Dumpster Rental Prices

Dumpster rental prices vary greatly from state to state and city to city. The best way to get actual prices for your debris type and your location is to call a local dumpster service or request an "Instant Quote" from a service provider on this site.

We provide some sample prices below.  We also provide some key contributors to the cost of dumpster rental.

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10 Yard Dumpster Rental Prices for Household Debris

Here are some recently quoted dumpster prices around the country to dispose of household debris.  Keep in mind, these prices were quoted for a 10 yard roll off dumpster, which is one of the smaller sizes.  As you can see, the costs vary dramatically by area.

  • Birmingham, AL:  $275, includes up to 6000 lbs of debris ($50 per ton additional weight)
  • Boston, MA:  $325, includes up to 2000 lbs of debris, ($95 per ton additional weight)
  • Brooklyn, NY:  $440, includes up to 3000 lbs of debris ($72 per ton additional weight)
  • Chicago, IL:  $280, includes up to 4000 lbs of debris ($50 per ton additional weight)
  • Columbus, OH:  $255, includes up to 2000 lbs of debris ($50 per ton additional weight)
  • Dallas, TX: $215, includes up to 6000 lbs of debris ($27 per ton additional weight)
  • Jersey City, NJ:  $375, includes up to 3000 lbs of debris ($80 per ton additional weight)
  • St. Paul, MN:  $265, includes up to 2000 lbs of debris ($50 per ton additional weight)
  • San Diego, CA:  $495, includes up to 12,000 lbs of debris ($60 per ton additional weight)

What Factors Affect the Cost of Dumpster Rental?

Landfill fees - Landfills typically charge the trash hauler by the ton to dump their debris. That cost of the weight gets passed on to the renter.  The cost per ton to dump in one city may be 3 or 4 times what it costs in a different city, greatly affecting price. For instance, from the sample prices above, we can see that the extra cost for an additonal ton of weight (2000 lbs) in Dallas is only $27.  In Boston, the price for an additional ton of weight is $95.  These numbers represent the fees charged by the landfill to dump, and the hauler is passing them on the renter.   So, If you live in an area with high landfill fees, the cost of the dumpster will be significantly higher.

Size of the dumpster - The dumpster size also affects price. Typically, the larger the dumpster you rent, the higher the price. Larger, heavier roll off dumpsters cost more to haul and dump than smaller dumpsters, and that is reflected in the price.

Transportation costs - The price of gas and the location of the delivery address also affect dumpster rental rates. If you are located far from a landfill or recycling center, then it costs more for the service provider to deliver and pick up from you. Heavy roll off trucks typically only get 5 to 7 miles to the gallon in gas mileage, so remote locations cost significantly more to deliver to (both in the cost of gas and the cost of the driver's time).

Type of debris - The type of debris can impact price in some areas.   Heavier debris like roofing shingles or construction waste may cost more to dispose of then general household debris, which is lighter.  If the shingles or construction debris can be recycled in your area, then that debris type may actually be cheaper than general household waste.  The cost to dump at a recycling center is usually cheaper than the cost to dump at a landfill.

How are Dumpster Prices Quoted?

Price quotes to rent a roll off dumpster typically contain the following:

  • Size - the amount of debris the dumpster can hold, in cubic yards.
  • Type of debris - trash haulers will typically ask what you plan to put in the dumpster, which may affect the price.
  • Price - the base rate to rent the dumpster.
  • Included weight - the number of pounds (lbs) or tons included for the base rate.  This can be anywhere from 0 lbs to nearly unlimited.  Keep in mind, if zero lbs are included, there will be extra charges for weight once the dumpster is weighed at the landfill. 
  • Additional weight - if the base price includes 2000 lbs and your debris is weighed at the landfill at 6000 lbs, you will pay an additional fee to cover the cost of the extra weight.  If the price of the additional weight is $50 per ton (per 2000 lbs), then you would incur an additional $100 charge on top of the base price (2 tons extra weight X $50 per ton).
  • Rental period - dumpster rentals are typically for a specified period of time, i.e. 7 days.  If you need additional time beyond the hauler's standard rental period, additional per day or per week fees may apply.

Lower Prices from Locally Operated Dumpster Services

Everyone wants to keep the cost of dumpster rental as low as possible. Hometown's locally owned and operated dumpster companies typically offer a better deal than the many online "dumpster brokers".   Brokers advertise heavily online and often pretend to be local.  Actually, brokers are usually an out of state middleman that books a dumpster and then contacts a local hauler to fulfill the rental.  Usually you'll pay a 10% or more premium by booking with a third party broker rather than booking directly with a local hauler.