How Much Concrete Can You Put In A Dumpster?

December 14, 2023

If you are looking at a dumpster rental for concrete disposal, there are a few important questions you should consider. Dumpster rentals are one of the best ways to dispose of concrete. But, if you rent just any size and start filling it with concrete, you could end up with very high costs and a lot of unnecessary work.

At Trash Daddy Dumpsters, we are dumpster rental experts. We have been in the waste management and roll off dumpster industry for over 15 years. Keep reading for more information on how to minimize your costs and potential headaches when dealing with concrete dumpsters.

What size dumpster do you need to rent for concrete?

One of the most important factors to consider when removing concrete is what size to choose. Choosing the wrong size could result in more fees and a lot more work for you. The good news is many haulers will tell you what size to use for concrete removal. But, this is assuming you tell them you plan to remove concrete.

10 yard dumpster for concrete removal

When renting a dumpster for concrete, you always want to choose a smaller size like a 10 yard or 12 yard. The reason for this is because of the weight. If you rent a larger size and you fill it more than half way, it will very likely make it too heavy for the truck to lift. This will result in more fees for you (dry run or overweight fees) and more work to offload the extra material. You can avoid these headaches from the start by renting a smaller size.

How much concrete can you put in a dumpster?

One cubic yard of concrete weighs approximately 2,000 pounds (1 ton). The maximum amount of concrete you should load into any dumpster is about 8 tons, or 16,000 pounds. That is roughly 3 to 4 pickup truck loads of concrete.

This explains why choosing the right size is so important. If you choose a 10 yard or 12 yard and you have concrete in small chunks, you can fill that almost completely full with concrete. But if choose a larger size, like a 20 yard, that size has a capacity of around 8 to 10 pickup truck loads of debris. That means that you can only fill it about half full. If you fill it more than that, the dumpster will most likely be too heavy to pickup, which will result in dry run fees. Not to mention the hassle of having to offload a significant amount of concrete so that the driver can come back and haul it away.

Break up the concrete into smaller chunks

It's best to break up concrete as much as possible before loading it into a dumpster. The main reason for this is to get the most value out of your dumpster rental. But, another reason is to make it easier to load. If you put concrete in a dumpster in large solid pieces, there will be more spaces and air gaps between the material. That is space that is not being used. Concrete broken up in smaller chunks has less gaps and spaces, which means you can fit more concrete and other debris in the dumpster.

Have questions related to disposal of heavy material?

12 yard residential dumpster rental

At Trash Daddy Dumpsters, we have been in the roll off dumpster and trash industry for over 15 years. We have seen it all when it comes to debris removal. If you need any help or have any questions related to concrete removal, or any other material, we are happy to help. Just reach out to us. You can call us at (888) 970-2144, or see our contact page for live chat or email.

Just remember the 2 most important things when it comes to concrete removal: (1) choose the right size like a 10 yard or 12 yard, and (2) don't fill any size more than 16,000 pounds, or 8 tons. If you follow these two tips it will save you money and keep you from having to offload the dumpster. 👍 Thanks for reading!