What Size Dumpster Do I Need?

Choosing the right size dumpster for your clean-up project is very important. Huge projects like home renovations or commercial constructions can be incredibly stressful, and you don’t want to make this worse by not having the right size dumpster.

Most hauling companies operate with an average size and volume for their dumpsters, making preplanning fairly simple. However, it is recommended that you get in touch with your local wastage hauling company to confirm any dimensions before hiring.

Measurements To Know: Cubic Yards

Cubic yards is the measurement of volume most wastage hauling companies use. This is the measurement that will show you how much debris and waste a dumpster can hold, based on it’s internal and external dimensions.

How to work out a dumpster’s cubic yards

Before hiring a dumpster for your residential or commercial clear-up projects, you need to check how much waste it can hold. Depending on what kind of project you are working on and how much waste will be produced, the size of the container you need can vary greatly.

To work out the approximate cubic yards of your hired dumpster, you need to know the external measurements of the container. Most dumpster hire companies will have this information readily available and are likely to help you make the best choice for your project.

To work out the total cubic yards of your container, you need to:

  • multiply the length x the width x the

These measurements will typically be given in feet, meaning this sum will work out the total cubic feet of your container.

To convert the cubic feet into cubic yards, you need to:

  • Divide the total cubic feet by 27

This will give you an approximation for the total number of cubic yards your container has and should give you a good idea of how much waste it can hold.

When working out how much waste your dumpster can hold, you are relying on the external measurements of the container. This will usually result in an overestimation, and you should be mindful of this when filling it up.

If you want to find a more accurate estimation of how much waste your dumpster can hold, then you need to try and use the internal measurements. This is where your waste will be held and is therefore incredibly useful.

A great way to do this is by shaving off around 6-8 inches from the external measurements. These new dimensions will give you a good idea of how big the inside of your container is and therefore how much waste it can hold.

Things To Consider When Hiring A Dumpster

Estimating the volume of waste a container can hold can be challenging, but it is a vital step. Discovering the volume of your hired container will help you make the most out of your hired dumpster and will allow for smooth sailing throughout your project.

It is usually recommended by most wastage hauling companies for you to choose a slightly larger container, especiallyif you are unsure about what you will need.

Doing this will save you both a lot of stress and, in the long run, a lot of money too.

Trying to cram too much debris into a small container can result in additional charges from the hire company. The company will either leave overfilled rubbish on your site for you to deal with later at an additional charge, or they will leave your container as it does not abide by their safety regulations.

Even if the hire company leaves your container behind, you will still be charged a pickup fee for making them come out to your site. Some companies operate with an overflow charge too, meaning having a small container can cost you a lot more than if you’d chosen a larger container in the first place.

Furthermore, if your waste exceeds the volume of your hired container and you need another one, there will be no discount. Choosing the wrong size container can be an incredibly costly mistake and is something that can be easily avoided with careful planning.

Piling your debris and waste higher in order to ensure it fits in your container can also be a costly mistake. There are legal regulations that prevent haulage drivers from being able to transport goods over a certain height. It can be an incredibly dangerous driving hazard.

If the driver cannot transport all of your waste, they may unload the container themselves and leave you with a lot of mess to clear up on your own – at yet another cost.

Each haulage company has their own measurements and dimensions for their dumpsters, so it is recommended that you get in touch with them before hiring. Your local hire company should be able to provide you with the necessary information needed for you to choose the right sized dumpster for your project.

Small Spaces

Make sure that you take note of the dimensions of your space, your yard or construction site, as well as the size of the container you are looking to hire.

Most containers are around 8 foot wide, so it is the length that you really need to be concerned about. If you have a small alleyway or front yard, then you need to make sure that not only will the container fit in the space, but also whether there is enough room for transportation. You need to make sure that there is enough room for a truck to be able to come in and pick up the container without any issues.

Another thing to consider is the door at the base of most containers. Most dumpsters have an 8-foot length door that swings open to allow for waste disposal. This can be useful if you have a lot of heavy waste and do not want to chuck it over the top of the container. If this feature is something you want to use, then you need to make sure your site has enough room to allow for it.

A Guide To Different Sized Dumpsters

There are four main sized dumpsters that are suitable for a whole range of projects. Here follows a brief overview of these sizes and how they can be used.

Roll Off Dumpster Sizes

The 10-yard dumpster is the smallest available size and is suitable for residential projects. This dumpster can hold, approximately:

  • 250 square feet of outdoor decking
  • A single layer of roof shingles, as seen in most homes (average measurements of 1500 square feet)
  • Small kitchen or bathroom renovation waste

The 20-yard dumpster is suitable for larger cleanup projects and can approximately hold around 10 pickup truck’s worth of waste.

This container is the most popular size for a range of projects due to its flexibility, cost, and compact footprint.

The 30-yard dumpster is ideal for a total house renovation or smaller commercial projects. This dumpster can approximately hold:

  • Full set of home windows
  • New home construction debris
  • Waste from a garage demolition or rebuild

The 40-yard dumpster is the largest available container at most haulage companies. It is suitable for large residential, commercial or industrial cleanups.

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