How to Find the Best Dumpster Size for Your Needs

Spring cleaning, roof replacement, home renovations, remodeling and new construction projects all produce a lot of trash. Luckily, there’s an easy way to get rid of the waste and debris created by these projects: Just rent a roll-off dumpster for your cleanup and let us handle the rest! 

If you’re new to dumpster rental services and are wondering what size you need to rent, this quick guide about how to find the best dumpster size for your needs can help you narrow it down.

Factors That Determine the Size of Dumpster You Need

Type of Debris

It is easier to choose the right size of dumpster when you know the type of items you will be disposing of. The right size dumpster will be able to contain all the waste within the container, with nothing left protruding or spilling over. The following materials can be discarded using a rental dumpster as long as those wastes are within the dumpster’s weight limit:

 Landscaping debris

  • Waste paper countertops and cabinets
  • Bathtubs, toilets, and sinks
  • Furniture
  • Scrap metal
  • Shingles
  • General household waste

You can put a lot of different types of debris in a dumpster, but some items are not allowed  — such as tires, lightbulbs, batteries, electronics, wet paints, railroad ties, hazardous chemicals, and industrial drums. We charge extra fees for tires or items containing refrigerant, so be sure to ask us in advance if you have any questions about the kind of items you need to dispose of.

Project Location

Some projects call for a smaller sized container due to space limitations at the project site. That means it is very important to consider the surrounding space, the ease of delivery, and the waste loading before picking a dumpster. Remember, it cost extra  to move a dumpster once it is delivered, so you should consider the best location for it before selecting the right size.

Project Scope or Duration

Inevitably, waste will keep piling up as your project carries on, and there is often more than you expected! For this reason, selecting a roll-off that is too small to contain all the waste pile up over time is uneconomical. 

It is also important to be realistic about how long you’ll need the rental dumpster on your premises. At Makeaway Dumpster Rentals, we offer seven-day rentals at a flat rate. After the seven days, we charge $10 for each extra day. 

To get the most out of your dumpster rental and avoid paying extra fees, consider how long the project will take and exactly how large of a dumpster your project requires. Our friendly staff can help you choose the right rental for your needs.

Total Volume

There are differently sized dumpsters for just about every project. A dumpster’s size is calculated by multiplying its exterior dimensions, length times width times height, which are in feet; this gives you the volume in cubic feet. However, the total volume is measured in cubic yards, and you can convert the cubic feet to cubic yards by dividing the cubic feet by 27. Below are the standard dumpster volumes and sizes that we offer to suit your different needs:

  • 11 cubic yard dumpster – 12 feet long, 7.5 feet wide, and 43 inches deep
  • 15 cubic yard dumpster – 12 feet long, 7.5 feet wide, and 62 inches deep
  • 20 cubic yard dumpster – 12 feet long, 1.5 feet wide, and 76 inches deep
  • 25 cubic yard dumpster – 16 feet long, 7 feet wide, and 6ft deep
  • 30 cubic yard option – consists of two 15 cubic yard dumpsters delivered one at a time
  • 40 cubic yard option – consists of two 20 cubic yard dumpsters delivered one at a time

Comparing Different Dumpster Sizes

For a small Cleanout

The 11 to 15 cubic yard dumpsters are suitable for smaller short-term home improvement projects, such as basement cleanouts, attic cleanouts, garage cleanouts, bathroom remodels, and junk removal. Either of the two can allow you to haul away bedding, clothing, household items, and boxes of knick-knacks. Because of the weight restrictions on our equipment the largest load of shingles we can haul is 10 cubic yards or about 40 squares. 

For Landscaping

Generally, landscaping projects leave lesser amounts of waste than many other projects. A 10-cubic-yard or 15-cubic-yard dumpster is suitable for landscaping projects that are not too ambitious. These containers can handle decks or pools, branch and shrub  removal,  leaves, brush, weeds, and general yard waste. 

For Remodeling Projects

The 20 cubic yard dumpster is among our most popular rental sizes as it can handle a significant amount of debris. It can handle many remodeling projects, depending on the exact type of project. We recommend this size if you are remodeling just one room in your home. It can handle debris that you are left with after taking down a wall, tearing down flooring, or installing new doors and windows. 

However, the 30 cubic yard dumpster is the best when you are remodeling a kitchen and have to remove many large items, such as cabinets, countertops and appliances. This size is also the best when you are remodeling several rooms, depending on the rooms’ sizes and the type of projects being carried out.

For a Construction Project

We can confidently recommend our 40 cubic yard option for any significant construction work. Our two 20-cubic-yard option offers all the volume you need to haul away heavy construction debris with ease. It can be used to clean up siding, drywall, lumber,  and general waste from a construction site. The construction gate at the back of the dumpsters also makes it easy for workers to load waste into the container. Depending on the scope and speed of the construction project, the first dumpster can be hauled away immediately when it fills up, and it is replaced with a second one.

For Demolitions

Demolitions are messy projects that leave you with a lot of debris before they are complete. To clean up demolition waste effectively and efficiently you will probably need the biggest dumpster rental options, which are our 30- or 40-cubic-yard dumpster dimensions. For additional safety, always let us know if there is any bricks, dirt, rocks or concrete because these are special case items and can’t be loaded with other material. 

Northern Ohio’s Best Roll-Off Dumpster Company

You can trust Makeaway Dumpster Rental with all your commercial and residential dumpster needs. We serve the entire northern Ohio area, ensuring that we consistently provide you with fast, reliable dumpster services to keep your cleanout, remodeling or construction projects moving fast and on schedule. With us, you can forget about driving to the dump as we drop-off and pick up at a time and place of your convenience. 

We hope this guide helps you decide on the best size of dumpster for your needs. If not, please contact us today, and our experts will help you select the ideal dumpster for your project.