Demolition isn’t much fun to begin with, and then getting rid of the old decking, decrepit porch rails, and rotten framing presents its own problems — you may, for instance, have too little debris to justify the rental of a full-sized Dumpster but too much for your pickup to handle comfortably.

Waste Management, the largest waste company in North America, has a suggestion: Buy one of its Bagsters, fill it up, and arrange for its removal by calling Waste Management. The bag and its contents will be gone within three business days.

The “Dumpsters in a Bag” are made from a highly durable woven material that won’t rip even if punctured, according to the company. They can hold up to 3 cubic yards and 3,300 pounds of debris, including full sheets of plywood.

Bagsters can be purchased at some home improvement centers and hardware stores (a list is available at for about $30. When you’re ready for pickup, a local subsidiary of Waste Management will drive to the job site and collect the full Bagster. Pickup rates vary by market, from about $80 to $160. The total cost is between 50 percent and 70 percent less than the cost of renting a conventional dumpster, Waste Management says.

Bagsters are currently available in 38 states. Among participating retailers are The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ace Hardware, True Value, and Do-It-Best Store. They’re also available in Canada.

Waste Management, 877/789-2247,

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