Residential Dumpster Rental Options

Residential dumpster rental choices

There is a dumpster option available for just about any type of clean-up, including renovations, spring cleaning, remodeling projects, flooring removal, yard waste disposal, and much more. We’ll briefly cover each option to help you choose the ideal option for your situation.

First, there are a couple important things to consider when renting dumpsters for residential projects.

Consideration 1: Heavy dumpsters have the potential to damage driveways, curbs, and sidewalks. Damage to yards or landscaping can also happen.


  • Rent from a reputable dumpster rental company.
  • Protect the driveway with boards/plywood. (Some rental companies will do this for you.)
  • If it suits your project’s disposal needs, opt for rubber-wheeled trailer dumpsters. Availability varies by location. Mini dumpsters are also a great residential option.

Consideration 2: When placing a dumpster on your property, abide by HOA and local regulations (if applicable).

Solution: Ensure the dumpster is clean and well-kept (not an eyesore), and have it placed in a location that is approved. If that’s in the public right-of-way, you may need to obtain a dumpster permit. Ask your dumpster rental provider about permitting requirements.

Residential Dumpster Rental Container Sizes

10 yard and 20 yard dumpster sizes

Dumpsters offering 20 cubic yards of loading capacity or less are generally the best bet for most residential projects.

The exception is new home construction or complete demolition jobs—a 30 or 40 yard dumpster may be more economical in these cases.

A 10 yard dumpster is a great option for a wide range of projects. This container size offers a great blend between size and loading capacity. A typical 10 yard roll-off dumpster fits well in a residential driveway or in hard-to-reach areas that larger dumpsters wouldn’t work.

20 yard bins will generally accommodate residential cleanouts or renovation projects, such as kitchen and bath renovations, flooring removal, home cleanouts (excluding hoarding situations), yard debris/brush disposal, and large roofing projects.

Dumpsters smaller than 10 cubic yards are available, as well. Some rental providers offer dumpster trailers, mini roll-off dumpsters, bag style dumpsters, or rental of commercial front-load dumpsters. These options are not available in every area.

Ideal Dumpster for Different Types of Residential Projects

Types of 10 yard dumpsters

Some dumpsters work better than others depending on the job. It may take some calling around before you find a dumpster company that has the ideal dumpster for your project.

Heavy Debris (Dirt, Shingles, Concrete)

A 10 yard dumpster with low sides is the best choice. This allows for easier loading over the sides of the container. These containers are oftentimes called “lowboys.” If such a container is unavailable in your area, a standard roll-off with a walk-in design (doors swings open to allow for entry) works well for heavy debris as well.

Home Cleanouts or Construction

A standard roll-off dumpster in the 10 to 20 cubic yard range works best here. If disposing of bulky wastes (e.g., furniture), choose a roll-off dumpster with tall sides—at least 4 ft. high but preferably 6 - 8 ft. high.

Small Projects

This includes projects like small concrete patio removal, walkway demo, fireplace brick removal, and other jobs of just a few cubic yards or less. A 5 - 10 yard roll-off works great for these jobs. For the smallest projects up to 2-3 cubic yards, a bag dumpster may be a viable solution.

Driveway-Safe Dumpsters

It is possible for dumpsters and the trucks carrying them to cause damage to driveways, curbs, and yards. Some dumpster rental companies take extra precautions to avoid this, such as laying down boards or plywood on the driveway. Another safe alternative is to go with a dumpster trailer. Being on rubber tires—rather than steel wheels—trailer dumpsters are safer for use on all surfaces.

Residential Dumpster Rental Prices in 2018

The nationwide average cost of a 10 yard roll-off dumpster is $300. The cost of a 3 cubic yard bag style dumpster, such as Bagster, also varies by location but generally costs $150 - $200 (disposal included).

RELATED: 2018 Costs to Rent a Dumpster

Going with a larger 20 yard dumpster will set you back on average $380. When looking at a cost-per-cubic-yard average, the 20 yard bin is your most cost-efficient option.



Cost/Cubic Yard

3 yard bag style dumpster



10 yard dumpster



20 yard dumpster



Is there a way to reduce dumpster costs?

Dumpster costs are the same whether renting for a residential or commercial project. That said, it’s possible to reduce disposal costs with a little planning ahead of time. Here are some quick tips:

  1. Many dumpster providers offer senior and veteran discounts. If you fall into either category, ask if these discounts are available.
  2. Choose a bigger dumpster than you think you’ll need to ensure a second dumpster is not needed to finish the job.
  3. Consider sharing the dumpster with a neighbor. You can go with a bigger dumpster and share the costs, saving you as much as 50% of the total cost.
  4. Some rental companies may offer a discount for single day rentals, especially during busy times of the year (spring, summer, and fall) when their stock of containers is low.

 KEEP READING: More ways to save on dumpster rental costs

It’s important to avoid choosing a dumpster option based solely on price. Instead, choose one based on your project’s needs. Going with the cheapest dumpster option can backfire in terms of getting poor service, getting a smaller dumpster than needed to finish the job, or getting hit with hidden fees/overages you didn’t initially know about.

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