For most people renting a dumpster is not an everyday purchase. In fact the average person will rent a dumpster only once or twice in a lifetime. You’ll typically find yourself in need of one during a home renovation, cleaning up your yard or other large project.
It is one of those purchases that will have you scratching your head as you try to make sense of all the jargon and pricing factors. Once things, like ton limits and permitting, start getting tossed around this seemingly simple process gets messy fast. In this Trash Talks post, we’ll go over how to navigate your next dumpster rental and how pricing works.
Dumpster Rental Pricing in a Snapshot
There are four important factors to get an accurate cost of a dumpster rental: container size, how much weight you plan on putting in, the type of waste you’re disposing of and where you live.
Pricing is given based on the size of the container; you will want to get one that is big enough to handle your needs. Each roll-off container has a ton limit, how much weight you can put in it. Going over the weight will result in extra fees.
The type of waste you are disposing of will change both the cost of the dumpster and the ton limit. Some common types are: household waste, bulky items, yard trimmings, concrete, asphalt and roofing.
Each county has different disposal rates. The garbage companies that are closest to you are more inclined to give you a better price.
When getting a dumpster rental quote always ask for the sizes you need, let them know the material you are disposing of, where you need the dumpster, and ask what the ton limit is for each size you want. Most importantly, always ask “is this the best price you can do”.
Roll-off dumpsters, commonly referred to as just dumpsters, are typically rectangular and come in a variety of sizes. The most common sizes are 10, 15, 20, 30, and 40 cubic yards, which simply refers to how much material can fit inside them.
When you get a price quote you will get one for each size that you request. If you are doing a small renovation or clean out project you will want to get price quotes for 10 and 20 yard dumpsters. Larger renovations and yard cleanups you will want to get a quote for 20 and 30 yard dumpsters. And for really big projects, commercial renovations and demolitions, you will want to get a quote for 30 and 40 yard dumpsters.
Each dumpster has different dimensions that can effect your decisions as well. A 10 yard dumpster is much shorter and has low walls, making it ideal for tight spaces. A 20 yard dumpster has the same wall height, but is about one and a half times as long. 30 and 40 yard dumpsters are the same length as a 20, but have higher walls. Although every dumpster has a door in the rear, having higher walls can make it more difficult to load. Check out our dumpster sizing guide to see exact dimensions.
Sizing is the second most important variable when figuring out price. This is because the larger the roll off container the more material that can be put in it, and the heavier it can become.
Dumpster Ton Limits
Which brings us to our most important factor, weight. Disposal companies have to pay landfills to dispose of your trash. This is done on a per ton basis. A ton is equal to 2,000 pounds, which is about two pickup truck loads.
A ton may sound like a lot of waste, but it’s actually quite little. Dumpster rentals typically come with ton limits baked into the price. For example, a 10 cubic yard dumpster, one of the smallest sizes, normally comes with a 2 ton limit. Which is enough for something like a single room renovation or a garage clean-out.
When ordering a dumpster you want to make sure that you ask “what the ton limit is” for the dumpster size you are interest in. Some companies will try to give you a lower ton limit without reducing the cost.
Overweight Dumpster Fees
Going over the ton limit will result in an overweight fee. These fees are typically the same cost that the company pays the landfill to dispose of the waste. So if you do have that much waste, going over isn’t always the worst. As long as the dumpster has a standard ton limit and the overweight fee is on par with other companies in your area.
When getting charged with an overweight fee ask the company to provide you with the dump ticket. The dump ticket will show the actual weight disposed of. While most companies in the industry are honest and hard working, unfortunately there are some bad apples that may try to pull tricks.
Renting A Dumpster & Material
The type of waste you are looking to dispose of will play a role in pricing. The most common categories are household waste, bulky items like furniture, wood, yard brush and branch, concrete, asphalt, and roofing.
Each material will have different pricing, as each will be disposed of at a different type of facility. Depending on the material the ton limit for the dumpster may change as well. This is typical with wood, brush and branch, concrete, and roofing containers.
Make sure you get the quote for the right type of material or you may have a big surprise when you get your bill.
Also, avoid putting any hazardous material into your dumpster. This can include, but is not limited to, wet paint, oil, asbestos or any type of electronic waste. This will result in a hefty fee from the disposal company. Check out our guide What Can I Put in a Dumpster?
Dumpsters Near Me
Where you live will effect the price you pay when you rent a dumpster. Each county has different landfills and waste disposal facilities, which have their own per ton pricing. Some counties will charge a lot more than others for disposing of waste, and not every landfill is alike.
Also, garbage companies break down their pricing into dump rates and haul rates. We talked about dump rates above. The haul rate is the fee garbage companies charge for their service. It is also where you can save the most. Companies who have their trucks closer to you will be more willing to lower their haul rate, as they don’t have to spend as much to drive the truck over to you.
Try calling the companies who have the business address closest to you first.
Solve My Garbage Removal Needs
Alliance Disposal can help you with all of your dumpster rental needs. As a leader in on-demand dumpster rental services we match you with the best hauler to fit your needs. We handle the entire customer service experience and all the dealings with the hauler to ensure the best experience possible. Using our network we make sure you get the best price and that your roll-off container is delivered on time.
Schedule your dumpster rental in advance or the same day and get a free quote now.