When you decide to carry out a major clean-up on your property, one of the main questions you will face is how you should get rid of all the junk. Multiple trips to the local dump with your pick-up truck or SUV should quickly be eliminated as an option. The time required plus likely damage to your vehicle should be enough to consider renting a dumpster. It’s more efficient to let someone else haul it away for you – but then you have to decide between green bags vs. dumpsters. Which should you choose? Here are the pros and cons you need to weigh up as you consider this decision.

What Is The Difference Between a Dumpster Bag And A Dumpster

A dumpster is a large steel bin that is delivered to your property by a dumpster rental company for a certain number of days. Once you have filled the dumpster, the company then comes and takes it away again. A green bag, or bagster, is a durable, single-use bag used to hold and transport waste. You purchase one at your nearest hardware store, place it in your yard near the street and fill it up as you need. You can then call Bargain Bins to come and collect it for you. 

Which One Is Best For You?

The question of green bags vs. dumpsters depends on several factors. Let’s go through them one by one.


A bagster costs around $30 to purchase – this does not include the pickup fee. Once you have filled the bag, you need to call Bargain Bins or WM and schedule a pickup. Depending on where you live, pickup will cost you around $160. 

A dumpster ranges in cost from $140 to $295 to rent for seven days, depending on the size you need. This price includes delivery, pick-up, and dump fees.

How Easy Are They To Obtain?

Both bagsters and dumpsters are relatively easy to get. With dumpsters, you can simply make a phone call and have one delivered to your property. If you choose to use a bagster, on the other hand, you need to go out and buy one first. Then you have to schedule the pickup as well.

Where Can They Be Placed?

When you rent a dumpster, it will be deposited in the most convenient location on your property and left there for the duration of the rental period. Driveways are the most common and convenient locations, but you can also choose a spot in your yard.

With bagsters, there are some additional factors to consider. Waste Management Services uses a crane attached to a truck to haul bagsters away, so the positioning is very important. They need to be placed at least five feet away from buildings and vehicles, and must have at least 18 feet of clearance above them.

What Type Of Junk Do You Want To Dispose Of?

With green bags, you have more limitations than you would with dumpsters. Both can take household junk, yard waste, furniture, sinks and bathtubs, among other things. However, bagsters cannot take items such as electronics and appliances.

Weight Limit

Bagsters only come in one size and can take up to 3,300 pounds of waste. Our dumpsters range in size from 3 cubic yards to 20 cubic yards, and can take between 1,000 and 5,000 pounds, depending on which size you choose.

On the whole, in the balance between green bags vs. dumpsters, roll-off dumpsters are more convenient and cost-effective. To rent one for your next clean-out project, call us today.