How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Dumpster?

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A house in your neighborhood is undergoing renovation, and suddenly there’s a dumpster parked in its driveway, full of construction debris and cleanup remnants. The giant steel trash container is an incongruous sight at first, but before long you get used to it — and even start to see the convenience of the whole thing. Then you realize you’ll be doing some renovations of your own before too long. And you wonder: Just how much does it cost to rent a dumpster?

Factors Affecting Dumpster Rental Prices

Several elements determine the dumpster rental prices, making it impossible to pinpoint an exact price without contacting a supplier. When you’re looking to rent a dumpster, all of the following affects the price of a dumpster rental:

  • Size — Numerous sizes of dumpsters are available to accommodate different jobs.
  • Location — Where the company is located, your proximity to it, and the ease of getting the dumpster to you and the dump will all affect the price.  
  • Rental company type — Local rental companies, national chains, and out-of-state brokers each have their advantages and drawbacks.
  • Rental basis — A flat-rate rental bundles together costs and fees, and sets a weight limit. Variable-rate rental can change according to the specifics of the order.
  • Availability — Prices vary according to supply and demand, going up during prime construction seasons.
  • *Duration of rental — Of course, the longer you keep a dumpster, the more expensive the rental will be. 
  • Type of trash — Certain types of trash are more difficult to dispose of, like appliances, mattresses, or those containing hazardous materials. 
  • Weight of trash — Some kinds of trash weigh more than others. The heavier your trash, the more expensive to haul it away.
  • Permits — Many areas require you to obtain a permit for placing a dumpster on your property.
  • Fees — These can include delivery/pickup, dump or landfill use, overage in weight or volume, late charges, and others.

All these factors combine to play a part in determining the final charge you’ll see. Read below for further details on each and see how they interact to affect the price. 

*[NOTE: Length of the rental period, of course, is a factor affecting the price. For the purposes of this article, we surveyed dumpster rental prices for a weekly rental.]

Dumpster Rental Near Me

While dumpster rental costs can vary widely by municipality, here is the typical range of dumpster rental prices people pay to rent per week 10-, 20-, 30-, and 40-yard dumpsters for 7 days in select cities:

