Choosing a dumpster that's too small for your project can end up costing you in overage fees, or worse, force you to rent a second dumpster to finish the job.
Learn about dumpster sizes and how much they hold with the help of our infographics.
You can refer to these infographics the next time you need to rent a dumpster for your next garage cleanout, spring cleaning, remodeling project, roofing project, yard debris cleanup, or another job.
- Average Dumpster Dimensions, Weight Allowances, and Costs
- Understanding Cubic Yards
- Projects That Each Dumpster Size Can Accommodate
- Understanding Overage Fees
Average Dumpster Dimensions, Weight Allowances, and Costs
Dumpster sizes, weight allowances, and costs can vary from company to company, but these nationwide averages can help give you an idea of what to expect when deciding which size will work best for you.
|10 Yard||12 ft x 8 ft x 3.5 ft||2-3 tons (4,000-6,000 lbs)||$250-$450|
|20 Yard||22 ft x 8 ft x 4 ft||2-4 tons (4,000-8,000 lbs)||$350-$550|
|30 Yard||22 ft x 8 ft x 6 ft||4-5 tons (8,000-10,000 lbs)||$450-$650|
|40 Yard||22 ft x 8 ft x 8 ft||6-8 tons (12,000-16,000 lbs)||$550-$750|
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Understanding Cubic Yards
To better understand the different sizes that dumpsters come in, you need to first understand what exactly a cubic yard is.
One cubic yard is equivalent to an area of 3 ft x 3 ft x 3 ft, or 27 cubic feet.
Learn more here: How Much Is a Cubic Yard?
Projects That Each Dumpster Size Can Accommodate
If you'd rather not do any calculating, this list of will give you an idea of what common projects each dumpster size can accommodate, so you can choose the right size for you.
10 Yard Dumpsters
- 250 sq ft deck removal
- Garage cleanout
- Heavy debris disposal
- 1,500 roof shingle tear-off
- Small remodeling project
20 Yard Dumpsters
- Whole house flooring remodel
- Large roof shingle tear-off
- 400 sq ft deck removal
- Whole house cleanout
- Light construction
30 Yard Dumpsters
- Windows/siding replacement
- New construction
- Major hoarding situations
- Garage demolition
40 Yard Dumpsters
- New construction
- Office building construction
- Windows/siding replacement (large home)
- Commercial clean out
Understanding Overage Fees
Overage fees can greatly increase the price you pay for your dumpster rental if you aren't careful.
You can avoid overage fees by being conservative with your debris estimates and renting a larger dumpster than you think you'll need to finish your project.
Overage fees vary from company to company, but based on a survey collected by Hometown Dumpster Rental, these are the nationwide average fees you can expect to be charged if you exceed your weight allowance.
|Overweight||Average Fee for Exceeding Weight Allowance|
Let's look at an example situation to better explain what we mean...
A homeowner doing spring cleaning rents a 10 yard dumpster for $250, and it comes with a 2 ton weight allowance.
After finishing the job and having the dumpster picked up and hauled away, the dumpster company weighs the load at the landfill, and it weighs in at 3 tons—1 ton over the dumpster's weight limit.
Assuming the overage fee falls in the same range as the national average, the homeowner could owe a $100 overage fee on top of the $250 rental price.
The total cost for the 10 yard dumpster rental is now $350.
The homeowner could have rented a 20 yard dumpster with a 4 ton weight allowance for $300, saving them some money and giving them some extra space for additional items.
This is an example of how going with a larger dumpster size can save you money on your final rental bill.