Dumpster rentals are extremely essential during home or commercial building construction or renovation. Dumpsters come in various sizes, hold different capacities of materials, and are suitable for different types of jobs. At Dumposaurus Dumpsters & Rolloff Rental, there are different types of dumpster sizes for residential and commercial use. If you require a dumpster for small-scale cleaning or home renovations, you should consider renting the smallest dumpster.

Renting the smallest size dumpster is a safe, cost-effective, and convenient way of disposing of renovation debris, household items, and more. When you rent a dumpster, the rental company will deliver the dumpster to your home and have it picked up when it’s filled after some days, usually a week. The cost of renting the smallest size dumpster varies depending on some factors, but it generally ranges between $150 to $350 per week.

Factors That Influence The Price Of Renting The Smallest Dumpster


Location affects the cost of area disposal fees, cost of fuel, the distance of your home from the disposal site and the dumpster rental company, and the regulations guiding recycling and sorting in your location. For instance, the cost of fuel in Austin, Texas, ranges between $3 to $4, while in California, the average fuel cost ranges between $5 to $6. With the difference in cost in these two states, the cost of renting the smallest dumpster will differ.

Rental Period

The standard dumpster rental period is between 7 to 10 days. At the end of the rental period, the company will pick up the filled dumpster. However, an early pick-up date can be scheduled but extra days usually attract more cost. If you request additional days, some companies charge daily fees for the extended days while others will have their clients pay for a full rental period. Endeavor to make inquiries about late-return fees to help plan ahead. Also, ask about the daily rental cost and the weekly costs.

Type of Debris/Trash

The cost of dumpster rental is also affected by the type of trash to be disposed of. Some types of trash, such as mattresses, tires, appliances, and other dangerous materials (solvents, pesticides, and paints), are more difficult to dispose of. Due to this, each local government charges different fees from dumpster rental companies for various types of trash. Hence, the dumpster rental companies also transfer the cost down to their clients. To further clarify the cost of disposing of several types of trash, ensure to ask your dumpster rental company for the list of acceptable and unacceptable materials and the price range for each type of garbage.

Here are some types of acceptable trash;

  • Roofing materials; Slate shingles, roof vents, asphalt shingles, underlayment, and flashing
  • Yard trash; Trees, shrubs, dirt, leaves, and bushes
  • Residential waste; furniture, household debris, and general waste.

Weight of Trash

In general, if you fill the smallest size dumpster with household materials, the weight of trash should range between 1 to 2 tons. However, expect some level of variation depending on the type of material. If the dumpster is filled with concrete and debris, it could weigh more and incur more costs. Also, some types of materials such as wood and leaves weigh less when they’re dry and cost less but when those materials become wet, they become weightier. Thus, if you’re trashing such materials, make a conscious effort to keep them dry.


Dumpster availability varies depending on the demand rate. The higher the demand for the smallest dumpster, the more expensive the rental cost. In most cases, the summer period is when people have time to attend to long-pending home renovation projects and cleaning. For this reason, several people book dumpster rental in this period of the year which in turn leads to a higher cost of dumpster rental.

In addition, extreme weather such as tornadoes, snowstorms, hurricanes, and others often cause homeowners to rent small dumpsters to clear up the dirt and snow caused by the extreme weather. During these periods, the cost of renting the smallest dumpster increases.

Type of Dumpster Rental Company

There are various types of dumpster rental companies and each of them has its mode of operation and service fee. 

Local rental companies: They’re owned by individuals or family-owned and they usually charge lower prices. This type of company may not have large-size dumpsters. However, they often offer small-size dumpsters at affordable prices.

Large scale companies; These companies operate on a larger scale and can offer various sizes of dumpsters. However, you might be charged a little higher compared to the local company for renting small dumpsters and other dumpsters.

Middlemen; The middlemen don’t own a dumpster rental company; they mainly collect bookings and outsource to either local or large-scale dumpster rental companies. The cost of renting the smallest dumpster through middlemen is usually higher.


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