Dumpster Rental Cost

The cost of renting a dumpster is $530.

In this guide

Rental period
Flate rate vs variable rate
Size
Enhancements
Additional Considerations
FAQ

How much does it cost to rent a dumpster?

If you are cleaning out your home, doing some landscaping, planning a remodel, starting a construction project, or performing storm damage recovery, you will likely find yourself in need of a dumpster rental service. Renting a dumpster will give you an easy way to dispose of all of the debris that will need to be removed in these situations. In this cost guide, we examine the average costs of renting a dumpster, which typically depend on dumpster size, types of debris, and length of time.

Most dumpster rental companies set their prices based not only on the size of the dumpster you choose and the length of the rental period, but also the current cost of fuel and the distance from their location to yours. You will need to contact companies to receive firm price quotes.

Rental period

Periods range from per-day, per-week, and per-month. Some companies also provide 10-day rental periods. Per-day periods are for short-term needs. Prices start around $25 for a one-day rental of a smaller dumpster, and go up to $300 for a large dumpster. Prices per week can range between $120-$620 depending on the size of the dumpster. For one month, expect to pay $480 for smaller dumpsters, and as much as $2000 for large dumpsters. Companies may provide discounts for month-long rental periods.

Flate rate vs variable rate

Choosing flat rate rental terms can make it easier to predict what your final costs will be. Flat rate terms usually allow for you to dispose of a greater amount of debris than you could with variable rate terms, without incurring added fees. This doesn’t mean that variable rates are more expensive, just less predictable.

Size

The size of dumpster you should choose depends on what you need it for, the type of debris you’re disposing, and the amount of debris. Dumpsters are typically rented for disposing of household junk, furniture, landscaping debris, and renovation/construction debris.

SizeBest ForAverage Weight CapacityCost Per Week
4-8 yardsSmall home cleanout jobs500 lbs.-3000 lbs.$120-$300
10 yardsSmall home cleanout jobs5000 lbs.$330
15 yardsMedium/large home cleanout jobs7000 lbs.$390
20 yardsMedium/large home cleanout jobs20,000 lbs.$400-$500
30 yardsCommercial cleanout jobs20,000 lbs.$430-$520
40 yardsCommercial cleanout jobs20,000 lbs.$500-$620


Enhancement and improvement costs

Heavy debris

If you are disposing of a large amount of brick, concrete, or other heavy materials, you may need to rent a special dumpster designed for heavier loads. A 30-yard dumpster built to hold 20,000 lbs. of heavy debris costs an average of $400 to rent.

Extra days

Most dumpster rental services will accommodate you if you need to use the dumpster for longer than you planned. Fees start around $5-$10 per extra day after the end of your contracted rental period.

Additional considerations and costs

Restrictions

Weight limits are set for most dumpsters, and especially those holding certain types of debris (like concrete). If you exceed the weight limit, the dumpster may not be able to be hauled away, and you may have to pay a fine. There are usually restrictions on what types of debris can be thrown into dumpsters. Disposal of banned items like tires, paint cans, refrigerants, batteries, hazardous materials, and other specific items restricted by your dumpster provider will result in fines. Fines for restriction violations can run as high as $500.

Hazardous materials

Most dumpster rental services ban the disposal of hazardous materials like asbestos 1, pesticide, propane 2 tanks, refrigerants, etc. If you need to get rid of these materials, do not throw them in your rented dumpster. If you do, you will be fined (as much as $500) and the materials will be returned to you. You will need to call your local Waste Management department to arrange for safe disposal.

Landfill fees

Many dumpster rental services include landfill fees in their rental prices, but some don’t. If they aren’t included, you’ll receive a separate bill for the landfill fees after the company has hauled the dumpster away. Average landfill fees range from $20-$50 per ton.

Bagster®

These sturdy bags are designed for the disposal small debris - household junk, sod, dirt, concrete, rocks, and small construction debris. Bagsters generally hold loads of up to 3300 lbs and cost $30 each to purchase. Pick-up fees are  $90-$110 per bag.

Junk removal service

This is an alternative to dumpster rental services. Junk removal services will pick up and remove debris from your location, charging $100 for small loads, up to $500 or more for large loads.

Permits

Placing your rented dumpster on a public street will usually require a permit, which costs an average of $40-$75 per dumpster, per week. Your permit fee may vary depending on what state, city, and/or county you are renting the dumpster in.

Remote delivery locations

If a dumpster rental service 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 dependent on current gas prices.

FAQ

  • How much is it to rent a dumpster?

The cost of a dumpster rental will vary based on the size of the dumpster and how long you need it. The average cost is around $530 for a 20-yard dumpster kept for ten days.

  • How much does it cost to rent a 30-yard dumpster?

The average cost of renting a 30-yard dumpster is between $430 and $520.

  • How big is a 20-yard dumpster?

A 20 yard dumpster is big enough to clean out a medium-sized home, and has a load capacity of 20,000 pounds.

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1 Asbestos: A group of fire-resistant silicate minerals found in construction materials including paint, particularly in older homes. When the asbestos deteriorates, particles can become airborne and this is a serious health hazard.
2 Propane: A hydrocarbon gas used as a common fuel source

Cost to rent a dumpster varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Akron, OH
-6%
Athens, GA
-9%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Aurora, IL
+21%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Bristol, VA
-25%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Buffalo, NY
-1%
Calamus, IA
-23%
Cheyenne, WY
-17%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Corvallis, OR
-13%
Dalton, GA
-28%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Fall River, MA
+7%
Garland, TX
+8%
Grand Rapids, MI
+7%
Greenville, SC
-12%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Monroe, NY
-4%
North Hollywood, CA
+11%
O Fallon, MO
-1%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Palatine, IL
+36%
Parkton, NC
-21%
Peoria, AZ
-2%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Plymouth, MI
+16%
Reseda, CA
+9%
Sacramento, CA
+8%
Saint Louis, MO
+16%
Saint Paul, MN
+20%
San Antonio, TX
-4%
San Diego, CA
+11%
San Jose, CA
+33%
Smyrna, GA
+10%
Stockton, CA
+4%
Tacoma, WA
-1%
Trenton, NJ
+28%
Virginia Beach, VA
-8%
Warren, MI
+13%
Youngstown, OH
-7%

Labor cost in your zip code

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