Renting a dumpster for yard waste offers convenience, speed, and a great value for cleaning up large yard debris disposal projects.
It’s a viable option for jobs like removing large amounts of dirt, tree debris removal, brush removal, and more.
Local laws regarding the disposal of yard waste
Yard waste is prohibited from being dumped in municipal landfills.
You can’t lawfully mix yard debris with regular household or commercial trash due to negative environmental effects.
When loading a dumpster with yard waste and inert debris, municipal wastes (e.g., trash, building materials, etc.) should not be mixed in with it. This allows the dumpster rental company to easily pick up the filled dumpster and drop off the yard wastes at the proper processing facility.
Research your local environmental laws before renting a yard waste dumpster. Earth911 has a good state-by-state resource that can help you get started in learning local waste disposal laws.
Related Reading: Best Yard Waste Disposal Options
Dumpster sizes for various types of yard waste
The dumpster size that is right for your particular project will vary by the rental company supplying the container.
Some rental companies only authorize sub-20 yard dumpster for use on yard waste disposal projects, while others may allow yard debris in 30 or 40 yarders.
The main concern for the rental company is the weight of the load. Yard debris can be quite heavy in many cases.
Materials such as wet leaves, dirt, large tree logs, and other heavy materials can drive the weight of the load up substantially.
Every dumpster rental company has a maximum weight allowance based on several factors:
- Maximum lifting capacity of the truck carrying the dumpster
- Type of debris and cost of disposing that type of debris at the nearest disposal facility
- Maximum weight load capacity allowed to travel on the roads in the area, as governed by local law
These are key reasons why dumpster rental companies have weight allowances on their dumpsters. It’s also the reason many dumpster rental companies only allow dense, heavy debris in smaller dumpsters (e.g. 10 yard dumpsters).
Learn more: Comprehensive Guide to Dumpster Rental Sizes
Yard waste dumpster costs
The cost to rent a dumpster for yard waste is generally the same as renting it for general household waste or construction debris.
However, some rental companies charge less for yard debris due to the disposal/recycling fees being less expensive compared to paying for landfill tipping fees in the case of municipal waste disposal.
|Container Size||Average Cost|
|10 yard dumpster||$304|
|20 yard dumpster||$383|
|30 yard dumpster||$441|
|40 yard dumpster||$488|
National average dumpster rental costs based on data collected by HometownDumpsterRental.com
Considerations in choosing the right yard waste dumpster
It’s important to know the exact type of debris to be disposed of and the approximate amount of it.
Your dumpster rental provider can help in estimating the amount and weight of the debris. This will ensure the right dumpster is selected to handle the project.
Weight of various types of yard waste and inert debris:
|Dirt (Dry)||1 cubic yard = 2,000 lbs. (1 ton)|
|Dirt (Wet)||1 cubic yard = 6,000 lbs. (3 ton)|
|Rock/Gravel||1 cubic yard = 2,400 – 2,7000 lbs. (1.2 - 1.35 tons)|
|Tree / Logs
(10” diameter cut to 3 ft. lengths)
|10 logs = 0.5 tons (1,000 lbs.) (weight varies by tree species, size and water content)|
|Brush / Leaves / Organic Matter||1 cubic yard = 1,000 – 1,500 lbs. (0.5 – 0.75 tons)|
A smaller dumpster, such as a 10 yard container, is ideal for heavy debris, such as dirt, wet leaves, or logs.
The reason it’s not common for dumpster rental companies to rent out 30 or 40 yard dumpsters for heavy debris, such as dirt, is that the weight would exceed the lifting capacity of the roll-off truck.
- Renting a Dumpster for Dirt and Organic Matter
- Dumpster Weight Limits for 10, 20, 30 and 40 Yard Containers
Consider composting when possible
Yard waste is compostable material. The material must be clean, meaning it cannot be mixed with other non-compostable wastes.
Composting can help save on dumpster rental costs, or completely eliminate them in some cases.
Learn more about composting:
Convenience of renting a yard waste dumpster
It’s hard to beat the time-saving and convenience aspect of renting a dumpster for bulk amounts of yard debris.
Alternative disposal methods, such as using a utility trailer and hauling it yourself, seem like a money-saving option, but that’s not always the case.
Having a 10+ yard dumpster onsite allows for fast and easy loading, and offers the convenience of having the dumpster rental company pick it up and haul it to the processing facility for you. You save time and fuel costs compared to hauling it yourself.