Roll Off Dumpster Sizes

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Common Dumpster Sizes

We offer all of the standard US roll off dumpster sizes, which are 10 cubic yards, 15 cubic yards, 20 cubic yards, 30 cubic yards and 40 cubic yards.

The dumpster's name is equivalent to the volume it can hold. For example, a 10 Yard Dumpster can hold 10 cubic yards of debris. A dumpster's capacity and volume are measured in cubic yards, and each cubic yard equals 27 square feet.

The roll off dumpster size you need depends on how much material you are throwing out, the length of your project, and the type of material you are throwing out.

dimensions of a 10-yd roll-off dumpster

10 Yard Dumpster

The 10 cubic yard dumpster is the smallest roll off dumpster size available for rent. It's dimensions are 3.5 feet tall, 8 feet wide, 13 feet long. It can hold up to 10 cubic yards of material, which is why it's called a 10 yard dumpster.

This small dumpster rental is perfect for cleaning out garages, single-room renovations, and concrete disposal.

Best Uses:

•Home projects

•Cleanouts

•Concrete disposal

•Carpet and floor removal

10 cubic yards is equal to 4 pickup truck loads of waste.

graphic of a 15 yard dumpster's dimensions

15 Yard Dumpster

The 15 cubic yard dumpster is the second-smallest roll off dumpster size rental available. Its dimensions are 3.5 feet tall, 8 feet wide, and 16 feet long. It can hold up to 15 cubic yards of material, which is why it's called a 15 yard dumpster.

This small dumpster size is perfect for smaller cleanouts, remodeling projects, and heavy debris disposal like roofing or dirt removals.

Best Uses:

•Single or two room remodeling projects

•Removing walls and flooring

•Heavy debris disposal

•Basement and attic cleanouts.

15 cubic yards is equal to 6 pickup truck loads of waste.

dimensions for a 20-yd roll-off

20 Yard Dumpster

The 20 cubic yard dumpster is our most popular roll off dumpster size. Its dimensions are 3.5 feet tall, 8 feet wide, and 22 feet long. It can hold up to 20 cubic yards of material so it's called a 20 yard dumpster.

This medium dumpster size is ideal for large residential projects such as multi-room renovations, house cleanouts, and even light demolition projects.

Best Uses:

• Large yard and garden projects

• Demolitions and home renovations

• Whole-house cleanouts

• Light construction projects

20 cubic yards is equal to 8 pickup truck loads of waste.

dimensions of a 30yd rolloff dumpster

30 Yard Dumpster

The 30 cubic yard dumpster is the second-largest roll off dumpster size available. Its dimensions are 5 feet tall, 8 feet wide, and 22 feet long. It can hold up to 30 cubic yards of material, which is why it's called a 30 yard dumpster.

This big dumpster size is most commonly used at construction sites for large commercial projects, such as demolitions or new builds. It can also be used for large cleanouts.

Best Uses:

•New home builds

•Estate cleanouts

•Building demolitions

•Commercial landscaping projects

30 cubic yards is equal to 12 pickup truck loads of waste.

dimensions of a 40 yard dumpster

40 Yard Dumpster

The 40 cubic yard dumpster is the largest roll off dumpster rental available. Its dimensions are 7 feet tall, 8 feet wide, and 22 feet long. It can hold up to 40 cubic yards of material, which is why it's called a 40 yard dumpster.

This large dumpster size is perfect for large home additions but is best used for commercial construction and cleanouts. It is also often rented for long-term projects.

Best Uses:

•Office building cleanouts

•Warehouse cleanouts

•Entire home renovations

•Large demolitions

40 cubic yards is equal to 16 pickup truck loads of waste.

What Roll Off Dumpster Size Do I Need?

When determining the right dumpster size for you, consider the scope of your project, specifically:

  1. The type of material you are discarding

  2. The amount of debris you are discarding

  3. How long your project will last

If you have an ongoing project, you'll want to rent a larger size like a 30 or 40 yard to make sure you have enough room for your waste. If you have a smaller project like an attic cleanout, you'll be better off with a 10 or 15 yard dumpster.

Use our roll-off sizing guide to see what the best dumpster size is for your specific project. You can also give us a call at (732) 366-9355. We're always happy to help you find the best solution for your project.

Why is choosing the right dumpster size important?

It's important to choose the right dumpster size to avoid several things:

  1. Avoid overage fees: Overage fees occur when your dumpster is above its weight limit. If you try and overstuff a dumpster that is too small, you may end up having to pay an overage fee if your dumpster is too heavy.

