Waste Management's Dumpster Rental Prices Are Costly Compared to Local Haulers

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National chain Waste Management (WM) offers 10, 20, 30, and 40 yard roll-off dumpsters for rent in most areas throughout the U.S.

While WM is a great, affordable option for regularly scheduled residential trash pickup services, their dumpster rentals are oftentimes more expensive in comparison to locally-owned dumpster rental services. 

The 20 yard roll-off container is the most commonly rented dumpster option that WM offers, so we'll compare WM's average price for this size to other service providers throughout the country. 

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Waste Management's Dumpster Costs vs Local Dumpster Rental Costs

Nationwide, the average cost to rent a 20 yard dumpster from Waste Management is $450-$650.

We compared rental prices for a 20 yard Waste Management dumpster to the average cost to rent a 20 yard dumpster from smaller, locally-owned haulers in 48 metro areas across the U.S.

Renting from a local hauler instead of Waste Management costs around $100-$200 less on average.

Local haulers offer much lower dumpster rental prices than Waste Management. In most markets, it's not even close.

Local haulers charge $350-$550 on average for a 20 yard dumpster, while Waste Management charges $450-$650 on average for a container of the same size.

Sometimes companies include a low amount of weight in their price, which can make a company look like the cheaper option at first, but you could end up paying extra in the end if you go over your dumpster weight limit.

In our survey, the amount of weight included in the price was similar, with local haulers offering slightly more on average.

Local haulers include 7,230 lbs on average in their price for a 20 yard container, and WM offers 6,850 lbs on average for the same size.

Dumpster rental overage fees usually come into play if you exceed the included weight of the dumpster.

Haulers typically price extra weight on a per-ton basis (per 2,000 lbs), though some will pro-rate additional weight.

Again, extra charges for additional weight were similar between local haulers and WM, with a slightly lower average price for the locally-owned haulers.

Local haulers charge $54 per additional ton on average, while WM charges $62 on average per additional ton.

The cost results from each market surveyed can be found in the chart below.

Learn more: Top 6 Ways to Avoid Dumpster Overage Fees


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Nationwide Market Survey

Waste Management is the largest waste and recycling company in North America, with over 21 million customers throughout the United States and Canada.

It’s a good company, and we have great respect for WM’s green initiatives and sustainability leadership.

But if you're looking for a good price on a temporary dumpster, you generally won't find it at Waste Management.

With their impressive truck fleet and mastery of logistics, WM’s scheduled curbside collection is highly efficient and often more affordable than local haulers, but WM’s size and scale actually work against it for renting dumpsters.

Roll-off dumpster rental is temporary, often not scheduled far in advance, and typically involves a phone call or text message for booking and another for pick-up, which are not WM's strengths.

The following chart showcases the information gathered from our market survey across 48 metro areas across the U.S.

