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What Size Dumpster Do I Need ?

      Placing to estimate size of dumpster required ?

Evaluating volumes for waste recycling is an imperfect science. However, there are ways to estimate how much waste you have, and how much disposal is costing you, so you can evaluate its potential for reduction, reuse or recycling.


Evaluating your construction waste can be a challenge. This is due to the various ways it can be measured - weight or volume.ince drywall is far denser than cardboard, a dumpster full of drywall will weigh far more than a dumpster of cardboard. The following table presents useful Guidelines on material conversion factors to help you estimate your dumpster size needed.

(It has been adapted from the National Association of Homebuilders study.)

      What size dumpster do I need for my residential or construction waste removal job ? Here are some specifications and  guidelines for each dumpster size we can provide.


10 Yard Dumpsters: 12′ long x 8′ wide x 4′ high 

A 10 yard dumpster is usually appropriate for small remodeling projects and medium sized clean up projects. Here are some examples: medium sized basement, attic, or garage clean outs, deck removal up to 250 sq. ft. single shingle roof debris up to 1,500 sq ft. Small kitchen or bath remodeling project




20 Yard Dumpsters (Standard): 22′ long x 8′ wide x 4′ high

A 20 yard dumpster is going to be considerably longer than a 10 yarder. 20 yard dumpsters are generally best for medium sized renovation projects and large home clean up projects. Here are some examples large basement, attic, or garage cleanouts , flooring or carpet removal for a large house, deck removal from 300 to 400 sq ft, single shingle roof debris from 2,500 to 3,000 sq ft.

20 Yard Dumpsters (Short Length):   14' long x 8′ wide x 6′ high

This 20 yard dumpster has the same cubic yards as the standard 20 yard dumpster, but is designed for tighter spots.  While it is 2' taller in height, the doors open on all dumpsters.



30 Yard Dumpsters: 22′ long x 8′ wide x 6′ high

A 30 yard dumpster is going to have considerable higher walls than a 20 yarder. 30 yard dumpsters are generally larger than what is necessary for any but the largest home cleanout projects, the are generally used for larger remodeling and renovation type projects. Here are some examples:major home additions construction of a new home demolition of a two car garage, small to medium house complete siding or window replacement



40 Yard Dumpsters: 22′ long x 8′ wide x 8′ high

A 40 yard dumpster is going to have even higher side walls than a 30 yarder. 40 yard dumpsters are normally only used for the largest of projects. Here are some examples: complete window or siding replacement for a large home commercial roof tear off commercial building clean out, new construction or major additions



How To Rent The Right Size Dumpster For Your Roofing Project

Roof’s are measured in units of measurement called squares. A square is defined as 100 square feet of shingles. A lot of experienced roofers can look at a roof and come up with a rough estimate of the amount of material that will be pulled off but the weight can be a tricky thing to figure out.



•10 Yard Dumpster 30 Squares or 3000 sq feet

**Potential Weight is based on the averages 322.5 pounds/square but experts say the weight can vary between 245 and 400 lbs. Actual weight can vary and the above should just be used as a guideline.




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