How to Choose a Rental Dumpster Size

How to Choose a Rental Dumpster Size

Waste disposal is probably the least exciting part of any home improvement project, but it’s a necessity. No matter if you’re a homeowner doing a small home renovation or a construction crew on a large job, no project is complete until all waste has been removed. 

In 2017, the EPA found that 569 million tons of construction and demolition debris was generated by roads, buildings, and bridges in the US.

Determining your waste disposal needs varies on project type, size, and type of waste. Dumpsters come in many sizes, but the most popular are between 10-25 cubic yards.

If you’re struggling to choose the best options for your project, continue reading to learn about different dumpster sizes and their advantages.

Dumpster Size: 10 Yards

Dumpster dimensions will depend on the company you choose, but if your dumpster is 10 cubic yards, typical dimensions would be 12’ long by 7’ wide by 3’ high.

To get a better idea, this would be the same as 4 loads in a standard pickup truck or 50-70 standard-size trash bags.

This size is perfect for small-scale home cleanouts, landscape debris such as branches, or home debris like roof shingles.

Dumpster Size: 14 Yards

Dimensions for a 15 cubic yard dumpster are typically 12’ long by 8’ wide by 4’ high. This is equivalent to 80-100 standard trash bags. This size of dumpster works well for medium to large-scale home cleanouts.

It’s also ideal if you want to remove large furniture like mattresses or couches or if you want to do an integral home renovation. This dumpster size is recommended for restoration after a flood or fire.

Dumpster Size: 20 Yards

Dimensions for a 20 cubic yard dumpster are typically 12’ long by 8’ wide by ‘5 high. This is equivalent to 110-130 standard trash bags.

This size dumpster works well for large amounts of furniture, debris, or other low-density material. Never put toxic or highly flammable material into a rental dumpster, such as old oil drums or anything containing gasoline. 

This size dumpster is used mostly by construction crews. It can contain waste from large-scale home cleanouts and major construction. For services like these, most homeowners will contract out to a construction company.


What’s Next?

Now that you have an idea of which dumpster size you’ll need, there are a few other important details that will help you choose the right size and maximize the value of your dumpster.

Always factor in the following when choosing a dumpster size:


  • Expected weight of waste
  • Expected volume of waste
  • Delivery & Pick Up costs
  • Length of time you need the dumpster


Weight of Waste

Think about how much weight you plan to add to your dumpster before you choose a size to rent! Most dumpster service prices include a specific weight for each dumpster size, but if you go over that target weight, you’ll have to pay an extra charge.

For example, if you’re disposing of low-density materials like roof shingles, you probably won’t have to worry much about weight. But higher density materials could bump up the cost. Considering choosing a larger size to prevent this.


Volume of Waste

Even though you’re choosing your dumpster size based on expected volume, try to be as precise as possible.

Always overestimate if you’re not sure because if you overfill your dumpster, you can be charged extra. It’s better to pay for a slightly larger dumpster to make sure your waste will be hauled away.

Tipping Delivery or Pickup Costs

Dumpster rental companies usually drop off and pick up the dumpster for you. Make sure to check if these towing costs are included in the initial quote or are added later. Keep in mind that towing prices also change based on the dumpster size, so be aware of this before ordering a dumpster.

Length of Rental

Dumpster companies will ask you two things — what size you need and how long you need it. These details are important especially for ongoing projects because if you’re going to generate a large amount of waste but not at the same time, you might not need the largest size option. 


Small-scale homeowner projects may only need a dumpster for a day or two. Larger construction projects will need a dumpster on an ongoing basis. Ask the dumpster rental company about daily, weekly, and monthly rates. 


What Dumpster Size is Right for You?

You should now have a better idea of which dumpster size works for your needs. While home improvement and construction projects can be an enjoyable challenge, you can’t always appreciate what you’ve accomplished until all the debris has been taken away.

Ready to rent your dumpster? We cover Toronto, Mississauga, Vaughan, Brampton, Markham, Richmond Hill, Caledon, Bolton, and GTA. Call 1-833-GET-BINS for a free quote today.




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