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July 12, 2021

Reviewed by Robert Tschudi, Home Building & Remodeling Expert.
Written by HomeAdvisor.

Dumpster Rental Prices

Dumpster rental costs $380 on average, or between $292 and $480. Most companies charge $200 to $800 per week depending on the dumpster's size. Long-term rentals cost $1,000 to $3,000 for a month or more. Rental usually includes dump fees, which average $40 to $65 per ton. Compare quotes from local services for the best dumpster rental price.

average cost to rent a dumpster is $200 to $800 per week

Rentals run by the week or month, although you might find daily fees in some locations with high demand. You’ll also need to consider other costs like late fees, overage fees and permits. Your rental includes delivery, placement, pickup and dumping. You can get sizes ranging from 2 to 50 cubic yards. Your rental company can help you figure out which size you need.

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National Average $380
Typical Range $292 - $480
Low End - High End $200 - $800

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Roll Off Dumpster Rental Prices

Roll off dumpsters cost $300 to $550 on average to rent. From a single room remodel to a whole house gut, the size you need depends on the size of your construction project. Commercial construction projects need large roll off dumpsters. They’re a little different than a residential trash dumpster. They roll directly off a large truck and have shorter walls with an open top, making them ideal for filling with construction debris.

Average Cost to Rent a Roll Off by Yard
Size in Cubic YardsWeekly Rate

Small Dumpster Rental Prices

Only tearing out a wall or maybe scrapping some floor tile? Rent a small dumpster for $100 to $300 per week. For residential trash and food waste, you’ll want a smaller trash dumpster. Because they have smaller openings, they’re not ideal for construction projects.

Small Dumpster Rental Cost by Size
Size in Cubic YardsWeekly Rate
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Temporary Residential Dumpster Rental Prices

You’ll pay anywhere from $200 to $800 or more for residential dumpsters. The prices here reflect roll off or temporary dumpsters for residential construction, landscaping and demo projects. They come in sizes from 10 to 40 cubic yards. For trash, you’ll need a small dumpster. The most common sizes of dumpsters requested and their average national prices:

"The way I price a dumpster is typically by its size and how much I think it's going to weigh. For example, most of our customers want 12-yard dumpsters. A 1-day is $299, 3-day is $329, and a week will be $359." Ryan Jones, Owner. RNS Roll Off Services, Cranberry, PA

10 yards: $300 per week average.

  • Measures 16’l x 8’w x 2’h
  • Good for very light projects.

20 yards: $425 per week average.

  • Measures 20’l x 8’w x 3.5’h
  • Best suited for light to medium projects.

30 yards: $500 per week average.

  • Measures 22’l x 8’w x 5’h
  • Best suited for interior decluttering, remodeling and other interior projects.

Junk Removal Service Costs

Junk removal costs anywhere from $150 to $400 on average. You get the junk together and have them come and pick it up. It’s not really aimed at construction or renovation clean up. It’s more suitable for getting rid of old junk like used furniture. If you’re low on space, try this alternative to having a dumpster placed in front of your house by hiring a junk removal service.

Construction Dumpster Rental Cost

There’s no difference in cost between renting for a construction site or a residential site. However, you’ll pay $50 to $100 more at the local landfill for a dumpster filled with construction debris or junk rather than household trash. It’s the same unit from the same companies.

Generally, rented dumpsters are used for normal construction/demolition trash. This would include wood, siding, drywall, yard waste, carpeting, wire, foam, flooring and roofing materials, and even small appliances.

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Cheap Dumpster Rental Prices

"I suggest getting one size bigger, it's only $25 more. If you're cleaning out your house you'll find more things you weren't expecting, so going one size up is better than not having enough." Heather Upchurch, Office Manager. Spartan Roll Off, Aurora, CO

The cheapest dumpster rental prices range from $100 to $300 for Bagster services or smaller dumpsters. But don’t get something smaller than your project needs, or you’ll pay for multiple pickups or overages. During the busy seasons of spring and summer, try negotiating a rate for only a couple of days rather than a full week to save a little money.

Bagster Cost

Bagster, a service of Waste Management, costs $99 on average per disposable bag. Due to local regulations and dumping fees, this varies by area from $100 to $180. On top of that cost, you must buy the bag first for $30.

  • You set it up and fill it at your convenience and then call for pick up when you’re ready. No weekly fees, just one flat rate.
  • It holds up to 3,300 pounds of debris or 3 cubic yards.
  • It measures 4 feet by 8 feet and a depth of 2.5 feet. This means you can load full sheets of drywall or plywood.