City, State 10-yard 20-yard 30-yard 40-yard
Birmingham, AL $370 – $504 $325 – $600 $325 – $700 $563 – $800
Mobile, AL $269 – $365 $349 – $465 $410 – $569 $460 – $615
Anchorage, AK $469 – $697 $282 – $797 $282 – $897 $282 – $997
Wasilla, AK $269 – $500 $299 – $600 $579 – $700 $659 – $800
Phoenix, AZ $324 – $500 $345 – $600 $385 – $700 $395 – $800
Mesa, AZ $350 – $525 $280 – $650 $290 – $725 $340 – $695
Little Rock, AR $275 – $800 $360 – $850 $579 – $900 $636 – $950
Conway, AR $300 – $495 $400 – $595 $500 – $695 $600 – $695
Oakland, CA $445 – $575 $600 – $640 $719 – $850 $819 – $950
San Diego, CA $299 – $800 $589 – $648 $575 – $715 $496 – $1815
Sacramento, CA $330 – $459 $479 – $549 $440 – $669 $550 – $650
Denver, CO $285 – $439 $345 – $469 $350 – $499 $425 – $539
Aurora, CO $285 – $439 $340 – $495 $375 – $499 $420 – $539
Boulder, CO $350 – $700 $410 – $800 $433 – $900 $499 – $1000
New Haven, CT $400 – $469 $495 – $605 $579 – $645 $659 – $815
Stamford, CT $413 – $500 $519 – $600 $579 – $759 $659 – $800
Bridgeport, CT $320 – $560 $500 – $665 $579 – $700 $659 – $800
Bear, DE $385 – $500 $430 – $600 $430 – $700 $659 – $800
Odessa, DE $375 – $469 $430 – $525 $430 – $600 $600 – $710
Wilmington, DE $375 – $469 $435 – $519 $435 – $579 $600 – $710
Fort Lauderdale, FL $315 – $459 $355 – $509 $405 – $600 $455 – $649
Miami, FL $350 – $459 $450 – $509 $550 – $650 $649 – $750
Tampa, FL $289 – $475 $425 – $555 $439 – $605 $649 – $715
Atlanta, GA $280 – $399 $360 – $469 $428 – $519 $510 – $625
Macon, GA $291 – $400 $375 – $455 $400 – $500 $425 – $600
Savannah, GA $299 – $504 $369 – $577 $419 – $651 $535 – $697
Honolulu, HI $469 – $680 $519 – $707 $579 – $733 $659 – $770
Waialua, HI $469 – $784 $519 – $784 $579 – $784 $659 – $784
Boise, ID $400 – $515 $500 – $575 $579 – $620 $659 – $800
Idaho Falls, ID $295 – $400 $395 – $500 $400 – $600 $485 – $700
Nampa, ID $400 – $469 $420 – $519 $440 – $600 $470 – $700
Chicago, IL $299 – $419 $369 – $519 $439 – $660 $525 – $615
Naperville, IL $295 – $419 $350 – $519 $420 – $579 $500 – $615
Peoria, IL $235 – $697 $290 – $797 $335 – $897 $425 – $997
Fort Wayne, IN $300 – $453 $395 – $533 $465 – $587 $500 – $667
Indianapolis, IN $275 – $469 $375 – $519 $460 – $579 $500 – $659
South Bend, IN $290 – $450 $380 – $545 $445 – $600 $625 – $715
Davenport, IA $350 – $415 $430 – $500 $480 – $600 $580 – $700
Des Moines, IA $219 – $469 $219 – $519 $263 – $579 $307 – $659
Kansas City, KS $295 – $469 $250 – $519 $435 – $579 $535 – $659
Topeka, KS $300 – $697 $400 – $797 $445 – $897 $590 – $997
Wichita, KS $269 – $415 $389 – $445 $475 – $509 $569 – $615
Lexington, KY $300 – $659 $350 – $659 $450 – $663 $550 – $671
Louisville, KY $250 – $469 $335 – $519 $395 – $579 $500 – $659
Paducah, KY $300 – $485 $400 – $535 $468 – $565 $600 – $615
Baton Rouge, LA $359 – $500 $399 – $600 $550 – $700 $599 – $800
New Orleans, LA $315 – $419 $339 – $459 $450 – $499 $521 – $599
Shreveport, LA $299 – $405 $399 – $500 $449 – $600 $499 – $700
Portland, ME $280 – $599 $280 – $745 $390 – $835 $595 – $929
South Freeport, ME $369 – $469 $415 – $630 $468 – $660 $521 – $815
Annapolis, MD $399 – $500 $495 – $600 $560 – $700 $599 – $800
Baltimore, MD $295 – $400 $435 – $519 $505 – $650 $560 – $700
Frederick, MD $275 – $445 $340 – $625 $539 – $625 $700 – $755
Boston, MA $435 – $515 $519 – $690 $579 – $785 $599 – $815
Springfield, MA $300 – $525 $375 – $665 $420 – $750 $687 – $765
Worcester, MA $325 – $525 $495 – $665 $700 – $750 $765 – $800
