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 $525.

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 $155 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 $370 on average for a 20 yard dumpster, while Waste Management charges $525 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 cheap at first, but you could end up paying extra in the end if you go over your 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.

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 ton on average, while WM charges $62 on average per ton.

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

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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 unscheduled, and typically involves a phone call for booking and another call for pickup, 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 WM Price
Albuquerque, NM Jackson Compaction $325 w/ 8,000 lbs $575 w/ 8,000 lbs
Allegan, MI CDR Disposal Service $330 w/ 8,000 lbs $432.28 w/ 6,000 lbs
Augusta, GA R & R Roll-Off $400 w/ 6,000 lbs $362.06 w/ 6,000 lbs
Austin, TX Austin Cleanup $250 w/ 6,000 lbs $616 w/ 6,000 lbs
Baltimore, MD Clipper City Containers $375 w/ 6,000 lbs $626.69 w/ 4,000 lbs
Baton Rouge, LA Dynamite Dumpsters $425 w/ 6,000 lbs $429 w/ 12,000 lbs
Birmingham, AL Southern Waste $345 w/ 12,000 lbs $474 w/ 6,000 lbs
Bloomington, IL Contractor's Disposal $535 w/ 8,000 lbs $754.24 w/ 10,000 lbs
Boston, MA DePaolo Disposal $525 w/ 6,000 lbs $514.49 w/ 4,000 lbs
Boulder, CO Bin There Dump That $330 w/ 6,000 lbs $625 w/ 8,000 lbs
Buffalo, NY AAA Trash Be Gone $395 w/ 4,000 lbs $503.86 w/ 2,000 lbs
Casa Grande, AZ All City Container $215 w/ 0 lbs $825 w/ 8,000 lbs
Charlotte, NC A-1 Dumpster Rentals $350 w/ 6,000 lbs $385.50 w/ 6,000 lbs
Cherry Hill, NJ Walkers Container $500 w/ 8,000 lbs $531.97 w/ 6,000 lbs
Chicago, IL GreenWay Recycling $340 w/ 8,000 lbs $565.34 w/ 10,000 lbs
Colorado Springs, CO Home Builders Services $300 w/ 10,000 lbs $525 w/ 8,000 lbs
Columbia, SC A-1 Clean Up & Movers $295 w/ 6,000 lbs $457.13 w/ 6,000 lbs
Columbus, OH Bin There Dump That $335 w/ 6,000 lbs $551.87 w/ 4,000 lbs
Dallas, TX DB Disposal $310 w/ 8,000 lbs $464 w/ 8,000 lbs
Dawsonville, GA 400 Waste & Scrap $300 w/ 8,000 lbs $481.88 w/ 6000 lbs
Denver, CO Home Builders Services $320 w/ 10,000 lbs $540 w/ 8,000 lbs
Detroit, MI Austin Containers $375 w/ 10,000 lbs $468.40 w/ 6,000 lbs
Eau Claire, WI Rightaway Rolloff $255 w/ 0 lbs $587.09 w/ 6,000 lbs
Fort Collins, CO Home Builders Services $350 w/ 10,000 lbs $545 w/ 8,000 lbs
Fort Lauderdale, FL Ideal Site Services $400 w/ 6,000 lbs $410 w/ 10,000 lbs
Fort Myers, FL Trash Express $325 w/ 6,000 lbs $425 w/ 10,000 lbs
Fort Worth, TX Marco Waste Removal $300 w/ 8,000 lbs $464 w/ 8,000 lbs
Grand Rapids, MI GR Dumpster Rental $295 w/ 6,000 lbs $432.28 w/ 6,000 lbs
Indianapolis, IN Greenway Dumpsters $350 w/ 10,000 lbs $718.80 w/ 10,000 lbs
Little Rock, AR L&W Environmental $385 w/ 10,000 lbs $468.93 w/ 8,000 lbs
Louisburg, NC Bin There Dump That $365 w/ 6,000 lbs $593.88 w/ 6,000 lbs
Louisville, KY Innovative Crushing $350 w/ 10,000 lbs $452.08 w/ 8,000 lbs
Minneapolis, MN A1 Hauling & Rolloffs $349 w/ 6,000 lbs $464.78 w/ 6,000 lbs
Orlando, FL American Waste $300 w/ 8,000 lbs $500 w/ 8,000 lbs
Paterson, NJ Leonti Recycling $395 w/ 4,000 lbs $588.98 w/ 6,000 lbs
Philadelphia, PA Tri-State Waste $490 w/ 8,000 lbs $427.47 w/ 4,000 lbs
Phoenix, AZ Scott Waste Services $300 w/ 6,000 lbs $560 w/ 8,000 lbs
Portland, OR Rockwood Solid Waste $335 w/ 4,000 lbs $783.17 w/ 4,000 lbs
Savannah, GA A-OK Portables $425 w/ 16,000 lbs $405.04 w/ 6,000 lbs
South Bend, IN Junoll Services $350 w/ 8,000 lbs $627.86 w/ 10,000 lbs
St. Joseph, MI LakeShore Roll-Off $350 w/ 8,000 lbs $645.30 w/ 10,000 lbs
St. Louis, MO 2 Dump It $325 w/ 8,000 lbs $438.96 w/ 10,000 lbs
St. Paul, MN All-Ways Hauling $338 w/ 6,000 lbs $547.68 w/ 6,000 lbs
Syracuse, NY Mar-Con Companies $330 w/ 4,000 lbs $447.31 w/ 2,000 lbs
Tampa, FL Sarnago and Sons $350 w/ 6,000 lbs $560 w/ 8,000 lbs
Toms River, NJ D&D Disposal $675 w/ 8,000 lbs $607.97 w/ 6,000 lbs
Westchester County, NY Affordable Carting $440 w/ 4,000 lbs $635.41 w/ 4,000 lbs
Wilmington, DE Tri-State Waste $490 w/ 6,000 lbs $413.28 w/ 4,000 lbs
Pricing information for this survey was 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.

The best way to ensure that you get the best price on your dumpster rental is to get several quotes from rental providers that service your area.

Hometown offers an easy and convenient 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 3 to make sure you get the best price, availability, and customer service.


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