Ashburn, VA

Average cost for Dumpster Rental ranges from
$300 – $800

The average cost for dumpster rental is $400 per week for a 10 yd3 dumpster. Getting a dumpster rental, you will likely spend between $300 – $800. The price of dumpster rental can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). View our local dumpster rentals or get free estimates from pros near you.

How much does it cost to rent a dumpster?

Author: Daniel W.
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Prices Sizes Types Time Permits Alternatives Delivery Tips

If you are getting ready to do a complete remodel of your home, that new investment property, or your son has finally gone to college and it's time to clear out his room, you will want a huge dumpster to haul away all the trash. Your rental cost will depend on the scope of the project and the resulting amount of trash you expect to produce from it on a weekly basis.

Small 4–8 yd3 dumpsters can start at as low as $25 per day while larger roll-off dumpsters can range between $300 to $800 for a week’s rental.

This pricing guide covers:

Rental prices

Companies will either use a rate based on variables or they will offer a flat rate that includes drop-off, pickup, and dump fees (up to 4 tons). The main things that determine your variable rental cost will be the size of the dumpster, the type of garbage, the weight of your garbage, the length of time of the rental, and your location.

Some rental companies will require a deposit of $200–$400 which will be put toward your final payment once the dumpster is returned.

Others, like Almighty Services in Webster, TX, are happy to e-mail you discounts if you get on their mailing list.

Dumpster sizes

For large jobs, you might need more than one dumpster, or you can also ask the company to keep swapping out dumpsters once filled. You’ll find them usually happy to do this on a daily or weekly basis.

Waste Cost Solutions in Boca Raton, FL, say they individually optimize pickup schedules “at the right time for you: not when your container is half-full and not when your container is overflowing.”

When considering the size of dumpster you’ll need, one factor might be the length of the driveway rather than the amount of garbage. In the case of remodeling, professional contractors should have enough experience to let you know what volume of trash will be generated in the process of the project being done, and may even be able to tell you what size dumpster will be adequate to rent.

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In larger cities like New York, the prices could be higher for the rental period, and it could cost more because some companies only offer smaller dumpsters due to space restrictions on the street or smaller driveways.

Most, if not all, dumpsters are 7.5 feet wide to ensure they are within the width requirements for US roads. Their height typically starts at 3.5 feet and goes up from there to around 8 feet as their length increases. To put the capacity in terms of a fairly understandable measurement, we will compare it to a pickup truck. In the US, the average pickup has a load capacity of around 2.4 yards3, so for a ballpark, we will compare the dumpster cubic yard capacity to how many times that capacity would fill a pickup bed. Yd3 is 100 square feet 3” deep.

Dumpster Size Weight Limit Capacity
10 yd3 – 14’ long, 3.5’ high 2 - 3 tons 3 pickup truck loads
15 yd3 – 16’ long, 4.5’ high 2 - 3 tons
(more room for bulky items)
4.5 pickup truck loads
20 yd3 – 22’ long, 4.5’ high 3 tons 6 pickup truck loads
30 yd3 – 22’ long, 6’ high 3 - 5 tons 9 pickup truck loads
40 yd3 – 22’ long, 6’ high 5 - 6 tons 12 pickup truck loads

Which one is right for me?

Got Blue Box in Valhalla, NY, says a 10-yard dumpster is great for small renovations and small to medium sized clean-outs, while a 15-yard dumpster is perfect for bathroom and kitchen remodels, porch and deck demolition, and siding removal.

Type of garbage

The purpose of dumpsters is to safely dispose of permitted debris and trash in large amounts. Public safety and local regulations govern waste management. A quick call to any dumpster provider will let you know what items are allowed and what are not by local authorities.

Permitted

As a general rule, the list of permitted items that you are allowed to throw in a dumpster to be hauled away include:

Asphalt, appliances, brick, cabinetry, concrete, drywall, electronics, furniture, flooring, lumber, siding, spray cans, storm debris, and general remodeling debris.

Not permitted

As a general rule, the items that are usually not allowed in dumpsters to be taken to a landfill include:

Adhesives, asbestos, car batteries, food, fuel, hazardous material, household cleaning products, ink, mattresses, oils, paint cans, pesticides, propane tanks, refrigerators, tires, gas, oil, biological or medical waste.

Depending on where you live and the relevant regulations from local governing authorities regarding landfills etc., some of the entries on the list of potential prohibited items may not be prohibited at all, but instead can be disposed of for an extra fee. This is another item to put some research into to avoid any financial surprises at any point in your project.

Remember to keep that list handy at the site so that everyone working there knows exactly what is allowed in the dumpster, because if items that are prohibited end up at the dumpsite in your dumpster, the items will be returned to you and you can be fined around $500. If you know there will be prohibited items that need to be discarded, the best thing to do is either check with the dumpster company or local authorities so you can plan to get them handled properly.

