What Size Dumpster Do I Need?

How Big of a Dumpster Do I Need?

You’ve started a project in your home, whether it be a kitchen renovation, small bathroom make over or a total full house job chances are you’ll be faced with a mess afterwards. To tackle the mess the best way possible, rent a dumpster! Dumpsters are great solutions to all of your household waste and debris from whatever project you got your hands in. But what size dumpster do you need? We at Dumpster Rental Inc can help with the following break down.

How Much Does Each Dumpster Size Hold?

Dumpster dimensions are expressed in cubic yards, this refers to the volume of debris the dumpster can hold. Size availability may vary depending on the location of the drop off and the company you choose to rent from, but these are the common sizes to choose from:

  • 10 cubic yard dumpster: Open top holds about 5-6 pickup truck loads – 1 Ton Included
  • 20 cubic yard dumpster: Open top holds about 10 pickup truck loads – 2 Tons Included
  • 30 cubic yard dumpster: Open top holds about 15 pickup truck loads – 3 Tons Included
  • 40 cubic yard dumpster: Open top holds about 20 pickup truck loads – 4 Tons Included

Now that you have an idea of common dumpster dimensions, follow along for this break down of which dumpster sizes work for various common projects that require a dumpster rental.

Basement / Garage Clean Out

Depending on the amount of household junk you need to dispose of, a 10 yard dumpster should be the perfect size for you. Household items, clothing, and other junk items can be thrown away in the dumpster, be sure to check on the policy for larger appliances if you have them.

Full Household Clean Out

During a full household clean out, you’ll probably come across massive amounts of household waste that you didn’t even realize you had. Your best option (depending on the size of your home) is to rent a 20 yard dumpster. The 20 yard dumpster can handle large quantities of household junk from furniture, to smaller items that you found no use for along the way. If your house is on the larger side consider what you’ll be throwing away and determine whether or not a 30 yard is necessary for you.

Remodeling a Room

Remodeling a room? Whether you’re tearing out a carpet, taking down a wall, or installing new winds a 20 yard dumpster is probably your best bet. If you’re remodeling a kitchen you’ll end up with a ton of large items to remove, cabinets, countertops, and appliances are all bulk items and may require a 30 yard dumpster.

Remodeling Multiple Rooms

If you’re remodeling multiple rooms in your home, it’s best if you go for a 20 or 30 yard container. Depending on the size of the rooms and what you’re doing to them will be the deciding factor in choosing your dumpster. If each room is just getting the flooring replaced, a 20 yard container will work. If you’re planning a little more for each room, then going with the 30 yard would be a safe bet.

Construction Projects

Usually the best dumpster for a construction job will be a 30 or 40 yarder, or even multiple. Both sizes can handle any lumber, drywall, siding and other waste generated by a construction project. Keep in mind dumpsters are usually rented from a 7-10 day basis, and your project may require a longer rental period, talk to your dumpster rental company about what they can include on your rental.

Demolition Projects

Demolition projects create a lot of debris, in order to handle the clean up efficiently you will need the largest dumpster possible, the 40 yard dumpster. If your demolition job involves concrete, brick and other heavy debris you may need to rent another dumpster specifically for the heavy materials. In order to haul the heavier waste away safely, it needs to be transported in smaller quantities.

Landscaping Projects

Landscaping projects typically generate a smaller amount of debris than others, this is why a 10 or 15 yard dumpster is best for any landscaping debris. If your project includes building or removing a deck / patio, you may want to upgrade to a 20 yard dumpster.


If you have any questions or want more information on what size dumpster you need, call the experts at Dumpster Rental Inc! Our project managers can help you step by step to find the right size dumpster for your home remodel, construction, demolition or landscape project. Call us today for a cost efficient way to remove your junk!

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