Removing Debris in a Tight Spot with the Bagster Bag

The Bagster is a simple alternative to rigid construction waste containers. It's perfect if you're doing a small remodel, or just don't have space for a large Dumpster. 

Construction debris removal with Bagster portable dumpster bag

As you might have seen yesterday, our Curbly House project is starting to generate a lot of construction debris. We're ripping out all the ceilings throughout the house, so we're ending up with generous portions of ceiling tiles, plaster, lathe, and even a few deceased rodents.

But in the case of the Curbly House, getting that stuff hauled away isn't so simple; there's no garage at the house – and thus, no driveway – in which to set a Dumpster. And our street parking allowed by permit only on one side (since we're close to a university, parking in front of our house is always difficult). So putting a waste container on the street would have been really tough.

Porch construction debris

So when I heard about the Bagster bag, I knew it'd be a good fit for our project. The Bagster Dumpster in a Bag is a durable, woven bag that can hold up to 3,300 pounds or three cubic yards of renovation waste or debris. It's tough, sturdy, and can take large items like windows, doors, or in our case, long furring strips. 

The Bagster dumpster in a bag

The convenient thing is you can set it right in your front yard, or on the boulevard (or practically anywhere else within reach of the street, alley or driveway). When you schedule a pickup they come with a truck that has an extendable grabber arm. 

So, to try it out, I went to the house on Monday and spent about an hour and a half emptying out the front porch. This is where we had been stacking up our piles of ceiling tiles and some other wood scraps, so I was happy to have it cleaned up (I'm sure our neighbors were starting to worry). I was sure to wear a mask, gloves and eye protection.

Setting up the Bagster is easy

For this part of our project, the Bagster bag was perfect because it was quick and easy to set up, and didn't take up any additional space on the street. It comes folded up (ours actually came through the mail!) and one person working alone can easily unfold it. 

When you're ready to have it picked up, you can schedule collection online; mine was picked up within two days of scheduling our pick-up. 

How high to fill up the Bagster?

This tough, reinforced woven nylon bag can hold a lot of debris, but do make sure to follow the instructions when filling it. The material must fit below the top edge of the bag. If you overfill it, not only will you risk having dangerous debris fall out, but the hauler may refuse to pick it up as well.

How high to fill up the Bagster

If you're working on a small or medium-size remodeling or construction project, the Bagster bag might be a good fit; to learn more, visit thebagster.com.


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Anonymous on Jun 24, 2012:

Cracked mentioned it before, see #4 here.  And my captcha was 'bless you', so that has to mean something.

Aidel.K on Jun 19, 2012:

Just looked at their website. What a neat idea! I don't have need for it at present, but it's a good option to know about. Thanks.

Shana on Jun 18, 2012:

Oops - I guess I should say we have to sort out, but they have separate piles for each material.  It's much easier if you sort as you go anyway, which is kinda looks like you are already doing from seeing the big pile of wood and the pile of plaster.

Shana on Jun 18, 2012:

Alicia, not sure about your locale, but our dump sorts and recycles drywall, metal, wood, concrete, asphalt shingles, and your normal range of household recyclables.  A good start might be to check out this website which is specific to Minnesota (I believe that's where the Curbly house is?) http://www.rethinkrecycling.com/  Hope that helps - and good luck!

alicia on Jun 17, 2012:

Hi Shana,

Thanks for the good suggestion. We have been separating lathe from plaster so it can be re-used/recycled. What other recyclables should we be thinking about?

Shana on Jun 16, 2012:

I know it might seem like a lot of work, but are you recycling what you can from your construction debris?  Not sure if your dump has the facilities already set up, but the company I work for (a construction company) actually separates out all our demo and scraps and the dump will recycle them (plus, we pay a lower rate for non-garbage items, i.e. recyclable items).  Just wondering how you're handling that, as you will probably be generating a lot of garbage?  Thanks!

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