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Dumpster Rental vs. Dumpster Bags in Cincinnati


In today’s digital age, it’s easier than ever to be a DIY-er (that’s Do-It-Yourself-er, if you didn’t know). Websites like and are filled with professional builders, designers, plumbers, remodelers, architects, and more, giving away the secrets of their trade for free. Vacuum repair gurus post videos of their procedures on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. 30 years ago you were forced to consult a professional, find a book on the topic (and pray it answered your question), or just pay for the service. Today you can find discussion after discussion about any project you would ever undertake. However, no amount of information will change the fact that professionals have the tools to perform their jobs well, and you most likely do not. You can’t expect to perform a plumber’s job without a plumber’s toolbelt. So today, we are writing about the one of the biggest tools of them all: dumpsters.

If you live within Cincinnati’s city limits, you are only allowed one city-approved garbage can, and you are subject to a hefty fine if you overfill it. If you live outside the limits, chances are your garbage men are more lenient with your trash, but you still can’t pile all of your debris by the curb on Sunday. Again, not only will the garbage men not pick it up, you’ll get fined! That’s where you need a dumpster, and that’s where we come in.

Of course, some jobs are too big for trash bags, but too small for dumpsters. In the recent years, dumpster bags have popped up. You’ve probably seen them advertised on TV or in your neighbor’s front yard. We’re going to tell you all about dumpsters, dumpster bags, and when it’s best to use each.

What are dumpster bags?

So, here’s the rundown on dumpster bags. They’re 3 cubic yards in volume and are usually big and green. You buy them at any home improvement store, like Home Depot or Lowes, and they only cost $30 each. They come in a small package. It’s no more of a hassle than buying, say, a bunch of garbage bags. The real cost comes from the pickup. In Cincinnati, it costs $119 for the first bag pickup and $99 for any additional bags. The catch is that if you have three bags, they all have to be picked up at the same time for the discount to apply. You can’t schedule one pickup for Monday and the next for Tuesday and still get the discount. The price varies by location, and in some places, it’s as much as $200 a bag. So, we’ve got it pretty good here in Cincinnati.

It wouldn’t be fair to compare a tiny dumpster bag to a dumpster designed for industrial-scale jobs, so we are going to make the comparison with the 15-yard dumpster—the closest in size to the 3-cubic-yard dumpster bag. It’s the smallest size we offer, and it’s like the dumpster bag in that they’re both intended for residential jobs only.

Rules and Restrictions

You might not have known this, but there are certain things you can’t put in a dumpster: things like refrigerators, tires, tree stumps, and batteries. Dumpster rentals don’t prohibit these items out of spite, though. After dumpsters leave with your garbage, they are taken to a landfill, and landfills charge extra to dispose of these items. If you fill a dumpster with prohibited items, rental companies will pass these costs on to you along with an additional fee for the inconvenience.

Dumpster bags are subject to these restrictions and then some. Only 1/3rd of the dumpster bag can be filled with either bricks or dirt because of how heavy they are. Also, if the dumpster bag does contain bricks, dirt, or other dense material, those materials need to be arranged evenly. If they are too concentrated on one side of the bag, it will rip, spilling garbage all over your yard or driveway.

Additionally, both dumpsters and dumpster bags have weight limits. It varies for dumpsters, but for dumpster bags, it is strictly 3,300 pounds. Any more than that and the crane that comes to pick up the bag cannot hold it.

What happens if you break the rules?

Keeping within the weight limit is the most difficult part of using a dumpster or dumpster bag. Since there is no home scale that can weigh something as heavy as a dumpster, you are forced to take your best guess. Unfortunately, if you have a dumpster bag and guess wrong, the pickup company will refuse to pick it up until you get it down to the proper weight. They’ll charge you for the trip, though. Then you’re left with almost two tons of garbage and no way to get rid of it!

