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.
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.
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 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 allowances.
If you go over that limit, you'll be charged for it. Keep this in mind when shopping around, as some companies include more weight than others.
Do the math.
1 cubic yard of concrete weighs roughly 4,000 lbs or two 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:
10 ft wide x 40 ft long x 4 in. deep
= 5 cubic yards of debris x 2 tons = 10 tons
20 ft wide x 40 ft long x 4 in. deep
= 10 cubic yards of debris x 2 tons = 20 tons
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
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.
Be aware that overfilling 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.
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.
Cost to Rent a 10 yard Dumpster for Heavy Debris
|State||Metro Area||10 yard Heavy Debris Price Range|
|Alabama||Birmingham, AL||$250 w/ 6,000 lbs|
|Arizona||Phoenix, AZ||$400 w/ 20,000 lbs|
|California||Oakland, CA||$575 w/ 25,000 lbs|
|California||Orange County, CA||$495 w/ 12,000 lbs|
|Colorado||Boulder, CO||$275 w/ 6,000 lbs|
|Colorado||Denver, CO||$275 w/ 6,000 lbs|
|Georgia||Atlanta, GA||$279 w/ 8,000 lbs|
|Georgia||Dawsonville, GA||$275 w/ 6,000 lbs|
|Illinois||Bloomington, IL||$335 flat rate; half-full container|
|Illinois||Chicago, IL||$320 w/ 20,000 lbs|
|Indiana||Indianapolis, IN||$250 w/ 4,000 lbs|
|Iowa||Davenport, IA||$355 w/ 4,000 lbs|
|Maryland||Rockville, MD||$329 w/ 2,000 lbs|
|Massachusetts||Boston, MA||$500 w/ 6,000 lbs|
|Michigan||Allegan, MI||$200 w/ 20,000 lbs|
|Michigan||St. Joseph, MI||$275 w/ 4,000 lbs|
|Missouri||St. Louis, MO||$230 w/ 20,000 lbs|
|Nevada||Las Vegas, NV||$295 w/ 16,000 lbs|
|Nevada||Reno, NV||$350 w/ 22,000 lbs|
|New Jersey||Cherry Hill, NJ||$300 w/ 12,000 lbs|
|New Mexico||Albuquerque, NM||$265 w/ 4,000 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/ 20,000 lbs|
|North Carolina||Louisburg, NC||$295 w/ 3,000 lbs|
|Ohio||Cincinnati, OH||$275 w/ 1,000 lbs|
|Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||$400 w/ 6,000 lbs|
|Texas||Austin, TX||$300 w/ 8,000 lbs|
|Utah||St. George, UT||$350 w/ 10,000 lbs|
|Virginia||Virginia Beach, VA||$250 w/ 8,000 lbs|