How to Select Dumpster Rental Size?

How to Select Dumpster Rental Size?

Dumpster rentals are useful for a wide range of residential and business projects.

Roll-off dumpster rentals are particularly adaptable because they come in a variety of container sizes and weight limitations, allowing for both little, lightweight tasks and large, heavy-weight projects. Choosing the wrong dumpster size might cost you more money, whether you choose a size that is too little or rent a size that is too large for your purposes.

Understanding the numerous dumpster size options, their dimensions, normal weight constraints for each dumpster size, and the type of debris/junk you’re disposing of will assist you in selecting the appropriate size roll-off container for your project. Determining which dumpster size is appropriate for your specific cleaning project is critical because selecting a dumpster that is too small requires you to pay for the dumpster to be dropped off and picked up twice, as well as overage fees, which can rapidly mount up.

If you select a dumpster that is too large, you will end up paying for more dumpsters than you require. (However, if you’re on the fence between sizes, we always recommend erring on the side of safety and going with the larger dumpster.)

The Dumpster Rental Process

First, a quick rundown of what to expect from a dumpster rental. Dumpster rental companies, like moving firms, vary in price, availability, and added amenities, but they all provide essentially similar services: you reserve a dumpster rental, and they drop it off on site for you to fill. You may then either fill it up yourself and have them truck it away, or you can have them load it for you.

When you have a lot of junk to get rid of, renting a dumpster has a lot of advantages. Not only do you avoid having to worry about how you’re going to get rid of the rubbish yourself, but you also receive the confidence that it will be properly disposed of. The vast majority of rubbish removal businesses do all in their power to donate salvageable goods and keep them out of landfills.

A Quick Guide to Dumpster Rental Sizes

Aside from the services provided, one thing that most dumpster rental companies have in common is the variety of dumpster sizes that they provide. You may notice a slight difference depending on the firm you’re considering and the unit availability in your location, but use these principles to determine what general-size dumpster rental your work will require.

10 cubic-yard dumpsters: A 10 cubic-yard dumpster measures around 17 feet by 7.5 feet by 3.5 feet and can hold 4,000 to 6,000 pounds. Excellent for pre-move garbage removal and small to larger landscaping work. Rent 10 yard Bin.

15 cubic-yard dumpsters: A 15 cubic-yard dumpster measures around 16 feet by 7.5 feet by 4.5 feet and can hold 4,000 to 6,000 pounds. Excellent for small renovations, roofing jobs, and major landscaping tasks.

20 cubic yard dumpsters: A 20 cubic-yard dumpster measures around 22 feet by 7.5 feet by 4.5 feet and can store up to 6,000 pounds. Excellent for extensive kitchen and other room remodels, as well as large home pre-move rubbish clearance.

30 cubic-yard dumpsters: A 30 cubic-yard dumpster measures around 22 feet by 7.5 feet by 6 feet and can hold 7,000 to 10,000 pounds. Excellent for home renovations and other large-scale construction projects, as well as whole-house cleanouts.

40 cubic-yard dumpsters: A 40 cubic-yard dumpster measures around 22 feet by 7.5 feet by 8 feet and can hold 10,000 to 12,000 pounds. Excellent for large-scale construction projects, demolitions, and renovations.

Choosing the Right Dumpster Rental Size

Now that you know what sizes are available, you can figure out what size you’ll need to rent. Here are some suggestions to help you narrow it down.

Consider the nature of your project.

The dumpster rental size you select is mostly determined by the type of project you require it for. If you’re undergoing a whole-house renovation, for example, you’ll undoubtedly require more space than if you’re just getting rid of some furniture before a move.

Before contacting a trash removal business, try to evaluate the scope of your project as accurately as possible. This way, they can point you on the appropriate path right away.


Make a list of what you need to get rid of.

Pre-move cleanouts are among the most difficult chores to estimate dumpster rental sizes for. In such cases, taking inventory of the precise objects that will have to be put in the dumpster is the best method to predict what size you’ll need to hire.

You don’t have to start taking stuff out of closets and drawers just yet, but walk room by room, closet by closet, and so on, and make a mental list of everything you’re going to get rid of. Is there anything on the list that is bulky or huge, such as furniture, appliances, or rugs? Will you clean up the yard as well as the house? Keep these questions in mind, because the more items—especially huge items—you have to dispose of, the larger the dumpster rental you’ll require.


Request an on-site inventory.

Nobody understands dumpster rental sizes better than the individuals that rent them to you in the first place. Inquire about on-site inventories while selecting a rental provider. Most of them will be happy to come out to your home and analyze your needs before making a recommendation based on what they see.

However, keep in mind that on-site inventories are only estimates and not guarantees. If you add more items and the dumpster isn’t large enough, you’ll be responsible for the cost of a backup dumpster.

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