You’re thinking about renting a dumpster, but first, you need to know how much dumpster rental costs.
You’re probably here because you’re planning or working on some sort of cleanout or renovation project that you expect will mean having a ton of stuff to get rid of. Or maybe you’re decluttering or trying to save money by getting rid of your storage unit.
Whatever your reason for considering renting a dumpster, you’re relatively new to dumpster rental and want to know how much it’s going to cost to rent a dumpster before you spend any more time going down that road.
In this article, we’ll look at the average cost of dumpster rental and factors that influence the price, so that you can know a close estimate of what you would pay and how you can get a better deal when disposing of junk and bulk waste.
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Things to Know When Renting a Dumpster
It isn’t just all the same when it comes to what you put in a dumpster. Some things are recyclable while others must be disposed of differently, and some of the things you’re planning on throwing out may be considered hazardous or could damage the dumpster.
The company you rent a dumpster from should give you a list of what is and isn’t allowed in the dumpster. If you put prohibited items or materials in the dumpster, you will have to pay a whole lot more than you would have otherwise.
Dumpsters are usually meant to be rented for the disposal of normal construction waste and demolition debris. This includes wood, siding, drywall, yard waste, carpeting, wire, foam, flooring and roofing materials, and some small appliances.
The average dumpster can hold about 4 tons (that’s 8,000 pounds of garbage you’re sending to a landfill).
If you go over the allowed weight, you will have to pay a per-ton overage fee. This is usually $30.00 to $100.00 per ton you go over, depending on landfill fees near you.
Probably the most important thing to know about renting a dumpster is that permits are usually required when renting a dumpster. This is especially true if your dumpster will be blocking a traffic lane or sidewalk, on the street, or within public view.
Permit fees when renting a dumpster cost an average of about $40 to $75 per dumpster, per week. Permit fees can vary depending on what state, city, and county you are renting the dumpster in and are required to obtain permits for.
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How much does it cost to rent a dumpster?
The average price of renting a dumpster in the United States is around $530. However, what you can expect to pay for dumpster rental for your project will be different and depends on several different factors.
Things that can affect the price of renting a dumpster include:
- cost of living in your city
- landfill rates where you live
- the size of the dumpster
- how long you keep the dumpster
- the weight of the dumpster after filling it
- whether you overfill the dumpster
- the types of waste you put in the dumpster
- whether you have to get a dumpster permit
- the distance & accessibility of your location
The overall cost of dumpster rental is very different from state to state and city to city. Basically, you can expect to pay more to rent a dumpster if you live in a place with a higher cost of living.
Another factor is variations in landfill fees. Landfill fees, or dump fees, are generally determined by supply and demand. Prices tend to be higher in places where there’s not much demand, but prices are lower in cities where there are many dumpster companies and more competition in an attempt to undercut the prices of competitors.
Dumpster size will also affect the price of dumpster rental. The most commonly rented size is a 20-yard dumpster. Here is a list of common dumpster sizes with their average price ranges, per week of rental:
- 4-8 yards = $300-$400
- 10 yards = $325-$480
- 15 yards = $350-$500
- 20 yards = $400-$520
- 30 yards = $450-$550
- 40 yards = $490-$620
To determine what size you need, estimate the cubic footage of everything you’ll be putting in your dumpster and then go up one size.
It’s much more expensive to overfill a dumpster you thought was going to be big enough than to go ahead and rent a size larger and not fill it all the way.
Most dumpster companies charge by the week and, unfortunately, won’t give you a discount if you only need the dumpster for a couple of days.
This is because it costs the company the same amount to deliver, pick up, and empty the dumpster’s contents at a landfill, no matter how short a time you have it. If you end up needing to use the dumpster for more than a week, obviously it’s going to cost more.
Dumpster companies will usually charge an additional fee of around $10 to $25 per day if you need the dumpster longer than you originally planned. However, some companies also offer per-day and per-month rates in addition to weekly rentals.
Being located in a rural area or far away from the dumpster rental company will also mean you will have to pay more to rent a dumpster and have the delivery driver haul the dumpster to your location.
If a dumpster rental company has to drive very far to deliver your dumpster, they may charge you an additional fee per mile to cover the cost of fuel. These fees are generally based on current gas prices.
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Should I rent a dumpster?
The bottom line is, you’ve got a couple of options when you have a lot to dispose of. You can rent a dumpster and deal with all the costs and considerations listed above, or you can book a pickup with a junk removal company and have them do all the work for you.
If you have a lot of construction waste or yard debris and you want the flexibility to dispose of it all a little at a time over a period of a week or two, then it probably makes more sense for you to rent a roll-off dumpster or a bagster.
If this is the case, I would suggest using a local dumpster rental company rather than a big name franchise or national corporation since small, local dumpster rental businesses tend to be less expensive and offer better customer service that’s more friendly and tailored to your specific needs.
That being said, if you’ve got a few large junk items, piles of clutter, or a mixture of the two that you need to clear out of your home, office, or storage space, then going with a junk removal company is likely the better option for you.
This is especially true if you need to get rid of everything within a short amount of time; when you’re moving, vacating a storage unit, live in another city, or handling a deceased loved one’s estate, for instance.
Another advantage to junk removal is that many junk removal companies use eco-friendly disposal methods and will take your junk to be recycled or donated to charity whereas renting a dumpster means that everything you put in that dumpster will be dumped in a landfill.
Either of these options will make the disposal part of your project easier than if you were to haul everything yourself, and both can be very cost-effective, depending on how much and what kind of stuff you’re getting rid of.
However, using a junk removal service will probably end up costing you less than renting a dumpster or bagster, especially if you’ve got a smaller load of things you need to dispose of. Plus, junk removal is obviously the option that is going to be much less destructive to the environment.
With this being the case, I would suggest that you seriously consider using a junk removal company instead of renting a dumpster, especially since junk removal will save you much more time and will cut out virtually all of the work you would be doing if you were to rent a dumpster.
If you’re interested in looking more into whether or not junk removal is a better option for you than dumpster rental, I’ve written another article that goes into more detail about whether you should rent a dumpster or hire a junk removal company for your project.
When selecting a junk removal service, there are going to be a few companies in your area to choose from, and some will be a better fit for you than others, depending on your preferences, needs, budget, and situation.
Though they have service areas nationwide, using professional contractors who are local to the cities they serve and green disposal methods makes LoadUp the perfect junk removal company to use if you want to avoid any hassles associated with junk removal.
LoadUp’s upfront, all-inclusive prices also make them a great choice since you’re able to find out exactly how much you would have to pay them to haul away the items you need to get rid of, before you even schedule a pickup.
You don’t even have to wait around for someone to come out and give you a quote since you can find out how much it costs on their website or by calling and speaking with a customer service representative.
LoadUp also has some really cool features through their custom app that allow you to track your pickup with notifications and GPS links so you can see where your Loader is. The Loader even calls or texts you before they arrive so you know when to expect them and don’t have to wait around.
You can check to see if LoadUp offers service in your area by entering your zip code on their website. You can also chat with a real, living person through the LoadUp website if you have any questions. But, of course, you can always call them to speak with someone.
No matter how you decide to get rid of all your junk, the important thing to remember is that your main goal in this project is to make your life better, easier, and cleaner.