Dumpster Rental Frequently Asked Questions

dumpster rental FAQs

Got questions about dumpster rentals? We've got answers.

Here are some of the most common questions asked by people looking to rent a dumpster.

We'll help you get the biggest bang for your buck and make sure you know what you're getting into when renting a dumpster.

What size dumpster should I rent?

It’s important to get the right sized dumpster, because getting too small of a dumpster will end up costing you.

Luckily, dumpster rental companies can recommend the optimal size for your particular project.

When calling to rent a dumpster, make sure you know approximately how much junk and the type of junk you plan on tossing.

This will help the rental company determine the best sized dumpster for your needs.

Typical dumpster rental sizes are 10, 20, 30, or 40 yard capacities.

As a general reference, a 10 yard dumpster may be suitable for a small garage cleanout or small deck removal.

A 40-yard dumpster, on the other hand, may be ideal for new home construction or a large roof replacement.

Are there any items that can't be thrown in the dumpster?


Although dumpsters are a convenient solution for throwing away large amounts of junk, certain items can't go in.

Ask your dumpster rental company about any prohibited items.

The most common items include paint, tires, car batteries, and flammable/combustible substances, among others.

Learn more: What Can I Put in a Dumpster?: A Quick Guide to What's Allowed in Roll-Off Containers

How much does a dumpster rental cost?

Various factors play a role in the cost of dumpster rental.

A few of these factors include :

  • The size of the dumpster.
  • How long you plan to rent it.
  • The type of material.
  • Total weight of the load.

Many dumpster rental companies charge a landfill fee, priced per ton and often prorated.

Local landfill fees vary, but typically run about $50 per ton.

Be wary of overage charges, because these additional fees can really add up.

The dumpster rental company can help you estimate the approximate weight of your load by letting them know the type of material you plan to throw out and approximately how many square feet of the material you have.

The total cost for dumpster rental varies significantly by location.

For example, a 20 yard dumpster rental booked in Phoenix costs $285 on average while the same size dumpster in San Diego runs about $400.

We recommend that you call at least 2-3 local dumpster rental companies to compare out-the-door pricing before committing.

How long can I keep the dumpster?

The standard length of time for a dumpster rental is seven days, though most rental companies are flexible.

Some will even pick up the filled container the same day you call to request it be picked up.

Keeping the dumpster rental longer than your rental period usually carries additional charges.

The most important thing to remember when renting a dumpster for a particular week or weekend is to schedule the dumpster ahead of time.

Book the rental at least a week in advance to ensure you get the container size you need on the day(s) you need it.

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