A Quick Guide For Choosing The Right Size Roll Off Dumpster For Your Project

If you are remodeling or doing some major construction on your home or rental property you probably already know that you will need a roll off dumpster from a place like Tri-State Disposal to contain the debris. What you may not know is what sizes are available and how to choose the right size dumpster to match the job. Follow these guidelines and tips for choosing a roll off dumpster that is the right size to meet your needs.

What sizes are roll off dumpsters?

Roll off dumpsters come in a variety of sizes ranging from 8 cubic yards to 40 cubic yards. This refers to the capacity of the dumpster. Common sizes are 8, 10, 20, 30 and 40 cubic yards. The outside dimensions of the dumpster also vary depending on the manufacturer of the dumpsters. Typically, a 10 cubic yard dumpster measures between 6.5 feet to 8.5 feet wide, 10 to 11 feet long with a height of 4.5 feet. The 20 to 40 yard dumpsters typically measure about 8 feet wide and 22 to 24 feet long with a height ranging from 4.5 to 8.5 feet. As a point of reference, a roll off dumpster takes up about as much room as the parking area for one vehicle.

How do you know which size you need?

Professional equipment rental companies estimate the size you will need according to the average use. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, like you are cleaning out the home of a hoarder, follow these guidelines for choosing the appropriate size.

  • 8 to 10 Cubic Yards: This small size dumpster is ideal for those who have a small space for the dumpster and who are cleaning out a one car garage, attic or small basement. It holds 8 to 10 cubic yards of waste. To envision the size of this dumpster, a medium-sized wheelbarrow that holds 3 cubic feet would need to be filled 9 times to equal one cubic yard, explains Today's Homeowner That means a 10 cubic yard dumpster would hold 90 wheelbarrows full of waste. It will hold approximately 120 kitchen-sized (13 gallon) garbage bags filled with trash.

  • 20 Cubic Yards: The 20 yard dumpster will hold twice as much waste as the 10 yard dumpster. It is the ideal size for cleaning out a two car garage, holding the debris from remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, or redoing your deck.

  • 30 Cubic Yards: This large dumpster will handle roofing jobs, basement cleanouts or even cleaning out an apartment or home when renters leave behind copious amounts of trash, furniture and unwanted belongings. It is also good for estate cleanouts and foreclosures.

  • 40 Cubic Yards: These massive roll off dumpsters are ideal in the business setting or if you undertake a major remodeling project in your home or rental property.

What else should you consider?

Check the overall dimensions of the roll off dumpster you are considering to be sure that you have adequate room for the dumpster on your property. If you have rental property that has been vacated, you can place the dumpster in the parking lot, but if your family or renters still occupy the building, use care to place the dumpster in an area that is out of the way and does not interfere with normal daily activities, such as  parking and leisure activities. Check that the dumpster does not block emergency exits or block access to your home to fire trucks or emergency vehicles should an emergency arise.

If you are still unsure of which size roll off dumpster you need for your project, call a dumpster rental company to discuss your specific needs.