Five ways to lower the cost to rent a dumpster

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Renting a dumpster might seem overwhelming and expensive, but these tips will help you keep your costs low and your efficiency high. When planned well, you can find the right dumpster for your project and price range. Attempting debris removal on your own incurs other costs such as gas, multiple trips to the dump, time, and wear and tear on your vehicle. Renting a dumpster solves those issues.


Learn How Dumpster Prices are Determined

There are several factors that are considered when pricing dumpster rental.


Dumpster sizes are usually listed by volume. A 10-yard dumpster can hold 10 cubic yards of debris. Choosing the correct size for your project will help make sure you don’t pay extra in overweight or overfill fees.

Rental Period

The amount of time you need the dumpster for your project depends on the project. Daily dumpster rates may be available, but most dumpsters are rented by the week or month. Most residential dumpster rentals are 7 – 10 days.


In addition to the size of the dumpster, you need to consider the weight of the debris. Landfills charge for disposal by weight. Each size dumpster will have a maximum weight limit, which you may reach before the dumpster is full by volume. Construction materials will weigh more than household junk. Dry yard waste is much lighter than wet yard waste.


The cost of the dumpster rental will include the drop off and pick up of the dumpster. Every drop and pick up is considered a rental. Each rental incurs a rental charge. Any additional trips may incur a trip fee.


As with other services, there rates vary by location. The location of your dumpster rental can also be affected by the proximity of the rental company to the location it is needed. Keep in mind that in a high demand area, the late fee for dumpster pickup may be more.

Pick the Correct Dumpster Size

When it comes to saving money on dumpster rental, perhaps the most effective way to do so is to select the correct size of dumpster for your project. Choosing a dumpster that is too large will cost more than is necessary. Choosing a dumpster that is too small could result in overage charges or multiple trip fees. Use a Weight Chart to Accurately Assess the Weight of your Materials

Approximate Pounds per Cubic Yard
Asphalt 2,700 lbs. Iron wrought 13,100 lbs.
Brush/branches loose 250 lbs Leaves loose, dry 150 lbs
Brush/branches chipped 600 lbs Leaves vacuumed, dry 400 lbs
Concrete gravel or stone 4,050 lbs Leaves wet or compacted 550 lbs
Concrete wet mix 3,730 lbs Limestone solid 4,480 lbs
Clay dry 2,300 lbs Limestone crushed 2,656 lbs
Clay wet 2,970 lbs Paper solid 1,565 lbs
Crushed Stone 2,700 lbs Plywood sheets 800 lbs
Earth loose 2,050 lbs Roofing debris 450 -750 lbs
Earth packed 2,565 lbs. Sand dry 2,750 lbs
Earth shaken 2,350 lbs Sand wet 3,300 lbs
Earth moist 2,700 lbs Snow packed 1,350 lbs
Earth wet 3,375 lbs Steel cast 13,250 lbs
Garbage dry 400 – 800 lbs Steel rolled 13,365 lbs
Garbage wet 1,240 lbs Stone crushed 2,700 lbs
Grass clippings loose 350 lbs Street sweeping debris 865 lbs
Grass clippings compacted 650 lbs Tires shredded 950 lbs
Gravel dry 2,565 lbs Tires whole, auto & pickup 220 lbs
Gravel wet 3,375 lbs Tires whole, truck 480 lbs
Iron cast 12,150 lbs Water fresh 1,700 lbs

Measure large debris before choosing the dumpster size

If you have large items you are disposing of, measure them to make sure they fit within the dumpster dimensions you are thinking of renting. You can be charged extra if your debris is not within the fill line on the dumpster.

Alternatively Dispose of or Recycle Prohibited Materials

Confirm that the dumpster rental charge includes disposal, and there isn’t an additional charge per ton for disposal of dumpster contents over the allowable rental weight.


Alternatively Dispose of or Recycle Prohibited Materials

Some types of waste may be prohibited by the dumpster rental company and be subject to additional charges.

Commonly prohibited items in dumpsters

  • Paint
  • Refrigerators
  • Hot water Heaters
  • Tires
  • Batteries
  • Hazardous Materials

Lock Overnight Dumpsters

To keep your weight and volume under the limits for your dumpster rental, it’s important to keep items from being tossed in by passers-by. Secure your dumpster and ask if your dumpster rental has a way of locking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Are Prices Higher in my Neighborhood?
Dumpster rental prices can be higher in places where there is a larger demand. Similar to other goods and services in your area, dumpster rental prices can be affected by location.

What Are the Benefits of Renting a Dumpster?
Renting a dumpster can increase your efficiency and lower your costs. A dumpster rental will keep you from making multiple trips to the dump yourself.

Keeping all of these things in mind when you rent a dumpster will help you keep costs down. If you have additional questions, please contact your local redbox+ dumpster rental company.

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