Guide to Standard Dumpster Sizes

Not sure which dumpster rental sizes will work best for your project? At you can choose from 10 yd dumpsters, 15 yd dumpsters, 20 yd dumpsters, 30 yd dumpsters and 40 yd dumpsters. The guide below will help you decide which of these sizes is going to maximize ease and minimize cost.

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Top 3 Considerations Before Choosing a Dumpster Size

There are three main concerns that should be considered when you’re deciding which size of dumpster is going to be the most efficient and affordable.

The Weight of Your Trash – Dumpsters are approved to hold only so much weight. Exceeding the weight limits can damage the garbage dumpster, make loading difficult to impossible and compromise safety. It can also lead to overage fees that increase the final cost. When you are unsure of the overall weight it’s always best to err on the side of caution and go bigger. Throwing out gravel, stone or construction materials? These materials might not take up much space, but they will quickly add up in weight.

The Space Available Onsite for a Rental Dumpster – Roll away dumpsters can be moved into place on any solid surface that is free of obstacles like trees and overhangs. Before delivery you’ll need to determine how much space is available for a trash container and which spot will make loading the easiest without getting in the way. Another thing to keep in mind is the city regulations that specify where a dumpster can’t be place. For example, most cities will not allow roll-off trash containers to be placed in the street, even if it’s in a parking area.

The Amount of Space Needed to Contain Trash – The height, length and width of the trash dumpster rental will add up to the total cubic yards of space that are available. Debris will need to fit completely within the waste dumpster and should not go over the top of the roll-off dumpster. If it does this could lead to additional fees.

Which Dumpster Size Do You Need?



When you have more than a few truckloads of trash but don’t need much space the 10 yard dumpster rental is the waste container for the job. People often rent a small dumpster for garage clean outs, landscaping projects and small home renovations.

  • Maximum Weight: 4,000 lbs.
  • Inner Dimensions: This is a 10 cubic yard dumpster.
  • Equivalent to: Roughly 4 pickup truck loads



A 15 yard dumpster rental is great for small projects that have heavy waste like gravel or concrete. A major kitchen renovation that involves throwing out appliances and tile is also a project that would require this roll-off container size.

  • Maximum Weight: 6,000 lbs.
  • Inner Dimensions: This is a 15 cubic yard dumpster.
  • Equivalent to: Roughly 6 pickup truck loads



This is a medium sized construction dumpster that is sizeable yet still manageable on most job sites. They are relatively easy to load or place yet offer ample space for a larger renovation project, a clean out of an entire home or a small outdoor construction project.

  • Maximum Weight: 8,000 lbs.
  • Inner Dimensions: This is a 20 cubic yard dumpster.
  • Equivalent to: Roughly 8 pickup truck loads



For projects that require construction or demolition the waste container rental of choice is the 30 yard dumpster rental. It is considered to be a large construction dumpster rental that can hold a significant amount of weight and sizable debris.

  • Maximum Weight: 10,000 lbs.
  • Inner Dimensions: This is a 30 cubic yard dumpster.
  • Equivalent to: Roughly 12 pickup truck loads



Major construction, demolition, whole home renovations and office clean out projects that will create a significant amount of waste often require the largest waste container rental. There is added convenience knowing that even large amounts of garbage can be contained in one place and hauled off all at once.

  • Maximum Weight: 10,000 lbs.
  • Inner Dimensions: This is a 40 cubic yard dumpster.
  • Equivalent to: Roughly 16 pickup truck loads

No matter what dumpster size you choose you know you’re getting a great price and reliable service when you work with!