Ann Arbor, MI $356 – $415 $411 – $485 $465 – $530 $565 – $615
Detroit, MI $350 – $469 $440 – $519 $450 – $579 $515 – $659
Grand Rapids, MI $225 – $435 $295 – $500 $375 – $600 $615 – $700
Duluth, MN $415 – $697 $465 – $797 $515 – $897 $585 – $997
Minneapolis, MN $339 – $500 $439 – $600 $489 – $700 $659 – $800
Saint Paul, MN $273 – $484 $395 – $545 $435 – $695 $595 – $659
Jackson, MS $335 – $509 $385 – $529 $425 – $600 $485 – $700
Kansas City, MO $295 – $469 $250 – $519 $435 – $579 $535 – $659
Springfield, MO $300 – $525 $375 – $665 $420 – $750 $687 – $765
St. Louis, MO $385 – $469 $300 – $519 $365 – $579 $420 – $659
Billings, MT $294 – $469 $375 – $519 $395 – $579 $485 – $659
Lincoln, NE $350 – $697 $228 – $797 $267 – $897 $495 – $997
Omaha, NE $150 – $469 $254 – $519 $311 – $579 $449 – $659
Henderson, NV $299 – $419 $415 – $459 $420 – $569 $455 – $589
Las Vegas, NV $295 – $419 $365 – $459 $395 – $569 $425 – $589
Manchester, NH $425 – $575 $519 – $645 $579 – $745 $659 – $900
Pembroke, NH $400 – $555 $470 – $675 $579 – $770 $659 – $815
Jersey City, NJ $399 – $559 $499 – $650 $699 – $759 $790 – $790
Newark, NJ $325 – $559 $350 – $650 $375 – $759 $400 – $820
Paterson, NJ $399 – $559 $499 – $649 $645 – $759 $785 – $785
Albuquerque, NM $282 – $594 $329 – $697 $350 – $797 $420 – $897
Placitas, NM $300 – $395 $330 – $419 $350 – $500 $499 – $600
Buffalo, NY $250 – $410 $350 – $425 $450 – $550 $475 – $650
Syracuse, NY $300 – $485 $399 – $565 $439 – $635 $600 – $880
Durham, NC $371 – $449 $431 – $598 $492 – $657 $615 – $716
Fargo, ND $279 – $500 $359 – $600 $515 – $700 $595 – $800
Cincinnati, OH $415 – $697 $515 – $797 $555 – $897 $595 – $1188
Cleveland, OH $283 – $500 $383 – $600 $467 – $700 $520 – $800
Norman, OK $300 – $469 $400 – $530 $500 – $579 $600 – $659
Oklahoma City, OK $300 – $469 $400 – $519 $500 – $579 $600 – $659
Portland, OR $280 – $599 $280 – $745 $390 – $835 $595 – $929
Salem, OR $371 – $599 $495 – $719 $605 – $819 $655 – $1188
Philadelphia, PA $375 – $469 $430 – $579 $515 – $600 $675 – $700
Pittsburgh, PA $275 – $500 $375 – $600 $525 – $700 $665 – $800
Newport, RI $310 – $469 $485 – $575 $575 – $675 $659 – $715
Providence, RI $325 – $469 $500 – $530 $579 – $615 $659 – $815
Warwick, RI $345 – $469 $515 – $555 $579 – $640 $659 – $1088
Charleston, SC $395 – $525 $460 – $750 $579 – $750 $659 – $835
Sioux Falls, SD $215 – $700 $396 – $800 $475 – $900 $530 – $1000
Chattanooga, TN $275 – $415 $375 – $485 $435 – $555 $483 – $595
Nashville, TN $269 – $469 $365 – $605 $545 – $675 $605 – $700
Austin, TX $309 – $469 $350 – $590 $489 – $655 $589 – $745
Dallas, TX $310 – $469 $401 – $569 $455 – $599 $540 – $699
Houston, TX $280 – $469 $517 – $599 $590 – $695 $649 – $745
Provo, UT $300 – $435 $400 – $495 $480 – $530 $545 – $685
Salt Lake City, UT $300 – $370 $225 – $400 $265 – $500 $515 – $600
Burlington, VT $469 – $1000 $519 – $1100 $579 – $1200 $659 – $1300
Alexandria, VA $350 – $470 $450 – $570 $500 – $645 $550 – $780
Norfolk, VA $250 – $345 $350 – $425 $400 – $470 $475 – $540
Virginia Beach, VA $295 – $369 $340 – $415 $395 – $468 $450 – $521
Seattle, WA $550 – $699 $350 – $729 $400 – $849 $450 – $1030
Tacoma, WA $650 – $699 $400 – $770 $450 – $880 $500 – $965
Vancouver, WA $280 – $699 $280 – $729 $390 – $849 $521 – $949
Morgantown, WV $290 – $697 $490 – $797 $540 – $897 $640 – $997
Green Bay, WI $375 – $519 $475 – $600 $549 – $700 $599 – $800
Milwaukee, WI $435 – $500 $430 – $600 $450 – $700 $615 – $800
Cheyenne, WY $380 – $469 $351 – $519 $455 – $600 $545 – $700

