10 Yard Dumpsters: What Fits?

what will fit in a 10 yard dumpster

A 10 yard dumpster is a popular choice for small to medium size cleanups. It is a useful choice for a wide range of projects, such as remodeling, basement cleanouts, spring cleaning, roofing, and more.

Because it’s a relatively compact container, it’s important to be sure it’s the right size to accommodate your project’s needs. Not doing so could cost you money in the end.

Although the base price of a 10 yard bin is attractive, extra fees have the potential to drive up the costs. The information here will help you avoid this type of situation.

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Great option for residential cleanups

10 yarders are cost-efficient, widely available, and have a relatively compact footprint. 10 yard roll-offs fit well in driveways, making them a great option for home cleanouts, renovation, roofing, moving, and more.

The key to making the most of your 10 yard rental is planning ahead, estimating the type/amount of debris accurately, and abiding by the weight-limit and load-height requirements.

Dimensions of a 10 yard dumpster

picture of 10 yard dumpster

Unlike larger 30 and 40 yard dumpsters, 10 yarders come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. There are roll-offs, trailer dumpsters, lowboys (dumpster walls are shorter), and commercial front-load dumpsters. Roll-off containers are the most common, followed by rubber-wheeled trailer dumpsters.

10 cubic yard dumpster dimensionsThe typical 10 yard roll-off container measures 12 ft. x 8 ft. x 4 ft. (L x W x H). This is a traditional tub-style container. Lowboys and flat-bottom dumpsters have shorter sides for easier loading of heavy debris.

Keep in mind that dimensions vary, so it’s important to ask the dumpster rental provider what type(s) of 10 yard dumpsters are available, as well as the approximate dimensions of each type. More about dumpster sizes.

If access to the job site or space is limited where you want the dumpster placed, be sure to measure the space to ensure the dumpster and truck will fit during delivery and placement.

Some 10 yard dumpsters make more sense than others depending on the type of waste or debris. For example, a lowboy is great for loading heavy dirt or roofing shingles, while a container with tall sides is better for disposing of bulky items, like sofas, chairs, appliances, and the like.

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10 yard dumpster rental cost

The national average cost to rent a 10 yard dumpster is $304 for a standard seven-day rental. This figure is based on data collected by HometownDumpsterRental.com.

Costs are highly variable depending upon location, availability, type of debris, and other factors. For example, you can expect to pay $500+ to rent a 10 yard roll-off container in New York City, while the same size container in Cleveland, OH can cost as little as $225.

TIP: To ensure the best pricing, be sure to call or get quotes from at least 2-3 dumpster rental companies.

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How much does a 10 yard dumpster hold?

This hinges upon the type, weight, and volume of waste. Below are some examples of projects and how much of that type of debris a 10 yarder will accommodate.

Project Type

A 10 yd. dumpster holds…

Shingle roof tear off

1,500 sq. ft. of shingles

Deck demolition or fence removal

250 sq. ft. deck or fencing

10’ x 15’ concrete patio demo

2 cubic yards of debris = 4 tons of weight

Appliance removal

Medium-size kitchen appliances and washer/dryer

Furniture removal

Sofa, loveseat, and several small pieces

Home cleanout

Junk from a garage OR attic OR spring cleaning project OR small house

Renovation / Remodeling

Medium-size kitchen OR bathroom

Flooring removal

2,000 sq. ft. wood laminate = 1.5 tons (avg.)

Dirt or heavy inert debris removal

1 cubic yard = 1 ton (fill dirt)

Construction debris

Small structure construction (e.g. shed)

Light demolition project

Shed OR interior demo (1 - 2 rooms)

Additional fees associated with overfilling 10 yard roll-off containers

10 yard roll off dumpster overloaded

Overage fees can turn a good deal bad!

Filling the dumpster too high (over the rim) and/or exceeding the weight allowance of the bin can lead to additional fees. Overage fees can cost $100+ per ton in some markets. The average national cost is $75 per ton.

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These fees can add up fast, especially if the debris is dense and heavy. For example, 5 square of roofing shingle debris can weigh about 2 tons. A 20 square roof would then generate about 8 tons of roofing shingle debris. A typical 10 yard dumpster comes standard with 2 tons of included weight. Going 6 tons over could cost hundreds of additional fees, leading to an expensive mistake.

These fees can be avoided!

Follow these tips to ensure you aren’t hit with overage charges:

  • Fully explain to the dumpster rental company the type(s) of debris you plan to dispose of in the dumpster and stick to that debris only.
  • Follow the dumpster rental company’s recommendation as to how high to load the container based on the type of debris you are disposing of.
  • Keep the dumpster tarped during snow or rain storms. Wet debris is far heavier than dry debris, and this could push you over the dumpster’s weight allowance. As an example, wet dirt weighs 33% more than dry dirt.
  • Avoid filling the dumpster too high. In most cases, the load should be kept below the rim of the container so that the driver can tarp it for transport.

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