How Big Is a 10 Cubic Yard Dumpster?

10 vs. 20 cubic yard dumpster

A small dumpster is a popular choice for residential cleanups, including spring cleaning, construction debris, single-layer roof tear offs, and during a move.

10 yard roll-off dumpsters are versatile and compact, designed to fit nicely in a standard driveway.

Some are constructed with shorter sides for easier side-loading of heavy debris, such as concrete or dirt.

10 yard roll off containers are considered small dumpsters and hold 10 cubic yards of debris, but their size and shape varies. “Tub-style” or flat-bottom bins are standard, but some haulers carry only lowboys or trailers as their 10 yard bin.

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How Much Will Fit Inside a 10 Yard Roll-off Dumpster?

An easy way to estimate how much space 10 cubic yards actually consumes is to visualize the size of a standard stove.

One 3 ft. x 3 ft. x 3 ft. stove takes up 1 cubic yard of space.

Picture 10 of these stoves to estimate the amount of volume 10 cubic yards takes up.

10 cubic yard dumpster

Different Container Styles

Standard tub-style or flat-bottom container

  • Common exterior dimensions of a standard 10 yard bin are 12 ft. long x 8 ft. wide x 3.5 ft. high
  • Interior dimensions are several inches less per side (left, right, and bottom)
  • Swing open back door for easy loading  

Lowboy dumpsters

  • Much lower sidewalls than standard 10 yard roll-offs
  • Common lowboy dimensions:  20 ft. long X 8 ft. wide X 2 ft. high
  • Designed specifically for very heavy debris like concrete, dirt, or rock
  • Back door opens to form a ramp for easy loading

Types of 10 yard roll off dumpsters

Dumpster trailers

  • Rubber-tired dumpsters
  • 14 ft. long X 7 ft. wide X 3 ft. high are common dimensions
  • Easier on asphalt driveways or lawns than steel wheels and feet
  • Not as common as standard roll off dumpsters

Is a 10 Yard Bin Right for Your Project?

10 yarders are generally used for two types of cleanups:

  1. Heavy debris (e.g., concrete, dirt, roofing shingles, etc.)
  2. Small cleanouts of non-bulky wastes (e.g., attic cleanout)

The best way to ensure a 10 yard container will accommodate your cleanup is to call a local dumpster rental company and discuss the project with them.

While a 10 yard box is usually the most affordable option, the project can get expensive when you find that a 10 yarder wasn’t big enough to finish the job.

10 yarders are great for...

10 yard roll-off dumpsters are great for:

  • Moving dirt
  • Concrete debris disposal
  • Basement, garage, and attic cleanouts
  • Non-bulky household junk cleanout (e.g., spring cleaning)
  • Landscaping and yard debris
  • Roofing shingles
  • Remodeling projects or small flooring removal

When you’re on the fence about which size to choose, the bigger container is usually the safer choice.  Too small equals more hassle and more cost for an additional dumpster

Alternative Option

It may also be worth considering hiring a junk removal company for your cleanup.

In some instances, junk removal may be the more affordable solution, particularly for small cleanups.

Junk removal is great for the disposal of furniture sets, small debris piles, or situations where you can’t do the loading yourself.


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