A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Buh-Bye Bagster!

I scheduled the Bagster pick-up for Tuesday when I knew it’d be filled to the brim with fireplace and bathroom carnage.


One thing they don’t tell you is if you want/need it to be picked up on the day you specify you have to pay extra ($65 in our case). Our street is not well traveled and there is almost always plenty of parking, so it wasn’t imperative that it be picked up on Tuesday and I declined the extra charge.

We set up the Bagster on the parkway in between ours and our neighbor’s trees, but still on our property. Waste Management specifies how far it needs to be from any obstacles. We thought about putting it in the back by the alley, but we don’t really have the room there and the telephone lines would have been in the way.

We put a couple of work horses in the street to discourage parking too close to the Bagster, à la “Chicago Dibs”.

Once you schedule, they guarantee pickup within 3 days, so they had until Thursday to pick up, and that’s when it happened. As I was enjoying my morning coffee I saw the truck turning the corner and rushed to the living room to watch (so exciting!).




It took no time at all to hook it up, lift it and drop it, and he was on his way. Our total cost was about $30 for the Bagster from Home Depot and $168 for the pickup.

It would have cost almost double that for a huge 7′ x 10′ x 2.5′ roll-off container from our local waste management company with a limit of 2200 lbs.—and they’ll charge extra if it exceeds that. The 4′ x 8′ x 2.5′ Bagster can hold 3300 lbs. and was just the right size for our project. I have no idea how much ours weighed but I couldn’t imagine it would reach that limit.

So happy to watch that drive away!


  1. Jan on April 4, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    I wish we had bagster here. Waste Management isn’t in our area. When we have done demo, we had to put it in trash cans and get a dumping permit and then dump each trash can. It’s usually 100 degrees, smelly, and very very heavy. It’s a 3 or 4 hour deal.

    Thank heavens we are done with heavy demo for a while.

    Looking forward to seeing your progress on the bathroom and fireplace.

    • denise on April 7, 2015 at 8:20 am

      One good thing about living in a large metro area I guess! That sounds horrible! Good for you for not letting that deter you (that would be a whole other hurdle I’d have to jump to get my husband to go along with that!). 🙂

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