Learn More About Renting a Dumpster Near You

Before you rent a dumpster for your home or job site, you might have a few questions about using it. Keep reading to learn how long you can keep a dumpster and how much debris you can put in it.  

How Long Can You Rent a Dumpster for?

The typical rental period for a dumpster is 7 to 10 days, but this can vary by location. For short-term dumpster rentals, the time period is typically 3 to 5 days. Whether you need to rent a dumpster for a day or a week, our flexible rental periods will give you plenty of time to complete your project. 

Don’t know how long you need the container for? Call us and we’ll help you figure out how long you'll need your dumpster on-site.

What If I Need My Dumpster for Longer Than a Few Days?

If you need to rent a dumpster for a few weeks or longer, simply ask your service representative about extending your dumpster rental period. 

We offer extensions for long-term projects at flat, daily rates beginning at just $10 a day. Please note that extension rates vary by location, ranging from $10 to $30 a day.  

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How Much Can I Put in a Dumpster Rental?

The amount of debris you can put in your dumpster rental depends on a few factors, including the type of debris, the size of the container and your location. Additionally, each container includes a set weight limit, generally ranging from 1 to 6 tons, that reflects the amount of debris included in your quoted rate. The maximum amount a dumpster can hold is typically 10 tons. 

Use the table below to choose a dumpster that will best fit your project:

Size Typical Exterior Dimensions* Average Included Weight Limit*
10 Yard Dumpster 14 ft long by 7.5 ft wide by 3.5 ft high 1-2 tons
15 Yard Dumpster 16 ft long by 7.5 ft wide by 4.5 ft high 2-3 tons
20 Yard Dumpster 22 ft long by 7.5 ft wide by 4.5 ft high 3-4 tons
30 Yard Dumpster 22 ft long by 7.5 ft wide by 6 ft high 4-5 tons
40 Yard Dumpster 22 ft long by 7.5 ft wide by 8 ft high 5-6 tons
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*Actual dimensions and weight limits vary by location.

What If I Go Over My Weight Limit?

Our dumpster rental pricing is based on the weight limit of your container. If you fill your dumpster over the weight limit stated on your rental terms, you’ll simply pay an overage fee. Overage fees are prorated by ton and vary by location.  

If your dumpster exceeds the maximum weight limit (10 tons in most cases) and cannot be picked up by the truck, you will need to remove the excess materials. Use our weight calculator to help estimate the weight of your debris and avoid overloading your dumpster.