  2. Avoid overloading fees: Overloading fees happen when you fill your dumpster above the top of the rim. This is a safety hazard for our haulers and if your dumpster is filled incorrectly, we may not be able to haul it to a facility.

  3. Avoid renting another dumpster: If you are coming to the end of your dumpster's capacity and still have waste to discard, you may need to rent another dumpster. This can be avoided as long as you choose a dumpster size that is big enough to hold all of your waste.

Dumpster Dimensions, Volume, and Weight Limit

Dumpster Size Standard Dimensions Dumpster Volume Typical Weight Limit
10 Yard Dumpster8' wide x 13' long x 3.5' high 10 Cubic Yards2-3 tons, or 4,000-6,000 pounds
15 Yard Dumpster8' wide x 16' long x 3.5' high 15 Cubic Yards2-3 tons, or 4,000-6,000 pounds
20 Yard Dumpster8' wide x 22' long x 3.5' high 20 Cubic Yards3-4 tons, or 6,000-8,000 pounds
30 Yard Dumpster8' wide x 22' long x 5' high 30 Cubic Yards4-5 tons, or 8,000-10,000 pounds
40 Yard Dumpster 8' wide x 22' long x 7' high 40 Cubic Yards5-6 tons, or 10,000-12,000 pounds

What Is A Cubic Yard?

In order to understand how big a dumpster is, you should know how big one cubic yard is.

A cubic yard is a measure of volume. 1 cubic yard will take up a space that is 3ft long by 3ft wide by 3ft high, or 27 cubic feet (3 x 3 x 3).

A 10 yard dumpster is equal to 270 cubic feet (10 x 27), a 20 yard dumpster is equal to 540 cubic ft (20 x 27), and so on.

The graphic below will help you better visualize how big one cubic yard is compared to a 10 yard roll off dumpster.

dumpster sizes cubic yard illustration
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FAQ About Dumpster Sizes

Here are answers to some common questions you may have about roll off dumpster sizes.

A roll off dumpster is measured by its length x feet x height. This gives us the square foot capacity that dumpster can hold. For example, a 20 yard dumpster can be measured by its dimensions which are 3.5 x 8 x 22. This means that a 20 yard dumpster can hold 616 square feet of material.

The "yard" in dumpster sizes refers to the fact that dumpsters are measured in cubic yards, which is a unit of measurement that equals 27 square feet.

Each dumpster size weighs a different amount depending on the manufacturer, however on average, this is the weight of each dumpster size:

  • A 10 yard dumpster typically weighs around 1,000 to 1,500 pounds.

  • A 15 yard dumpster typically weighs around 1,500 to 2,500 pounds.

  • A 20 yard dumpster typically weighs around 2,000 to 3,500 pounds.

  • A 30 yard dumpster typically weighs around 2,500 to 5,000 pounds.

  • A 40 yard dumpster typically weighs around 3,500 to 6,000 pounds.

These estimates are based on typical steel roll-off dumpsters used in the waste management industry.

The difference between a 10 and 15 yard roll off dumpster is the capacity they can hold. 15 yard dumpsters are a little bigger than 10 yards and can hold 5 more cubic yards worth of material. This is the same for 15 vs. 20 yard dumpsters, 20 vs. 30 yard dumpsters, etc.

Roll off dumpsters vary in width depending on their manufacturer. However, most roll off dumpsters tend to be 7.5 or 8 feet wide.

The weight limit for dumpsters varies with the type of debris being disposed of and the local regulations in your area. However, here are some rough estimates of the weight limits for common dumpster sizes:

  • A 10 yard dumpster typically has a weight limit of 2,000 to 4,000 pounds.

  • A 15 yard dumpster typically has a weight limit of 2,500 to 5,500 pounds.

  • A 20 yard dumpster typically has a weight limit of 3,000 to 6,000 pounds.

  • A 30 yard dumpster typically has a weight limit of 4,000 to 8,000 pounds.

  • A 40 yard dumpster typically has a weight limit of 5,000 to 10,000 pounds.

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Are Dumpster Sizes New To You?

Most people only rent a dumpster once or twice in a lifetime. We're here to help you with this new experience so that it goes smoothly. If you need help determining the best dumpster rental size for you at any step of the way, please contact us!

Our friendly Sourgum Waste team members will be glad to help you through this journey.

If you want to continue reading up on dumpster rentals, you can browse through our roll-off dumpster rental guides.