 

More About the Factors in Dumpster Rental Prices 

As previously mentioned, many factors interact in varying ways to affect dumpster rental cost. These include:

Location

As with everything else that costs money, every locality commands its own dumpster rental prices. If you’re in a “high rent district,” you’ll pay more. In a cheaper area, you’ll pay less.

Location also affects transportation and delivery costs. If you’re far from a city and the company has to drive the dumpster 15 miles to get it to you, for example, it may increase your cost. The same if your site is far from the dump or landfill.

Availability

It’s the classic principle of supply and demand: When many people are all angling to get a dumpster at once, prices go up due to increased demand, especially on the most popular sizes. It’s also likely to cost more during prime building and renovation seasons, especially in the spring’s pleasant weather. You also may need to book further in advance during these times to ensure that you get what you need.

Rental Company Type

There are several types of companies you can go to for renting a dumpster, and they all tend to charge different dumpster rental prices due to their different business models:

  • A local, independent rental company can offer personal, responsive customer service (especially if it’s family-owned) and often charge lower prices. However, with a limited budget, it might not have the size of dumpster you need exactly when you want it. 
  • A large-scale, national chain has a national-sized budget, with inventory, scheduling, and customer service capabilities to match, and should be able to accommodate your every need. You just might end up paying more for that convenience.
  • Out-of-state brokers are middlemen who don’t own dumpster inventory themselves, instead connecting you with an independent provider and doing the booking and scheduling for you. 

Be aware that not all areas have all company types in operation. In more remote areas, there may only be one type, or only one company. Which one is more expensive in your area is anybody’s guess — but in general, if you see a large advertising budget at work, expect costs to be higher.  

Rental Basis

With some dumpster providers, you may get the opportunity to choose between renting for a flat fee or paying a variable rate determined by the particulars of your situation, including budget, the needs of the job, and other factors.

  • A fixed-rate or flat-rate rental bundles together all costs and fees: rental, delivery, pickup, taxes, dump fees, mileage, and admin costs. It also typically stipulates trash types and weight limits. With this option, you know what you’ll pay upfront.
  • A variable-rate rental changes according to specifics of the order, but you don’t see it until after the rental period, once all the costs are itemized. Variable rates are exactly that: They could end up costing you less or more.

In general, variable and fixed-rate rentals wind up costing about the same amount per week.

Dumpster Size

Dumpsters are available in a range of types and sizes. Here are the most common, plus their dimensions and the capacities they hold:

Size of Container Approximate Dimensions* Capacity in Tons
(measured in yards) (length x width x height) (and equivalent in # of pickup truckloads)
10 yards 14 ft. long x 8 ft. wide x 3.5 ft. high to
16 ft. long x 8 ft. wide x 2 ft. high
2-3 tons (= 3 truckloads)
15 yards 16 ft. long x 8 ft. wide x 4.5 ft.high to
22 ft. long x 8 ft. wide x 2 ft. high
2-3 tons (= 4.5 truckloads)
20 yards 20 ft. long x 8 ft. wide x 3.5 ft. high to
22 ft. long x 8 ft. wide x 4 ft. high
3 tons (= 6 truckloads)
30 yards 22 ft. long x 8 ft. wide x 6 ft. high 4-5 tons (= 9 truckloads)
40 yards 24 ft. long x 8 ft. wide x 8 ft. high 6 tons (= 12 truckloads)

*Dimensions vary by manufacturer and provider.Bigger dumpsters cost more to rent than smaller ones, as you might expect. However, some companies may run specials at random times due to an overstock of a certain size. 

Type of Garbage

Many municipalities charge different dumping fees depending on the type of garbage involved — and these costs or savings are passed on to you. Expect different prices for residential or commercial waste, concrete, roofing materials, and yard waste. And expect charges to vary based on the locations where you’re renting from and dumping.

Your supplier should provide a list of what’s acceptable for disposal and what’s not. Generally, rented dumpsters are meant to hold standard construction and demolition trash, including wood, drywall, siding, flooring and roofing materials, carpet, wire, foam, yard waste, and even small appliances. 

