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Choosing the Right Dumpster Size for Projects

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What Size Dumpster Do You Need?

The right size dumpster depends on the size and scale of your project. A 10 cubic yard dumpster might be a good option for smaller projects, like clearing out a spare bedroom. You'll need a larger dumpster, such as a 40 yard container, for larger home cleanouts or demolitions. Find the perfect dumpster size for your job with us.

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3 Factors to Select the Right Size

Choosing the correct dumpster size is important to keep your project on track and on budget. A container that’s too large for your job can cost you more than necessary, while overloading a small bin may result in additional fees. Our team will help you select a bin that’s just right.

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Type of Debris

Different projects create different waste, and different waste requires different dumpster sizes. Whether it's household junk or heavy construction debris, we'll get you the right bin for your job.

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Total Volume

Dumpster sizes are reflected in yards. Generally, one cubic yard is equal to 5-6 13-gallon trash bags. We’ll review the total volume and dimensions of each dumpster to help you decide.

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Delivery Location

We deliver to tight areas every day, but sometimes that means you’ll need to order a smaller container to fit. If space is limited on your property, ask about our swap-out service to handle the debris.

Typical Roll Off Dumpster Volumes and Dimensions

Container Volume

Standard Dimensions

Weight Limit

10 Yard Dumpster

14 ft x 7.5 ft x 3.5 ft

4,000 – 6,000 pounds

15 Yard Dumpster

16 ft x 7.5 ft x 4.5 ft

4,000 – 6,000 pounds

20 Yard Dumpster

22 ft x 7.5 ft x 4.5 ft

4,000 – 6,000 pounds

30 Yard Dumpster

22 ft x 7.5 ft x 6 ft

7,000 – 10,000 pounds

40 Yard Dumpster

22 ft x 7.5 ft x 8 ft

10,000 – 12,000 pounds

Note: Weight limits and exact dimensions may vary by location, but total volume is accurate.

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What Size Dumpster Should You Order for Your Project?

Our roll off dumpster services streamline cleanups from a variety of jobs, from drywall and tile disposal to furniture and appliance removal. Find your project below to see the typical dumpster size* that we recommend to manage the debris.

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Home Cleanouts

Recommended size: 15 or 20 yard

From junk removal projects to preparing for a move, our 15 and 20 yard containers fit comfortably in most driveways for convenient disposal.

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Recommended size: 30 yard

Whether you’re a homeowner updating a kitchen or a contractor managing multiple job sites, our 30 yard dumpsters offer higher walls to contain debris.

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Recommended size: 10 or 20 yard

From slate to asphalt, the weight of roofing shingles adds up fast. We typically recommend a 10 or 20 yard container to help you avoid exceeding the weight limit.

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Recommended size: 30 or 40 yard

Whether it’s a residential or commercial job, our 30 and 40 yard containers offer the volume you need to clean up large amounts of construction debris.

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Heavy Debris

Recommended size: 10 yard

For materials like concrete and brick, we’ll typically recommend a 10 yard to safely haul heavier loads on the road and keep you from exceeding your weight limit.

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Recommended size: 10 or 20 yard

We recommend tossing leaves, weeds and brush in a 20 yard container. For heavier waste like stumps and dirt, a 10 yard will help you stay within the weight limit.

*Note: recommended dumpster sizes vary from project to project. To get the most accurate dumpster size for your debris, reach out to our team today.

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Expert Help Every Step of the Way

Even if you've never rented a dumpster before, our team is here to help you do it like a pro. From ordering the right container to your final pickup, we make waste removal the easiest part of any project.

Attentive Service

We’ll ask specific questions including the location, debris type and delivery dates to understand your unique disposal needs.

Precise Delivery

Our cutting-edge mapping software identifies obstacles like hanging wires or tree limbs to plan for seamless placement.

Straightforward Terms

We’ll review the weight limit, prohibited items and other details associated with your container size over the phone and email.

Guides to Help You Pick a Dumpster Size

Use these helpful references to learn more about the dumpster rental process, how many containers you need and to determine the right size.