How Much Does It Cost to Pick Up a Dumpster Bag?

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Updated June 1, 2023

When utilizing a dumpster bag for a project, there are two costs involved: the actual cost of the bag and the cost to have it picked up and disposed of.

The cost of obtaining the bag dumpster from the manufacturer or an authorized retailer (e.g., Home Depot, Amazon, Lowes, etc.) varies but generally costs $25 to $35.

However, this fee does not include the pickup/disposal cost.

Below, we'll give some examples of the average pick-up costs for popular dumpster bags as well as traditional roll-off dumpster costs to help you make the best, most cost-effective choice for your disposal project.

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Average Bag Dumpster Pick-Up Costs

Bagster Pick-Up Costs: $180-$365

The Bagster from Waste Management is currently the most well known and widely available dumpster bag option.

This dumpster offers 3 yards of capacity, unless you are loading heavy debris, then you are limited to 1 yard.

Pricing varies by location.

Bull Bag Pick-Up Costs: $200-$260

Bull Bag dumpster bag pick up

Bull Bag is a Bagster alternative that is not as widely available.

As of 2022, Bull Bag is available in select locations within the following states: Connecticut, New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Maine, Texas, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

There are several dumpster bag capacities available, including 4, 6, 8, and 10 yards.

YellowSack Pick-Up Costs: $110-$150

Availability is minimal for YellowSack.

As of 2022, YellowSack is only available in Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.

The large dumpster bag option offers 2.6 yards of capacity.

Pick-up costs vary based on the type of waste or debris.

Gator Bag Pick-Up Costs: $200

Gator dumpster bag being picked up by garbage truck

The Gator Dumpster Bag is another dumpster bag option that is only available in a few states.

As of 2022, these 3.2 yard capacity dumpster bags are available in Rhode Island and parts of Massachusetts.

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Average Roll-Off Dumpster Pick-Up Costs

Most dumpster rental companies provide all-inclusive prices that include pick-up and disposal.

For example, the average cost of a 10 yard dumpster is $250-$450 to rent and this cost includes drop-off, pick-up, and disposal up to a certain weight limit.

The only potential additional fees include overage fees or disposal of items that are prohibited (i.e., hazardous wastes).

However, these additional fees could apply to any type of dumpster rental, including dumpster bags. It all depends on the dumpster company’s policies.

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Comparing Dumpster Rental and Bag Dumpster Prices

Bag dumpster next to roll-off dumpster

We encourage anyone in need of bulk waste disposal to explore their options.

It’s easy to become enamored with the low upfront costs of dumpster bags, but that’s not the whole story.

Bag dumpster pick-up costs add more than $300 to the cost in many cases.

Most dumpster bags have limited capacity, and this is a limitation you need to consider before using one.

It’s easy, and quite common, to underestimate the amount of debris or junk you have to dispose of.

That 3 yard Bagster can fill up fast, and if there’s debris leftover, you may need to order a second (or more) Bagster to complete the job.

This is an expensive mistake and one you can avoid with some due diligence.

Bagster does offer discounts on multiple bag pick-ups, but the costs can still add up quickly.

Here’s an example to consider:

A Bagster purchased in Austin, TX costs $30 for the bag and $219 for the pick-up once you’re finished loading it. This makes the total cost approximately $249 for 3 cubic yards of loading capacity.

However, let’s say there is 2 yards of debris leftover. A second Bagster to complete the job costs $30 plus a discounted pick-up rate of $179. When it’s all said and done, the total cost comes out to $458 for disposal of 5 cubic yards of debris.

A traditional 10 yard dumpster rental in Austin, TX can cost as little as $300 ($400 is typical) for a 7-day rental. This saves you money and gives you more loading capacity compared to the cost of the Bagster.

The moral of the story is to make sure you compare your options when determining the best means of disposal for your particular project. Consider the whole scope of the project—from the type and amount of debris to the total out-the-door cost for disposal—when choosing whether to buy a bag dumpster or rent a traditional roll-off container or trailer dumpster.

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