What Fits In a 10 Yard Dumpster?

what will fit in a 10 yard dumpster

A 10 yard dumpster is a popular choice for small to medium size cleanups and is useful for a wide range of projects, like 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.

Underestimating the full scope of your project's disposal needs could end up costing you more money in the long run.

Although the base price of a 10 yard bin is attractive in comparison to its larger counterparts, extra fees have the potential to drive up the final cost.

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What Types of Projects Can a 10 Yard Dumpster Accommodate?

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

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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.

The typical 10 yard roll-off container measures 12 x 8 x 4 ft.

measurements of a 10 yard dumpster

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.

If you have tight or limited space, be sure to measure the area you plan on placing your rental to make sure delivery goes smoothly.

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.

10 Yard Dumpster Rental Cost

The current national average cost to rent a 10 yard dumpster is $365 for a standard seven-day rental.

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.

Continue Reading: Complete Guide to Dumpster Rental Prices

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

Amount 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

10x15 ft concrete patio demolition

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 single area (garage, attic, shed, or similar small area)

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)

Construction debris

Small structure construction (shed, garage, etc.)

Light demolition project

Interior demo (1 - 2 rooms)

Overage Fees for Dumpster Rentals

10 yard roll off dumpster overloaded

Overage fees can turn a great deal into an expensive nightmare if you aren't careful.

Filling the dumpster too high (over the rim) or exceeding the weight allowance of the bin can lead to additional fees.

Overage fees can cost $100+ per ton in some markets, with the average national cost around $75 per ton.

These fees can add up fast, especially if the debris is dense and heavy.

For example, 5 sq ft of roofing shingle debris can weigh around 2 tons, while a 20 sq ft roof would 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 dollars in additional fees which could have been avoided if you ordered an appropriately sized container.

Tips to Avoid Paying Dumpster Rental Overage Fees

tips to avoid paying dumpster rental overage fees

  • 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 rainstorms. Wet debris is far heavier than dry debris and this could push you over the dumpster’s weight allowance. A perfect example: wet dirt weighs 33% more than dry dirt.
  • Keep your rental period as short as possible to lessen the likelihood of others illegally dumping in your rental.
  • Leave enough space at the top of the container for safe transport. The load should be kept below the rim of the container so that the driver can tarp it for added safety.

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