Dumpster Size Calculators

Calculate the Weight of Your Debris to Choose the Right Dumpster

Use the dumpster weight calculators below to estimate the weight of your debris and determine which size construction dumpster is right for your project. When in doubt, give us a call at 844-282-4253. One of our expert team members will help you identify the right dumpster based on the type and amount of debris you’re disposing of.

Concrete and Asphalt Weight Calculator

How Much Does Concrete and Asphalt Weigh?

Solid concrete typically weighs approximately 150 pounds per cubic foot.  However, once it's broken up to toss in a dumpster, a cubic foot of concrete weighs only about 75 pounds, due to the amount of empty space. The weight of concrete is calculated based on the length, width and thickness of the slab. Use the concrete weight calculator and the table below to estimate what size concrete dumpster you need. These dumpsters can also be used to dispose of asphalt, brick, dirt and gravel.

Concrete and Asphalt Weight Calculator  

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

How Much Does Drywall Weigh?

The weight of drywall is calculated based on the square footage and thickness of the walls you’re removing. For instance, one square foot of ½-inch thick drywall weighs approximately 1.6 pounds. Use the drywall calculator and the table below to determine the right dumpster for your construction job.

Drywall Weight Calculator

How many square feet of debris need to be disposed of? sq ft
What is the thickness of the plaster? (Gypsum or plaster board)

Shingles Weight Calculator

How Much Do Shingles Weigh?

Shingles typically weigh about 230 pounds per square – or 100 square feet. Shingles are packed or wrapped in bundles, and one bundle of asphalt shingles typically weighs between 60 and 80 pounds. Cedar shingles, on the other hand, typically weigh between 40 and 80 pounds a bundle. Use the shingles weight calculator and the table below to determine the right roofing dumpster for the job.

Shingles Weight Calculator

What type of shingles? Asphalt
Slate
Enter number of squares:
1000 sq ft= 10 sq
OR number of bundles:
How many layers?

 

Find the Right Size Dumpster for Your Debris Weight

Weight of Debris Recommended Dumpster Size
  • Tons: 2 - 3 
  • Pounds: 4,000 - 6,000
10 Cubic Yards
  • Tons: 2 - 3 
  • Pounds: 4,000 - 6,000
15 Cubic Yards
  • Tons: 3
  • Pounds: 6,000
20 Cubic Yards
  • Tons: 3.5 - 5
  • Pounds: 7,000 - 10,000
30 Cubic Yards
  • Tons: 3.5 - 5
  • Pounds: 7,000 - 10,000
40 Cubic Yards

For more information about our temporary containers, visit our dumpster rental sizes page.

Please note: For concrete, shingles and other heavy debris, you should avoid anything larger than a 20 yard dumpster. Due to their weight, you’ll need to rent multiple dumpsters to ensure your debris can be transported safely and without overage fees.

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Plan Your Project Smarter With Our Dumpster Weight Calculator

Dumpsters.com offers a variety of dumpster sizes to suit nearly any type or amount of debris. Be aware that the weight of your debris can add up fast. So, if you’re unsure which size dumpster will be able to handle it all, use our dumpster size calculators or call 844-282-4253 to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members.

Why Dumpsters Have Weight Limits

Each of our dumpsters is designed to carry a specific amount of waste in order to meet safety regulations and local road weight restrictions. This means that each dumpster size has a weight limit that represents the amount of debris you can place inside it without making it unsafe to haul. Please be aware that if you fill your dumpster past its weight limit, you’ll be charged an overage fee. When you call, your representative will suggest the right size dumpster based on your amount of debris to help you avoid going over the weight limit.

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. 

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