40 Yard Dumpster Guide: Average Costs, Best Uses, and More

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Updated June 2, 2023

40 yard dumpsters are great options for all kinds of larger (or heavier) projects.

Typically the largest container that dumpster rental companies offer, a 40 yard dumpster can handle big cleanups, large roof removals, demolition projects, large remodeling jobs, and more.

This size guide will go over all the details you need to know about 40 yard containers to make the entire rental process easy for you.

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40 Yard Dumpster Overview

40 yard dumpsters are one of the largest dumpster sizes that rental providers offer.

With a maximum capacity of 40 cubic yards, they can hold up to 20 pick-up truck loads' worth of debris.

These roll-off containers are typically 22 ft L x 8 ft W x 8 ft H, allowing them to be placed in most residential driveways, construction sites, parking lots, and more.

However, if you have a very tight space that the truck needs to navigate to place the dumpster, you may need to go with a smaller size or have the dumpster placed in the street (if possible).

Likewise, some companies' 40 yard dumpster dimensions may differ slightly from this.

If you're worried about whether or not a 40 yard dumpster will fit on your property, be sure to ask the rental providers you speak to for exact dimensions.

40 yard containers, like most roll-off dumpsters, feature a door at one end that swings open for easy, walk-in loading.

This makes it particularly convenient for carrying or wheel-barrowing bulky or heavy items, like furniture, home appliances, and demolition debris, safely into the dumpster.

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Average Cost to Rent a 40 Yard Dumpster

The nationwide average cost to rent a 40 yard dumpster is about $550-$750.

However, your dumpster rental could cost more or less depending on a number of factors.

Common Factors That Affect Price

  • Dumpster size
  • Included weight limit
  • Local disposal fees and permit fees
  • Overage fees or other surcharges
  • Who you rent from

Overage fees vary by rental provider but can range from $60-$100+ per ton depending on where you're located.

To be sure you aren't surprised by any fees, make sure you understand exactly what each dumpster rental quote includes.

Ask about any potential additional fees that you could incur for things like:

  • Going over your included weight limit
  • Keeping your dumpster longer than your rental period includes
  • Including a certain type of prohibited debris

Always factor in the estimated weight of the debris you plan to load into the dumpster, or explain your project in detail to the providers you speak to, as it can get expensive if you go over the weight limit.

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Best Uses for 40 Yard Dumpsters

excavator putting concrete debris in a 40 yard dumpster

If the job is big, a 40 yard dumpster is likely the right container for you.

Common Projects That Call for a 40 Yard Container

  • Foreclosure or estate cleanouts
  • Large deck removals
  • Large roof replacements
  • Large interior renovations
  • Large demolition or construction
  • Commercial cleanouts
  • Medium to large concrete removals
  • Community cleanups
  • Large home cleanouts

The dumpster rental providers you speak to can help you choose the right container size for your specific project.

40 yard dumpsters are big enough for most projects, but a smaller container may be a more economical solution for your project.

For heavy debris, like dirt or concrete, a 10 yard or 20 yard dumpster may be the best option.

Some companies will waive overages for this type of debris and allow you to fill the container to a specified level instead.

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Choose the Right Dumpster Rental Provider

To ensure you get the best services and the best price possible, we recommend reaching out to at least three different dumpster service providers.

We also advise doing so as far in advance as possible.

Not only will this allow you to get the dumpster size you need when you need it, but it will also ensure that you don't overpay for mediocre services.

By getting multiple estimates, you'll be able to compare everything each company includes in the price of their 40 yard dumpster rental.

For example, Company A may charge $575 for a 40 yard dumpster rental that includes 10,000 lbs for a seven-day period.

Company B may charge $650 for a 40 yard dumpster rental that includes 12,000 lbs for a seven-day period.

Company B may cost more upfront, but the additional weight included in your price is almost always worth the $75 price increase.

If you go with the cheaper dumpster and end up going over your 10,000 lb weight limit, you'll have to pay more than $50 in overage fees.

Avoid this issue by reaching out to various dumpster services in your area.

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