Cost of Dumpster Rental in Ottawa

Cost of a Dumpster Rental – 2024 Update

Whether you’re doing a household clean-up or major renovation, a dumpster rental is a perfect solution for your junk removal.

However, one question that impacts everyone’s dumpster rental decisions is: “How much does it cost to rent a dumpster?”

We’ve got the answers! Although there are many factors that impact the cost of a small, medium, or large dumpster, we’re here to walk you through the process and explain what impacts the cost.

How Much Does A Dumpster Rental Cost?

Dumpster rentals are a service that can come with either a flat rate or a variable rate, so it can be hard to budget properly for the final cost if you’re planning on renting a yard dumpster.

A dumpster rental in Ottawa and surrounding areas can cost as little as $450 CAD or as much as $5,500 CAD. 

The average cost of a residential dumpster rental is $800 CAD, while the average cost of a commercial dumpster is around $1,500 CAD. 

Pricing can fluctuate quite a bit depending on the situation, and several factors will impact it. You have to take into account the bin size, the weight of the load, the rules of your particular municipality, and the type of trash you’re dumping.


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What Impacts Dumpster Rental Prices?

Most yard dumpster rental companies will include certain charges into their flat rate price (which is usually based on which size dumpster you rent). These built-in charges can include drop off/pick up, landfill disposal fees, and administrative fees.

Additional fees may apply if:

  • You have additional weight that exceeds the limit included with your dumpster size
  • You need a longer rental period for your rental
  • You try to throw out a prohibited item that the landfill doesn’t accept
  • The dumpster is packed too tightly/heavily and has sunk into the ground, or the contents are stuck inside


Dumpster sizes are one of the main factors determining your rental costs. The heavier the bin, the higher the base price. It’s important to rent the right dumpster size for your project, as dumpsters are not meant to be filled past the wall height or otherwise overloaded. The ideal dumpster size will adequately contain all of your waste while still leaving some room for easy pickup.

Landfills will charge variable rates for disposal based on the weight of the waste, so it’s important to stay within these limits to avoid unexpected costs. Dumpster rental companies usually have a maximum weight associated with each bin size. Exceeding these limits might result in an additional cost.

If you’re disposing of particularly heavy materials, such as bricks, dirt, or concrete, you’ll likely only be able to fill the yard dumpster partially to ensure a safe pickup.

Type Of Trash

Certain types of waste, such as organic materials, electronics, and large appliances, require special handling and disposal, which can lead to an extra fee.Green checkmark

Common types of trash that are included in most dumpster rentals are:

  • Household trash: Includes furniture, small appliances, clothing, toys, etc. Does not include large appliances and food waste.
  • Yard waste: Includes leaves, grass, plants, tree cuttings, logs, and landscaping tools. Does not include dirt or rocks.
  • Construction materials: This includes drywall, flooring, tiles, roof shingles, and lumber. It does not include bricks, concrete, or asphalt.

red xProhibited items that you won’t be able to dispose of in a yard dumpster include:

  • Hazardous waste, including industrial and biomedical waste
  • Flammable items, including paint cans, car batteries, and propane tanks
  • Liquid waste, including motor oil, gasoline, or other fuels
  • Adhesives and resins
  • Tires or scrap vehicles
  • Large electronic appliances

Some companies do not allow you to mix the type of material you’re disposing of; it’s best to contact your rental company and ensure that your materials won’t incur an additional fee.

Municipal Rules

Where you live in the Ottawa region can also affect the yard dumpster cost. Different municipalities have specific regulations surrounding dumpster placement (either on private or public property), permits, and disposal fees. Understanding these rules beforehand can help you avoid potential fines or hidden fees.

Most companies should be well-versed in their region’s regulations, but it’s always good to check with your local municipality before committing to a dumpster rental period.


The City of Ottawa has no harsh rules for bin rentals on your property. The Trail Road Waste Facility only accepts non-hazardous waste generated within the geographic boundaries of the City of Ottawa

Certain items are prohibited from the landfill, including:

  • Glass, metal, plastic, or cardboard packaging materials
  • Liquid waste
  • Household hazardous waste


Pembroke is part of the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre, which has many more rules and regulations which will really impact the cost of your rental.

When it comes to acceptable items by Pembroke, materials must be placed in separate piles:

  • Electronic waste
  • Scrap metal
  • Large items

When it comes to construction materials, yard waste, and garbage, tipping fees may apply.


As of January 1, 2024, small businesses are charged $9 for the first load at the ecocentre, for a maximum of 1 cubic metre per load.

Here are the exact fees for each type of item:

Items Waste transfer centre Écocentre de l’Aéroparc Écocentre du boulevard de la Carrière
Bulky waste $155/ton ($100 minimum) $9/load (1 m3 maximum) $9/load (1 m3 maximum)
Household garbage $155/ton ($100 minimum)
Sorted construction residues

Wood, branches, concrete measuring more than 6 inches in diameter

$155/ton ($100 minimum) $59/trip $59/trip
Non-sorted construction residues $155/ton ($100 minimum) $62/trip $62/trip
Compostables $119/ton ($50 minimum)
Electronics Free (2 pallets [2 m3] maximum per load) Free (2 pallets [2 m3] maximum per load) Free (2 pallets [2 m3] maximum per load)
Asphalt shingles $134/trip $134/trip
Asbestos $106/bag
Public weigh-in (using the scale) $10 + taxes $10 + taxes $10 + taxes



Only waste generated in the Town of Renfrew, except household hazardous waste, will be accepted at this site. Landfill users will be required to provide proof of residence, and waste disposed of at the landfill must be sorted.

There are many tipping fees. Here they are:

Landfill Tipping Fees Effective May 1, 2023
Under 200kg $25.00
200kg and over – $ per tonne $95.00
Unsorted waste – $ per tonne $250.00
Refrigerated appliances requiring Freon Removal $40.00
Bag Tag – each $3.00
Recycling Bin (Blue Box) – each $10.00
Composter Credit $30.00


Location Delivery

The price may also increase due to travel costs, depending on how far your drop-off address is from our location.

Also, make sure your driveway or location is ready for the delivery driver, and remove cars, snow or ice, and any landscaping debris.

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If you’re looking to rent a dumpster in Ottawa and the surrounding areas, give CFT Bins a call! We’re here to work with you every step of the way so that the process is easy and seamless.

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