How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Dumpster?
Wondering how much it will cost you to rent a dumpster? Prices for renting a dumpster vary considerably by region and depend on several important factors, including type, capacity/weight limit, lease duration, waste type, and dump fees. To give you an example, if you are planning to rent a roll-off container for temporary debris collection and removal and keep the dumpster for 3-4 days, prices can $100-$1000, depending on size and debris type. Similarly, renting a front-load container for a period of 12 months can cost you $15-$65 or more a month, depending on local garbage rates, the size of the container, and if there are additional pick-up/disposal fees for non-recyclable waste.
Type: Depending on your waste management needs, you are likely looking to rent either a roll-off or a front loading container. A roll-off container is an open-top dumpster that looks like a large metal box. It rolls of the delivery truck into the street, your backyard, or your driveway. This type of dumpster container is ideal for temporary debris collection and removal; you fill it in yourself and then the trash is picked up and hauled away. Sizes for roll-off containers generally range from 10 to 40 cubic yards. A front-load container is usually smaller than a roll-off dumpster, has a lid, and is ideal for regularly scheduled garbage pick-up. Sizes for front-loading containers generally range from 1 to 10 cubic yards.
Capacity & Weight limit: For both front loading and roll-off containers the larger the dumpster the more expensive it is. However, renting a dumpster that is too small can also be costly. You might accrue additional charges if the weight of the materials deposited in the dumpster exceeds the maximum weight limit for that size and price. For example, A Florida contractor rented a 20-cubic-yard roll-off dumpster for about $400, filled it with heave construction debris and was charged an extra $400 because the weight of the debris exceeded the 3-ton limit. Similarly, a dumpster that is too small would require additional pick-ups to haul away the trash. Although some companies automatically include dump/disposal fee in their quoted prices, depending on local garbage rates and the type of waste deposited there may an additional charge of 25-250 dollars or more for each pickup.
Lease Duration: How long do you need the dumpster for? Dumpsters can be rented by the month or on a permanent basis (usually with a 12-month contract). Keep in mind that if you keep a temporary roll-off longer than the previously agreed upon lease duration, there can be additional charges of an average $15-$50 a day.
Type of Debris/Waste: Disposal fees vary considerably from location to location and often depend on composition of the load. Whereas some companies include pick-up and disposal fees in the quoted price others charge extra, depending on the waste type. Recyclable or "green" waste generally costs less than garbage or other household junk such as furniture. Most dumpster companies place restrictions on the type of items that can be put into the dumpster and will not accept tires, household appliances, computer equipment, or other potentially toxic items, or the company will charge additional fees for these types of items.