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How much does it cost to rent a dumpster in Alabama?

Dumpster prices for Alabama can fluctuate significantly based on how much weight is included in the price and depending on where you are in the state.  For the Birmingham metro area:

  • 10 to 12 yard dumpsters start at around $275 with adequate weight included
  • 20 yard dumpsters start around $345 with adequate weight included

Hometown lists local haulers and it makes sense to rent directly from local haulers.  Beware of out-of-state brokers offering artificially low rates with very low weight limits... you'll usually end up paying more. Some of these companies pretend to be local and "budget," but they are neither.  To learn the ins and outs of dumpster costs, visit our dumpster prices guide.

Waste and Recycling Information for the State of Alabama

Alabama’s recycling rate is far below the national average

Alabama lags behind other states when it comes to recycling, but things are beginning to change thanks to the 2008 Solid Wastes and Recyclable Materials Management Act (SWRMMA). The plan is to increase the State’s dismal sub-10% recycling rate up to a more respectable 25%.

The State plans to accomplish this goal by collecting comprehensive studies and surveys in dozens of regions statewide in an effort to better understand what is being thrown away, where it’s going and whether or not it can be recycled instead. Recycling programs, incentives and other initiatives can then be implemented by cities and counties to address the local recycling needs of that area.

A 2012 report published by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management – Solid Waste Branch spelled out the economic benefit of recycling. Here’s a few highlights of the report:

  • In 2011, the State lost more than $218 million by landfilling recyclable items that could have been reused
  • A 10% increase in the statewide recycling rate would equate to $3 million in state tax revenue, $66 million in personal income and 1,400 new jobs

Where does all the waste go?

Alabama has operational landfills located across the state. You can find maps to these locations here.

The Alabama Environmental Council offers a free online tool for finding local recycling facilities that accept just about any type of material. You can access this tool to recycle rather than landfill wastes and debris by clicking the link below:


Examples of recyclables that shouldn’t be mixed in with the general waste stream include batteries, scrap metal, cans, glass items, hazardous chemicals, used motor oil and scrap tires.

Where can I access state laws pertaining to waste disposal and environmental rules?

Anytime you haul waste yourself to a landfill or recycling facility, be sure to check local and state rules regarding solid waste transportation.

If you rent a dumpster for a renovation, construction, demolition or cleanout project, your dumpster rental company can help ensure you abide by all local and state laws.

You can access the Alabama environmental regulations and laws by visiting the Alabama Department of Environmental Management website.

Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in Alabama

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.