Dumpster rental makes it easy for people to clean out large amounts of unwanted junk from their home, office, property or commercial space. Not just for large-scale construction sites, dumpsters are also useful for small home projects, interior remodels, and decluttering a property inside or outside as well as for larger home renovations and commercial construction. Dumpsters come in a variety of sizes and weight limits.
Dumpsters can be rented on a long-term basis for ongoing projects or just for a day or two to accommodate the final phase of cleanup for a project. Rental companies remove the dumpster and all the waste inside it, safely disposing of it in the proper location. Dumpster measurements are typically based on the cubic yard. So a 10-yard dumpster holds 10 cubic yards. A cubic yard is a square measuring one yard (3 feet) on each side. Cubic yards are commonly used to measure the volume of items such as concrete, junk, soil and so on. Several factors affect the cost of dumpster rental.
In general, the larger the dumpster, the higher the price. Dumpster sizes commonly range from 10 yards to 40 yards. Some companies offer different sizes of dumpsters for specific types of materials to be hauled away. Happy Trails 2 U Junk Removal in New Port Richey, Florida, offers 15- and 30-yard dumpsters for common junk, household items, and construction and roofing debris. For heavy-load waste, such as concrete, the company uses a separate dumpster. Here are a few examples of dumpster costs:
Bubba’s Junk Removal in Pearland, Texas
- 10-yard dump trailer rental: $320 for Friday to Sunday loading
15-yard dumpster rental: $200–$250.
30-yard dumpster rental: $400–$450.
- According to the company, a 30-yard dumpster can fit the contents of an entire house.
The final weight of a filled dumpster affects the rental cost in two ways. First, the more the dumpster weighs when the pros come to haul it away, the more work, cost, effort that’s needed to transport and unload it. Second, the heavier the load, the higher the dump fees will be. Many companies, including Happy Trails 2 U Junk Removal, have a maximum weight limit. Rental prices are set up to a certain weight. After that weight limit is exceeded, additional fees are charged. Here are four examples of weight limits for various dumpster sizes:
Junk King Salt Lake in Salt Lake City, Utah
2,000-pound (1-ton) weight limit for the JK Mini
- Additional weight is 5 cents per pound.
Stand Up Guys Junk Removal in Tampa, Florida
4,000-pound (2-ton) weight limit
- Additional weight is $80 each ton thereafter.
4,000-pound weight limit for a 15-yard dumpster
8,000-pound weight limit for a 30-yard dumpster
- This company has had only two residential clients exceed the 8,000-pound weight limit. One was hauling telephone poles, and the other was removing an entire tile roof. Building and roofing materials drive up the weight.
Many rental companies charge by the amount of space used in the rental dumpster. The company provides the dumpster—most offer various sizes—and customers pay according to space used rather than weight. In this pricing system, most companies charge a minimum fee. Junk King Salt Lake charges the following for its JK Mini dumpster, which holds up to 12 cubic yards. This pricing does not include bedload, such as cement, dirt, roofing, tile, etc.:
Minimum fee: $168
Half filled: $248–$288
- Full: $328–$348
Length of time
The amount of time customers keep the dumpster on-site can increase the cost of the rental. The longer a dumpster is with one customer, the less time the company can rent it to other customers. Thus, costs increase over time.
Junk King Salt Lake charges an additional $30 per day after three days of usage for the JK Mini dumpster.
Happy Trails 2 U Junk Removal charges an additional $200–$250 for rental of a 30-yard dumpster over two weeks.
Stand Up Guys Junk Removal charges the following for rental of a 2-ton capacity dumpster, based on length of time used:
One to three days: $275
Five days: $295
- Each additional day over five days: $15