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What Size Dumpster Rental Do I Need?

Dumpsters come in various sizes, including 10, 20, 30, and 40 cubic yards. But the question is – what dumpster size do I need?

If you are planning a home renovation, roofing project, or yard cleanup, you’ll need to rent the appropriately-sized dumpster to help you easily remove waste.

To avoid renting too small of a dumpster, or running into the issue of having to rent multiple dumpsters, it helps to know how much waste you’ll have. If you’ve already started with your project, and aren’t quite sure of the appropriate dumpster size – no problem!

In this article, we’ll help you understand what factors to consider when choosing a correctly-sized dumpster.

Standard Dumpster Sizes

Now that you have an idea of your project’s size, material types you’ll be disposing of, and dumpster placement, you’ll want to focus on renting from a dumpster from a reputable dumpster rental service.

Here’s an overview of dumpster sizes and their benefits:

10-Yard Dumpster Size

Starting small, the 10-yard dumpster is often the introductory size for many projects. It can accommodate up to 10 cubic yards of debris. The size of a 10-yard dumpster is roughly equivalent to the load of three pickup trucks.

10-Yard Dumpster Volumes & Dimensions:

  • 14 ft x 7.5 ft x 3.5 ft
  • 4,000 – 6,000 pounds

If your task is more on the lines of clearing out a modest-sized garage or decluttering a single room, this dumpster size will serve you well.

12-Yard Dumpster Size

A slight step up is the 12-yard dumpster, which is better suited for larger tasks that require just a bit more space. This dumpster size is ideal for tasks such as basement cleanouts, minor remodeling ventures, or managing yard waste.

12-Yard Dumpster Volumes & Dimensions:

  • 14 ft x 7.5 ft x 4 ft
  • 4,000 – 6,000 pounds

The 12-yard dumpster is a good choice for adding just a bit more room for those extra items you unearth during your project.

15-Yard Dumpster Size

For those mid-sized projects, the 15-yard dumpster size is a solid choice. Imagine you’re revamping your kitchen or replacing the bathroom tiles; you’d be generating a considerable amount of waste.

15-Yard Dumpster Volumes & Dimensions:

  • 16 ft x 7.5 ft x 4.5 ft
  • 4,000 – 6,000 pounds

With its capacity to hold 15 cubic yards of debris, this dumpster becomes the go-to for such medium-scaled projects.

20 OR 30 Yard Dumpster Size

Containing up to 20 cubic yards of debris, or 20 ft. x 7 ft. x 4 ft., a 20-yard dumpster is perfect for medium to large residential, commercial, or industrial projects.

20-Yard Dumpster Volumes & Dimensions:

  • 22 ft x 7.5 ft x 4.5 ft
  • 4,000 – 6,000 pounds

These include whole-home cleanouts, large-scale renovations, or roofing projects.

30-Yard Dumpster Size

Holding up to 30 cubic yards of debris, a 30-yard dumpster is even larger, and perfect for major residential and commercial projects, demolition of a small building, or large landscaping projects. 

30-Yard Dumpster Volumes & Dimensions:

  • 22 ft x 7.5 ft x 6 ft
  • 7,000 – 10,000 pounds

A 30 cubic yard dumpster can hold a maximum of 5 tons of waste and materials, and the measurements are approximately 20 ft. x 8 ft. x 5 ft.

40-Yard Dumpster Size

Lastly, a 40-yard dumpster is the largest dumpster size available in the industry. Holding up to 40 cubic yards of debris, and measuring 22 ft. x 7.5 ft. x 8 ft., this size is ideal for large commercial or industrial projects, such as construction or demolition of large buildings.

40-Yard Dumpster Volumes & Dimensions:

  • 22 ft x 7.5 ft x 8 ft
  • 10,000 – 12,000 pounds

The 40-yard dumpster is the behemoth choice for waste management for large-scale commercial or industrial tasks.

