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Estimating the weight of your construction and demolition debris is essential to finding the right dumpster for the job. Use our weight calculators to find a dumpster with the right volume and weight capacity for your specific type of debris, including:
While your debris may fit within the volume of the container you rent, it is possible for the weight of your debris to exceed the dumpster’s weight limit. For example, a 20 yard dumpster may only be filled halfway with a heavy material, such as concrete or dirt. Exceeding the maximum weight limit may result in additional charges. Therefore, always consider both the type and weight of your materials when choosing a dumpster size.
Concrete and asphalt weights are based on the square footage and thickness of the material. On average, a cubic yard of concrete weighs 4,050 pounds, or 150 pounds per cubic foot. Asphalt weighs slightly less at 3,960 pounds per cubic yard. When disposing of either material, use our concrete weight calculator to determine the right dumpster for asphalt and concrete disposal.
A bundle of asphalt shingles weighs between 60 and 80 pounds, but this may vary depending on the quality and type of shingle. Generally, three bundles of shingles are enough to cover 1 square of roof (100 square feet), which typically weighs 250 pounds.
The weight of drywall, sheetrock and plaster can be calculated using the square footage of debris and the thickness of the material. A single sheet of 4 foot by 8 foot, ½-inch thick drywall weighs close to 50 pounds.
Carpet can weigh anywhere from 5 to 20 pounds per square yard, or .5 to 2.2 pounds per square foot. Use the carpet weight calculator below to get a rough estimate of the weight of your carpet. Note: The weight of your carpet will vary based on the material and thickness.
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