Dumpster Sizes Chart: Dumpster Sizes and How Much They Hold

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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 infographic.

We include visual representations of each dumpster size so you can easily compare the four most common dumpster sizes.

You can refer to this infographic 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.

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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.

 

Size Dimensions Weight Allowance Cost
10 Yard 12 ft x 8 ft x 3.5 ft 2-3 tons (4,000-6,000 lbs) $300
20 Yard 22 ft x 8 ft x 4 ft 2-4 tons (4,000-8,000 lbs) $380
30 Yard 22 ft x 8 ft x 6 ft 4-5 tons (8,000-10,000 lbs) $440
40 Yard 22 ft x 8 ft x 8 ft 6-8 tons (12,000-16,000 lbs) $490

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.

So, a 10 yard dumpster is equivalent to 270 cubic feet, a 20 yard dumpster is equivalent to 540 cubic ft, and so on.


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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.

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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
  • Additions
  • New construction
  • Renovations
  • Major hoarding situations
  • Garage demolition

40 Yard Dumpsters

  • New construction
  • Office building construction
  • Demolition
  • Windows/siding replacement (large home)
  • Commercial clean out

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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.

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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
1 ton $62
2 tons $124
3 tons $186
4 tons $248

 

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 is the same as the national average for this particular rental company, the homeowner would owe a $62 overage fee on top of the $250 rental price.

The total cost for the 10 yard dumpster rental is now $312.

The homeowner could have rented a 20 yard dumpster with a 4 ton weight allowance for $300 (or less in some cases), 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.


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