How to Choose the Right Dumpster Size

Dumpsters are essential and a standard part of many moving, remodeling, or construction projects. They come in different sizes, which means choosing the correct container for your materials and project should be the most crucial part of your plan. If you select the wrong size, you could end up paying more due to additional trips.

There are many reasons people rent dumpsters, yet if you have never rented one before, you might not know what size to choose or the right way to work it out.

Ideally, it would help if you were looking at a dumpster that can accommodate your waste without leaving a lot of space leftover. Here is what you need to know when it comes to choosing the right dumpster for your project.

Know Your Options

Before making a decision, it is vital to spend a bit of your time finding out about the different size dumpsters.

20 Yard Dumpster Rentals

A 20-yard dumpster is suitable for significant cleanouts or medium-sized remodeling projects because these containers hold 20-cubic yards of waste or materials. This measurement translates into about eight pickup trucks of debris.

What Fits Into A 20 Yard Dumpster?

The 20-yard dumpster is a container that used the most because of its competitive pricing and ability to hold significant amounts of waste or debris. You can use a 20-yard dumpster for the following:

    • Garage, attic, or basement cleanups
    • Carpet or flooring removal for a large home
    • Home remodeling projects
    • 400 square feet of decking materials
    • Up to 3,000 square feet of roof shingles
30 Yard Dumpster Rentals

The 30-yard dumpster is used for major home additions or new constructions as well as for commercial purposes. These containers hold up to 30-cubic yards of waste or materials equal to about 12 pickup trucks of debris.

What Fits Into A 30 Yard Dumpster?

The 30-yard dumpster is the ideal choice for a complete residential cleanout, a home remodeling project, new home constructions, and commercial construction and remodeling projects. Here are some of the common uses for 30-yard dumpsters:

    • Garage demolition
    • Large remodeling projects or major home additions
    • New home construction
    • Complete residential siding or window replacements for small or medium-sized homes
40 Yard Dumpster Rentals

The 40-yard dumpster is used mainly for industrial and commercial purposes. However, if your project entails a complete siding or window replacement for a large home, this is the right-sized dumpster for your needs. These containers hold up to 40-cubic yards of waste materials, the same as 16 pickup trucks of debris.

What Fits Into A 40 Yard Dumpster?

These 40-yard containers are suited to the projects that generate substantial amounts of demolition and construction debris. Here are a few examples of what these containers are best for:

    • Commercial or residential demolition projects
    • Business and new home construction
    • Commercial excavating and landscaping
    • Massive fire and water remediation projects

What Is The Nature Of Your Waste?

Before you choose a dumpster, first consider the waste you’re generating. You are allowed to mix and combine waste, but you cannot dispose of waste classified as hazardous. Another consideration to keep in mind is the weight of the garbage you plan to eliminate. Heavier items are going to attract a higher fee. Action Roll-Offs can give you the best advice on just the right dumpster for your project.

Know The Law

Some laws address the disposal of waste classified as hazardous. By law, you cannot dispose of waste that includes:

    • oil filters
    • pesticides
    • herbicides
    • chemical products
    • solvents
    • radioactive material
      paints (excepting for cans of latex paint that is already dry)
    • flammable liquids
    • motor oil
    • propane tanks
    • aerosol cans (filled)
    • transmission, hydraulic, or
    • lubricating oil
    • refrigerators
    • antifreeze
    • contaminated oils (mixed with gasoline or solvents, lead paint-chips, petroleum-contaminated soil, batteries, tires, railroad ties, fluorescent tubes, medical waste, sealed cylinders or barrels, dead animals, asbestos, and any liquid.)

Avoid Over-Filling Your Dumpster

It may appear tempting to rent a smaller dumpster to find that you do not have enough space for all your waste. If the trash in the container is spilling out over the edges or the rim, it’s considered a “road hazard,” which means it cannot be legally hauled. Instead, ask for advice on the right-sized container to avoid this expensive mistake.

Renting the correct size dumpster is essential when it comes to saving money and time. Call Action Roll-Offs today and speak to a friendly representative.

Our staff will ask you for details about your project and give you the best advice on what type of dumpster you need. Regardless of the size of the project Action Roll-Offs are here to assist you in achieving your goals to complete your project in a safe, organized, and efficient manner.