What Size Dumpster Do I Need?

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When it comes to waste disposal and managing debris during construction projects, home renovations, or outdoor events, a reliable dumpster rental is indispensable. However, not every dumpster is created equal for every project.

The dumpster size you need is not only going to be determined by the amount of waste you are disposing, but also what type of waste it is.

Choosing the right dumpster size can make all the difference in your project. An undersized dumpster can lead to frequent interruptions, hampering workflow and productivity, while an oversized one might inflate costs unnecessarily. On top of that, overfilling your dumpster can result in unforeseen dumpster rental fees

So what size dumpster do you need for your project? We’re breaking down the different sizes of dumpsters and their ideal usage to help you make an informed decision for your specific needs.

Selecting the appropriate dumpster size is more than just a logistical consideration; it’s a strategic decision that can profoundly impact the smooth progression of construction projects. 

Based on our decades of experience working with construction professionals, these are the most popular construction dumpster sizes.

*Keep in mind that exact dumpster features and specifications may vary by location and availability.

10-Yard Roll-Off Dumpster: The Compact Solution

  • Ideal for small-scale projects, such as residential projects and minor landscaping
  • Typical dimensions: 13-feet long by 8-feet wide by 3-feet 6-inches tall
  • Accommodates 10 cubic yards of waste/debris
  • Perfect for disposal of heavy material such as dirt, brick, asphalt shingles, or concrete

20-Yard Roll-Off Dumpster: The Most Common Pick

  • One of the most popular dumpster sizes for small to mid-size construction projects or small scale home cleanouts
  • Typical dimensions: 22-feet long by 8-feet wide and 4.5-feet high
  • Accommodates 20 cubic yards of waste/debris
  • Most have a gate at one end with a swing radius of around 8 feet
  • Well-suited for estate cleanouts, larger remodeling, and roofing projects with larger debris like fencing or flooring

30-Yard Roll-Off Dumpster: The Heavy-Duty Choice

  • Designed for significant construction, demolition, or large-scale cleanout projects
  • Typical dimensions: 22-feet long by 8-feet wide by 6-feet high
  • Accommodates 30 cubic yards of waste/debris
  • Debris can be loaded on ground-level through side gate
  • Best for substantial waste production and sizable work areas

40-Yard Roll-Off Dumpster: The Ultimate Waste Warrior

  • Used for major construction, industrial sites, and large-scale renovation projects
  • Typical dimensions: 22-feet long by 8-feet wide by 8-feet high
  • Accommodates 40 cubic yards of waste/debris
  • Best suited for projects generating massive amounts of debris

Additional Dumpster Sizes

You’re typically not limited to the dumpster sizes listed above; those are simply the most popular. ZTERS offers a number of additional sizes for a dumpster rental solution tailored to your needs. Other dumpster sizes include:

12-Yard Roll-Off Dumpster: The Versatile Option

  • Suited for small to medium-sized residential projects including landscaping
  • Offers more capacity than a 10-yard dumpster without taking up excessive space

15-Yard Roll-Off Dumpster: The Medium-Range Choice

  • Great for larger residential cleanouts or small remodeling jobs like kitchen or master bath renovations
  • Typical dimensions: 16-feet long by 7.5-feet wide by 4.5-feet high
  • Can accommodate 2-3 tons of bulky debris like sinks and cabinets
  • Strikes a balance between capacity and space efficiency

18-Yard Roll-Off Dumpster: The Midsize Contender

  • Rather uncommon, but available in some areas
  • Appropriate for home renovation or office retrofit projects with limited job space
  • Accommodates small, bulky debris like cabinets and drywall

25-Yard Roll-Off Dumpster: Stepping Up the Capacity

  • Suitable for small- to mid-scale home/office renovations or small- to mid-sized construction projects
  • Provides ample space while remaining manageable for most locations

35-Yard Roll-Off Dumpster: The Heavy-Duty Option

  • Ideal for home/garage cleanouts or construction projects with larger amounts of debris
  • More compact than standard 40-yard, but still offers large capacity

What to Consider When Choosing a Dumpster 

With so many dumpster size choices, how do you know the appropriate one for your project? You can always reach out to a waste expert for insight. They’ll help you make a decision based on the following elements.

  • Project Scope: Evaluate the scale of your project to estimate the volume of debris generated.
  • Available Space: Consider the physical space available for placing the dumpster on your property. The ZTERS app offers augmented reality that allows you to determine if the dumpster will fit in your location.
  • Budget: Larger dumpsters generally come at a higher cost, so balance your budget with your waste disposal needs.
  • Debris type: Certain dumpsters can handle types of debris that others can’t, given their load capacity. Read up on what’s not allowed in a dumpster and ask a waste expert about your specific needs.
  • Local Regulations: Check local regulations and permits required for placing dumpsters on public property.

How much space should you allocate for your dumpster?

A good rule for determining the room you need for a dumpster placement is to take the length and height of the dumpster size and double it. That way, you’ll have plenty of space for the container as well as the truck to load and unload with ease. 

For example, a 10 yard dumpster measures 13 feet long by 3.5 feet high. You’ll want to ensure that your delivery area measures at least 26 feet long with a minimum overhead clearance of 7 feet. Also, ensure there is enough road clearance leading up to the worksite for the delivery truck to access.

We invite you to try out ZTERS augmented reality to help inform your decision.

Trust ZTERS With Your Dumpster Rental

Navigating what size dumpster you need is made simpler with ZTERS. As a trusted partner in waste management, we can help you select the right dumpster for your project. For dependability and unparalleled customer service, choose ZTERS for your dumpster rental!