How much does it cost to rent a concrete dumpster?

Concrete dumpster

Just like any dumpster rental, there are several factors that affect a concrete dumpster's cost. The size of the container, how much the concrete weighs, where you're located, and disposal fees in your area all come into play when receiving a quote.

So before jumping into anything, here are a few things you should keep in mind when renting a dumpster for concrete...

Concrete takes up less space.

A 10 yard dumpster is typically big enough for disposing of debris from a slab, driveway, or concrete patio, but it's always best to double check with your local dumpster company. While concrete is a low volume debris, it is extremely heavy.

When calling around, be sure to give companies as many details as possible about the job you're doing. They'll be able to give you a more accurate estimate, and will help ensure you choose the best dumpster based on the amount of concrete you need removed.

RELATED READING: The Ultimate Guide to Dumpster Sizes, Dumpster Prices in All 50 States

Keep it clean.

To avoid additional fees, be sure to put nothing but concrete in your dumpster. This is called "clean loading," and it allows for the concrete to be recycled easily. That way, it can be reused as aggregate for roads and other surfaces.

Money $aving Tip: By clean-loading the dumpster and recycling the concrete material rather than dumping it at the landfill, you'll not only help save the environment, but you'll also save a bundle in disposal fees!

This stuff is really, really heavy.

It comes as no surprise that concrete is ridiculously heavy, but not many people realize just how heavy it is. It's important to understand exactly how much concrete weighs so that you don't overfill your dumpster and wind up paying hefty overage fees.
Be sure to ask the dumpster rental companies about weight allownaces. If you go over that limit, you'll be charged for it. Keep this in mind when shopping around—some companies include more weight than others.

Do the math.

1 cubic yard of concrete weighs roughly 4,000 lbs, or 2 tons. 

Most concrete surfaces, like driveways, slabs, and patios, are poured about 4 inches thick, so use this measurement when calculating your estimates.

Consider these examples to get a better idea of how much your project's debris might weigh:
  • Single-car driveway: 10 ft. wide x 40 ft. long x 4 in. deep 
    = 5 cubic yards of debris x 2 tons = 10 tons
  • Double-car driveway: 20 ft. wide x 40 ft. long x 4 in. deep
    = 10 cubic yards of debris x 2 tons = 20 tons
  • Patio: 10 ft. wide x 15 ft. long x 4 in. deep
    = 2 cubic yards of debris x 2 tons = 4 tons
  • Pathway or sidewalk: 15 ft. long x 2 ft. wide x 4 in. deep
    = 0.4 cubic yards of debris x 2 tons = 0.8 tons
More math to know: If you fill up a 10 yard dumpster halfway with concrete, it will weigh approximately 20,250 lbs, or 10.125 tons. If you fill up a 10 yard dumpster one-third of the way with concrete, it will weigh approximately 13,500 lbs, or 6.75 tons.

BEWAREOverfilling will not only cost you in overage and unloading fees, but it also risks damaging the company's equipment (which will cost you an arm and a leg) as well as your own property.

See the results.

We surveyed 30 markets to see how much it costs to rent a 10 yard dumpster for clean-loaded concrete, and we found that local haulers...

  • included an average of 10,333 lbs in their quotes
  • charged an array of fees for exceeding their given weight limit (e.g. disposal fee, overage charge, unloading fee, equipment damage, etc.)

Check out our chart of prices below to see how much it costs, on average, to rent a clean-loaded 10 yard dumpster in your area.

Money $aving Tip: Some companies offer discounts for short term rentals. When calling around, be sure to ask. You can save upwards of a couple hundred bucks in some cases.



State Metro Area 10 Yard Heavy Debris Price Range
Alabama Birmingham, AL $250 w/ 6000 lbs
Arizona Phoenix, AZ $400 w/ 20000 lbs
California Oakland, CA $575 w/ 25000 lbs
California Orange County, CA $495 w/ 12000 lbs
Colorado Boulder, CO $275 w/ 6000 lbs
Colorado Denver, CO $275 w/ 6000 lbs
Georgia Atlanta, GA $279 w/ 8000 lbs
Georgia Dawsonville, GA $275 w/ 6000 lbs
Illinois Bloomington, IL $335 flat rate; half-full container
Illinois Chicago, IL $320 w/ 20000 lbs
Indiana Indianapolis, IN $250 w/ 4000 lbs
Iowa Davenport, IA $355 w/ 4000 lbs
Maryland Rockville, MD $329 w/ 2000 lbs
Massachusetts Boston, MA $500 w/ 6000 lbs
Michigan Allegan, MI $200 w/ 20000 lbs
Michigan St. Joseph, MI $275 w/ 4000 lbs
Missouri St. Louis, MO $230 w/ 20000 lbs
Nevada Las Vegas, NV $295 w/ 16000 lbs
Nevada Reno, NV $350 w/ 22000 lbs
New Jersey Cherry Hill, NJ $300 w/ 12000 lbs
New Mexico Albuquerque, NM $265 w/ 4000 lbs
New York Long Island, NY $405 flat rate
New York New York City, NY $575 flat rate
New York Westchester County, NY $435 w/ 20000 lbs
North Carolina Louisburg, NC $295 w/ 3000 lbs
Ohio Cincinnati, OH $275 w/ 1000 lbs
Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA $400 w/ 6000 lbs
Texas Austin, TX $300 w/ 8000 lbs
Utah St. George, UT $350 w/ 10000 lbs
Virginia Virginia Beach, VA $250 w/ 8000 lbs