How to Dispose of Rocks

Have unwanted rocks and gravel lying around? Learn how to get rid of them with tips from the experts at Budget Dumpster.

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The Complete Guide to Getting Rid of Rocks & Gravel

When starting a landscaping project, you’ll likely come across rocks in your yard, whether they’re buried in the dirt or part of existing hardscaping. We’ll walk you through the easiest and most budget-friendly ways to dispose of rock, from reusing them in a new landscaping project to renting a dumpster.

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7 Ways to Dispose of Extra Gravel and Rock

What’s the best way to get rid of rocks and gravel? Some disposal options cost nothing while others are labor-free. The details below can help you decide which choice is best for you.

Rent a Roll Off Dumpster

Pros: Upfront price and no landfill trips.
Cons: You fill the dumpster.
Cost: Starts at $217 per 10 yard bin.

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Post Rocks Online

Pros: No cost to you.
Cons: You may have to deliver them.
Cost: Free.

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Leave a “Free” Sign Out

Pros: You don’t have to haul rocks.
Cons: Pickup time is up to the buyer.
Cost: Free.

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Give to a Landscape Supplier

Pros: You get rid of your rocks and repurpose them.
Cons: You’ll have to haul them to the landscaper.
Cost: Free.

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Reuse in Your Landscaping

Pros: Environmentally friendly (reduce, reuse, recycle!).
Cons: Rocks don’t leave your home.
Cost: Free.

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Hire a Junk Removal Company

Pros: They’ll do the heavy lifting.
Cons: You’ll have to pay per trip.
Cost: Starts at $450 per truckload.

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Dump Them Yourself

Pros: You can work at your own pace.
Cons: Might take several trips to the landfill.
Cost: Starts at $37 per ton.

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Rock Disposal Options

1. Rent a Roll Off Dumpster

Renting a dumpster is an easy and efficient way to dispose of rock and gravel. You can load a roll off dumpster with up to 10 tons of material at once, while a full-size pickup truck can only hold about 1 ton. So if you have a large amount of debris to get rid of, this is the way to go.

Please know that if you’re getting rid of heavy materials like rocks, a 10 yard roll off dumpster is probably your best option. Bigger containers may weigh too much to safely haul once they’re full of heavy rocks. Simply schedule your dumpster rental online, set a delivery date and load your rocks at your own pace. The best part? You won’t have to worry about making any trips to the landfill.

Dumpster Filled With Rocks


Things to Consider

You get an upfront, flat rate before your dumpster arrives.

Best for large amounts of debris.

Lengthy rental periods make it easy to work at your own pace.

You will need to load your own materials.

You have a set rock disposal schedule.

Dumpster sizes and weight limits can vary depending on your location.

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2. Post Rocks Online

An easy and free way to get rid of rocks is to post them to an online classifieds site. List your rocks and gravel for free and have someone pick them up, or post a delivery fee for extra cash in your pocket. You can create a digital listing on most sites. But for online forums, like Reddit, you’ll need to go to your city’s Subreddit to advertise your materials locally.

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Things to Consider

Free rock disposal option.

Isn't a guaranteed removal option.

Allows for gravel and rock recycling.

Not ideal for large amounts of debris.

Can make money by charging a delivery fee.

Debris removal time depends on the buyer.

3. Leave a "Free" Sign Out

Leave your rocks outside your home in an easily accessible spot with a “Free” sign for your neighbors and other passersby to grab. If you’re part of a homeowners association, check that you are allowed to leave a sign and debris outside first.

Free Sign on Pile of Rocks in Front Yard


Things to Consider

Free rock disposal option.

Isn't a guaranteed removal option.

Very little extra work involved.

Leaves debris sitting out indefinitely.

Allows people to recycle your rocks.

Takes up space in your front yard.

4. Take Them to a Landscape Supplier

If your rocks are clean and in good shape, you may be able to dispose of them through a local landscaper or landscaping supply store. Depending on the quantity and quality of your materials, this can be a great way to dispose of rocks cheaply or for free and repurpose them. If your local landscaper charges a fee for rock recycling, you can also donate them to a local charity, like a Habitat for Humanity ReStore.


Things to Consider

Inexpensive or free rock disposal option.

You’ll have to haul your rocks there.

You repurpose rocks without keeping them in your yard.

You may have to clean your rocks and gravel.

If given to a charity, your donation may be tax deductible.

Best for a smaller amount of rocks.

5. Reuse Them for Your Own Landscaping

A great way to repurpose unwanted debris is to reuse rocks and gravel in your own landscaping. Recycling rocks gets heavy debris out of the way and transforms it into a new garden feature.

Ways to Repurpose Rocks in Your Yard

Looking to put your old landscaping materials to good use? Recycling is a great way to do it. Here are a few creative (and free!) ways to dispose of rocks and gravel.

By repurposing your rocks, you’ll save on both disposal and new project costs.

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Things to Consider

You don’t have to pay for disposal.

You aren’t actually getting rid of rocks and gravel.

You’re recycling rocks and gravel.

You may have more debris than you need for reuse.

Repurposed rocks and gravel keep new landscaping project costs low.

The rocks you remove may not be ideal for the project you’re considering.

6. Hire a Junk Removal Company

Hiring a junk removal company is another way to get rid of rocks and gravel. They’ll come to you on a date that works for your disposal timeline and haul the heavy debris away so you keep your hands clean. However, you’ll have to pay per trip. Rocks are heavy, and sometimes the company can’t fit as many rocks in their truck as they thought. Often the quoted price may change once they arrive on-site and see your debris in person. If you have a lot of rocks to get rid of, it may become a costly option.


Things to Consider

Heavy lifting is done for you.

Price may increase upon arrival.

You can schedule disposal on your timeline.

Must be present for debris pickup.

You don’t have to go to the landfill.

There may be a limit to how much debris you can dispose of.

7. Dump the Rocks Yourself

Lastly, you can dispose of rocks and gravel at a landfill near you. Just make sure your local facility is open to the public and will take your heavy debris. Some county landfills offer free dump days a few times a year. Keep in mind, you’ll need a truck and some help from friends and family to load your materials and haul them to the dump. Depending on how much rock and gravel you have, this could take multiple trips.

Pickup Truck Bed Filled With Rocks


Things to Consider

Low-cost disposal option for small amounts of rock.

You need a truck to transport your materials.

You can work at your own pace.

It might take multiple trips.

Landfill may be far away.

How Much Does Rock Removal Cost?

The average cost of rock and gravel disposal depends on the amount of debris you need to get rid of. Typically, the less rock you have, the lower the cost.

If you have a lot of heavy debris, consider renting a roll off dumpster or hiring a junk removal company.

  • A junk removal service usually costs between $450 and $650 to get rid of a full truckload of debris.
  • In contrast, a 10 yard dumpster rental can usually haul up to 10 tons of rocks and gravel at an average cost of $410.

There are also several free options for disposing of rock. But keep in mind these disposal methods will require some heavy lifting on your part.

Costs of Various Rock Disposal Methods

Disposal Option


Average Cost

Rent a Dumpster

Per 10 yard dumpster


Post Rocks Online

Per ton


Leave a “Free” Sign Out

Per ton


Take Rocks to a Landscape Supplier

Per ton


Reuse Rocks in Your Own Landscaping

Per ton


Hire a Junk Removal Company

Per truckload


Dump the Rocks Yourself

Per ton


*These disposal options may require you to pay for gas.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Rock Disposal

What dumpster size is best for rock disposal?

Where can I dump rocks?

Can I recycle landscaping rocks?

Can I mix other items with rocks in a roll off dumpster?

Can I put rock and gravel in my garbage can?

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