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2023 Guide to Dumpster Sizes

Dumpsters are often the go-to solution when disposing of large amounts of waste. But with so many different dumpster sizes available, knowing which one to choose can take time and effort. This guide to dumpster sizes will look at the most common dumpster sizes available in 2023 and what they’re best suited for.

Popular Dumpster Sizes to Rent

Dump A Box ensures that there is a container for any debris size. Whether you need to improve the garage, bathroom, roof, deck, or entire property, we have quality containers for any project. Our well-trained sales crew is ready to help you identify the correct dumpster size.

We pick up residential, construction, commercial, and industrial garbage, and you can count on our services regardless of the job scale. Below are our signature dumpster sizes and popular construction and residential garbage disposal units.

6-Cubic Yard Dumpster

The six-yard dumpster is the smallest roll-off we offer, and it is best for small demolitions and construction site cleanup. This dumpster size has a weight limit of three and a half tons. You can rent it and move up to 900 sq. feet of roof debris. It is also perfect for removing concrete plaster, brick, stone, dirt, tiles, and sand. 

10 Yard Dumpster

The ten-yard roll-off dumpster is the smallest size available and is perfect for small projects, such as cleaning a single room or disposing of yard waste. It can hold up to 2-3 tons of debris, roughly equivalent to 3 pickup truck loads. This bin is popular for light construction, renovation, landscaping, and home cleanouts. 

15 Yard Dumpster

This 15-yard dumpster is ideal for medium renovations, household cleanouts, landscaping, roofing, and deck debris disposal. You can only load lightweight materials and household garbage, including yard waste, household items, light building materials, shingles, electronics, and appliances. 

20 Yard Dumpster

A 20-yard dumpster is a mid-sized option that can hold up to 4-5 tons of debris, equivalent to 6-8 pickup truck loads. It is popular for home remodeling projects, such as kitchen or bathroom renovations, or for disposing of larger amounts of yard waste. Additionally, it can hold more than three tons of garbage. 

Guide to dumpster sizes: Bigger Dumpster Sizes

30 Yard Dumpster

The 30-yard dumpster is an excellent choice for larger projects, such as whole-house cleanouts or commercial construction projects. It can hold up to 6-8 tons of debris, roughly equivalent to 9-12 pickup truck loads.

40 Yard Dumpster

The 40-yard container is the largest size available and best suited for large projects, such as major commercial construction or large-scale home cleanouts. It can hold up to 8-10 tons of debris, roughly equivalent to 12-16 pickup truck loads.

Choosing the Right Size Dumpster

Choosing the right size dumpster depends on several factors, including the amount and type of waste you need to dispose of, the size of your project, and your budget. Here are a few excellent tips to help you select the correct size dumpster for your needs.

  • Estimate the amount of waste you need to dispose of. This will give you a sense of the dumpster size you need. If you’re unsure, choosing a slightly larger size is always better than you think you’ll need to avoid renting a second dumpster.
  • Consider the type of waste you’ll be disposing of. If you’re disposing of heavy materials, such as concrete or roofing shingles, you’ll need a larger dumpster to accommodate the weight. Make sure to check the weight limit for the dumpster you’re considering.
  • Think about the size of your project. If you’re doing a small home renovation, a 20-yard dumpster may be sufficient. However, you’ll likely need a larger dumpster if you’re doing a whole-house cleanout.
  • Consider your budget. Larger dumpsters generally cost more to rent than smaller ones, so make sure to factor this into your decision.

Guide to dumpster sizes: Dumpster Rental Tips

Here are a few dumpster rental tips to remember when renting a dumpster.

  • Check with your local government to see if you need a permit to place a dumpster on the street or in a public space.
  • Read the rental agreement carefully to understand any fees or restrictions.
  • If you need help with the size of the dumpster you need, ask the rental company for advice. Our customer support can hold your hand throughout the entire process.
  • Make sure to properly dispose of hazardous materials, such as chemicals or electronics, as they may require special handling.
  • Fill the dumpster evenly to distribute the weight and prevent it from tipping.
  • Don’t overfill the dumpster. The rental company may charge additional fees if the dumpster is overloaded.
  • Schedule pickup in advance to ensure the dumpster is removed on time. Extending your rental without prior plans can attract extension fees. 

Dumpster Rental Costs

Now that you have seen the guide to dumpster sizes, understanding cost is the next step. The cost of renting a dumpster varies depending on several parameters, including the size of the dumpster, the length of the rental period, and the rental location. In general, smaller dumpsters cost less than larger containers. We have free estimate services and can personalize your dumpster. Contact us today.