Renting A Dumpster 

Whether you’re having a good spring cleaning of your house or carrying out some building work, you might be considering renting a dumpster. With one nearby, you can easily get rid of multiple large objects without having to worry about dustbins and where to keep everything. Although many believe that these roll off dumpsters can be expensive, this is actually a misconception, research tells us that the average cost is only a little over $400. It’s also extremely easy to rent a dumpster. A simple search online will easily find a cheap dumpster rental service nearby who will roll one off for you and then pick it back up when you’re finished.

Although most companies will vary a little in price but it’s usually the factors that we control that often affect the price the most. Before we go into these factors, let’s take a look at your main options in terms of dumpster sizes.

Dumpster Sizes

Ultimately, the size that you choose will completely depend on what its use will be and what your budget is. If you’re clearing a couple of rooms of junk, you will probably need a smaller, cheaper dumpster than if you were completely gutting and renovating a house. With this in mind, there are three main alternatives you can go for;

10 Yard Dumpster

Base cost for this size is around $300 and it works perfectly for smaller projects.

20 Yard Dumpster

Base cost for this size is around $420 and it suits medium type jobs or a couple of smaller projects.

30 Yard Dumpster

This is the biggest size available and the base cost can be up to and over $500. This isn’t really necessary unless you are completely remodelling your home or taking on a large de-cluttering process.

These are the most common mobile dumpster rental sizes around and although you might find small variations, it very much depends on where you are and what companies you have nearby.

Dumpster Sizes

If you think that even the 10 yard option is too big, there are now new companies that offer ‘bagster’ services which include collapsible smaller dumpsters. Again, there is no set size per project as it depends on how much stuff you have to throw away. Whilst some projects will require a 30 yard dumpster, others won’t even fill a 10. Be sure to consider your waste and also gain advice from the waste management / dumpster company itself.

Dumpster Rental Prices

As promised, we will now discuss the main factors that affect your dumpsters price. Even though there is a base rate as seen above, there will be a couple of things that affect your final price and it is these factors that people often miss – so always make sure you read the company site, leaflet, or advert properly. Whilst some companies might offer a lower base rate, their varying factors could be more expensive so it works out the same anyway.

Length Of Rental

The normal length of time for a dumpster rental is one week and this will be the lowest you can choose; if you want to have it removed within a day, the price will often be the same. Regardless of whether you have it for a day or a week, the cost of delivering and picking up is the same for the company so you probably won’t see a discount for shorter than a week.

After this, you might see a daily charge after the week is up because although the dumpster is delivered, they are missing out on gaining the base cost from another customer. However, these charges are normally relatively small because most of the work has been done. Ultimately, it doesn’t require them to do anything extra except pick it up when ready.

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Dump Fees

In addition to the length of the dumpster rental, you will also have to pay for ‘dump fees’ and these are very much a subjective charge that change depending on your area as well as what competition is around at the time. Prices can vary greatly from one location to the next as Massachusetts charges around $110 per ton whilst Idaho charges just $20 per ton.


Sometimes, you will find that they don’t have your size of dumpster available and this means that you will either have to choose a different size or have one transported from another location. If you choose to do the latter, this will be more expensive. When this occurs, it might be worth assessing exactly what the costs would be and whether it would be more efficient to just get a larger size.


Even if you’re only planning to have the mobile dumpster for a week, you may still have to pay for a permit. If you’re unsure, you will have to research your area as each one is completely different. For example, New Orleans require permits for dumpsters if it is going to be in public view. Furthermore, other cities charge only if it is going onto a public street. As soon as you learn what the charges are in your location, you will be able to place the dumpster well to keep costs to a minimum.


There it is, a complete guide to renting a dumpster. If you’re completing a job that will see the waste build up quickly, it is definitely worth investing in a budget dumpster because it just makes everything that little bit easier. You can work without being limited to what you’re throwing away and then at the end of it all, you won’t have to worry about disposing of your waste.

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As long as you do your research, you will be able to keep your costs low and keep the roll off dumpster rental process an efficient and cheap one!