How Much Does a Roll Off Dumpster Cost?

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A roll off dumpster is a dumpster that can be rented for a certain amount of time and then rolled away when you are finished with it.

If you are going to rent a roll off dumpster, the price is going to depend on many factors.

The cost of a roll off dumpster will depend on the size, the type of debris you’re throwing out, the weight upon picking it up, the rental period, availability and your geographical location.

Roll Off Dumpster by Dorsey Photography (ChicagoFD1996), on Flickr
Roll Off Dumpster” (CC BY 2.0) by  Dorsey Photography (ChicagoFD1996)

How much does it cost to rent a roll off dumpster?

Depending on the capacity (10-40 cubic yards), renting a roll off dumpster for three to four days can range anywhere from $250 to $600 based on the factors mentioned above.  Because there are so many factors, it can be hard to offer an exact price.

When ordering a dumpster, the company will more than likely ask the following questions:  Do you know how much garbage you’re going to throw out?  What type of items are you throwing away?  Where are you located?  When do you need it? How long do you need it for?

Hometown Dumpster Rental created an informative guide, telling us what we should look out for when renting a dumpster.  Inside their guide, they say the largest factors, when receiving a quote, will be the fees to dump at a local landfill.  If, for example, the local landfill charges $50 per ton, then this cost will be passed onto the company you hire and can’t be negotiated.

In the city of Northglenn, Colorado, the city offers a roll off dumpster for its residents.  According to the roll-off rental page, it will cost $257 for three days.  This will include the delivery, pickup and the disposal.

SizeAverage Quote
10 yard$300
15 yard$350
20 yard$400
30 yard$450
40 yard$500

What are the extra costs?

The estimates above may or may not include the entire balance due.  In some circumstances, some companies may include miscellaneous fees such as a landfill tonnage fee, fuel/environmental surcharge, franchise fee and/or administrative fee.  Be sure to ask for an itemized bill before paying.

Make sure you check first with your local building and/or zoning department to see if there is a need for a local permit to have the dumpster on your property.  If it is necessary, you would need to secure one and pay the fees.

Extending a roll-off dumpster for a longer period of time can cost more.  If you exceed the number of days on your contract, you may be charged at least $10 per day, depending on the dumpster company.

As mentioned, the local landfill will charge by the ton.  If you went over your capacity rate specified in your contract, then this could add another $30 to $100 per ton (2,000 pounds).  Your initial quote will always specify how many tons you can place inside the dumpster.

The type of waste material also matters. “Green waste” which is biodegradable will cost less than other non-toxic household wastes.  Considering that toxic or infectious wastes are more difficult to dispose of, there might be an additional charge.  Some dumpster companies, for example, may charge more for wastes such as old tires, computer parts, household appliances that have Freon and other toxic or potentially hazardous chemicals.

Fuel surcharges may apply if the company has to drive outside their delivery zone.

Tips to know:

A roll up dumpster will be made from metal and will come to your location on the back of a truck.  The truck will simply back up to a location of your choice and will roll it back on when you’re ready for it be picked up.

Typical sizes will include 10, 15, 20, 30 and 40 yards.  All should have rear-opening doors, with heights varying from four to eight feet high.

The feet of a dumpster can cause damage to the concrete or asphalt it is sitting on if it is left in the same place for too long.  If you are going to have the dumpster on a semi-permanent basis, you should consider putting something such as a 2×4 piece of wood underneath each foot.  This will distribute the weight of the dumpster over more area which will lessen the stress on the driveway.

Always ask about the sizes before securing one.  Since the size of the dumpster will affect the costs, you will want to make sure you’re not renting one that’s too small.  If so, you will need to essentially rent the dumpster twice, doubling the initial cost.

How can I save money?

Try to get several price estimates because prices vary widely across the United States.  However, don’t book with the cheapest company as all companies will quote differently.  When getting a quote, make sure you know everything that’s included.  On top of that, be sure to research the company’s reputation and reviews online.  Which company would you rather use?  A new company with no reviews for $200 or a company with thousands of five-star reviews for $250?  It may be best to pay more for a reputable company.

Talk with your neighbors to let them know you’re renting a dumpster.  In some cases, they may have some larger items they want to throw out and may be able to split some of the costs with you.

Try to donate or sell some of your items if you’re able to.  In some circumstances, of course, this isn’t possible, but donating or even giving a lot of items away can greatly reduce your costs.

Avoid the brokers online as they will receive the same quote you get on your own, but they will add another 10 to 20 percent on top of it for their own pockets.

Check with your local city to see if they offer any dumpster rental options.  As long as you’re a resident, this can often be cheaper than using a private service.

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