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How to Dispose of Roof Shingles

How to Dispose of Shingles

Replacing your roof is a big job. You need to think through everything from buying new shingles to finding a way to dispose of roofing material. Make your project a little easier by choosing the right roof shingle disposal service for your project, whether that’s renting a dumpster or recycling your roof shingles. 

Types of Roofing Shingles and Tiles

When deciding on a roof shingle disposal service, make sure you know what type of shingle you are getting rid of and confirm that it is accepted by your disposal service. Types of roof shingles and tiles include:

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Slate shingles
  • Wood shingles
  • Clay tiles
  • Concrete tiles


Asphalt shingles are the most common for residential properties. Additional roofing materials include felt paper, wood, underlayment, roofing gravel and flashing and trim.

Disposal Options

Roof Shingle Disposal Options  

When deciding what to do with old shingles, consider the amount of roofing debris you have and who will be doing the work. Then, choose the roofing disposal option that best suits your needs.

Dumpster Full of Shingles

1. Rent a Dumpster

When it comes to roof shingle disposal, one of the simplest ways to get rid of your debris is to rent a roll off dumpster. A dumpster rental accepts all types of roofing materials, shingles and tiles. You can rent the container for the entire length of your project, so there's no rush to load up your shingles. You also won’t have to make multiple trips to the local landfill, saving you and your contractor more time and money. 

Benefits Things to Consider
  • Find the right size dumpster to dispose of all your roofing materials. 
  • Rent the bin for the length of your roofing project. 
  • Each container holds more than four pickup truck loads of debris. 
  • Dumpsters are easy for roofing contractors to work with. 
  • Disposal regulations vary based on location. Speak to an expert to find out what type of materials are accepted in your area. 

Truck to Haul Shingles to Dump

2. Haul Shingles to Landfill for Disposal 

You can haul asphalt shingles and other materials to a local landfill for disposal. Simply fill a pickup truck with the debris and unload it at the landfill. You’ll need to pay fees based on the weight and type of debris, which can vary by location and facility. Depending on the size of the project, this may require multiple trips.

Benefits Things to Consider
  • Low-cost disposal option. 
  • Let’s you complete your disposal the DIY way. 
  • You will need to make several trips to the landfill. 
  • Truck beds only hold a small amount of debris. 
  • Trips to the dump will add time to your project. 
  • Not always an option when you are hiring a contractor to complete your roofing project.  

Disposal Costs

How Much Does Shingle Disposal Cost? 

The cost of disposing of your shingles depends on the size of your project, as well as the amount and weight of your roofing debris. The most common dumpster size for a residential roof replacement is a 20 cubic yard dumpster, which costs an average of $415 and typically includes a 3-4 ton weight limit. This allows for a mix of shingles and roofing materials. If you have enough shingles to fill a 20 yard dumpster without other materials, call us to discuss your options. 

You can get a better estimate of the cost of disposing of your shingles by calculating their total weight. Use the calculator below to estimate the weight of your roofing debris and determine the size and number of dumpsters you will need. 

What type of shingles? Asphalt
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1000 sq ft= 10 sq
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How Much Does a New Roof Cost?

The cost of replacing your roof depends on the size of your home, the roofing materials you choose and who is completing the work. The cost to completing a DIY installation of asphalt roofing shingles can range from $680 to $3,700 while professional installation of asphalt shingles can cost between $1,700 and $8,400.

Recycling Options

Options for Recycling Roof Shingles

Looking for an environmentally friendly way to get rid of your roofing materials? Depending on the type of shingles you have, you may be able to recycle them. 

How to Recycle Asphalt Shingles

Truck to Haul Shingles to Dump

If you are pulling up asphalt shingles, you can chose a shingle recycler to help you get rid of them. Asphalt shingles are recycled into asphalt used to make pavement. Most other types of shingles or tiles cannot be recycled in this manner. 

