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Is a 10 yard dumpster the right size for my project?

Is a 10 yard dumpster the right size for my project?

uses for a 10 yard dumpster

10 yard dumpsters are capable of holding 10 cubic yards of material or debris. That’s equivalent to roughly 3 to 5 pickup truck loads of waste. It’s a good choice for various situations, like small home cleanouts and renovation projects.

Read on to learn more about 10 yard debris boxes and to find out whether or not a 10 yard container is the ideal container size for your project.


5 essential tips

Before you book your 10 yard dumpster, it’s important to know a few basics. Keep this information in mind throughout the rental process:

  1. Weight restrictions are enforced: Going over the weight limit will rack up overage charges. A typical weight limit for a 10 yard bin is 1 to 3 tons. (Learn more below.)
  2. A standard rental period is seven days (can vary by company): A $5 to $10 per day late fee is charged for keeping the container longer.
  3. The type of waste or debris matters: Some rental companies have rules in place based on the type of debris. For instance, a rental provider may not permit any mixing of waste in with dirt or concrete loads. Be sure to know what you’re disposing of before calling the rental company.
  4. You can’t throw certain materials in dumpsters: This includes, but is not limited to, hazardous wastes, tires, and batteries.
  5. Many roll off container rental providers recycle: Make it easier for them by separating recyclables when possible. For example, keep concrete in one container and non-recyclable wastes in another.

Types of 10 yard dumpsters

Rear-door roll-off dumpsters

This type of dumpster is probably the most common you’ll come across. As the name implies, it features a back door that opens up for easy loading. This is a particularly useful feature if you’re getting rid of bulky, heavy items that would be difficult to lift over the sides of a dumpster.

10 yard dumpster with rear door entry

Features / Benefits:

  • Rear door makes it easy to load heavy and bulky items
  • Roll-off design; rolls off the back of the truck for fast drop offs and pickups
  • Small footprint; fits well in most driveways

Typical dimensions: 12 ft L x 8 ft W x 4 ft H

“Lowboys”

This shorter version of a traditional 10 yard roll-off dumpster is nicknamed a “Lowboy” since its sidewalls (typically) rise just 2 to 3 ft off the ground. The shorter sides makes it easier to load heavy debris. Lowboys are specifically designed for inert materials, like dirt, concrete, brick, sand, tile, and asphalt.

10 yard lowboy dumpster

Features / Benefits:

  • Easy loading from any side
  • Designed for heavy materials, like concrete, dirt, sand, and brick
  • Longer footprint compared to a rear-entry dumpster

Typical dimensions: 16 ft L x 8 ft W x 2 ft H

Dumpster trailers

Some dumpster rental companies utilize specially-designed trailers for loads of 10 cubic yards or less. In situations where dropping off a roll off dumpster isn’t a viable option, such as on top of soft ground, a trailer comes in handy. Since it’s on wheels, trailers won’t damage your driveway. Although, it should be pointed out that most dumpster rental providers place wood between the roll off dumpster and your driveway for added protection.

Dumpster trailer

Features / Benefits:

  • Comes in various shapes and sizes
  • Good alternative option when a roll-off dumpster simply won’t work
  • Risk of damage to property is low

Typical dimensions: Varies by company

Front-load containers

Front-load containers are used outside of businesses and restaurants, and are also called commercial dumpsters. A 10 yard commercial dumpster is about as big as they get. Other common sizes include 2, 4, 6, and 8 cubic yards. Front-load dumpsters are primarily used for weekly commercial trash service; however, some dumpster rental companies may offer them as temporary rentals. This is not the type of dumpster you’d use for a construction or demolition project.

Commercial front-load dumpster

Features / Benefits

  • Single or double door on top
  • Primarily used for commercial garbage/trash service at businesses and commercial buildings
  • Loaded into garbage truck using a hydraulic front-loading arm

Typical dimensions: 7 ft L x 6 ft W x 7 ft H

When a 10 yard bin makes sense

A 10 yard debris box is an economical option for smaller projects. Here are some examples of when these compact containers can come in handy:

  • Garage, shed, or attic cleanout
  • 250 square foot deck removal
  • 20 to 25 square (2,000 to 2,500 square feet) of roofing shingles (single layer)
  • Small kitchen or bathroom remodeling project
  • Concrete or dirt removal (1 cubic yard of dry concrete/dirt weighs approximately 1 ton)
  • Getting rid of junk during a move
  • Throwing out about a single-car-garage worth of household trash

Uses for a 10 yard dumpster

It’s important to realize that every project is different, so a bigger container may be necessary in some cases. Check out our guide to dumpster sizes for more information.

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Getting the most bang for your buck

While 10 yard bins are amongst the most affordable options in terms of upfront pricing, they can get a bit expensive if you surpass the weight allowance set by the rental company. When in doubt, go with a bigger dumpster to avoid the potential for overage fees.

Overage fees vary by company but can range from $40 to $100 per ton over the weight allowance

Here’s a hypothetical example of when renting a bigger dumpster would be a more economical option:

A 10 yd. container rents for $300 and comes with a weight allowance of 2 tons. The larger 20 yd. bin rents for $400 but allows for 4 tons of debris. Both sizes are subject to a $75 per ton overage fee. If you were to rent the 10 yd. box to load up some demolished concrete and accidentally went over the weight allowance by 2 tons, you’d be subject to an overage fee of $150. This puts the total rental fee at $450 for the 10 yarder, when you could’ve fit all the concrete debris in the 20 yarder for $50 less.

Luckily, the dumpster rental companies you’ll find at Hometown are reputable and experienced, so they’re able to estimate the weight of various wastes and debris from projects big or small with incredible accuracy.

Helpful Hint: Our Big List of Dumpster Rental Costs is a good tool to use when comparing the difference between 10 and 20 yard dumpster prices in your area. 
 

Final Tips:

  • Be as detailed as possible on the phone with the rental company so they can estimate the total tonnage of the waste or debris.
  • For heavier debris, like dirt or concrete, some dumpster rental companies waive the weight allowance and instead allow you to fill the container to a specific height. This makes it easier to avoid overage charges. Be sure to ask about this option.
  • Read the customer reviews we publish here at the HometownDumpsterRental.com website. It gives you a snapshot of other customers’ experience dealing with dumpster rental companies.