Which Dumpster Size Do I Need?

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Determining which size dumpster is right for your particular cleanup job is critically important.

Getting a container that is too small can lead to overage charges and/or delays in clearing the unwanted junk from your home or business.

Roll-off dumpster sizes are measured in cubic yards and are usually offered as 10, 20, 30, or 40 yard dumpsters.

Some dumpster rental companies offer half sizes, like 15 yard dumpsters, or mini dumpsters ranging from 2-8 yards.

The dumpster rental company or junk removal service can help you determine which size is right for your particular project.

We'll go over the most common dumpster sizes and what types of projects they can accommodate. 

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10 Yard Dumpsters

A 10 yard dumpster can hold 10 cubic yards of material.

Common dumpster dimensions for a 10 yard dumpster are 12 ft long x 8 ft wide x 4 ft high, though these dimensions may vary.

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A 10 yard dumpster may be appropriate for projects involving removal of material from a small basement or garage cleanout, 250 sq ft deck, 1,500 sq ft of roofing shingles, yard debris, or a small kitchen and bath renovation.

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20 Yard Dumpsters

A 20 yard dumpster holds 20 cubic yards of waste.

Its dimensions typically measure 22 ft long x 8 ft wide x 4.5 ft high.

A 20 yard dumpster may be the right dumpster size for a large basement, garage, or attic cleanup.

It may also be the right size for flooring and carpet removal in larger homes, 300 to 400 sq ft of deck removal, or 2,500 to 3,000 sq ft of roof shingles.

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30 Yard Dumpsters

A 30 yard dumpster holds 30 cubic yards of waste and typically measures 22 ft long x 8 ft wide x 6 ft high.

A 30 yard dumpster may be the right choice for a major home addition, new home construction, garage demo, or replacing windows or siding on a small-to-medium-sized home.

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40 Yard Dumpsters

A 40 yard dumpster holds 40 cubic yards of waste and commonly has dimensions of 22 ft long x 8 ft wide x 8 ft high.

A 40 yard dumpster may be the optimal choice for a cleanup involving window or siding replacement on a large home, commercial roofing jobs or cleanouts, new construction, major additions, or removal of massive amounts of trash.

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