Dumpster rental companies still fine you if you put in restricted materials or go above the weight limit, but they will take the dumpster away either way. Think about it: when you buy a dumpster bag, you own it. When you rent a dumpster, the rental company owns it. No dumpster company is going to leave their dumpster (which cost them thousands of dollars) with you (unless you’ve reserved it for a certain number of days, of course). And since there is no easy way to weigh either a dumpster or a dumpster bag, if you’re worried you’re going to go over the weight, you’re much better off just renting a dumpster.

How soon can you pick up my trash?

Dumpster rental companies are quick to remove their dumpster from your property. Almost every company out there—including us—will pick up your dumpster within 24 hours of when you tell them to. Dumpster bag pickups, however, can take up to three days to come after you call. 

How portable are they?

If you’re considering getting a dumpster or a dumpster bag, you might be worried that you won’t be able to fit one in your yard or driveway. Alternatively, you might be worried because dumpsters can damage driveways. To that second point, we have dumpsters with wheels that protect your driveway, but size is definitely a concern. Dumpster bags have a definite advantage over dumpsters in that you can place them basically anywhere, and they’re easier to get into places like the backyard where it would be difficult to place a dumpster. Despite that, you can basically put a dumpster anywhere you could put a dumpster bag. Homeowners can use their driveways or yards. Dumpsters tend to make the grass underneath yellow because of sun deprivation, but there are ways to reverse that. In the city, you can get a permit from the city to park the dumpster on the curb like a car.

Are there different sizes available?

This is another area where dumpsters trump dumpster bags. Since the dumpster bags get picked up by a crane, there is only one size available. This is great if you only need a little bit of trash collected, but there is no replacement for a dumpster if you are remodeling any part of your house. 

Dumpsters, on the other hand, come in all shapes and sizes. There are even dumpsters that are just for trees and grass waste, so you can sidestep that pesky no-tree restriction. 

Dumpsters > Dumpster Bags

We feel that dumpsters are so much better than dumpster bags that there’s really no contest. However, dumpster bags do have their place. If you are absolutely sure how much garbage a project will accumulate, dumpster bags offer a cheaper and more portable alternative to dumpsters. It’s difficult to be sure, though, and renovations always bring surprises, so we think a dumpster is better every time.  

Your home is important to you, so when you remodel your home, you want the best tools for the job. Give us a call and we can talk about the dumpster that’s right for your home and your project. 

Start Your Spring Cleaning with Furniture Removal

With average highs of 75° and the Opening Day of the Cincinnati Reds just around the corner, no one can deny that spring has arrived here in Southwest Ohio. And while Graeter’s Ice Cream and a trip to Findlay Market are perhaps some of the most recognized Cincinnati traditions that are enjoyed around time of year, perhaps no other tradition is more closely tied to the season than – of course – spring cleaning.

We all know that we should probably make some time during the coming months to tend to our refrigerators and ovens but, if you haven’t already given these appliances some dedicated TLC at other times over the past year, you’ll likely end up needing to get rid of them rather than clean them. We think it’s safe to say that for many homeowners throughout Greater Cincinnati, spring cleaning could be more accurately described as spring removal – and that’s OK!

Junk Buildup and Removal

Whether you own an apartment, a home, or even a business, it’s natural for junk to build up over the years. This, of course, includes the sofa that you used when you first moved in, the mattress that you’ve recently replaced, or any of the other pieces of furniture that you’ve kept hidden away in the basement, garage, or attic. Keep in mind, however, that “hidden” doesn’t always mean “out of sight.” In fact, if you’ve been thinking of replacing the old television that you’ve been looking at for years or a computer that’s on its last leg, now is also a good time to rid yourself of his junk in order to make room for the electronics that you really want.

When it comes time to do your spring removal, you need a plan. And while you could add “basement junk removal” and “garage junk removal” to your already exhaustive list of chores under “washing the windows” and “deep cleaning the carpet”, regular spring cleaning is often too much for any one individual to take on, let alone someone who also wants to remove junk from their property.

