. How will the dumpster be delivered and picked up?

Ask the company about their delivery and pickup process, including the expected delivery date and time, how long it will take to deliver the dumpster, and what the process will be for picking up the dumpster at the end of the rental period. Make sure you understand the process and are available to receive the dumpster at the scheduled time.


5. What are the total costs?

Before renting a dumpster, make sure you understand all of the costs associated with the rental, including the rental fee, any delivery or pickup fees, and any fees for exceeding the rental period or putting prohibited items in the dumpster.


After calling and speaking with several companies, you’ll be surprised to find many dumpster providers find some creative ways to charge you for a dumpster. They make it very confusing on purpose.


At Southern Roll Off, our prices are very competitive; one price covers everything. No additional charges for delivery, pickup or even to dump the thing. Check out this review, for example:


Southern Roll off delivered my dumpster the same day, no hassles. Polite and courteous staff. I would recommend them to everyone in need of these services. The prices are reasonable and there are no unexpected cost when they pick it up. If you need dumpster service or any other service they provide give them a call you won't be disappointed.



Why Should You Choose Southern Roll Off Over The Other Dumpster Companies?


You want to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. By understanding the rental terms, knowing what can and cannot be put in the dumpster, and understanding the delivery and pickup process, you can make sure your project runs smoothly and stays within budget.


At Southern Roll Off Dumpster Rental, we care about our customers and strive to make your experience hassle-free. That’s why we offer same-day delivery with flexible rental periods. We offer 30 day standard rental periods, with swap out service as needed.


Southern Roll Off is a local business, so you’ll be dealing directly with our Baton Rouge, not a national broker or chain that has no business in East Baton Rouge Parish. We are always available for any questions you may have.​ And we invite you to check out our reviews on Google and Facebook.


We offer competitive pricing on all dumpster rentals, with no hidden surcharges of any kind. You can fill out our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible with a full quote. Otherwise, just give us a call at 225-238-8000.


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