Big, Bigger, Biggest: Your Complete Guide to Dumpster Sizes

Big, Bigger, Biggest: Your Complete Guide to Dumpster Sizes

Do you know how small or how big your dumpster rental should be? If you’re confused about dumpster sizes, this complete guide can help clarify things for you.

Residential or commercial projects equal a lot of trash. And trying to figure out what to do with that trash can be overwhelming. That’s why you need to rent a dumpster. A dumpster will make the process much faster and easier, but before you hand over your money, you have to make sure you understand the different dumpster sizes. We’ve put together this guide to help walk you through the process.

So let’s get started!

When to Rent a Dumpster

Sometimes the trash can isn’t enough. If you’re getting ready to undertake a large project, you might need to rent a dumpster instead. Trying to do the work without the dumpster can make the process much more stressful and much, much slower. But how do you know when you need a dumpster? We’ve put together a few examples.

You’re Planning a Renovation or Remodel

Part of the renovation or remodeling process is ripping out old floors, tearing down walls, or removing unneeded windows. You have to have a place to put all this debris. It’s always a good idea to have at least one dumpster on the scene of any remodel or renovation.

You Want to Declutter

Has your attic, garage, or shed turned into more of a storage unit? When you finally get around to clearing out all that junk, there’s a good chance it won’t all fit in your normal trash can.

If you don’t have a dumpster, you’ll have to keep the junk around for days or even weeks until you have more space in your bin. That means all your trash will have to go back into the garage or attic while you wait. A dumpster gets everything out of the house on the same day.

You’re Doing a Large Landscaping Project

Renting a dumpster might not be the first thing on your mind when you’re planning a landscaping project. But if you don’t get one, your whole project might come to a grinding halt.

For example, let’s say you have to remove a tree. You can’t toss an entire tree in your green waste container. Having a dumpster makes sure your landscaping goes according to plan the first try.

You’re Installing a New Roof

Again, before you can install a new roof, you have to find a way to get rid of the old one. If you don’t have a dumpster on hand, your roofing contractor might not even be able to start the installation process.

You’re Recovering from a Disaster

Sometimes disaster happens. If your house has been damaged by a flood or a fire, you may need a dumpster to help you through the recovery process. Why? You’ll have to remove soggy floors, furniture, and other belongings out of the house before the mold. It can also be unsafe to move into a home full of smoke-damaged items. A dumpster can get everything out of your house so you can work on repairing the damage.

Picking the Right Type of Dumpster

Before you rent a dumpster, you have to know what type of dumpster will work best for your project. And we aren’t just talking about size (although size does play a big part).

If you own a commercial building and plan to do some renovations, you’ll want to rent a commercial dumpster (or two). Commercial dumpsters are bigger and stronger than residential dumpsters.

However, if you’re simply decluttering your home, you may not need a large dumpster. In this case, you should look into residential dumpsters. There is some overlap when it comes to commercial and residential dumpsters. But knowing the difference can help you choose the dumpster that best fits your needs.

Understanding the Different Dumpster Sizes

There are a number of different dumpster sizes to choose from, but you want to make sure you get the right size. If you get something too small, you won’t be able to finish your project. If you get something too big, you’ll have spent money on space you aren’t using.

Here’s a quick guide to different dumpster sizes and how much they can hold.

Trash Cart

This isn’t actually a dumpster. But it is larger than a traditional trash can. A trash cart is 29 inches long, 34 inches wide, and 45 inches deep. This makes it a good choice if you need a bit of extra space in for trash. For example, a trash cart is helpful to have at residential parties, special events at the office, small job sites, etc.

Self-Dumping Hopper

Again, this isn’t actually a dumpster, but it is a step up from a trash cart. This self-dumping hopper has a capacity of up to 2 yards, and it’s a good fit for small residential projects.

10 Yard

This dumpster is 12 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 4 feet deep. Is one of the smallest dumpster out there, but it’s the perfect size for small or medium remodeling projects or cleanups, such as:

  • Garage decluttering
  • Deck removal
  • Bathroom (or other room) remodels
  • You can also use this dumpster for small commercial projects

15 Yard

A 15-yard dumpster is a good fit for medium to large residential products. For example, you should have one of these dumpsters if you have to:

  • Demolish a shed
  • Remove a driveway
  • Re-shingle a roof
  • Do a large cleanup project
  • This dumpster is 16 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 4.5 feet deep

20 Yard

This size dumpster is 16-22 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 4.5-6 feet deep at the largest. You can get a slightly smaller 20-yard dumpster if you need all that space. This dumpster is best for large residential projects.

30 Yard

You probably won’t need a 30-yard dumpster unless you’re doing a full home remodel or a commercial project. This dumpster is 22 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 6 feet deep.

40 Yard

A 40-yard dumpster is one of the biggest sizes out there. It’s 22 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 8 feet deep. You won’t need this for any residential projects, but it’s a good fit for medium to large commercial renovations and remodels.

A Beginner’s Guide to Dumpster Sizes

Dumpster sizes can make or break your project. If you don’t get the right size, your entire project could come crashing to a halt. This guide will help you find the best size for any project, both residential or commercial.

