Size Guide

Getting the Right Size Dumpster for the Job – What Size Do You Need?

3 Sizes of Dumpsters for Different Projects

We offer dumpster sizes of 12-yards, 15-yards and 20-yards. Choosing from these three sizes allows you to get the best size according to your needs. If you haven’t rented a dumpster very often, it can be confusing to figure out what the right size is for your project. You don’t want one larger than you need because it will be wasted money, and if you get one too small you’ll be restricted and looking at extra costs associated with the extra volume or weight.

There are several things to consider when ordering a dumpster:

Determine Your Exact Needs

To decide on a dumpster size, you need to determine your exact needs. Are you throwing away heavy material or light items? What exactly are you throwing away? Building debris like shingles, siding or wood, or household items such as boxes of old memorabilia and dishes.

Determining Dumpster Container Size

Dumpsters are rated by sizes, which correspond to the number of cubic yards that will fit into them. So, a 12-yard dumpster holds 12 cubic yards of waste in it, and so on. But it can be hard for someone unfamiliar with dumpsters to picture what size they need. This is our most common question.

full dumpster ready for pickup

12 Yard Dumpster = 3-4 Pickup Truck Loads

The 12-yard dumpster is usually rented more often by homeowners doing smaller cleanout or remodeling projects.

Recommended for:

  • Household Cleanup
  • Small Garage, Shed or Basement Cleanout
  • Interior Remodeling Projects
  • Bathroom Remodel
  • Deck Removal
  • Disposal of Small or Single Layer Roof Shingles
picking up a rented dumpster

15 Yard Dumpster = 5-6 Pickup Truck Loads

A 15-yard dumpster is used often by homeowners, businesses and contractors alike because it’s large enough for many home and construction projects.
Dimensions: L12’ x H51”

Recommended for:

  • Household Cleanup
  • Interior Remodeling Projects
  • Medium Sized Garage, Basement or Larger Shed
  • Large Yard Clean Up
  • Kitchen Remodel
  • Large Bathroom Remodels
  • Roofing & Larger Demolition Projects
  • Moves
  • Festivals, Fairs & Events
rented dumpster getting full

20 Yard Dumpster = 6-8 Pickup Truck Loads

The 20-yard dumpster is a good size for large cleanouts and construction sites, and is still small enough to fit in a driveway.
Dimensions: L14’ x H54”

Recommended for:

  • General Construction
  • Large Home Construction & Remodeling Projects
  • Large Demolition Jobs
  • Whole House or Apartments Cleanout
  • Large Landscaping Projects
  • Large Garage, Attic & Basement Cleanouts
  • Large Home’s Carpet Or Flooring Removal
  • Larger Deck Removal
  • 2,500 to 3,000sf of Single Layer Roof Shingle Removal
  • Large Bathroom or Kitchen Remodels
  • Moves
  • Office Cleanouts

Still have questions? Please CONTACT US so we can help you.