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How High Can You Fill A Dumpster Rental?

Last Updated: April 12, 2024

How High Can You Fill A Dumpster Rental?

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Overfilling your rental dumpster can lead to many issues, not just for you, but for your rental company, landfill, and community. Let’s go over some ways that an overfilled dumpster can be a hazard. Also, let's understand the importance of knowing high to fill a dumpster rental.

Transportation Issues

An overfilled dumpster causes hazards on the way to and from the landfill. Any flying debris puts your community at risk during transportation. Therefore, haulers do not transport dumpsters that are filled over the top.

Extra Complications for You and Your Neighbors

When you overfill your dumpster rental, you’re making pickup more complicated for yourself. For example, if haulers see that your dumpster is overfilled, they won’t transport it. They will have to leave your dumpster on your property until you can solve your overfill problem.

This causes issues for you and your neighbors, since you will want things done efficiently.

How High Can You Fill a Dumpster Rental?

A good rule of thumb to follow in knowing how high to fill a dumpster rental is to not go over the top. Let’s look at five main sizes to get an idea of how high you can fill them.

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10 Yard Dumpster

A 10-yard dumpster is ideal for smaller projects, like a garage cleanout or redoing some windows and siding. The 10-yard dumpster is typically about 4 feet tall.

With a dumpster this size, you can take advantage of the space by rearranging and tossing your waste in a strategic way. You still want to be cognizant of the weight of your items.

You don’t have to know the exact weight of your waste, since weight limits are pretty generous, but we recommend not tossing concrete in there (there are different dumpsters, called inert dumpsters, for something like that).

15 Yard Dumpster

The next smallest size is a 15-yard dumpster, ideal for small-to-medium-sized home projects. Ideal for cleaning out an attic or basement or a major landscaping project.

This dumpster is a little taller and therefore can hold slightly bigger waste, but if you’ve got multiple couches to toss, we recommend a bigger dumpster.

Even with these smaller dumpsters that might be for two or three small pieces of furniture, make sure that nothing is dangling over the edge or can be blown off the top.

20 Yard Dumpster

A 20-yard dumpster is a very popular option. It’s still rather short, but it is long and wide and can be used for bigger projects, like cleaning for moving or small commercial projects.

These dumpsters sit at 4 feet tall, but you’d be able to get rid of a lot of things if you plan strategically how to toss them. Old lawn furniture, old cabinets, and old lighting fixtures can all be tossed in here.

30 Yard Dumpster

A 30-yard dumpster is one huge container, coming in at 6 feet tall. This dumpster is ideal for commercial AND demolition projects with lots of waste. You could also completely renovate a 2,000 sq-ft home with this one.

However, we still recommend not throwing extremely heavy materials in here. This dumpster is built to take a lot of weight, but 30 cubic yards of concrete will surely put it over the limit.

40 Yard Dumpster

Similar to the 30-yard, a 40-yard dumpster can use this for your largest waste removal projects. These dumpsters sit at 8 feet tall and have a door for easy load in.

As with the 30-yard, we warn to keep an eye on the weight of the waste you’re tossing. Haulers can only pull so much, and if it’s too heavy for machinery to lift, they won’t be able to get it to the landfill.

What are the Costs of Overfilling a Dumpster?

At the landfill, an overfilled dumpster incurs more fees that get charged to us, and then to you. Dumpsters at the landfill have a weight limit that is taken to account when you rent your roll off. The weight at a landfill is calculated by tonnage, and if your dumpster is overweight, you might get charged more fees than if you had rented a larger dumpster in the first place.

Also, if haulers are not able to pick up your dumpster, you will be charged a fee for the time to come back to pick it up. Normally transportation is fully included in the price of your rental, but return trips will end up costing you extra.

On average, you can expect an overweight charge of $50-$100 per ton, but this may very depending on your location.

Reliable Dumpster Rentals with No Hidden Fees

When you rent with Discount Dumpster, we’ll be sure to go over any potential overage costs with you. Our experts will chat with you about your project and type of waste so we can set you up with a rental that gives you exactly what you need at the price you need.

Give us a call today to get started on your free quote!

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