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Weight of garbage

In order to work out the quote for your dumpster, the rental companies who have a variable rate structure will have a number of additional factors that all contribute to how much they will be paid for the rental:

  • Weight of contents

or

  • Space filled up in dumpster
  • Landfill fees

One method is scientific and the other method is based on a visual determination.  If you know what trash will be produced as a result of the work being done, and you figure it will be really heavy but not very bulky, then you could choose your dumpster vendor accordingly.

Each dumpster will have a capacity at which the vendor will consider the dumpster full, and each company will treat overage differently. This will either reflect a strict “no overage” policy, resulting in additional trips to the landfill, or an additional cost for the overage. When getting bids for your rental, check with your vendors as to how they handle this point in determining a price structure for the rental.

Length of time of rental

How long will you need your dumpster to sit onsite? Each dumpster has a day rate that will be multiplied by the number of days you need it for. Average prices for dumpster rentals for a week should look something like this:

  • 40-yard3 dumpster - $550 /week
  • 30-yard3 dumpster - $500 /week
  • 20-yard3 dumpster - $450 /week
  • 15-yard3 dumpster - $400 /week
  • 10-yard3 dumpster - $350 /week

Looking for long-term dumpster rental?

If you need a long-term commercial dumpster, you can usually find cheaper deals on the rental cost because you’ll need it for six to twelve months. Expect rates of $500–$1,200/month.

Location

Bear in mind that where you live plays a big part in determining the actual price, and if your home is off the beaten track and not close to a metropolitan area, expect to pay additional per mile costs for fuel.

Permits for Dumpster Rentals

If permits are required for the temporary storage of a dumpster, the criteria to determine this could be any of the following:

  • Is the dumpster a roll-off dumpster?
  • Is it in public view?
  • Is it on any public property?
  • Is it directly in the street?
  • Is it directly on a sidewalk?

While it is generally true that if the dumpster is to be placed on your own private property, like on your driveway or in the front yard, and local governing bodies will not require a permit, there may still be the need to get approval from an HOA, if there is one where you live.

If the requirement is on the dumpster renter to obtain the permit, there could be a lead time to get your permit approved and issued. Contact the relevant authorities to get that once you have the start date for the project at the property nailed down. Once you have received the permit, you can let the rental company know and then they can proceed with setting up the delivery time and date for the dumpster.

Alternatives: Junk Removal

If you’re emptying a home rather than remodeling, and you’re concerned about the presence of a large dumpster on your property for days, another option is to hire a junk removal service like All Purpose Clean Up in Temple Hills, MD.

One of the main benefits to this service is that they can recycle a lot of your junk and spare the landfill from receiving a full dumpster’s worth of your stuff. Some junk removal companies even refuse to use landfills, such as Reliable Hauling Junk Removal Services in Arlington, VA.

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Preparing for the delivery of the dumpster

  1. Remove any vehicles you’ll need to use from the garage prior to delivery and have them parked on the street while the dumpster is on your property.
  2. Regardless of the materials capacity for the selected dumpster for your project, it will be arriving on a truck, which means the height and length of the delivery truck have to be considered. To ensure a safe delivery of the dumpster without any damage to your property, use a standard rule of space required:
  3. Up to 60 feet from the street, at least 10 feet wide, and up to 23 feet in height.

    Inspect the height from the driveway to the lowest limbs on any trees that have branches that hang over the driveway. Check with your dumpster rental company if there will be enough room to get the dumpster off the truck to see if they need to be trimmed.

  4. If you are not going to be home when the dumpster truck is scheduled to be delivered, it would be wise to mark off the area where you would like it to be placed so the driver knows where to drop it. This should be communicated to the rental company before delivery, and then indicated to the driver by using small, brightly colored cones available from your local hardware store. Also, to protect the surface of your driveway, it might be advisable to get a few sheets of plywood to protect your driveway.
  5. Because of the potential need for the delivery truck to take the entry at an angle, mark off half a car length on either side of the driveway so no neighbors or random drivers park there before the truck arrives.

Before you rent your dumpster

Look at the following criteria as you note possible contenders and see which companies you can find who have as many of the following as possible:

  • Trucks have a hook lift system to set the dumpster down rather than drag it across your driveway. (Most trash trucks have a roll-off hoist system.)
  • Can load your debris
  • Are members of the Better Business Bureau
  • Have been in business for at least five years
  • Have good reviews
  • Are insured and bonded

Try to build a list of between 3–5 possible rental companies to get bids from, and from there you should be able to select the best choice for the project.

First find out if the rental company operates under a fixed fee structure or if they have variable rates to determine the final cost. The companies you get prices from can be a mix of both types. Let them know the type of work being done, how many contractors will be on the job, the amount of driveway access you can provide for them, what the contractor has told you regarding the start and end dates are for the project, and preferred dumpster delivery times. Ultimately, you want quotes to be detailed and cover everything from delivery to disposal.

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