Home > Hometown Blog > Waste Management's Dumpster Rental Prices are Costly Compared to Local Haulers

Waste Management's Dumpster Rental Prices are Costly Compared to Local Haulers

Waste Management's Dumpster Rental Prices are Costly Compared to Local Haulers

Waste Management Dumpster Cost

Waste Management (WM) offers 20, 30, and 40 yard roll off dumpsters for rent in most markets. The 20 yard dumpster is most commonly rented and is the smallest size WM offers for temporary dumpsters. Nationwide, the average cost to rent a dumpster from Waste Management is $524.   

Waste Management's Dumpster Cost vs. Local Dumpster Services

We compared 20 yard dumpster rental prices for Waste Management to prices we surveyed from smaller, locally owned haulers in 48 metro areas across the U.S.  Renting from local haulers is more than $150 cheaper on average.

Pricing survey details

  • Waste Management prices came directly from WM's website 
  • Hometown Dumpster Rental surveyed locally owned haulers for prices
  • Size: 20 yard dumpsters
  • Type of debris:  construction debris
  • Where: 48 metro areas in the U.S. (listed below)

Note: We wanted to compare 10 yard dumpster prices as well, but WM doesn’t offer that container size in most markets.  If you're interested, we’ve answered how much it costs to rent a 10 yard dumpster in other posts.

Average cost results

Local haulers offer much cheaper dumpster rental prices than Waste Management.  In most markets, it's not even close.

  • Local hauler average price for 20 yard dumpster:  $367
  • Waste Management average price for 20 yard dumpster:  $524

Find local dumpster services in your area


Sometimes companies include a low amount of weight in their price.  This can make a company look cheaper initially, but you end up paying for the weight in the end if you go over the weight limit.  In our survey, the amount of weight included in the price was similar, with a slight edge to local haulers on average.

  • Local haulers average included weight:  7,234 lbs.
  • WM average included weight: 6,851 lbs.

Extra charges typically come into play if you exceed the included weight of the dumpster. Haulers typically price extra weight on a "per ton" basis (per 2000 lbs).  Here again, extra charges for weight were similar between the two groups, with a slightly lower price for the locally owned haulers, on average.

  • Local haulers average price for extra weight: $53.60 per ton
  • WM average price for extra weight: $61.76 per ton

The cost results from each market surveyed are below.  You can learn more on dumpster prices and how to get a fair deal at our dumpster rental pricing guide.

