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Dumpster Weight Calculators

Use Our Dumpster Size Calculators to Find the Right Container

It can be difficult to guess how much concrete weighs, let alone shingles and drywall, so we encourage you to call us and let one of our dumpster rental experts help identify the right roll off dumpster for the job. If you're just checking out your options, the dumpster weight calculators below can get you closer to determining the dumpster size you need. Once you know what size you need you can check out dumpster prices in your area.

Our dumpster weight calculators can help you estimate the weight of your construction debris, including:

  • Roofing shingles.
  • Concrete.
  • Plaster.
  • Asphalt.
  • Household waste.

To get started, select the type of material you are throwing away below.

Asphalt & Concrete Weight Calculator Can also be used for brick, dirt, gravel, etc.

How much does a yard of concrete or asphalt weigh?

Asphalt and concrete weights are based on the square footage and thickness of the material. On average, a cubic yard of concrete weighs 4,050 pounds, or 150 pounds per cubic foot. While asphalt is slightly less at 3,960 pounds per cubic yard. Use our asphalt and concrete weight calculator to determine the right dumpster for your project.

How many square feet of debris need to be disposed of? sq ft
What is the approximate thickness? inches

Roof Shingles Weight Calculator

How much does a bundle of shingles weigh?

A bundle of asphalt shingles weighs between 60 and 80 pounds, but this may vary depending on the quality and type of shingle. Generally, three bundles of shingles are enough to cover 1 square of roof (100 square feet), which typically weighs 250 pounds. Use our shingle calculator to estimate the right dumpster size for a roofing job.

What type of shingles? Asphalt
Enter number of squares:
1000 sq ft= 10 sq
OR number of bundles:
How many layers?

Drywall Weight Calculator

How much does drywall weigh?

The weight of drywall/sheetrock/plaster can be calculated using the square footage of debris and the thickness of the plaster itself. A single sheet of 4 foot by 8 foot ½-inch thick drywall weighs close to 50 pounds. Use our drywall weight calculator below to estimate the weight of your drywall and determine the right size dumpster for your job.

How many square feet of debris need to be disposed of? sq ft
What is the thickness of the plaster? (Gypsum or plaster board)

Carpet Weight Calculator

How much does carpet weigh?

Carpet can weigh anywhere from 5 to 20 pounds per square yard, or .5 to 2.2 pounds per square foot. Use the carpet weight calculator below to get a rough estimate of the weight of your carpet. Note: The weight of your carpet will vary based on the material and thickness.

How many square feet of carpet need to be disposed of? sq ft

The Really Big Fine Print:

This calculator is for estimation purposes and is not a guarantee of cost for services. The estimated weight is based on current information from the user about the materials being disposed.

Guidelines on Dumpster Weight Limits

People often assume that they can completely fill up their dumpsters without going over the weight limit. This is a common misconception that can lead to extra rental fees. While your debris may fit within the volume of the container you rent, it is possible for the weight of your debris to exceed the dumpster’s weight limit. For example, to stay within the weight limit, a 20-yard dumpster may only be filled half-way with a heavy material like concrete. The same goes for dirt or roofing shingles.

Avoid Extra Dumpster Weight from Water, Snow and Ice

It is always a good idea to cover the dumpster with a tarp to keep both rain and snow out, especially if you are disposing of mattresses and other absorbent items. Water weight from rain or snow can contribute significantly to your dumpster’s weight and possibly result in additional weight charges. 

Considerations for Bulk Waste

Bulk waste items are significant beyond just their weight. With these items, regulations and disposal costs can vary by location. So if you’re throwing away furniture, appliances or other large items, please make it clear when ordering your dumpster. We’ll let you know what materials we can and can’t take and ensure you’re following all regulations.

Find out more about how to dispose of bulk waste