To find a shingle recycling service near you, visit Depending on the service, the recycler may bring you a container to collect the shingles, or require you to drop them off. Shingle recycling is not available in all areas. 

Important Note: If you choose to recycle your shingles, you will still need to dispose of other roofing materials, including felt paper, wood and roof gravel. Call us for a free quote.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Shingle Disposal


What is a square of shingles?

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A square of shingles is the quantity of shingles needed to cover 100 square feet of roof. For example, a 2,000-square-foot roof is equal to 20 squares of shingles.


How do I pick the right dumpster for my roofing project?

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  • Determine how many squares of shingles you’re disposing of.
  • Consider the type of shingle and calculate the number of tons you’re disposing.
  • One square of three-tab shingles weighs 230-250 pounds.
  • One square of architectural shingles weighs 400-430 pounds.

Use the chart below to estimate the size and number of roofing dumpster rentals you will need for shingle removal considering the type of shingles and the size of the roof. Note that in most service areas we can only dispose of shingles in 10 or 20 cubic yard dumpsters.

For Three-Tab Shingles:

Number of Squares Approximate
Square Feet
Dumpster Size*
10-20 squares 1,000-2,000 square feet 10-15 cubic yard dumpster
20-40 squares 2,000-4,000 square feet 15-20 cubic yard dumpster
40-60 squares 4,000-6,000 square feet 20 cubic yard dumpster
60-80 squares 6,000-8,000 square feet Two 20 cubic yard dumpsters

For Architectural Shingles:

Number of Squares Approximate
Square Feet
Dumpster Size*
10-20 squares 1,000-2,000 square feet 10-15 cubic yard dumpster
20-40 squares 2,000-4,000 square feet 15-20 cubic yard dumpster
40-60 squares 4,000-6,000 square feet 20 cubic yard dumpster
60-80 squares 6,000-8,000 square feet Two 20 cubic yard dumpsters

* These are rough approximations of the sizes needed for safe shingle disposal. For a more accurate estimation, call us and we'll ensure you get the right size for your specific project.


Do I need to separate out other roofing materials before disposal?

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This depends on how you're disposing of your shingles. Most dumpster rentals will allow you to get rid of all roofing materials, including tar paper, wood, roofing gravel, nails, flashing and trim, while a shingle recycler may only allow for shingles and nails.


Are there any DIY roofing safety tips I should keep in mind?

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Roofing jobs are difficult and dangerous. Consider hiring a professional to complete any serious roofing jobs. Avoid injuries and accidents with these roofing safety tips:

  • Wear appropriate footwear, such as steel-toed boots.   
  • Do not climb on the roof alone. 
  • Install toe holds on the roof to maintain traction.
  • Wear a safety harness while climbing on the roof. 
  • Work slowly and carefully. 
  • Do not work on the roof in bad weather. 

How do I know if I need a new roof?

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If your roof is more than 20 years old, it should be replaced. Other signs you need a new roof include:

  • Curling shingles.
  • Missing or damaged shingles.
  • Leaks in the attic or ceiling.

If you are concerned, you can hire a professional to examine the condition of your roof and help you decide if it needs replaced. Also, you can extend the life of your roof by performing regular roof maintenance,  like cleaning your gutters and trimming overhanging branches.


How do I know what type of shingle to install?

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The right type of shingle for you depends on your budget, home and location. If you live in an area that is predisposed to hurricanes or wildfires, consider a shingle that has good wind resistance or has an excellent fire rating. Learn more about choosing the right shingle for your home on our blog. 


How much do shingles weigh?

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The weight of shingles varies on the type of shingles on your roof. A square of shingles, or 100 square feet of shingles, weighs:

  • 230-250 pounds for three-tab asphalt shingles.
  • 400-430 pounds for architectural asphalt shingles.
  • 800-1,000 pounds for slate shingles.

Call 877-220-6380 to find the right dumpster for your project or get a quote online

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