Moving Furniture is Dangerous

Let’s face it – furniture removal can be dangerous. In fact, 293 Americans died between 2000 and 2010 because a piece of furniture or appliance fell on them, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Rather than risk your safety, and to avoid potentially wasting your time, you can trust the professionals at Best Hauling to handle all of your furniture removal needs for your home or business. Best Hauling provides professional junk removal services for sofas, mattresses, dresses, or other large, unwanted items. In fact, we can even remove construction debris left over from home or business renovations. All of these items will be removed from your property, placed into our dumpsters, and hauled away for you. It’s that easy.

Best Hauling can help!

Don't waste spring doing the things you have to do. Contact Us to request your free quote and get back to the things you want to do!

Swimming Pool Removal

Swimming pools can a great thing to have but if you think about it, you’re really only getting use out of it for 3 maybe 4 months out of the year if you’re lucky here in Ohio.  Even though it may seem like a loss removing your swimming pool, there are many benefits to it as well. Not only will you save money every year from all the maintenance they require, but there a ton of fun things you can add to your backyard in place of the pool!

1.      Create a backyard oasis

You can create the patio of your dreams by adding a fire pit, trees and plants, outdoor lighting, lounge furniture, etc... The options are endless when it comes to creating your dream backyard.  With nice and new patio furniture you can host all of the gatherings with friends and family!

2.      Create the best backyard garden

Think about all of the benefit of having your own personal garden right in your backyard! You can grow only what you want, it’s ecofriendly AND you’ll save yourself even more money by growing your own produce! It’s a win-win situation!

3.      A backyard playground for the kiddos!

Even if you don’t want to go crazy by designing a backyard oasis and buying all new furniture and landscape you can easily throw some grass down in place of that pool and maybe a swing set and create a great place for the kids to run free and play all day! Not only will it get rid of all that extra energy they have, but it create a place for your kids to bond with each other, friends and you!

Creating a new backyard at your home can be a fun new project.  Maybe you’ve been itching to dive into something like this, or just want to make a simple change that could be a big benefit for the family. The decision is yours to finally remove that old swimming pool and give your backyard the upgrade it needs!  When the time comes, Best Hauling’s swimming pool removal service is here for you.


A Flourishing Backyard

Out with the Old-In With the New

We’re over two months into the New Year, and rapidly approaching a new season (we could argue that Spring has already arrived here in Cincinnati!)    This means out with the old and in with the new.  You might be thinking, what does that have to do with Best Hauling?  Well, we assist the Greater Cincinnati area with taking the old out. We can best explain this through a couple of examples.

First of all, we can remove pools or structures that are outdated, beyond the point of repair or something that you just don’t want any more.  We do this with our licensed demolition services.  Concrete, an old shed, garage, barn or anything of that nature can be demolished safely with all debris removed from your property.  That way you can plant grass, a garden, or build something new there! It can be an opportunity for a new project or truly whatever you please.

Another example is our land clearing services.  After the winter, debris from dead plants or trees, excess leaves, sticks, and much more can cause dysfunction in your yard.  At my parents’ home, they grow tall grass shrubs that when not cut before the winter, blow all over the yard and make a huge mess!  For that and other similar situations we help to remove the items, and get spring started off on the right foot by saving you the hassle.

Last but certainly not least, our dumpster rentals.  As spring approaches, people often renovate the interior of their home, build decks, clean out the garage, etc…  In doing this, you’ll notice that the garbage can fills up awfully quick!  Renting a dumpster may be a helpful alternative that will make the process more efficient.

We’re the trusted hauling company in Cincinnati whose demolition and land clearing services and efficient. If you’d like to help us clear out 2015 and progress your yard into 2016, get in touch with us!  We’ll be happy to discuss what we can do for you, and answer any questions.