Some trash contains elements classified as hazardous, such as refrigerators, air conditioners, and anything that uses freon. Other prohibited items often include computers, electronics, and batteries; and hazardous liquids such as automotive fluids, pesticides, paints, and solvents. If you put prohibited items into your dumpster, the company will likely pass on their fees for remediation, costing you another sizable chunk. 

Also, even though not specifically prohibited, certain bulky items can incur an extra charge at dumpsites. These include tires, mattresses, and large appliances. 

Weight of Garbage 

Landfills typically charge based on weight as well as material type. Some types of trash are heavier than others, imposing a greater load on the dumpster. Weight also affects how much fuel the truck will need to take your load to be dumped. Heavier loads just cost more. 

Assessing the weight of your trash is an unfamiliar task for most, so do some research into guidelines. Typically, a dumpster filled with household trash shouldn’t weigh more than 1-2 tons. As you might expect, construction debris, roof shingles, concrete, and dirt are quite heavy and can bump the weight up to 3-4 tons.

Other things may surprise you. Wet yard waste can easily weigh tons, even if it started out as millions of light, dry leaves. It can be worth it to cover up absorbent waste materials if rain is expected, so you don’t end up paying for the weight of all of that water!

Permits

Permitting is another factor that depends heavily on location. Some areas require no permits at all for dumpster use, while other municipalities demand more than one type and charge hefty fees to obtain and file them all. Most dumpster rental companies provide the necessary basic permits and handle the details for you, but in certain areas, you may need to deal with the municipality yourself. 

If you live in a place known for its low regulation, but a company says you need multiple permits, be suspicious — even if the rental company says it will “handle everything.” Research requirements for your ZIP code before agreeing to any permitting fees.

Fees

Numerous fees are involved in dumpster use, and they can be itemized and charged on top of the base rental price. These include the following: 

  • Trip or delivery fee — The rental company charges to bring you an empty dumpster, set it on your property, and haul it away once it’s full. Your location and proximity to the provider and the dump site affect this heavily. 
  • Dump or landfill charge — This can be the single-most expensive charge applied to dumpster rental. Your provider takes your full dumpster to the landfill, which weighs the debris and charges the dumpster service accordingly for getting rid of it. That cost then gets passed on to you.
  • Hazardous waste fee (when applicable) — If your trash is found to contain hazardous materials, the landfill will add an extra charge for the remediation they’re required to do.
  • Late fee (when applicable) — Most dumpster rental companies charge by the week. But whatever your rental period, if you need to keep the dumpster beyond the agreed-upon time, the late fees can get pricey. 
  • Overage fee (when applicable) —  Weight is a big part of calculating dumpster rental rates, so if your trash ends up weighing a significant amount more, you’ll be charged according to the overage.

While some of these costs may be negotiated, not all are eligible. Dumping fees, for example, are typically set by the landfill itself and can’t be changed.

Questions To Ask the Dumpster Company

Before agreeing to rent a dumpster, be sure to get clear answers to these questions:

What’s included in the price?

Some companies advertise a low base price but then add in a host of extra fees. Others offer an all-inclusive price — but you should never assume that a company is doing so. Ask about delivery, haul-off, dumping, and other costs before you rent. Keep in mind that fees may be charged separately even if the base price is high, so be sure to check before signing anything.

NOTE: If you know that your materials are unusual in some way, such as including hazardous waste, be sure to ask what the fees are for handling it. Such waste may have to go to a separate, more expensive, landfill, and you should expect to pay more. These fees are almost never included in the base price, since they don’t apply to most customers.

What’s the total cost difference between a flat-rate rental and a variable rate?

Some companies only offer one type of rate or the other, but if you have an option between the two, ask for specifics about the difference. Often, variable rates are based on things like how long you need the dumpster and what you put in it, while flat rates are based on specific time spans and offer a single rate regardless of weight. Get the details so you’ll know whether you’re really saving money with one rental basis over another.

How much do you charge for overage?

It can be hard to guess the weight, and sometimes even the volume, of the junk you’ll be throwing into a dumpster. Ask about overage costs in advance, just in case your original guess ends up being short.

As a general guideline, keep in mind that most household waste is on the light side — as light as 1-2 tons per small dumpster. However, a cleanout can easily result in overage if you estimate for only standard household waste. 

