How Much Does A Roll-Off Dumpster Cost?

Roll-off dumpsters are high-capacity, heavy-duty carriage units commonly used for cleaning up during construction projects. The name “roll-off dumpsters” is derived from how the dumpster was designed to be mounted and rolled off the back of a truck. These dumpsters are capable of handling various types of jobs. Roll-off dumpsters are built with an open-top, and they come in several sizes.

Anyone planning to rent a roll-off dumpster from a roll-off dumpster rental company should expect to pay an average of $540 for it. This is the national average price. So the price you will pay may be slightly higher or lower depending on your city and some other factors. 

Some of these factors include dumpster size, location of the disposal site, duration of the rental, and several others. Having a comprehensive knowledge of these factors will guide you when planning and budgeting for your next roll-off dumpster rental. 

Factors That Affects The Cost Of Roll Off Dumpster Rental

  • Dumpster Size

The bigger the roll-off dumpster, the higher the cost of the rental. There are 4 sizes of dumpsters; 10, 20, 30, and 40 cubic yards. Each of these dumpsters is built to carry different weights of materials. The 10 cubic yard roll-off dumpster is 6 feet wide, 12 feet long, and 4 feet high and is designed to handle debris between 1 and 2 tons. The national average cost of renting a 10 cubic yard dumpster is about $300.

The 20-cubic-yard roll-off dumpster has a dimension of 22 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 4 feet high, holding between 2 to 3 tons of weight. The national average cost of renting a home is about $400.

The 30 cubic yard dumpster has dimensions of 20 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 6 feet high and can handle between 4 to 5 tons of weight. The average cost of renting a 30 cubic yard dumpster is about $ 450. 

The 40-cubic-yard dumpster has a dimension of 22 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 8 feet tall and can handle up to 6 tons of weight. The average cost of renting 40 cubic yard dumpsters nationwide is about $500.

  • Location

The distance between your location, the roll-off dumpster rental company’s location, and the location of the disposal site all work together to affect the cost of dumpster rental. Also, the price of diesel and permits contribute to the higher cost of the rental. The farther your location is from the disposal or storage site, the more diesel the dumpster truck will consume, increasing dumpster rental costs.

  • Rental Bundles

Most dumpster rental companies have a standard rental rate, either a flat rate or a variable rate. The flat-rate rental plan adds up all the service costs such as; pickup, delivery, rental, dump fees, taxes, permits, mileage, and administration fees. Also, flat rate charges often have a preset weight limit and trash type. 

On the other hand, variable-rate dumpster rental fees are mainly determined by the customer’s specific requirements. The variable fees are usually calculated after the rental period, and they could cost more or less.

  • Duration Of Rental

The longer the rental period, the higher the cost of roll-off dumpster rental. Most dumpster rental companies set the normal rental period between 7 and 10 days, and extra days often attract daily charges. However, you can request pick up earlier than the set rental duration. If you’ll keep the roll-off dumpster for longer than the set rental period, it’s best to inform the dumpster rental company beforehand so that proper planning can be done. But, keep in mind that some roll-off dumpster rental companies charge customers for a new rental period (7 to 10 days) if the initial rental period is extended. 

  • Weight of Trash

The weight of the trash also affects the cost of dumpster rental. The heavier the trash, the more energy the truck pulling the dumpster will consume. Also, landfills charge based on the material’s type and weight. Though it can be challenging to predict the weight of the trash, take note that most household trash typically weighs between 1 to 2 tons (2,000 to 4,000 pounds). However, some household trash can increase in weight when wet, so you should endeavor to keep the trash covered up, especially during winter. Debris from construction sites such as; roof shingles, dirt, and concrete could weigh up to 3 to 4 tons.

Christopher Stern

Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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