New Year Hauling

It’s the New Year, which means starting fresh. This is the perfect time to go through all of your belongings, clean and get rid of all the clutter that has accumulated over the past year (or several years!) “In with the new, out with the old” as they say.  At Best Hauling we offer convenient services where we’ll come to you to haul away any clutter that may be present in your life.

After the holidays it seems like things just begin to compile at home and eventually turn into huge messes that are so stressful, we don’t know where to begin organizing. To avoid all of this chaos, get rid of the things you just won’t be using anymore.  Otherwise, they may just collect dust all year and become the foundation of a pile of junk.  When assisting in the removal of clutter we’ve found that people are amazed at the amount of space they can free up when going through old belongings!  It’s intriguing to think about all the space you actually do have at home and how it good be better utilized. Space is meant to be used, not occupied by things you never use!

Having been recognized as “The Best Hauling Company” in the Cincinnati area, you can be sure that out service will get the job done right and fast! Our assortment of hauling services accommodates both residential and commercial clients.  We’re well known for getting rid of the heavy stuff:

·         Furniture

·         Desks

·         Cabinetry

·         Dressers

·         Bed Frames

·         More!

If you want to avoid physical and mental stress with a renovation, spring clean, furniture replacement or anything similar, you know who to call!  Give us a call today to learn more about any of our services, or contact us through the form on our website!



Winter Prep: Brush Clearing-Demolition-Dumpster Rental

Fall is a beautiful season in Ohio and every year it seems comes and goes too fast.  As winter approaches and the air cools, this time of year has become the prime time for people to be moving in and out of homes, cleaning, remodeling and getting settled in before the snow comes. While moving is a stressful production, Best Hauling wants to ease the stress a litlte bit by providing fairly priced dumpster rentals.   We conveniently place them on your driveway (our roll-off dumpsters will not damage your driveway) so it is close and accessible when needed.

Dumpster rentals are great for throwing away old and unwanted junk, collecting debris and trash if you are remodeling or making renovations to a home or office space, and for fall/spring clean outs.  Sometimes you never know how long a project can last, which is why we make our rentals flexible.  Rent one for a day, rent one for a month, we can make it work for you.

To compliment our customized dumpster rentals we provide services such as land clearing, pool and garage demolition.  If you have some cleaning up to do we are happy to do it for you!

A typical call we’ll get is someone letting us know that they’d like to prepare their home and/or yard for the winter.  We’ve found that many people have tall grasses or other plants that can cause brush to spread throughout a yard over the course of a winter, so they’ll have us clear it.  Some people have old pools or structures on their property that may not be able to make it through the cold, and would like to have those taken care of as they can be a safety hazard.  We’ve even had projects where people are building home theaters or a room where the family can be cozy, and they need a dumpster to throw all the excess carpet, drywall, scraps and more.  All of these are situations we can handle.

Fall and Spring are a busy time of the year at Best Hauling, so if you’re in need of one of our services get in touch with us quickly!



Land Clearing-Preparation for Fall

We hate to bring this up so early, but it’s time to start thinking about the end of summer, and how to prepare it for fall and winter.  For all of the planners out there, you know the importance of being prepared!  It will save you time in the future, and eliminate any hassles.


Growing up with a pretty big yard helped me understand the importance of preparing for winter.  If we didn’t, there would be brush and other debris all over the yard when the snow and ice melted away for good.  The biggest problem in our yard was dead shrubs or trees, brush, and tall grasses.  Sometimes the preparation and cleanup are enough to handle yourself, but if you own a business or have a larger yard it can be an overwhelming amount of work.  That’s where Cincinnati Best Hauling Co comes in.  We can discuss your particular situation with you, and deliver a custom quote where the cost is based on the size of the job. Please note that we also do construction preparation, where we can clear and level areas for building.


