# What are the Common Dumpster Sizes and Which One is Right for You?

If you are planning to rent a roll-off dumpster for yard cleanup or home renovation, you would need to consider how big a dumpster you would need. So, what is the most common dumpster rental size? The most common sizes are 10-yard, 15-yard, 20-yard, and 30-yard dumpsters.

The volume is calculated by multiplying the length, width, and height of the container in feet and then dividing by 27 to arrive at the number of cubic yards. For example, a 20-yard dumpster is 14ft x 8ft x 5ft. 14 x 8 x 5 is 560. Divide by 27 is 20.7, thus about 20 cubic yards. In this article, we’ll describe these four sizes of trash containers and how you can estimate which size you will need.

## What is The Most Common Dumpster Rental Size?

• 10-yard Dumpster

A 10-yard dumpster measures 14ft x 8ft x 3ft. The volume is roughly the equivalent of 50-70 trash bags or 4 pickup trucks. (A standard pickup truck has a volume of 2.5 cubic yards.) When you rent a dumpster, you may have a weight limit as well. For example, at Zoom Disposal, a dumpster rental company in Framingham, MA, the weight limit for a 10-yard bin is about 1 ton (2000 lbs) of garbage.

If you have different types of waste, some much heavier than others, it may be worthwhile or necessary to rent separate bins for each type of waste. A 10-yard dumpster is considered a small dumpster and is perfect for the cleanup of a small attic or 2 rooms, small renovations like small rooms and sheds, or heavy debris removal.

• A 15-yard Dumpster

The dimensions of a 15-yard dumpster are 14ft x 8ft x 4ft. It can hold approximately 80-100 trash bags and a general weight limit would be 2 tons (4000lbs). This is also considered a small roll-off dumpster rental.

• A 20-yard Dumpster

You can fit 110-130 33-gallon trash bags of waste in a 20-yard dumpster, or roughly 6-7 pickup truckloads. This dumpster size is suitable for residential decluttering, small home remodeling, roofing projects, or seasonal yard waste.

• A 30-yard Dumpster

30-yard dumpsters are quite big, measuring 22ft x 8ft x 6ft. For this size, you can dispose of roughly 170+ trash bags of debris, up to about 4 tons (8000lbs). These containers are large enough for big residential or commercial renovation projects.

## What to Consider When Choosing a Dumpster Size

When selecting a dumpster size, consider the volume and weight of trash you expect, the space available for the dumpster, and the cost implications. Estimating the type and amount of waste generated by your project guarantees you select a dumpster that fits your needs without exceeding weight limits, which could incur additional fees.

## Estimating Trash Volume

### What size dumpster do I need for a residential cleanout?

You can rent a 10-yard container for remodeling a small bathroom or half bath. If you are remodeling a large bathroom or your project involves disposing of bathtubs, you may need a 15 or 20-yard roll-off dumpster

### What size dumpster do I need for a kitchen remodel?

For most kitchen renovations, a 10-yard or 20-yard roll-off dumpster is sufficient. A 20-yard dumpster can hold countertops, kitchen cabinets, appliances, drywall, and flooring.

### What dumpster size for home remodeling?

A 30-yard dumpster is the safest choice for most home remodeling projects. The sides are tall enough to accommodate larger debris. They are available for rent at most dumpster rental companies.

### What is the dumpster size for bathroom remodeling?

You can rent a 10-yard container for remodeling a small bathroom or half bath. If you are remodeling a large bathroom or your project involves disposing of bathtubs, you may need a 15 or 20-yard roll-off dumpster.

### What size dumpster do I need for roofing?

Roofing projects often involve asphalt, slate, metal roofing, or shingles which can be quite heavy. A 10 or 20-cubic-yard dumpster rental would be necessary to avoid exceeding weight limits, which can cost you more.

### What dumpster size do I need for landscaping projects?

Landscaping projects generally do not produce much debris. So, a 10-yard dumpster rental is likely to be sufficient unless your project involves minor construction. Then, you may wish to estimate the need for a construction project.

### What is the Dumpster Size for Residential Construction?

Most residential construction projects require a 30-yard dumpster. For projects that involve demolition or large residential complexes, you may need a 40-yard dumpster. These dumpsters have larger footprints than the small 10 or 20-yard dumpsters. Whereas, the 40-yard dumpster is also 8 feet tall which is likely to be too big for the typical single-family house.

Bear in mind that construction debris such as cement and other heavy materials may exceed weight limits. So, you should consider renting a 10-yard dumpster for these types of heavy construction waste. In most cases, if you are not sure about what you need, we will be happy to advise you on the size of the dumpster that you need.

At Zoom Disposal Services, we have worked with many individuals and companies looking for dumpster rental services, so we are good at estimating the size of the dumpster that you need based on your project.

### What size dumpster to use for commercial construction?

Commercial construction projects are usually bigger and involve larger sites. Hence, a 40-yard construction dumpster rental can most fittingly sit on those sites and handle the larger volume of construction and demolition waste. It is important to also consider the rental period. This means estimating how long you may need the dumpster on site, which is determined by the length of the project.

It is also important to think about pick-up and delivery schedules. Find out if the company in question works on a fixed schedule, or if they can collect anytime you need them to. Depending on your commercial premises, you may need to apply for a permit to place your dumpster on site. In most cases, the company that you work with for these services, such as Zoom Disposal Services, will be able to advise you on your regulatory requirements.

Finally, before you sign the dotted line, it is important to understand the rates that the company charges. Find out if any hidden fees may come to surprise you later.

## How Do I Choose a Dumpster Size?

Choosing a dumpster size depends on several factors:

1. Volume and weight of trash: – This one is obvious. You need to estimate how much junk you have got for removal. The estimates above can serve as a guideline.
2. Space available: – The roll-off dumpster must be small enough to fit on your property safely and is still readily accessible by a dumpster truck for delivery and pickup. If you have a lot of trash but not enough space for a large trash container, one possible solution is to rent a small dumpster and have the company come to pick it up whenever it is full.
3. Cost: – Renting a bigger dumpster may cost more, but it reduces the number of trips to the disposal facility. Sometimes it is a better option than renting a smaller dumpster.

### Why Choosing the Correct Dumpster Size Matters

Choosing the right dumpster size is important for efficient waste management and cost-effectiveness. A dumpster that is too small will require multiple hauls, increasing costs and time. On the other hand, a too-large dumpster means paying for unused space. Understanding the scope of your project helps in making the best choice.