What Size Dumpster Do You Need?

Once you have determined that your cleanup project requires a dumpster rental, the next question is to ask what size would be right for your needs? The scheduling representative will be a huge help in determining the right size. They know from experience what each dumpster can hold. Consider this guide to help you formulate the correct dumpster choice:

10 Yard Dumpster

These are the units that almost look like a big dumpster has had the top lopped off. They are typically 12 ft. long, 8 ft. wide and 4 ft. high. These are the kind of roll off containers that are perfect for cleaning out a basement or garage, removing a 250 sq ft deck or with a small bathroom-remodeling job.

20 Yard Dumpster

The next size up is the 20-yard dumpster that measures in at 22 ft long, 8 ft wide and 4.5 ft high. You can fill this size dumpster with around 10 pickup truck loads. It’s great if you’re replacing carpet in a big house or replacing up to 3,000 sq ft of roof shingles.

30 Yard Dumpster

The 30 yard dumpster measures in at 22 ft long, 8 ft wide and 6 ft high. This is the dumpster to rent if you’re handling a foreclosure or estate cleanout. It will also hold all the debris from a major home renovation project such as an addition or siding replacement.

40 Yard Dumpster

This is the big boy of dumpster rentals that measures out to 22 ft long, 8 ft wide and 8 ft high. This is the dumpster of choice for an ongoing major construction project like a home build or commercial building cleanout.

Before renting a dumpster there are a few things to keep in mind. You need at least 60 feet of clearance on the street for the unloading and loading of the roll off dumpster. In other words, the truck needs room to make the delivery. Also, you can only fill up a dumpster to just below the rim. That is because a tarp is required to be placed over the unit during transportation to the landfill. There might also be the need for a permit if the dumpster is being placed on a public street. That pertain is easy to obtain from your local municipality. If the dumpster is going on your private property, then you won’t need a permit.

A dumpster can be rented for a weekend, a week or an extend period of time. If the dumpster becomes full and you still need to clear out debris, you can arrange for a swap out of an empty unit. Even if you need same-day service, that can be arranged. Getting rid of all your rubbish in a dumpster container is just a phone call away.