Local Dumpster Service Prices vs. Waste Management in 48 US Metro Areas

Metro Area Locally Owned Hauler Local Price WM Price
Albuquerque, NM Jackson Compaction $325 w/ 8000 lbs $575 w/ 8000 lbs
Allegan, MI CDR Disposal Service $330 w/ 8000 lbs $432.28 w/ 6000 lbs
Augusta, GA R & R Roll-Off $400 w/ 6000 lbs $362.06 w/ 6000 lbs
Austin, TX Austin Cleanup $250 w/ 6000 lbs $616 w/ 6000 lbs
Baltimore, MD Clipper City Containers $375 w/ 6000 lbs $626.69 w/ 4000 lbs
Baton Rouge, LA Dynamite Dumpsters $425 w/ 6000 lbs $429 w/ 12000 lbs
Birmingham, AL Southern Waste $345 w/ 12000 lbs $474 w/ 6000 lbs
Bloomington, IL Contractor's Disposal $535 w/ 8000 lbs $754.24 w/ 10000 lbs
Boston, MA DePaolo Disposal $525 w/ 6000 lbs $514.49 w/ 4000 lbs
Boulder, CO Bin There Dump That $330 w/ 6000 lbs $625 w/ 8000 lbs
Buffalo, NY AAA Trash Be Gone $395 w/ 4000 lbs $503.86 w/ 2000 lbs
Casa Grande, AZ All City Container $215 w/ 0 lbs $825 w/ 8000 lbs
Charlotte, NC A-1 Clean Up & Movers $350 w/ 6000 lbs $385.50 w/ 6000 lbs
Cherry Hill, NJ Walkers Container $500 w/ 8000 lbs $531.97 w/ 6000 lbs
Chicago, IL GreenWay Recycling $340 w/ 8000 lbs $565.34 w/ 10000 lbs
Colorado Springs, CO Home Builders Services $300 w/ 10000 lbs $525 w/ 8000 lbs
Columbia, SC A-1 Clean Up & Movers $295 w/ 6000 lbs $457.13 w/ 6000 lbs
Columbus, OH Bin There Dump That $335 w/ 6000 lbs $551.87 w/ 4000 lbs
Dallas, TX Alpha Waste Services $310 w/ 8000 lbs $464 w/ 8000 lbs
Dawsonville, GA 400 Waste & Scrap $300 w/ 8000 lbs $481.88 w/ 6000 lbs
Denver, CO Home Builders Services $320 w/ 10000 lbs $540 w/ 8000 lbs
Detroit, MI Austin Containers $375 w/ 10000 lbs $468.40 w/ 6000 lbs
Eau Claire, WI Rightaway Rolloff $255 w/ 0 lbs $587.09 w/ 6000 lbs
Fort Collins, CO Home Builders Services $350 w/ 10000 lbs $545 w/ 8000 lbs
Fort Lauderdale, FL Ideal Site Services $400 w/ 6000 lbs $410 w/ 10000 lbs
Fort Myers, FL Trash Express $325 w/ 6000 lbs $425 w/ 10000 lbs
Fort Worth, TX Marco Waste Removal $300 w/ 8000 lbs $464 w/ 8000 lbs
Grand Rapids, MI GR Dumpster Rental $295 w/ 6000 lbs $432.28 w/ 6000 lbs
Indianapolis, IN Greenway Dumpsters $350 w/ 10000 lbs $718.80 w/ 10000 lbs
Little Rock, AR L&W Environmental $385 w/ 10000 lbs $468.93 w/ 8000 lbs
Louisburg, NC Bin There Dump That $365 w/ 6000 lbs $593.88 w/ 6000 lbs
Louisville, KY Innovative Crushing $350 w/ 10000 lbs $452.08 w/ 8000 lbs
Minneapolis, MN A1 Hauling & Rolloffs $349 w/ 6000 lbs $464.78 w/ 6000 lbs
Orlando, FL American Waste $300 w/ 8000 lbs $500 w/ 8000 lbs
Paterson, NJ Leonti Recycling $395 w/ 4000 lbs $588.98 w/ 6000 lbs
Philadelphia, PA Tri-State Waste $490 w/ 8000 lbs $427.47 w/ 4000 lbs
Phoenix, AZ Scott Waste Services $300 w/ 6000 lbs $560 w/ 8000 lbs
Portland, OR Rockwood Solid Waste $335 w/ 4000 lbs $783.17 w/ 4000 lbs
Savannah, GA A-OK Portables

$425 w/ 16000 lbs

$405.04 w/ 6000 lbs
South Bend, IN Junoll Services $350 w/ 8000 lbs $627.86 w/ 10000 lbs
St. Joseph, MI LakeShore Roll-Off $350 w/ 8000 lbs $645.30 w/ 10000 lbs
St. Louis, MO 2 Dump It $325 w/ 8000 lbs $438.96 w/ 10000 lbs
St. Paul, MN All-Ways Hauling $338 w/ 6000 lbs $547.68 w/ 6000 lbs
Syracuse, NY Mar-Con Companies $330 w/ 4000 lbs $447.31 w/ 2000 lbs
Tampa, FL Sarnago and Sons $350 w/ 6000 lbs $560 w/ 8000 lbs
Toms River, NJ D&D Disposal $675 w/ 8000 lbs $607.97 w/ 6000 lbs
Westchester County, NY Affordable Carting $440 w/ 4000 lbs $635.41 w/ 4000 lbs
Wilmington, DE Tri-State Waste $490 w/ 6000 lbs $413.28 w/ 4000 lbs

Find local dumpster services in your area


In conclusion...

WM is expensive for temporary dumpster rental compared to local haulers

Waste Management is the largest waste and recycling company in North America, with over 21 million customers throughout the United States and Canada. It’s a good company, and we have great respect for WM’s green initiatives and sustainability leadership.  But if you're looking for a good price on a temporary dumpster, you generally won't find it at Waste Management.

The high prices are a bit perplexing at first blush, because WM has low prices for scheduled trash collection.  With their impressive truck fleet and mastery of logistics, WM’s scheduled curbside collection is highly efficient and often more affordable than local haulers. 

But WM’s size and scale actually work against it for renting a dumpster.   Roll off dumpster rental is temporary, unscheduled, and often involves a phone call for booking and another call for pickup... not WM's strength.