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How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Dumpster?

When doing extensive construction work such as a major home addition that creates an excess of garbage, it is usually necessary to rent a dumpster. Dumpsters come in many different sizes and can be rented for any time increment you need. Generally provided by a waste management company, you must also factor in delivery and pickup costs when renting a dumpster.

National Rent a Dumpster Costs

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National Rent a Dumpster Costs
Average reported cost $394
Number of Cost Profiles 1675 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $65
Maximum reported cost $1,000
Most homeowners spent between: $317 to $396

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In most places, leaving construction waste at the curb for pickup with regular garbage is not allowed. Although most of the time trash removal is a regular monthly expense, there are generally strict limits on the materials they will take. Hiring a dumpster can be costly, but it is also much more convenient for you and your contractor.

When construction, renovation, or repair is done on your home and you did not rent a dumpster, your contractor will generally take steps to remove the leftover waste. The negative side is the additional labor costs involved. Odds are it will take your contractor multiple trips to remove the waste, meaning you are largely paying for driving trips back and forth. In addition, most of the time the contractor will have to pay to dump the waste at the removal site--another cost you will be stuck with.

To estimate the costs that go along with renting a dumpster, it is important to first discuss with your contractor the size of the dumpster you will need. Rental costs can jump significantly with dumpster sizes, which are designated in cubic yards. They range in capacity of 10 yards, 15 yards, 20 yards and up to 40 yards for very large jobs. However, if the dumpster you rented fills up before the job is finished, you will have to pay additional costs for removal and replacement.

Another consideration is the length of time the dumpster will be needed. Rental costs are usually based on a daily rate. Ask your contractor for a time frame, so you can get an idea what the dumpster will cost. Compare prices given by the various waste management facilities in your area. Be aware that there may also be increased costs associated with the weight of the dumpster or a tipping cost.

Last updated on Mar 31, 2016

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