Renting Construction Dumpsters: A DIY Guide to Construction Debris Removal

Renting construction dumpsters for home renovation projects

No matter what the home renovation or remodeling project, there’s bound to be plenty of debris to dispose of in the end. You could haul it all yourself, but that’s quite a hassle and can take several trips to the landfill to get rid of it all. Renting a construction dumpster for a home renovation project is the perfect solution.

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Tackling a construction debris removal project takes a little planning to ensure you get the right size dumpster at the best possible price, but the process really isn’t difficult.

Renting a construction dumpster rather than hauling the debris yourself can save you a ton of time and sometimes even cost less.

TIP: Most municipal waste haulers prohibit residents from mixing construction and demolition (C&D) debris in with regular household trash. You must truck it to the landfill yourself or have someone bring it for you (i.e. rent a dumpster).

This guide will give you all the need-to-know information for renting a roll-off container for construction debris removal.

Reasons to rent a dumpster

Convenience: It’s so much more convenient to have a construction dumpster onsite for disposing of renovation or remodeling debris compared to having the debris lay around until you find the time to truck it to the landfill. Piles of debris on the job site also pose a safety risk.

Efficiency: You can finish the job quicker by renting a construction bin. It allows you to keep the job site clean and uncluttered, which makes it easier to maneuver around.

Cost: Landfill tipping fees, also called gate fees, average about $50 per ton in the United States. So, dropping off 5 tons of debris costs around $250 if you do it yourself. The problem is that once you factor in time spent driving to and from the landfill (possibly multiple roundtrips) and the cost of gasoline, it could easily end up costing double that amount. In many cases, you can rent a 20-yard construction dumpster with a 5-ton weight allowance for $400.

Construction dumpster sizes

The most common construction dumpster sizes are 10 yard, 20 yard, 30 yard, and 40 yard. Sizes and availability vary by company, so check with a couple different companies to get the size you need.

construction dumpster sizes

Some rental providers specialize in compact dumpsters designed specifically for residential use (e.g., home renovations, remodeling projects, small cleanouts, and other small home projects).

One such company is Mini Roll Off Services based in the Houston, TX area. This company, like other “mini” dumpster companies, offer smaller 6, 10, and 18 yard dumpsters (sizes may vary) that fit well in driveways and tight spaces.

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Cost of renting a roll-off container

Rental costs are highly variable. Factors that affect the cost of renting a dumpster include your location, dumpster size, duration of the rental, weight of the debris, and type of debris. As you can see, there’s a lot of factors that go into a quote.

Our Complete Guide to Dumpster Prices explains everything you need to know.

Expect to pay at least $250 for a 10 yard container and at least $450 for a 40 yard dumpster rental

If you should go the route of hiring a junk removal service, prices are highly variable and start at around $100 for very small loads.

RELATED: Dumpster rental costs vs. junk removal prices

Examples of dumpster rental costs by city

Here are a few real examples of dumpster rental costs (for C&D debris) in cities across the country.

This data was collected by directly from local dumpster rental companies.

Use the chart below to get a ballpark idea of dumpster rental costs; prices may vary.


10 yard

20 yard

30 yard

40 yard

Overage charge

St. Louis, MO

1 ton incl.

4 tons incl.

4 tons incl.

4 tons incl.


Las Vegas, NV

8 tons incl.

8 tons incl.

8 tons incl.

8 tons incl.


Bronx, NY

1 ton incl.

2 tons incl.

3 tons incl.

4 tons incl.


Philadelphia, PA

2 tons incl.

4 tons incl.

5 tons incl.

6 tons incl.


San Francisco, CA

2 tons incl.

3 tons incl.

4 tons incl.

5 tons incl.


Detroit, MI

4 tons incl.

5 tons incl.

6 tons incl.

7 tons incl.








Check out our Big List of Dumpster Costs in All 50 States to see even more price ranges for 10 and 20 yard dumpsters.

Is a dumpster always the best option?

For certain small-scale home remodeling projects, it may be more cost effective to not rent a dumpster.

For example, if you’re simply replacing the bathroom sink and toilet in the bathroom, it may be cheaper to drop off this amount of debris at the landfill yourself if you live within 100 miles or less of the nearest landfill.

Other situations where a construction dumpster is an overkill:

  • Getting rid of the carpeting in one room
  • Replacing kitchen cabinet faces (not the whole cabinet)
  • Partial bathroom remodel
  • Putting up drywall in one small room

If you don’t have a truck or trailer for the debris, or you can’t physically load up and haul the debris yourself, a cost-effective alternative to getting rid of small amounts of C&D scraps is to call up a junk removal company.

A junk hauling service comes to you, loads up the debris, and hauls it away. For very small amounts of debris, some junk removal companies may only charge the minimum amount, which typically ranges from $50 to $100.

Junk removal service

Learn more about junk removal companies

The construction dumpster rental process

Renting a dumpster for a construction, renovation, or remodeling project is quite simple.

Here are the basic steps:

  1. Jot down the types of debris you’ll be disposing of (e.g, wood, drywall, cabinets, carpeting, etc.). Also, write down the size of the room and other details that could help the dumpster rental company estimate the volume and weight of the debris.
  2. Call at least two different dumpster rental companies to compare pricing. Most will price match or beat a competitor’s pricing. Remember: Ask about rental rates, weight allowance, overage charges, rental duration, whether a dumpster permit is necessary, and other possible fees.
  3. When you get the dumpster on site, fill ‘er up! That’s the fun part! Make sure to follow the rental provider’s rules on prohibited items. If possible, tarp the dumpster when not in use to prevent rain from drenching the debris and inviting others to toss their trash in your bin—both of which add weight.
  4. Call the construction dumpster rental provider when you’re ready to have it picked up. The container will then be weighed at a local landfill. If you have gone over your weight allowance, you may be responsible for overage charges, which can range from $50 to $100 per ton.

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A reputable dumpster rental company will help you choose the ideal dumpster size for your renovation or remodeling project. Hometown makes it easy for you to find a reputable company by publishing unbiased reviews from real customers. Reviews are visible at each company’s profile page, so use this free resource to your advantage!

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