Cost of Renting a Dumpster by Location

Cincinnati, OH$330-$430
New Haven, CT$300-$490
Denver, CO$280-$400
San Diego, CA$360-$530
Providence, RI$280-$440
Knoxville, TN$540-$1,830
Boston, MA$360-$490
Minneapolis, MN$270-$500
Newark, NJ$370-$600
Long Island, NY$370-$600
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Trash Container Rental Prices by Company

Waste Management$450-$650
Bagster (WM)$100-$200
Republic Services$400-$550

Other Cost Factors for Renting a Dumpster

Most companies include dump fees in the rental cost. There are other expenses involved in putting one of these outside your home and having it hauled away, outlined in the following chart.

Dumpster Fees
Dump Fees$20-$70 per ton
Late Fee$5-$10 per day
Overload Fee$40-$100 per ton

You’ll also want to avoid a few other common pitfalls, including:

  • Overloading: Don’t overload it. It’s usually illegal for a driver to transport any dumpster or truck with overloaded waste. Talk to the rental company about having an additional pickup if necessary.
  • Hazardous Waste: In most places, you cannot put hazardous waste into a dumpster. Talk to the rental company about how they would like you to dispose of this. They may offer it as a separate fee.
  • Prohibited Materials: Prohibited items usually include computers, batteries, automotive fluids, pesticides, paints, and anything that uses Freon (refrigerators and air conditioners, etc.). The dumpster supplier provides you with a list of what is and isn’t allowed.
  • Availability: During peak times, typically the summer months, it might be difficult to get the size you want. You’ll have to settle for a smaller one with multiple pickups or a larger one for a higher price.
  • Stealth Contributions: If you are not on site, there is a good chance that neighbors might see your dumpster as an opportunity to discard some of their trash. A good way to deter this is to buy a large tarp and cover the dumpster when you are not there.
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Dump Fees

Usually included as part of the cost, dump fees will vary widely depending on your municipality. This is usually $20 to $100 per ton over the weight of the dumpster itself.

Dumpsters are often rated by weight. A typical 30-yard dumpster can hold about 8,000 pounds of material, or 4 tons. It’s weighed before and after dumping, sometimes called “tipping.” You pay for the difference in weight.

Length of Rental

You’ll always pay $200 to $800 for the first week of rental. But after that, some companies charge $5 to $10 per day after the first week.

Generally, dumpster companies don’t discount if you only need it for a day or two. This is because the cost of delivering, picking up, and emptying the container are the same for the company no matter how short a time you have it.

Average Dumpster Prices by Day, Week, & Month


Dumpster permits run $10 to $100. Construction permits cost $350 to $1,800 and don’t always cover the dumpster. Often, the service company provides the basic permits required to obtain it. Be sure to check with your local codes, first. You can sometimes avoid the fee by placing it out of view.

For example, you might need one when you:

  • Place them in plain view.
  • Block a public right of way, like a sidewalk.
  • Place them on the street.


How much does it cost to rent a dumpster for a day?

Daily dumpster rates range from $35 to $80.

How much does it cost to rent a dumpster for a week?

Weekly dumpster rental rates average $350 to $550.

What precautions should I take?

Most dumpsters are large and heavy steel containers. When you specify where it should be set down on your property, avoid areas that could be damaged, such as wet soil or edges/corners of concrete driveways or pads.

What size dumpster do I need?

There is no quick and easy way to determine what size dumpster you’ll need. The provider will need to know what kind of materials you’ll be disposing of as well as how much. It boils down to the weight of the load that the dumpster can take. 10 cubic yards of aluminum siding will weigh a lot less than 10 cubic yards of driveway concrete.

How big is a 10-yard dumpster?

A 10-yard dumpster comes in different sizes but is typically 14’ long and 3.5 feet high. It can hold 2 to 3 tons of materials.

Common Dumpster Sizes
Cubic YardsDimensionsWeight Limit in Tons
1012’ x 6’ by 5’ high1-2
1216’ x 8’ by 3.5’ high2-3
2023’ x 8’ by 4.5’ high3-4
3023’ x 8’ by 6’ high4-5
4023’ x 8’ by 8’ high5-6

How long can you rent a dumpster for?

You can rent a dumpster for as long as you need it, whether that’s a week or 6 months.

What is the smallest size dumpster to rent?

The smallest dumpster size you can rent is 2 cubic yards for trash. The smallest roll-off dumpster you can rent is 10 cubic yards.

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