20 Yard Dumpster Cost Averages:
Local Companies vs Waste Management

Metro Area Local Company Local Price & Weight Allowance WM Price
Albuquerque, NM Jackson Compaction $350 incl. 8,000 lbs $575 incl. 8,000 lbs
Allegan, MI CDR Disposal Service $340 incl. 6,000 lbs $432.28 incl. 6,000 lbs
Augusta, GA R & R Roll-Off $400 incl. 8,000 lbs $362.06 incl. 6,000 lbs
Baltimore, MD Clipper City Containers $375 incl. 5,000 lbs $626.69 incl. 4,000 lbs
Baton Rouge, LA Dynamite Dumpsters $425 incl. 6,000 lbs $429 incl. 12,000 lbs
Birmingham, AL Southern Waste $345 incl. 12,000 lbs $474 incl. 6,000 lbs
Bloomington, IL Contractor's Disposal $535 incl. 8,000 lbs $754.24 incl. 10,000 lbs
Buffalo, NY AAA Trash Be Gone $395 incl. 4,000 lbs $503.86 incl. 2,000 lbs
Charlotte, NC A-1 Dumpster Rentals $350 incl. 6,000 lbs $385.50 incl. 6,000 lbs
Cherry Hill, NJ Walkers Container $500 incl. 8,000 lbs $531.97 incl. 6,000 lbs
Chicago, IL GreenWay Recycling $340 incl. 8,000 lbs $565.34 incl. 10,000 lbs
Colorado Springs, CO Home Builders Services $300 incl. 10,000 lbs $525 incl. 8,000 lbs
Columbia, SC A-1 Clean Up & Movers $295 incl. 6,000 lbs $457.13 incl. 6,000 lbs
Columbus, OH Bin There Dump That $335 incl. 6,000 lbs $551.87 incl. 4,000 lbs
Dallas, TX DB Disposal $310 incl. 8,000 lbs $464 incl. 8,000 lbs
Dawsonville, GA 400 Waste & Scrap $300 incl. 8,000 lbs $481.88 incl. 6000 lbs
Denver, CO Home Builders Services $320 incl. 10,000 lbs $540 incl. 8,000 lbs
Eau Claire, WI Rightaway Rolloff $255 incl. 0 lbs $587.09 incl. 6,000 lbs
Fort Collins, CO Home Builders Services $350 incl. 10,000 lbs $545 incl. 8,000 lbs
Fort Lauderdale, FL Ideal Site Services $400 incl. 6,000 lbs $410 incl. 10,000 lbs
Fort Myers, FL Trash Express $325 incl. 6,000 lbs $425 incl. 10,000 lbs
Fort Worth, TX Marco Waste Removal $300 incl. 8,000 lbs $464 incl. 8,000 lbs
Grand Rapids, MI GR Dumpster Rental $295 incl. 6,000 lbs $432.28 incl. 6,000 lbs
Indianapolis, IN Greenway Dumpsters $350 incl. 10,000 lbs $718.80 incl. 10,000 lbs
Louisburg, NC Bin There Dump That $365 incl. 6,000 lbs $593.88 incl. 6,000 lbs
Louisville, KY Innovative Crushing $350 incl. 10,000 lbs $452.08 incl. 8,000 lbs
Minneapolis, MN A1 Hauling & Rolloffs $349 incl. 6,000 lbs $464.78 incl. 6,000 lbs
Orlando, FL American Waste $300 incl. 8,000 lbs $500 incl. 8,000 lbs
Paterson, NJ Leonti Recycling $395 incl. 4,000 lbs $588.98 incl. 6,000 lbs
Philadelphia, PA Tri-State Waste $490 incl. 8,000 lbs $427.47 incl. 4,000 lbs
Phoenix, AZ Scott Waste Services $300 incl. 6,000 lbs $560 incl. 8,000 lbs
Portland, OR Rockwood Solid Waste $335 incl. 4,000 lbs $783.17 incl. 4,000 lbs
South Bend, IN Junoll Services $350 incl. 8,000 lbs $627.86 incl. 10,000 lbs
St. Joseph, MI LakeShore Roll-Off $350 incl. 8,000 lbs $645.30 incl. 10,000 lbs
St. Louis, MO 2 Dump It $325 incl. 8,000 lbs $438.96 incl. 10,000 lbs
St. Paul, MN All-Ways Hauling $338 incl. 6,000 lbs $547.68 incl. 6,000 lbs
Syracuse, NY Mar-Con Companies $330 incl. 4,000 lbs $447.31 incl. 2,000 lbs
Tampa, FL Sarnago and Sons $350 incl. 6,000 lbs $560 incl. 8,000 lbs
Toms River, NJ D&D Disposal $675 incl. 8,000 lbs $607.97 incl. 6,000 lbs
Westchester County, NY Affordable Carting $440 incl. 4,000 lbs $635.41 incl. 4,000 lbs

Pricing information collected in 2019

Finding the Right Dumpster Rental Company

Many people don't realize that there are three different types of companies that rent dumpsters, and understanding the distinction between them can save you money.

3 Types of Dumpster Rental Providers

  1. Independent, locally-owned dumpster services
  2. Large, national trash companies (Waste Management, Republic Services, etc.)
  3. Out-of-state brokers that book the dumpster and pass the order onto a local service provider

We always recommend hiring from a local dumpster company because they generally provide better customer service and better prices.

Your other two options—renting from a large national hauler or from a dumpster broker—are almost always more expensive for lower quality customer service.

Along with better prices, local dumpster companies also tend to offer better customer service.

Ensure you get the best price by getting several dumpster rental quotes from rental companies in your area.

Hometown is a convenient, easy-to-use search engine that allows you to instantly connect with vetted and insured dumpster companies in your local community.

Contact as many companies as you'd like to compare free quotes—we recommend getting at least three estimates to make sure you get the best price for your dumpster rental when you need it as well as great customer service.


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