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3 Factors to Consider

There are at least three factors you should take into consideration prior to renting a certain dumpster size:

1. Scope of Work/Amount of Debris

First, you’ll need to estimate the size of the project you’ll be working on.

Specifically, you’ll need to estimate the volume of debris you’ll generate based on the scope of work to determine the dumpster size you’ll need.

To determine what you need, you can place all the debris into a pile and estimate the dumpster size based on that.

Not sure about the amount of debris you expect to end up with? We recommend erring on the side of caution and choosing a larger dumpster.

2. Type of Materials

Next, consider the type of materials you’re working with. For example, some waste materials will be heavier than others, and this can affect the amount of space they take up in the dumpster.

In the case of roofing materials, since they are so heavy, you may need a much larger dumpster than if you’re disposing of more lightweight construction debris.


3. Delivery/Placement of Dumpster

Lastly, think about where you’ll need to place your dumpster. For example, if you’re placing the dumpster in a smaller space, you’ll definitely need a smaller dumpster.

The same is true of a larger space. Larger areas can better accommodate a larger unit.

Why Choose a 20 OR 30 Yard Dumpster?

While the size of the dumpster you need will ultimately depend on a number of factors, a 20 or a 30 yard dumpster is a medium/large size that will accommodate most types of projects, which is why we focus on providing one or two dumpster sizes for fast and efficient services!

It’s also worth noting that 20-30 yard dumpsters have a reasonable cost, so you aren’t breaking the bank renting this size.

Grissman’s 20 and 30 yard dumpsters will help you easily dispose or recycle any home, roofing, yard, or commercial waste and materials you need to get rid of. Contact the team at Grissman today to book your dumpster.

Dumpster Size FAQs

What size roll off dumpster do I need?

The size of the roll off dumpster you need depends on the scale and type of your project. If it's a small home cleanout, a 10 or 12-yard dumpster might suffice. For larger renovations or commercial projects, you may require a 20, 30, or even 40-yard dumpster. Always consider the volume and type of waste you'll be producing.

What dumpster size do I need for a roof?

For roofing projects, the dumpster size depends on the size of the roof and the type of shingles you're removing. Typically, a 20-yard dumpster is suitable for most residential roofing jobs, as it can hold shingles from a roof that's up to 1,500 square feet. If you're working on a larger roof or a commercial property, you might need a 30-yard dumpster.

What size dumpster do I need for furniture?

For disposing furniture, the size of the dumpster depends on the quantity and size of the pieces. A 10 or 12-yard dumpster might be sufficient for a few large items like a couch or a dresser. However, if you're getting rid of multiple rooms worth of furniture, consider a 20 or even a 30-yard dumpster.

What dumpster size do I need to clean out my house?

For a complete house cleanout, the size you'll need primarily depends on the size of your home and the volume of items you're discarding. For a small to medium-sized home, a 20-yard dumpster might be adequate. However, for larger homes or if you have accumulated a significant amount of items over the years, a 30 or 40-yard dumpster would be more appropriate.

What size dumpster do I need for a kitchen remodel?

Kitchen remodels produce a variety of waste, from old appliances and cabinets to tiles and plasterboard. For most standard kitchen renovations, a 20-yard dumpster is often suitable. However, if you're doing a large kitchen remodel with extensive demolition, you might want to consider a 30-yard dumpster to ensure you have enough space for all the debris.

Contact Grissman Today!

Save time, money, and headache with Grissman Land Management & Dumpsters! We are a family owned and operated dumpster rental company, based in Kaukauna, WI, and serving the Fox Cities and beyond within a 30+ mile radius. We proudly provide 20-yard size dumpster rental services to residential and commercial clients alike!

Beyond Kaukauna, we also serve the cities and towns of Appleton, Menasha, Neenah, Little Chute, Oshkosh, Fond du LacChilton, HilbertDe Pere, Sherwood, Ashwaubenon, Allouez, Bellevue, Green Bay, and Suamico.

Have questions about which dumpster size is best for your project? Please contact the team at (920) 415-4415 or by email at [email protected].

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