What to know before you rent a construction waste container

You need a waste container for your construction, renovation or demolition work? There are many options available to you; but how do you find the right container to meet your needs? This is what we will help you carry out! 

In this article, you’ll learn how to ask the right questions before renting a container, no matter the type of work. Get rid of your construction waste in a safe and ecological way! 

What are the main container formats?

What size should the container be? This is one of the first questions you should ask yourself. When assessing your needs, provide as much detail as possible about the work you are doing. For example, the rooms in your home that you are renovating and the equipment in them can be a good indicator of the size of container you need. The more details you provide about your work, the easier it will be to estimate the weight and volume of your construction waste.

It is important to plan this step carefully, as you need to ensure that the container you rent is not too big or too small. If it’s too big, you’ll pay too much for what you need, and if it’s too small, you’ll have to rent a second container in the middle of the job. In addition, it is important to evaluate the space available where you will place the container (in your driveway, on the street, in your yard, etc.) so as not to rent a container that is too big!

Here are the container sizes offered by Groupe Bellemare:

10-yard container - 10′ (length) x 7′ (width) x 4′ (height)


  • Between 4 and 6 truck boxes
  • +/- 60 garbage bags
  • 2 tons

This container format is ideal for collecting waste from your small renovation projects (roofing, patio, masonry, asphalt, etc.). It is ideal for houses and cottages. 


12-yard container - 12′ (length) x 8′ (width) x 4′ (height)

  • Between 5 and 7 truck boxes
  • +/- 70 garbage bags
  • 3 tons

These dumpsters are used for residential or commercial work. The 12-yard container is perfect for recovering debris after interior renovations like a kitchen or bathroom. It’s also perfect for containing all the trash after a major cleanup in your home, yard and garage or after a landscaping project.


25-yard container - 20′ (length) x 8′ (width) x 4′ (height)


  • Between 6 and 8 truck boxes
  • +/- 120 garbage bags
  • 4 tons

The 25-yard debris container is ideal for recycling debris after large residential jobs. 

It is extremely popular for cleaning large residential projects such as basement renovations, complete bathroom renovations and window replacements due to its open roof and large back door. You can even walk through the first few loads of waste, allowing you to make maximum use of its debris disposal space. Plus, it fits into most aisles and leaves enough room to work efficiently.


40-yard container - 20′ (length) x 8′ (width) x 7′ (height)


  • Between 12 and 14 truck boxes
  • +/- 225 garbage bags
  • 5 tons

These containers are the largest offered, which is why they are a favourite of commercial construction sites.

These containers can also be used for major residential work, such as new construction or total renovation of a home. The 40 cubic yards are more than enough to recover massive waste such as walls, foundations, shingles, cement, asphalt, plumbing, windows, etc. 

What can I put or not in my construction debris container?

Each year, our sorting center receives thousands of tons of material through the construction debris containers. Of this construction waste, over 75% is returned to the market as an environmentally friendly solution. By renting a container from Groupe Bellemare, you can dispose of your construction waste directly on site in Trois-Rivières.

We have a strict list of accepted or rejected products to allow for sound and efficient recycling. 

Accepted materials in construction waste containers

  • Brick
  • All metals
  • Gypsum
  • Wood
  • Shingles
  • Asphalt
  • Concrete
  • Glass
  • Plastic

Rejected materials at the sorting center

  • Household garbage
  • Asbestos
  • Chemicals
  • Explosives
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Tires
  • Animal carcasses
  • Radioactive waste
  • Drugs, syringes and biomedical waste
  • Upholstery (sofas, chairs, mattresses, etc.)

Do I need a municipal permit?

Whether or not you need a permit to rent a bin depends on several factors. For example, if you are considering placing the dumpster in your driveway or yard, you will not need one. However, if you plan to place it near a public alley, on the street or on the sidewalk, you will need a permit from the municipality where you live.

No matter if you are a contractor or an individual, you will still need a permit to legally install the container on the street. In addition, the length of time you can place the container on public property will also vary from city to city. Ask for your authorization in advance so that there are no unpleasant surprises!

How much does it cost to rent a construction debris container?

The renting cost of a dumpster varies according to your location, the size of the dumpster, the type and amount of waste you put in it, and the rental period.

The most important thing is to optimize costs through good planning and renting the right container for your job. Some costs are often overlooked. 

Find out the price of these items to organize your budget: 

The price of the permit (if applicable)

Does the company charge extra to dispose of the waste itself? Does the company allow you to do it yourself for free?

What are the company’s penalty fees? For example, if you rent the container for a longer period of time than expected or if you throw away waste that was rejected at the sorting center. 

The choice is yours!

Now that you know how to plan your dumpster rental and what questions to ask, you can get going!

Remember, good planning is the best way to avoid unexpected costs and ensure a green process from start to finish.

If you have any questions or wish to rent a container, contact us right away!

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