Your Guide to Dumpster Rental Sizes

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It sounds like a simple question: What size dumpster rental do you need for your project?

Your Guide to Dumpster Rental Sizes

The answer can be tougher to determine than you might think.

Dumpster rental services have strict rules against overfilling and for a good reason. Overfilling can be hazardous and require extra accommodation or reorganization to safely deal with overflowing debris. Rental companies often penalize renters for overloading their dumpsters.

While that might convince you to simply go with a bigger size, dumpsters take up considerable space, particularly on residential properties. Overshoot the size, and you’ll be just as inconvenienced by the dumpster as you are by your project, not to mention wasting extra money on space you didn’t need.

So, what’s a homeowner to do? Here’s a guide to help you determine the right dumpster rental size for your needs:

  • 10-Yard box – The smallest dumpster box available, the 10-yard box holds around the equivalent of three pickup truck loads, which equals around three tons of debris. The 10-yard box will suffice for most yard projects and minor renovations and cleanouts.
  • 20-Yard box – Think double the size of the 10-yard box. Roofing projects often go with the 20-yard option, as well as room renovations.
  • 30-Yard box – You are probably looking at a 30-yard box if you are undertaking a major home renovation. It can hold up to five tons of debris.
  • 40-yard box – The biggest box available, the 40-yard box, is usually utilized by construction companies on major worksites.

Of course, doing your own measurements before deciding on your rental needs is beneficial. Measure any big items, such as furniture or large areas of drywall or carpet, that will take up a lot of space or add considerable weight. Also, measure your property to determine what size dumpster you will be able to comfortably accommodate.

With a little planning and consideration, you can save your save time, money, and frustration by choosing the right dumpster rental for your project.