Dumpster Bag vs. Dumpster Rental: Which One Do I Need?


When you’re doing a remodeling project at your home, chances are you’re going to need some type of waste removal. Your typical garbage pick-up is not going to be able to handle all of the debris. The type of waste removal you’re going to need will depend on how big of a project you have going on at your home and what is going to be thrown away. Some people opt for a dumpster bag while others need a roll-off dumpster to get the job done. More often, a roll-off dumpster is the better choice because it can handle more debris at once and is neater.

We’re going to take a look at the difference between the two to help you decide which is best for your project.

What is a dumpster bag?

A dumpster bag is smaller than a roll-off dumpster and can usually be purchased online or at a home improvement store. It holds less than a dumpster and is typically used for smaller jobs. There may also be certain areas on your property where a dumpster bag can be placed while a roll-off dumpster can go in a driveway, on your property, or even on the street if allowed.

Dumpster Bag vs. Dumpster Rental

As you consider getting a dumpster bag or renting a dumpster, you’ll want to keep the following things in mind:

Ease of Use

While a dumpster bag may be easy to buy, it may not be as easy to haul away. If you go this route, you’ll want to check your local dumping rules and garbage pickup to see if they take these away and if there’s an extra charge. 


If you’re using a dumpster bag you want to place it in an area that’s going to make it easy to get picked up. You’re not going to be able to move it once you start loading it. This often becomes a problem when people who are working on a project don’t want to lug the debris into the bag.


When you rent a dumpster, you can count on the company to come and haul it away when you’re done. It gets dropped off when and where you need it and gets taken away when you’re done. There’s no worry about who’s going to take it and how you’re going to get rid of it. This is one of the many reasons why people choose a roll-off dumpster rather than a dumpster bag.

Type of Debris

A roll-off dumpster can also hold more debris which is ideal for a larger project. You may start off with a dumpster bag and soon realize that you fill it quicker than you thought. This results in more of a mess and hassle than you signed up for. 

Besides the quantity of debris, you also want to think about what you’re throwing away. Will it fit in the dumpster bag or will it protrude out? Even the smallest dumpster can likely hold more than a dumpster bag. Roll-off dumpsters are ideal for bulky and large items.

Generally speaking, a roll-off dumpster is your best bet when you’re doing a remodeling project. It will hold more bulky debris than a dumpster bag and you don’t have to worry about getting it hauled away. 

Contact Us

At Sweitzer Waste Removal, we offer a variety of sizes when it comes to roll-off dumpsters. If you’re not sure what size you need, we can recommend one based on your project. For more information on dumpster rentals, visit us online or call us at 203-245-8840.