The national average to rent a dumpster, also known as a dump trailer, is $350 and ranges from $306-$450.
Dumpster rental prices:
|National average cost||$350|
|Average cost range||$306-$450|
Dumpster rental prices will depend on its size, how long you'll need the dumpster, the final filled weight, and whether you need to dispose of any hazardous materials. Keep reading to learn more about the cost to rent a dumpster. Then, contact dumpster rental services near you.
What's in this cost guide?
A few factors determine dumpster rental prices, including the dumpster's size, the weight of the filled dumpster, space filled in the dumpster and the rental period. Let's dive into some specifics.
The size dumpster you need will depend on the type of project involved and the volume of material being disposed of. A dumpster's volume capacity is measured in cubic yards. A cubic yard is a square measuring one yard (3 feet) on each side. Sizes range from 10- to 40-cubic yards.
In general, the larger the dumpster you rent, the higher the price. Some dumpster rental companies offer different sizes for specific types of materials or debris.
The volume size of the dumpster isn't the only thing that affects your final dumpster rental cost. Many dumpster rental services have maximum weight limits for each size. If the final filled weight of the dumpster exceeds that limit, you will be charged extra — either for every pound or every ton over the weight limit.
The final weight of a filled dumpster affects the rental cost in two ways. First, the more the dumpster weighs, the more work involved for the pros to haul it away and unload it. Second, the heavier the load, the higher the dump fees will be. Therefore, the price to rent the dumpster will increase.
Instead of final weight, many rental services charge by the amount of space used in the rental dumpster. In this pricing system, companies will also charge you a minimum fee. Additionally, each size will have corresponding fees for being half-filled or full.
Here's a pricing example for a 12-yard dumpster based on a space-filled fee policy:
- Minimum fee: $168
- Half-filled dumpster cost: $248–$288
- Full dumpster cost: $328–$348
How long you'll need the dumpster also affects the final cost. Dumpsters can be rented on a short-term or long-term basis, for just a day or for several months. The longer you keep the dumpster, the higher the costs you will incur.
Here's an example of the typical pricing structure to rent a 15-yard dumpster.
- 1 – 3 days: $275
- 5 days: $295
- Each additional day over 5 days: $15
Some dumpster rental companies charge a per-day rental fee, and other dumpster rental companies charge a flat-rate to rent a dumpster for certain blocks of time. In general, rental time blocks range from several days to one week, two weeks, one month or two months.
Once you choose a renting time length, they will tack on fees for each day over the time-limit specified.
Dumpster rentals are convenient for large and small clean-outs of unwanted junk from your home, office, or commercial space. They also come in handy during an interior or exterior house remodel to dispose of construction materials. Simply toss your junk or debris in the dumpster, fill 'er up and haul it away.
Figuring out where you can safely dispose of certain debris and the permits and fees required can be a hassle. Renting a dumpster takes the hassle out of that situation and keeps the project moving forward. In fact, in some cases, a dumpster rental really is your best option if your local waste collection agency restricts the types of waste they accept.
Dumpster rental prices usually encompass everything, including delivery to your location, hauling it away and the proper disposal of its contents, including related permits and landfill fees.
Here are a few examples of common dumpster sizes, costs and general weight limits:
- 10-yard dump trailer rental: $320 for Friday through Sunday loading. The 10-yard dump trailer is also known as a "mini" dumpster and has a 2,000-pound (1-ton) weight limit. Some rental companies consider 12-yard dumpsters as "minis."
- 15-yard dumpster rental: The cost for this size ranges from $200–$250, and has a 4,000-pound (2-ton) weight limit.
- 30-yard dumpster rental: The cost for this size ranges from $400–$450, and has an 8,000-pound (4-ton) weight limit. The 30-yard dumpster can hold the contents of a typical house, according to one Thumbtack pro.
Dumpsters also come in 12-yard, 20-yard and 40-yard sizes. Dumpsters ranging from 10- to 15-yards are usually appropriate for small projects. Dumpsters that hold 30 yards are suitable for medium-to-large projects, and those that hold 40 yards are good for large or commercial-sized projects.
Don't overestimate or underestimate the size of the dumpster you'll need or the amount of time you'll need the dumpster. A dumpster rental professional or junk removal service can help you determine the best size and fee structure for your needs. Tell them what type of project you need the dumpster for (kitchen remodel, clearing out construction debris, yard waste, etc.), and they can help you select an affordable dumpster rental to fit your needs.
To save money, don't rent a dumpster until you're ready to begin the demolition or clean-out phase of your project. Otherwise, the dumpster will be sitting at your location unfilled while you're racking up charges.
Additionally, the time period in which a rental company can haul away your filled dumpster may depend on their access to disposal sites. Before beginning, ask if there are any restrictions on pickup dates.
Finding dumpster rentals is easier than you think. Turn to Thumbtack to find dumpster rental services near you and request cost estimates.