Waste Management

Construction Waste Weight & Volume Estimation

Construction waste management can be challenging when trying to select the right dumpster rental sizes. It might be based on the weight of the construction debris or the volume. There are also several types of waste generated by construction projects:

  • Recyclable Waste
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Trash and Rubbish

Types of Construction Waste We Handle

Recyclable Waste

Most wood waste is recyclable if it is unpainted and untreated. Examples are unlaminated dimensional lumber, plywood, OSB, and particleboard. Vinyl and metals also have good recycling value.

Recyclable construction waste from construction dumpsters in Montgomery, AL

Other recyclable waste such as plastics, glass, aluminum, and paper can be recycled using other organizations and drop-off points. Check out our article on where to recycle various types of waste in the Mobile area for more information.

Hazardous Waste

For most builders, the largest share of waste that could be considered hazardous is generated from painting, sealing, staining, and caulking. Hazardous industrial waste uses a different disposal process than “standard” industrial waste. Some of the hazardous industrial waste Circle J Roll-Offs handle includes:

  • Asbestos
  • Contaminated Soil
  • Lead-Based Paint

Hazardous industrial waste costs a lot more to dispose of than standard waste. It requires careful handling and a separate dumpster with a special lining to prevent contamination of the other non-hazardous waste and pay higher landfill fees.


While wood and drywall make up the bulk of the construction debris, cardboard waste has increased because a significant portion of the windows, appliances, cabinets, and siding are now manufactured at a distant location and shipped to builders in protective packaging.

Wood construction waste from construction dumpsters in Mobile, AL

Brick, block, and asphalt shingles generate a small portion of the waste but are essential because of their weight.


The “other” category is comprised of low-volume debris such as plastic and shingles. The Other category also accounts for trash placed in the dumpster by persons other than the builder. This can account for as much as 30% of the total debris to be hauled from the site.

Approximate Types and Quantities of Construction Waste Generated on the Average Job
Materials Lbs. per Sq. Ft.
Wood *
1.3 - 2.1
1.0 - 1.2
0.1 - 0.5
0.02 - 0.13
Other (plastics, shingles, etc.)
0.5 - 1.3
3.0 - 5.2

*Depending on type of wall sheathing, trim, siding, and roofing materials.
**Depends on siding type and if the windows, doors, and cabinets are manufactured locally.

Construction Waste by Volume
Type Percentage
Other (plastics, shingles, etc.)
Construction Waste by Weight
Type Percentage
Other (plastics, shingles, etc.)

Why Rent Construction Dumpsters from Circle J Roll-Offs?

Straightforward construction dumpster rental pricing based on the project type, location, and duration with no hidden fees

Reliable, professional, and courteous dumpster delivery staff

Clean dumpsters that are always in good repair

Knowledgeable team of construction waste management professionals who provide the highest level of customer service in the industry

Locally owned and operated since 1969

Environmentally friendly waste removal, including recycling, and LEED-certified waste management

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We Serve the Following Areas

BGreater Mobile, Alabama
  • Bay Minnette
  • Citronelle
  • Grand Bay
  • Prichard
  • Semmes
  • Summerdale
  • Wilmer
  • Bayou La Batre
  • Dauphin Island
  • Loxley
  • Saraland
  • Spanish Fort
  • Theodore
  • Chickasaw
  • Fairhope
  • Mobile
  • Satsuma
  • Stapleton
  • Tillmans Corner
BGreater Montgomery, Alabama
  • Coosada
  • Hope Hull
  • Montgomery
  • Wetumpka
  • Deatsville
  • Millbrook
  • Prattville
  • Gautier
  • Lucedale
  • Moss Point
  • Pascagoula

Still Need Help Deciding Which Dumpster Size Is Right for You?

No problem. Just give us a call at 251-661-0001 for Greater Mobile area customers, and 334-271-6900 for Greater Montgomery area customers, send an email to, or use our simple online contact form. And one of our helpful, friendly dumpster rental specialists will help you find the perfect sized dumpster for you.