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How Dumpster Weight Limits Work

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How Much Weight Can You Put in a Dumpster?

Weight limits for temporary dumpsters vary based on the type of debris you’re throwing out and the size of the container. Ten tons, or 20,000 pounds, is the max weight that the average dumpster truck can haul, but limits will often fall between two and six tons, or 4,000 and 12,000 pounds, to meet local road safety restrictions. Overfilling your dumpster can result in overage charges, so use this guide to help you find the right size container to avoid exceeding your weight limit.

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What’s the Weight Capacity for Each Dumpster Size?

We provide a generous weight limit for each of our container sizes, allowing you to toss debris from a wide range of projects, from home cleanouts to large-scale remodeling jobs. If you have questions about finding the right dumpster for your project, give us a call.

10 Yard Dumpster

10 Yard Dumpster

How Much Does a 10 Yard Hold?
A 10 yard container typically holds 2-3 tons, or 4,000-6,000 pounds. But if you're getting rid of materials like concrete or brick, you can rent a special heavy debris dumpster with a 10 ton weight limit.

Household Debris Examples:

  • 50-60 13-gallon trash bags
  • 2,500 pounds of loose yard waste
  • 2,500-3,500 square feet of carpeting

Construction Debris Examples:

  • 50-70 4x8-feet sheets of drywall
  • 48-72 bundles of roofing shingles
  • 70-100 square feet of concrete or asphalt
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20 Yard Dumpster

20 Yard Dumpster

How Much Does a 20 Yard Hold?
A 20 yard container typically holds 3 tons, or 6,000 pounds.

Household Debris Examples:

  • 100-120 13-gallon trash bags
  • 3,000-4,200 square feet of carpeting
  • 1,500 square feet of hardwood flooring

Construction Debris Examples:

  • 62-84 4x8-feet sheets of drywall
  • 60-90 bundles of roofing shingles
  • 80-110 square feet of concrete or asphalt
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30 Yard Dumpster

30 Yard Dumpster

How Much Does a 30 Yard Hold?
A 30 yard container typically holds 3.5-5 tons, or 7,000-10,000 pounds.

Household Debris Examples:

  • 150-180 13-gallon trash bags
  • 7,500 pounds of loose yard waste
  • 4,200-6,000 square feet of carpeting

Construction Debris Examples:

  • 84-122 4x8-feet sheets of drywall
  • 90-120 bundles of roofing shingles
  • 1,750-2,500 square feet of hardwood flooring
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40 Yard Dumpster

40 Yard Dumpster

How Much Does a 40 Yard Hold?
A 40 yard container typically holds 5-6 tons, or 10,000-12,000 pounds.

Household Debris Examples:

  • 100-240 13-gallon trash bags
  • 10,000 pounds of loose yard waste
  • 6,000-9,000 square feet of carpeting

Construction Debris Examples:

  • 144-188 4x8-feet sheets of drywall
  • 120-192 bundles of roofing shingles
  • 2,500-3,000 square feet of hardwood flooring
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Exact weight limits may vary by location and type of debris.

How We Price the Weight of Your Dumpster

Weight is a major factor in the price of your dumpster, since landfills charge a fee per ton for dumping. After we pick up your container, your debris is weighed at the landfill and the cost is calculated based on their fee structure.

To make budgeting easier, our flat rate pricing includes disposal costs for a specific weight limit. As long as you don't exceed that limit, this means you’ll know what you’re paying upfront—no need to wait and wonder until your debris gets to the landfill.

FAQs About Dumpster Weight Limits

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How Much Does an Empty Dumpster Weigh?

An empty dumpster weighs between 3,750 and 6,500 pounds, depending on the size of the container. However, the weight of your empty dumpster isn't factored into your weight limit.

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How Is Your Dumpster Weight Measured?

The dumpster is weighed when it enters the landfill and again after the debris is dumped. The difference is then used to determine the weight of the debris and the cost of disposal.

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How Do I Know What My Debris Weighs?

We'll ask questions about what you're tossing to help gauge the weight of your debris. This lets us suggest the right bin size. You can also use our dumpster weight calculators to get an estimate.

We’ll Help You Stick to Your Weight Limit

1. Order the Right Size

We'll help you choose from our range of container sizes to find the best fit for your project, so you won’t have to worry about exceeding your weight limit.

2. Fill It Smartly

Our easy-to-open doors allow you to fill the dumpster evenly and our team will tell you how high to place the type of debris you're tossing so you don’t overload it.

3. Call With Questions

It's our goal help you stay below your weight limit. If you have more debris than you anticipated or questions about specific items, our expert team is just a call away.