Roll-off Containers for Removing Dirt

Roll-off containers for removing dirt is an effective approach for toting away unwanted dirt, rocks, sand or other organic matter.   

Roll-off Containers for Removing Dirt

Unloading dirt in a local forest, vacant lot, open field, park or other public place will land you in hot water with local, state and sometimes federal officials. 

There are environmental laws that regulate where organic matter can and can’t be unloaded.  The law is different in every state and municipality.  Search Google for “inert waste landfill” in (your City, State) regarding dirt and inert waste disposal. 

Your local roll-off container company will also be familiar with the laws in your area.  If you can’t find a roll-off container that hauls dirt, check with a junk removal company.

Be sure you have a full understanding of the roll-off container company’s policies on loading dirt.  Generally, the load should be kept under a specific level such as 25%. This keeps the container’s weight from being overloaded.

Remember, dirt is heavier and denser compared to household trash, construction materials or yard waste.   Exceeding the weight allowance could tack on $50.00 to $100.00 per ton in overage fees. Tonnage adds up quickly with dirt.

Weight of Dirt (per cubic yard)

Dirt Type

Weight (lbs.)

Fill dirt


Sandy, rocky, or gravely dirt


Compost/organic matter

1,000 to 1,500

Wet dirt

2,000 to 3,000


Going by the above chart, it is easy to understand that just a few cubic yards of dirt quickly meet or exceed the weight allowance for many 12 or 15 cubic yard containers.  Depending on the roll-off container rental company, the weight limit may range from 1,000 lbs. up to 4,000 lbs. for a 12- or 15-yard dumpster.

While a 12-yard roll-off container has the capacity to hold 12 yards of dirt, the weight of a load like this would greatly exceed the lifting and carrying capacity of a roll-off truck.  For this reason, roll-off container rental companies put a strict limit on the amount of heavy debris, like dirt, allowed in a container.

For more information on bulk dirt removal contact your local roll-off container rental.

Serving Marietta, GA and surrounding areas, R & R Container Services provide prompt, consistent and professional services for waste management container delivery and pick-up. Since 1999, their family owned and operated business has provided their customers with not only sturdy, safe and convenient container services, but friendly service that keeps them – and their friends – calling for their next project.

R & R containers are ideal for residential clean-outs, seasonal trash and debris, and commercial construction or demolition sites. Their containers are safe for pavements and yards, and they will promptly pick up the container and dispose of the waste when you’re job is completed – it’s just that simple!  Call today for a fast, free estimate and quote over the phone at (770)-975-9554.  Happy Hauling!