Guide to Dumpster Sizes
When renting a dumpster, selecting a size that is fit for the job is vital to keep your business or cleanup project on budget and on track. If the dumpster is too small, you may end up paying extra fees for another one; if too big, it may take up a lot of your working space, and you may end up paying extra fees for unutilized capacity.
It, therefore, makes sense to consider the scope of your cleanup project when determining the ideal sized rolloff dumpster. Here is a detailed look at everything you need to know when looking for a dumpster size that will accommodate your needs adequately.
Understanding What The Dumpster Sizes Mean
Before looking at the various dumpster sizes, it is crucial to understand how their sizes are determined. Ideally, dumpsters are measured in cubic yards. They usually come in various sizes ranging from 4 to 40 cubic yards. The most popular sizes for most of the cleanup projects are 10, 15, 20, 30, and 40-yard capacities.
Industry standards dictate that dumpsters are labeled depending on their holding capacity. For instance, a 20- yard dumpster will hold 20 cubic yards of trash or debris. A cubic yard has a volume of 27 cubic feet (i.e., 3ft x 3ft x 3 ft.). This, therefore, means that a 20 yarder would take up 540 (27 x 20) cubic feet of waste material.
The nature of your project should inform the size of the dumpster. It is important to note that you cannot overfill a dumpster as this can lead to fines and penalties. The debris or trash must be level with the lip of the dumpster. If you have more debris or anticipate bulky removals, we always advise our customers to go for an extra dump or rent a bigger sized dumpster to avoid additional charges.
10 Yard Dumpster
This is a 12 feet long, 8 feet wide and 4 feet high container that can hold up to 10 cubic yards of trash or debris. To put this into perspective, a full 10 yarder can be emptied into 4 pickup trucks. A 10 yarder is ideal for small household cleanup projects such as:
- Small basement cleanout
- Attic cleanout
- General household cleanout
- Garage cleanout
- Junk removal
- Yard debris removal
- Small kitchen and bath remodel
15 Yard Dumpster
This is a medium-sized 16 feet long, 8 feet wide and 4 feet tall dumpster that can take up materials from 6 pickup trucks. The 15 cubic yard dump can hold up to 1.5 tons of household trash and 2 tons of construction debris. It is a smart choice for people with more substantial remodel and removal projects such as:
- De-cluttering your house, garage, or yard.
- Kitchen or bathroom remodels
- Renovating the basement
- Medium-sized garage cleanout
- Small deck removal of up to 250 sq. feet
- Small roof removal with up to 1500 sq. feet of roof shingles
- Taking off an old shed from your property
20 Yard Dumpster
The 20 feet long, 8 feet wide and 4 feet tall sized dumpsters are perhaps the most rented due to their competitive pricing and huge load capacity. The 20 yarders can hold 20 cubic yards of garbage or 8 pickup truck loads of waste and can fit comfortably in most driveways. This dump is usually designed with an open top and a large rear door for improved loading and disposal.
Given its versatility, this size dumpster is suitable for a variety of projects from home junk removal projects and large scale cleanouts to preparing for a move. It is ideal for:
- Up to 300 to 400 sq. ft. of decking removal
- Flooring and carpet removal for a large house
- Bedroom removals
- Basement renovation
- Windows or siding replacement for a medium-sized house
- Roofing jobs that may require the hauling of up to 3000 sq. ft. of roofing shingles
- Big landscaping jobs
30 Yard Dumpster
This is a 22 feet long, 8 feet wide and 6 feet tall dumpster that can sit on most driveways without overhanging to the sidewalk. If you have a big home renovation or whole house cleanout project, this dumpster is the right fit. It has a great height suitable to haul bulky items such as large furniture.
A 30 yarder can hold up to 5.5 tons of material or take up to 12 pickup truck load trash. This dumpster is ideal when you’re are hauling bulky waste from:
- Whole house cleanout
- Small home demolitions, e.g., garage demos
- New home rebuilds/construction
- Major home additions
- Window or siding replacement
- Large deck removals
- Large pool removals
- Estate cleanouts
40 Yard Dumpster
The 40 yarders can be filled by 14 pickups and are ideal for commercial construction sites needing bulk hauling. If you have a project that will generate a substantial amount of construction and demolition debris, the 24 feet long, 8 feet wide and 8 feet tall dumpster is your best bet. Some of the common projects for a 40- yard dumpster include:
- Large residential or commercial cleanouts
- Commercial roofing project
- Residential or commercial demolition project
- Major residential or commercial interior renovations
- Large water and fire remediation projects
- Large new home and commercial construction
- Commercial landscaping and excavating
- Warehouse cleanouts
- Community cleanup events
Get the Dumpster Size That Is Right Fit For Your Project
When deciding on the size of the dumpster you’ll need, it is crucial that you factor in the size and weight of your waste. If you’re anticipating significantly heavy debris, it might be a good idea to go for a larger dump.
This way, you’ll not risk having to go for an extra dumpster to clear off your site.
Whether you’re a DIYer tackling a home remodel or a contractor looking for a suitable waste management solution for your site, our dumpster services are your best bet.
We have various sized dumpsters that are a fit for any project and budget.
Call us today to get advice on the ideal dumpster size for your project. We will also guide you on the most environmentally friendly waste removal and disposal strategies fit for your project.
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