It’s easy for the original estimate to balloon to twice the weight when heavier materials like shingles or demolition debris are added in — and old houses often hide these things in the garage, shed, or spare room. By asking about overage costs in advance, you can budget for the possibility of estimation errors and attack your project without undue worry.

How much will it cost per day if I need the dumpster longer than expected?

Dumpster companies charge extra if you keep the container longer than you initially contracted for. This is, in part, because it makes it hard for the company to schedule its next appointments. Ask about their fee for late returns so you’ll know what you’re in for if your project runs long.

In some cases, late fees are charged on a daily basis. However, certain companies may make you pay for an entire new rental period (often a few days or a week) if you don’t let them take the dumpster back on time. Therefore, along with asking the base daily or weekly cost, you should be sure of this factor, as well.

Tips for Saving Money on Your Dumpster Rental

There are plenty of steps you can take to save money on your dumpster rental. These include:

Get Rid of Things in Ways that Avoid the Dumpster

If you never put something into a dumpster, you won’t have to pay for dumping it. So find other ways and places to dispose of your unwanted stuff — simply donate or sell everything you can first. Then you can theoretically rent a smaller dumpster or at least have it weigh less. 

The trouble with this method is that it’s time-consuming. You may decide it’s worth the cost to just throw everything away instead, especially if the stuff stands in the way of a home renovation project. Another problem is that this only works for items that someone else actually may want. Demolition debris, torn-off shingles, and other refuse that can’t be reused will have to go into the dumpster.

Choose the Right Size

Even if you’re new at it (and most people are), do your best to correctly estimate the volume of the material you’ll be throwing away. Here are a few questions to ask yourself: Am I just cleaning out old junk? Am I doing a minor renovation on a bathroom or small kitchen? Am I renovating multiple larger rooms or doing a makeover on the whole house? Or am I gutting everything and completely re-doing the entire house from the studs out? 

Don’t just get a giant-sized dumpster to make sure that everything will fit, because larger dumpsters cost considerably more. On the other side of the coin, avoid the temptation to get one that may end up being too small for your needs. You don’t want to have to pay overage fees or have the company make extra trips to the dump.

Consider Sharing the Cost with a Neighbor

Many houses, especially older ones, accumulate junk through the years. It’s true for many homes, even likely some of the ones near you. So you might try striking a cost-sharing agreement with a likely neighbor. You’d both be using the dumpster, so you might need a larger size, but you can still come out ahead.

While this method can work if you have a neighbor who’s willing to embark on his own cleanup project in tandem with yours, chances are that nobody will want to do such work on short notice. It may be a better bet to organize a “neighborhood cleanup” and have everyone contribute for dumping in a few bags. That way, everyone only deals with a reasonable amount of labor and shares the cost of disposal. [NOTE: This idea works best in areas where there is a low limit on typical curbside pickup.]

Shop Around

When shopping for anything with a range of rates, it’s almost always best to call around to collect several quotes. The exception is when you find only one company in your area with good reviews, while all the others have poor ones. Then, the seemingly higher cost of the well-reviewed company will likely be worth it. If you’re in a larger city, however, this shouldn’t be an issue. There will be plenty of competition at every price point, plus reviews and ratings to help you choose.

Ask About Additional Fees and Expenses

As detailed above, some companies advertise or even quote a low price and then hit you with surprise fees or extra charges. Avoid this by asking about all charges before you agree to rent.

Negotiate

Most dumpster rental places aren’t chiseled in stone, even if the company begins by acting like they are. Typically, they will match or beat a competitor’s lower price to secure your business, so if you have one you can show, this is a good starting point. You may also be able to talk a company into giving a discount for a longer-term rental, less-popular dumpster size, and more.

Ask About Discounts

Many companies offer discounts for seniors, active military members and veterans, or members of certain local organizations. Some also offer rebates for renting on specific days of the week or month, accepting sizes that aren’t popular, and more. You might also take advantage of holiday specials or similar deals. Be sure to ask about the possibility of a discount (in any form) because often, they’ll go unmentioned unless you bring them up.