Dumpster Bag Rental vs. Roll-off Dumpster: Which Is Best?

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How does a dumpster bag rental compare to renting a roll-off dumpster? Learn the key differences, so you can decide which waste removal option  is the best for you.

What is a Dumpster Bag?

Dumpster bags are large trash bags used for waste removal. They’re eight feet long, four feet wide, and about two and a half feet tall. They hold 3,300 pounds or 606 gallons of debris. Once you fill it, you call a waste management pickup company to collect the dumpster bag. You must be careful with overfilling it because the bag could rip when the truck collects it. Dumpster bags cost about $30 and you can order them from various places, including Amazon. You then pay for the dumpster bag removal, which HomeAdvisor says can range between $100 to $180. The price varies on your location. Unlike other dumpster rentals, you must place a dumpster bag rental within 18 feet of the street because a truck will need to reach it for pick up.

Dumpster bags are suitable for smaller, minor renovation projects like bathroom remodels, home cleanups, or yard projects.

What Can Go in a Dumpster Bag?

What’s allowed in a dumpster rental bag is similar to what is permitted in roll-off dumpsters, with a noticeable difference in weight capacity. Here’s a list of what the popular dumpster bag company, The Bagster, allows in its bags.


  • Flooring
  • Plywood
  • Tiles
  • Bathtubs
  • Cabinets
  • Trim Materials
  • Doors
  • Drywall
  • Insulation
  • Construction & Demolition Debris
  • Windows
  • Sinks
  • Plaster
  • Carpet
  • Roofing Shingles
  • Paneling
  • Siding
  • Toilets
  • Toys
  • Bikes
  • Furniture
  • Asphalt
  • Bricks
  • Concrete
  • Dirt, Sand, or Rock
  • Grills (without propane tank)
  • Exercise Equipment (electronics removed)


As for what’s not allowed in dumpster bags, you can’t throw out electronics, propane, chemicals, asbestos, railroad ties, fluorescent bulbs, toxic or hazardous waste, fuel, liquids, medical or food waste, batteries, tires, appliances, water softeners, or water heaters.

Other items are restricted based on where you live. They can include yard waste, brush, shrubs, tree clippings, leaves, mulch, sod, and mattresses. So, whether you’re renting a dumpster or a bag, check with the company to ensure what is and isn’t permitted.

Pros of Dumpster Bags

The cost of a dumpster bag rental is an obvious pro. As long as you need just one bag, you’ll spend between $130 to $210. If you end up needing more bags, that price will continue to increase, at which point you should just use a roll-off dumpster.

There are zero time constraints when using a dumpster bag and no container usage deadlines or fees. It allows you to work on any project at your own pace. When you’re done, call the waste management company to come to pick it up. Unfortunately, it can take several days for the company to make the trip out to your property, leaving you with a large bag of trash in front of your house.

The convenience of ordering a bag online and having it show up at your doorstep is also a pro. Just be sure you have a pickup method ready before you start filling the bag. Also, you’ll want to follow all the guidelines so the trash company can remove the filled bag.

Cons of Dumpster Bags

There are some downfalls to dumpster bags.

First, if you underestimate the amount of debris and waste you’re throwing away, then the price tag can quickly rise, at which point it would’ve been easier to rent a roll-off dumpster.

There are also more weight restrictions to what can go into a dumpster bag, because it can easily rip.

The rules and restrictions around the placement of dumpster bags can also be inconvenient, as overhead cranes have to come to pick them up. Remember, you won’t want to try to move the dumpster bag rental after you fill it because a) it’s likely going to be too heavy, and b) that could result in tearing, especially if it’s filled to the brim. So, a roll-off dumpster  might be a better option if you’re looking to place it closer to your home.

Let redbox+ Dumpsters Help With Your Next Project

Concerned about how much debris you might create from your home project? Allow redbox+ Dumpsters to help! Our team of experts can assist you with what size of roll-off dumpster you’ll need to rent for your project. In addition, you’ll know your costs upfront because our debris removal fee is built into your dumpster rental costs.

Contact redbox+ Dumpsters today to begin planning your next home project.

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