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Use Our Dumpster Weight Chart To Find the Best Size

Each of our dumpster sizes has a weight limit that represents the amount of debris we can haul on the road. These limits help us comply with safety regulations, and they also allow us to offer all-inclusive pricing. Since landfills charge by the ton for disposal, we include a specific weight limit within our flat-rate prices so you’ll know the cost upfront, without having to wait until your debris is weighed.

Please be aware that if you fill your dumpster past its weight limit, overage fees may apply. Our team will give you advice to avoid going over the limit, and you can always rent additional containers or schedule an empty-and-return if you end up with more debris than expected.

Weight of Debris Recommended Dumpster Size
4,000 - 6,000 Pounds10 Cubic Yards
4,000 - 6,000 Pounds15 Cubic Yards
6,000 Pounds20 Cubic Yards
7,000 - 10,000 Pounds30 Cubic Yards
10,000-12,00040 Cubic Yards

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How Many Dumpsters Do I Need?

Some debris types, like concrete, are so heavy they can’t be hauled in anything larger than a 20 yard container. In cases like these, you may need to rent multiple containers. Check the chart below to estimate how many dumpsters you’ll need for your upcoming project.

Curious how your debris is weighed? After pickup, the driver will haul your dumpster to the landfill where a scale will measure the total weight of the dumpster, truck and debris. After emptying the dumpster, the truck stops at a second scale to be weighed empty. The exact weight of your debris is determined by taking the difference between these two scale readings.

Debris TypeAmountNumber of Dumpsters Recommended
Architectural Shingles40-60 squares(2) 20 yard roofing dumpsters
Three-tab Shingles60-80 squares(2) 20 yard roofing dumpsters
Architectural Shingles60-80 squares(3) 20 yard roofing dumpsters
Heavy Debris
*Concrete, Brick, Block, Dirt, Asphalt
10-20 tons(2) Heavy debris dumpsters
Heavy Debris
*Concrete, Brick, Block, Dirt, Asphalt
Over 20 tonsAsk our team.
*Accepted debris types and weight limits vary by location.