Do you still have a few questions about dumpster sizes? Make sure you click here to get in touch with us today!

Renting a Dumpster: The Top Tips You Need to Know

Renting a Dumpster: The Top Tips You Need to Know

Are you needing to rent a dumpster? If so, check out this guide to learn the top tips for renting a dumpster.

Are you renovating your home or office? Do you have a large amount of debris to remove from your property?

Have you always wanted to rent a dumpster—just for fun? Whatever the reason, you’ll want to go about renting a dumpster the right way.

It might seem simple to find a dumpster company and get a dumpster delivered wherever you need it. However, if you’ve never rented a dumpster before, you’ll want to check out these tips for renting a dumpster.

Home or Office?

Where do you need your dumpster? That’s a critical question when renting a dumpster for your project.

If you need debris collection and removal in a residential area, you need a residential dumpster. Many neighborhoods have different requirements for waste disposal. Your city could have rules and regulations about dumpster sizes and where you can put a dumpster on your property.

When it comes to commercial debris removal from an office or warehouse, different rules, pricing, and dumpster sizes can apply.

When you request a dumpster, make sure you let us know where it’s going and the nature of your commercial or residential project. This information helps you get the best rates and the right dumpster sizes.

Size Matters

Not all dumpsters are the same! Depending on the size or amount of debris, you want to rent the right sized dumpster. If you choose a dumpster that’s too small, you add expense with multiple pick-ups from a dumpster you fill too fast.

If you order dumpster that’s bigger than you need, you’ll pay more for space you won’t use.

In general:

  • Basement, attic, or garage cleanouts do well with a 15-yard box. 
  • New home construction or a residential reservation needs to handle more debris. Choose a 30-yard box to avoid repeated dumpster fills and removals.
  • For most large-scale commercial projects, including tearing off the roof, go big with a 40-yard box. 

For your smallest projects, like tearing out and replacing a deck for your home, ask your dumpster provider if they offer trash bins or small, 10-yard boxes. You’ll save money on a smaller container as long as your project doesn’t fill more than the bin holds.

But, don’t underestimate the bin size that works best for your project. When using a rental dumpster, you can’t leave items above the rim of the dumpster. Overfilling your dumpster is a hazard to the public and to the person who removes it at the end of your project.

Choosing the wrong size can increase the dumpster use and removal fees—whether you choose a bin that’s too big or too small. Talk with us to help determine the right size dumpster for your needs.

Location, Location, Location!

Where is the best spot for your dumpster? They tend to be an eyesore; plus you need to place the dumpster in the most useful and safest location.

Make sure you understand any regulations that restrict dumpster placement at your home or business. Put the dumpster in an ideal location for the safe removal of your debris.

Be sure the dumpster company has easy access to deliver and remove your dumpster.

You Can’t Toss That

It’s a dumpster, so you can toss any size, shape, or type of materials, right?


True, a dumpster’s purpose is to hold an assortment of debris and waste. However, there are many things you can’t toss into a dumpster without facing a penalty.

Make sure you remove debris from any cleanout or construction project responsibly.

Some excluded items should be evident due to their potential for extreme harm. These items shouldn’t be common household items but could be more common during a commercial project.

Your Dumpster Can’t Hold These Items

Don’t use your rented dumpster for these dangerous items:

  • Hazardous waste
  • Radioactive material
  • Chemical products, including pool chemicals and lawn fertilizers
  • Industrial waste

Other household items or products might be less obvious prohibited items, but they don’t belong in a dumpster.

  • Household cleaners, like bleach or solvents
  • Herbicides and pesticides
  • Flammable liquids
  • Paint in liquid form or lead paint chips
  • Fluorescent tubes or any lightbulbs
  • Any liquids

There is one exception to tossing paint in your dumpster. Feel free to load wholly dried latex paint in cans into a rented dumpster.

Additional prohibited items include:

  • Propane tanks
  • Automobile tires, motor oil, batteries, and transmission fluid
  • Any hydraulic or lubricating oils and oil filters
  • Antifreeze
  • Cloths or rags contaminated with solvents or gasoline
  • Soil contaminated by petroleum
  • Asbestos
  • Appliances
  • Medical waste and medications
  • Asbestos

Not only are these prohibited items dangerous when sitting in a dumpster, but they can also leak out of containers and contaminate soil or harm wildlife. Plus, disposing of these items in your dumpster also puts the supply and removal company at-risk of harm.

Be responsible about the debris you put in your dumpster. Make other arrangements for hazardous items or the disposal of anything on these lists.

Budget Your Dumpster

Don’t forget about debris removal! When creating the budget for your cleanout or construction project, but sure you budget for the cost of renting a dumpster.

Work with your local dumpster company to find the right size dumpster for as long as you need it. Be sure you work through every aspect of your project, including requesting a separate dumpster for yard-only waste if required.

Renting a Dumpster Completes Your Project!

Your project isn’t complete without renting a dumpster to take care of waste and debris. From emptying your basement to remodeling your home, a temporary dumpster keeps debris out of the way of your work.

We can handle debris removal for just about any project from commercial to residential. When you’re ready to talk about the best dumpster for your needs, contact us for a free estimate!