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This is an Expert’s guide to 40 yard dumpsters.

40 yard dumpsters, also known as roll off dumpsters, can be an indispensable tool in a variety of construction, home renovation and DIY projects.

Whether you are remodeling your bathroom or building a deck, investing in the right size roll off container is the key to making sure your job runs smoothly.

In this guide we will help you understand dumpster rentals, the different roll off dumpster sizes and provide tips for using roll off dumpsters in Kansas City.

What Projects are a 40 Yard Dumpster Good for?

The Dumpster is great for both residential and commercial jobs.

  • Full Home projects and remodels
  • Large commercial demolition projects
  • Large decluttering and cleaning jobs.
  • Office building cleanouts
  • Roofing Shingles

What does a 40 Yard Dumpster Cost in Kansas City? 

The national average cost of a 40 yard dumpster is $662.

This average price varies depending on location, contents of the dumpster, and the weight of the dumpster at landfill.

In Kansas City, the average cost of a 40 yard roll off dumpster ranges from $400 to $850. To find Crown Dumpster’s accurate pricing check out our pricing page. 


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How big is a 40 Yard Dumpster

A 40 yard dumpster will vary slightly in size, but typically they are 22 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 8 feet tall. No matter the slight variation of size they will always be 40 cubic yards.

How much can a 40 Yard Dumpster Hold? 

Usually a 40 yard dumpster can hold between 230-250 33 gallon trash bags, or 12 pickup truck loads. The usual weight limit is 1-4 tons. You may put up to 10 tons of materials into this dumpster, however tonnage cost may occur.

Based on what you are discarding, this weight may be higher.

There is a 10 ton legal limit for dumpsters on the road.

If the dumpster’s weight exceeds 10 tons, pricey overage costs may incur.

40 yard dumpster sizeSize of the project and materials you put in the dumpster.

The size of your project and the materials you’re getting rid of will determine the weight capacity of your dumpster rental. Your dumpster’s volume, or space, is measured in cubic yards (e.g., 40 cubic yards). The term “cubic yard” denotes volume as opposed to weight.

Depending on what you’re tossing out, the weight of a loaded 40 yard dumpster might change dramatically.

Mulch weighs roughly 1,000 pounds per cubic yard, whereas concrete weighs approximately 4,000 pounds per cubic yard.

Local landfills charge by the ton, and exceeding the weight limit on your dumpster will result in additional costs.

Related: Read: how do dumpster rentals work in Kansas City.


How long can I have a 40 Yard Dumpster? 

Usually the rental duration is about 7-10 days. If you finish your project sooner or need a swap we can arrange this so the dumpster is picked up the next day or a few days after delivery, whichever you prefer. If the project lasts longer to finish then expected you may keep the dumpster longer, but daily rental fees may be added to your bill.

Click here for a weight calculator to see what size dumpster you will need.

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Expert’s Guide to 40 yard dumpsters: FAQ.

Is a 40 Yard Dumpster the largest I can rent? 

The 40 yard dumpster is the largest dumpster you can rent. If you have a large commercial job and think you’ll have more trash than will fit into 1 dumpster, you may order 2! If you are getting rid of extremely heavy materials like concrete, then we recommend getting a smaller dumpster to insure there are no weight overage costs. You can always call us to determine the right size for your project!

What cannot go into a 40 Yard Dumpster? 

Although we accept the majority of waste types, there are several things you should never put in a 40 yard dumpster.

Household chemicals, asbestos, oil, and other hazardous trash are part of this. These things might harm your dumpster in addition to being a safety hazard for landfills.

Please be aware that in some locations, we can remove mattresses and appliances, but you could be charged a per-item disposal cost.

These items cost more to dispose of because landfill processing takes longer.

Have questions about dumpsters?

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John Zuiker

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