We receive many orders from homeowners who are wanting to get rid of “You know, stuff.” We categorize this as household trash. Household trash can range from old toys, cloths, newspapers, boxes of junk, and old appliances, to leaves, broken concrete, old trees, and so on.

This is a very broad category. The question then become, “Well, how much do you think it will weigh?” Good question. We have no way of anticipating what your household is holding.  Here are a few examples of heavy items.

Our dumpsters are priced with an included weight of 3.5 tons. That is equal to 7000 lbs. That’s a lot considering how much different household items weigh.

Below is a list of some averages.

Couch:  an average three cushion couch will weigh up to 150 lbs.

Sleeper Sofa: can weigh up to 250 lbs.


  • Twin – up to 75 lbs.
  • Queen – up to 150 lbs.
  • King – up to 250 lbs.

Dresser: depending on the size between 75-250 lbs.

Desk: from a simple to a roll top secretary, 50-250 lbs.

View a full list of furniture items and their associated average weights on the chart image included.

Bags of trash: these can include paper, clothes, food, toys, etc. A typical kitchen bag (8-10 gal) can hold up to 15 lbs. A heavy duty bag (56 gal) can hold up to 40 lbs. You can certainly put more weight into these bags but then it may break.

Yard waste: major factors to determine weight of yard waste is 1. plant or aggregate and 2. wet or dry?

  • Mulch: 1,000 lbs. per cubic yard
  • Soil: 2,200 lbs. per cubic yard
  • Sand, gravel, stone: 3,000 per cubic yard
  • Cinder blocks: approximately 30 lbs. each
  • Tree branches: depending on width of branches
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Restricted Household Trash

There are a number of items that cannot be disposed of with general trash or even C&D (construction and demolition). The following items are restricted:

  • Liquids
  • Refrigerants
  • Tires
  • Chemicals, including paint
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Electronics

If you are expecting to throw away a large quantity of of dirt, rock, asphalt and concrete, we encourage you to get a 10 or 15 Cubic Yard. Filling larger containers with aggregate material may be too heavy to transport and will need to be emptied.

To order or to ask additional questions please call 505-450-7671 or send a message using our contact form.

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