2021 Waste Management Dumpster Rental Review

Bottom line: Waste Management’s dumpster rental service is a solid option for those looking to get rid of a lot of waste—but we suggest you shop around to make sure you get the best rate.
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Jamie Mortensen
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Published on December 22, 2020
5 min read
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How Waste Management is handling Covid-19

Waste Management is still offering junk removal. However, it has limited or delayed its services in some locations—check the company's status page for more information about your area.

Need to break down a lot of boxes, tear out that old treehouse, or toss the debris from your kitchen demo? You need a dumpster—and Waste Management can help you get the job done. Its service is reliable and its pricing transparent. However, it may not offer as good a rate as its competitors or your friendly local dumpster rental company.

If you’re willing to pay a little bit extra for a dumpster delivery service that’s up front with you, Waste Management fits the bill.

Pro Heading
Pro Bullet Transparent pricing
Pro Bullet Rental time extensions
Pro Bullet Good customer service
Con Heading
Con Bullet Higher prices than some local haulers

See how Waste Management compares to similar services on our Best Junk Removal Companies list.

How much does a Waste Management dumpster rental cost?

In general, Waste Management’s dumpster rentals are more expensive than other junk removal companies. The average dumpster rental cost is around $350 for a 20-yard dumpster and about $50 more for every 10 additional yards.

Waste Management gave us a range of quotes around and above that average for different locations across the US. For a job in Illinois, Waste Management offered us a 20-yard dumpster for $353. In Arizona, that same dumpster would have cost us $509. (Those rates included 5–7 days of use and 2–4 tons of junk.)

In summary: how much you pay will depend on where you’re renting your dumpster, how many other people are renting dumpsters in your area (you may end up spending more when everyone is doing their spring cleaning), and any added fees.

What about extra fees?

Like other dumpster rental companies, Waste Management may tack extra fees onto your rental price for any of the following: (1) ordering over the phone, (2) keeping your dumpster for more than the contracted number of days, (3) placing prohibited items in your dumpster, or (4) loading too much weight into your dumpster.

The exact fee amounts will be clearly listed when you make your reservation online. For example, that 20-yard dumpster we researched would cost us $13.27 per additional day and $54.97 per additional ton.

So how do you avoid paying these additional fees?

Order your dumpster online

There is a slight price hike when you order a dumpster over the phone, so we recommend booking online.

Stay within your allotted time

You’ll pay extra for every day you keep your dumpster past your scheduled window. The time limit varies by location. Our Illinois rental included five days at the base cost, while our Arizona rental came with seven days.

Pro tip

If Waste Management’s pickup service isn’t available on the final day of your rental period, you’ll be charged extra for pickup the next day.

The secret here is to call Waste Management as soon as you know when your dumpster will be packed and ready. This way you can be sure it’s picked up on time and avoid those pesky fees.

Keep prohibited materials out

If the haulers inspect your dumpster and find any prohibited materials, they’ll drive away without the dumpster and you’ll be charged for another day. You’ll also have to get that debris out before Waste Management will pick it up.

We’ll dive into more details on this below.

Watch your debris weight

Ever heard the phrase, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”? When it comes to adding debris to your dumpster, Waste Management takes that idea seriously. You’ll be charged more if you exceed the weight limit for your dumpster.

Pro tip: not all same-sized dumpsters have the same weight limit.

Remember those 20-yard dumpster rentals we researched in Illinois and Arizona? The dumpster in Illinois had a limit of four tons at no extra charge, while the Arizona dumpster was limited to two tons.

Bulky waste and heavy waste aren’t always the same thing, so make sure to look up an estimate of how much that construction debris weighs.

Getting a Waste Management quote

To start the dumpster rental process, enter the address where you need a dumpster on Waste Management’s website. You’ll get a list of size options available in your area, and you can select your drop-off and pick-up dates and book your dumpster right away.

Waste Management’s features and services

Waste Management offers temporary dumpsters for residential renovation and remodeling projects. The company will drop off and pick up your dumpster, and you can choose a size based on how much debris you expect to have.

So how much dumpster space will you need?

Waste Management dumpster sizes

Most Waste Management locations have dumpsters ranging from 20 yards to 40 yards in size, though availability can differ between locations. For example, some locations across the US have only 20-yard and 30-yard dumpsters available—but those sizes should provide plenty of space for a residential project.

When choosing a dumpster size, it’s wise to go a little bigger than what you think you’ll need. Paying for one 40-yard dumpster is cheaper than miscalculating how much can fit in a 20-yard dumpster and then paying for two of them.

Compare Waste Management dumpsters

Dumpster size

Pickup truck loads




How much debris can it hold?

Home cleanouts; small remodels; deck or patio projects

Large home remodel or cleanout; small construction or demolition project

Commercial projects; large demolition, construction, and home cleanout projects; major renovations

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What you can (and can’t) put in your dumpster

So what does Waste Management prohibit in its dumpsters?

  • Batteries
  • Appliances
  • Tires
  • Hazardous materials
  • Wet paint
  • Liquids
  • Asbestos
  • Medical waste

Have a designated spot to put all your non-dumpster-friendly materials. If most of your junk falls into this category, you can drive it to the dump yourself or hire a junk removal service to take care of it for you.

Here’s a list of things that are usually allowed in your temporary dumpster, though there are special restrictions for smaller dumpsters:

  • Recyclable materials
  • Scrap metal
  • Shingles
  • Concrete
  • Construction materials
  • Wood
  • Landscaping materials
  • Sand, dirt, etc.

What to expect when you rent a dumpster

Your Waste Management dumpster should arrive on your scheduled drop-off day between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. If you’re worried about the dumpster scratching your driveway or tearing up your lawn, you can set out pieces of plywood, and the delivery truck will put the dumpster down on top of them.

From there, you have a set number of days to get all of your debris into the dumpster and schedule a pickup without incurring extra fees. Make sure you check your rental agreement so you know how quickly to wrap up your demo or move.

Heads Up
But don’t rush

Remember to haul your junk to the dumpster in manageable pieces and lift with your legs. It can take several days to recover from a thrown-out back.

Do I need a permit for a temporary dumpster rental?

You don’t need a permit if you have the haulers drop your dumpster off in your driveway.

For dumpster storage on most public streets, however, you will need a permit. You can usually download the required paperwork from your city’s official website. In some cases, you can call your city government’s office directly. You’ll need to have your dumpster info ready: when, where, and for how long.

To ensure you don’t hit any permitting snags, start the process two weeks before your dumpster is scheduled to arrive. Most cities can approve permits quickly (within a few days), but you don’t want to get cited for not having a permit that is still being processed.

Our take

If you’re not worried about price and if Waste Management has the size of dumpster you need on the days you need it, we think it’s a solid option.

If you’re on a budget, though, look at other dumpster services to compare rates. You might find a lower price with a local company. You’re already taking on your own construction, remodel, or demolition—don’t let dumpster rental add to your stress.

Ready to dump some junk?

See which Waste Management dumpster sizes are available for your home improvement project.

Have a great tip for renting or filling a dumpster? Let us know in the comments below.

Jamie Mortensen
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