Dumpster Weight Calculators for Common Construction Debris 

Use Our Dumpster Size Calculators to Find the Right Container

Estimating the weight of your construction and demolition debris is essential to finding the right dumpster for the job. Use our weight calculators to find a dumpster with the right volume and weight capacity for your specific type of debris, including:

  • Concrete 
  • Asphalt
  • Roofing Shingles
  • Drywall
  • Plaster
  • Carpet

Why Your Dumpster’s Weight Limit Matters

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, a 20 yard dumpster may only be filled halfway with a heavy material, such as concrete or dirt. Exceeding the maximum weight limit may result in additional charges. Therefore, always consider both the type and weight of your materials when choosing a dumpster size.  

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

How much does a yard of concrete or asphalt weigh?

Concrete and asphalt weights are based on the square footage and thickness of the material. On average, a cubic yard of solid concrete weighs 4,050 pounds (~2 tons), or 150 pounds per cubic foot. Solid asphalt weighs slightly less at 3,960 pounds per cubic yard. 

However, broken concrete and asphalt weighs closer to 2,025 pounds (~1 ton) per cubic yard, or 75 pounds per cubic foot, when disposed of in a dumpster due to the amount of empty space. When disposing of either material, use our concrete weight calculator to determine the right dumpster for asphalt and concrete disposal.

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

Roof Shingle Weight Calculator

How much does a bundle of shingles weigh?

A bundle of three-tab 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 can weigh anywhere from 180 to 240 pounds. Use our shingle weight calculator to see what dumpster size you need for a roof tear-off or removal.

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 and plaster can be calculated using the square footage of debris and the thickness of the material. 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

How to Use Our Dumpster Calculators

To use our calculators, simply fill in the fields with the relevant information and click “Estimate My Weight.” You’ll then see an estimated weight value for your debris displayed in both pounds and tons. Use this estimate to help determine the right dumpster size with a weight limit within range of the total weight of your materials. Call us at 1-866-284-6164 for more help finding the right dumpster for your project.


Disclaimer: How Should I Use the Information From the Dumpster Calculators?

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


How Much Does an Empty Dumpster Weigh?

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The weight of a dumpster varies depending on the size of the container, but it is not a factor in determining weight limits or disposal costs. 


How Can I Avoid Extra Dumpster Weight From Water, Snow and Ice?

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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. 


How Can I Keep Bulk Waste From Putting Me Over My Weight Limit?

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Bulk waste items are significant beyond just their weight. With these items, regulations and disposal costs can vary by location. 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.