cost of a dumpster rental

What Is the Cost of a Dumpster Rental?

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Did you know that the United States produces around 268 million tons of trash every single year? If you are in need of dumping a ton of trash because you’re remodeling your home or getting rid of a ton of old stuff, then it might be wise to look into a dumpster rental. Our guide below is going to go over what the cost of a dumpster rental might run you.

Read on to learn more.

Average Cost

The cost to rent a dumpster will vary based on numerous factors, but the national average is around $550. In most places a 10-yard dumpster will cost between $150 to $1,000 for the entire week.

Usually dumpster rental pricing includes removal and delivery fees. The most common factors that affect the price of dumpsters from places such as Discount Dumpster include the following:


Instead of measuring by width and length, a dumpster is measured by the cubic yard. There are some dumpsters for rent that are as large as 40 yards and others as small as 2 yards.

The average size needed to clean up a residential home is a 10 yard dumpster. This will typically cost around $220 to around $580 for the week. A 10 yard dumpster holds between 2-3 tons of debris.

Rental Length

How long you need to rent your dumpster for will affect the price. The average weekly rate is around $200 to $800 (depending on the area). There are also options to rent a dumpster for the day and that can cost around $25 or $80 for the day.

If you need your dumpster for longer there are locations that will also rent it for the month. This can cost you around $500 to around $1,200 for the month.

Dumpster Type

A residential dumpster is smaller, so they are the cheaper option. You can expect to pay around $75 to $125 for a week. If you need a larger dumpster there is the choice of renting a construction dumpster.

Construction dumpsters are roll-off dumpsters that get rolled off a flatbed truck and they have a second door for access as well as an open top. This type of dumpster costs around $275 to around $700 for the weekly rental.


Location, location, location, will highly affect your dumpster rental cost. The more the cost of living is in the area, the more you can expect to pay. You will pay a lot more for a dumpster in an urban area vs a dumpster in a rural or suburban area.

Also, if you are in an area that has a lot of construction, then the demand might be higher, in turn, increasing the price.

Dump Fees

After you load the container, the dumpster company will have to dispose your debris and garbage. All waste disposal centers will charge fees for taking in trash, and will charge more when disposing of hazardous materials. The type of hazardous material will impact the price and certain hazardous materials are 100% prohibited, like computers, Freon, asbestos, etc.

The fees the company has to pay are typically passed on to the renter. Most of the time you will pay around $0 to $65 per ton, but it is sometimes included in the rental price.

Extra Costs

Depending on the type of project you are tackling there might be some additional dumpster fees you can expect to pay. Sometimes you might have permit fees, overage fees, hazardous waste fees, late fees, etc.

Permits are sometimes needed when you rent a dumpster to place outside your home. If the dumpster will be blocking the street or sidewalk, the city might require you to take out a special permit allowing your dumpster to sit in front of your property for a certain number of days.

The permit costs can be around $10 to $100, and can take an average of 3 days to acquire. Some companies will take care of taking out the permits for you, but others will have you do that errand yourself.

Another extra fee you might incur is keeping your dumpster longer than needed. Most late fees cost around $5 to $10 per day, depending on the demand and the location. If it is a high demand area and you keep the dumpster for longer, you can expect to pay a higher fee.

If you were to overload your dumpster, you would also pay extra. Transporting a container that is overflowing with debris above the rim, is illegal in almost every part of the country because it puts the driver at risk as well as other vehicles on the road.

You can expect to pay around $40 to $100 per extra ton that you put over the limit. Before the company can move the dumpster, they will have to unload the extra trash into a second dumpster in order to legally move it.

Since you don’t want to pay these extra fees, we recommend deterring sneaky neighbors from adding debris to your dumpster during the night by placing a wireless security camera.

Now You Have an Idea About the Cost of a Dumpster Rental

Now that you have an idea on the cost of a dumpster rental, you can make an informed decision on whether you want to rent one for your needs. If you decide to move forward with a rental, make sure you ask if the price also includes the dumping fee, so that you avoid any surprises.

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