What makes us different from other land clearing companies?  We’re local to Cincinnati and treat all of our clients with the utmost respect, they’re our neighbors!  We offer related bobcat services (especially helpful when clearing heavy brush), and dumpster rentals so you won’t need to look around for other companies to complete a job.  We’ve got all of the equipment needed to do it right.  Last but not least we’re experienced.  Owner Larry Conlon has been doing this for over 20 years, so you can be sure that the job will be done efficiently and professionally.  If you take a look at our yelp page, you will see that Larry is a down to earth guy that is direct, clear, and someone that gets the job done.


Learn more about our Land Clearing services, and contact us to get your custom quote for your yard or business front’s seasonal preparation. 



Dumpster Rental Prices

Looking for the best price on a dumpster rental in the greater Cincinnati area? At Best Hauling we strive to give our customers a great product at a fair price, and we’re certain that we will surpass your expectations with that competitive pricing and service.


We typically base our prices off of volume, weight and distance from the debris. We like to discuss this personally, analyzing the situation in person or over the phone to ensure you get the best deal we are able to give.


Often time’s dumpsters are used for construction related clean-ups.  The best part about our service is that we have other services that pair perfectly with the dumpsters.  For example if you find yourself in a commercial or residential situation where you debris cleaned up, we have bobcats to clean up the area and the manpower to do the work for you!  Bobcats are also helpful if you have a brush or land clearing project.  


We’ve also been on the “green” train for a long time now.  Whenever possible, materials and debris are taken to recycling areas so that the materials can be reused.


If you are in need of a roll-off dumpster for your home or business call us today or fill out our quick quote form to get started.  We look forward to saving you time, money, and being of assistance you with your next project.

Land Clearing and Leveling for Summer Projects

It’s just about summertime here in Cincinnati, that’s pretty hard to believe right?  For you that means getting your yard and curb appeal in order, and for us that means we’re going to be busy!  With this change in season we’ve had a lot of people calling in to Best Hauling lately about land clearing and leveling.

Land Clearing can be residential, or commercial.  For example maybe a few buildings have been demolished; we can clear the area in a specific way based on future plans for the grounds.  We’ve worked in scenarios where new buildings will be erected, gardens or reforestation projects are planned, and it can even become as simple as removing brush from a yard or clearing out a line for fencing.  Below is a more extensive list of examples:

Land Clearing Examples

A service that is often associated with Land Clearing is leveling.  A perfect example is that in the summer, a lot of people get new driveways installed.  We are able to level the area and prepare the space for the pouring of an asphalt or concrete driveway.  Another example could be that you have a small business and would like to extend your parking lot.  All you need is some dirt, and a leveling contractor like us to move the dirt, and then level it to prepare the extension.

We’re able to do all of this with our bobcats, and other similar equipment.  They are effective, and our experienced owner Larry Conlon can maneuver them quickly.

If you have any questions about your next project and think we can help, give us a call!  You can also contact us through our website. We hope that we can be a part of your next project!

Spring Dumpster Rentals

Spring cleaning season is here and it’s time to get rid of all unwanted trash and junk that is just laying around, taking up space. At home, at your business, or at a construction site, we cater to all of the above and any size mess. We have an array of sizes for our dumpsters, and we offer flexible rentals.


Our sizes include:


15 & 20 cubic yard (International trucks)

14 x 8 x 4.5 (Cargo trucks)

16 x 8 4.5 (International dump truck)

New Holland trucks (Bobcats)

20 x 8 x4 (Trailers, can be used for multiple loads)


We’re often asked why we don’t list our prices, and that is because it is determined the volume of the dumpster, the weight we’re hauling, and how close we can park to a pile if we’re doing the removal or clearing.  Also, we need to factor in how long the dumpster is being rented.  If you need a dumpster soon, we can get it to you within a day or two. We’ll also work with you to schedule out the dumpster for however long you would need it.


Contact Us today to get a quote, and learn more about our dumpster rental, land clearing, and even demolition services offered by Best Hauling of Cincinnati on our website.