“How much does it dost to rent a dumpster in Los Angeles?” and Other Dumpster FAQs

Dumpster rental frequently asked questions

Renting a dumpster for a home remodeling project, new construction, or home cleanout is as an easy process, but if it’s something you’ve never done before, you may have some questions about how to go about getting the right container for the right price. We’ll go through several of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to renting a dumpster.

What size dumpster do I need to remove a layer of asphalt roofing shingles?

The determining factors in this case include the total size of the roof and whether or not multiple layers of shingles need to be removed. Assuming it’s a single layer of shingles, a 1,500 square foot roof (150 squares) would need about a 10 yard dumpster.

Larger roofs between 2,500 and 3,000 square feet (250 to 300 squares) would require a 20 yard container or larger.

Be sure to measure your roof prior to renting the dumpster to be sure you’re getting the container size you need for the job. Renting a dumpster that’s too small could lead to additional tonnage charges and/or the cost of having to rent a second container.

If you have an accurate measurement of your roof—in square feet or squares—the dumpster rental company will be able to help you choose the correctly sized roll off container for the job.

What’s the difference between roll-off containers and dumpsters?

Dumpsters go by several different names, including roll-off containers, construction dumpsters, and roll-off dumpsters—these are one in the same. These dumpsters are referred to as “roll-off” because the containers literally roll off and on to the bed of the truck that carries it away.

They are open container dumpsters most commonly used for home remodels, new construction, roofing, residential/commercial cleanouts, and bulk yard waste removal.

Commercial dumpsters are the covered dumpsters found at restaurants, apartment complexes, and businesses. HometownDumpsterRental.com works with many dumpster rental companies across the U.S. that offer commercial dumpster services, including regularly scheduled pickups.

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How much does it cost to rent a dumpster in Los Angeles?

The cost of a dumpster rental depends upon the type of material, size of the dumpster, duration of the rental and local landfill fees (“tipping fees”).

The national average for tipping fees was about $44 per ton in 2008, and it varies state to state and city to city. Your dumpster rental quote will usually include all the fees, but be sure to double check that with the customer service rep.

Here are some actual dumpster rental estimates based on a 7-day rental in the Los Angeles, CA area (Prices may vary. Use this information as a guideline only. Prices based on booked or quoted estimates in 2012):

  • 3-yard: $175
  • 6-yard: $200
  • 10-yard: $245-$300
  • 12-yard: $225-$269
  • 20-yard: $289-$400
  • 30-yard: $400
  • 40-yard: $400-$454

For dumpster pricing in other cities across the U.S., head over to our Dumpster Prices Comparison page or check out our Big List of Dumpster Rental Costs in All 50 States.

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What type of "stuff" can't be put in a dumpster?

Hazardous items are prohibited from being tossed in dumpsters. A short list of the items to avoid include: tires, paint, oil, refrigerants, and aerosols. Ask the dumpster rental company about prohibited items when calling. You can also read more about items banned from dumpsters here.

Read more dumpster rental frequently asked questions here and here.

(All the questions above were derived from the Yahoo Answers community. Minor modifications were made for grammatical purposes)