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How to Select the Right Dumpster Size for your Project

Right Dumpster Size

When renting a dumpster, selecting the right dumpster size may seem overwhelming, but it shouldn’t be. Whether you are remodeling your kitchen, cleaning out your attic, or disposing of yard waste, you can find a dumpster that meets your needs. Standard sizes include 7, 10, 13, 20, 30, and 40-yard dumpsters. Below we review how to select the right dumpster size for your project.

Finding the Right Dumpster Size for your Project

Most short-term dumpster rental uses do not require enormous units. Common residential and commercial dumpsters are in 7, 10, 13, 20, 30, and 40-yard sizes. When the majority of people rent a dumpster, they are not certain about which size dumpster they need for their job. It is recommended that you contact the dumpster rental company with any questions you might have about selecting the right dumpster size for your project.

Let’s review the common dumpster rental sizes:

  • 7 Yards: Recommended for disposal of aggregate; such as dirt, concrete, or asphalt.
    • Equivalent to 2-3 pickup truck loads of debris.
  • 10 Yards: Perfect for around the house clean-up jobs including a 1-car garage or small basement clean out, yard debris clean-up, and spring cleaning.
    • Equivalent to 3 pickup truck loads.
  • 13 Yards: Great for small to medium clean-ups/remodeling projects. A 13-yard dumpster may be the right dumpster size for a small basement, attic, or garage cleanup, flooring and carpet removal for a medium-sized house, or 130 to 250 square feet of deck removal.
    • Equivalent to 5-7 pickup truck loads of debris.
  • 20 Yards: Commonly used for large home carpet/floor removal, small-medium renovation/demolition projects, junk removal in a large basement or garage, and new construction jobs with limited space.
    • Equivalent to 10-12 pickup truck loads.
  • 30 Yards:Good size for foreclosures, evictions, and estate clean-outs. It is most often used for medium size renovation or demolition projects, medium or whole house clean-outs, new construction or commercial work.
    • Equivalent to 14-16 pickup truck loads of debris.
  • 40 Yards: Ideal size for foreclosures, evictions, estate clean-outs. It is most often used for large renovation or demolition projects, large or whole house clean-outs, new construction or commercial work.
    • Equivalent to 18-20 pickup truck loads.

What to Consider When Selecting the Right Dumpster Size for your Project

When choosing the right dumpster size for your project, you may not want to select a dumpster that is too large and cost more, but you also will not want to get your project underway and fill the dumpster without finishing, or even worse, overfill the dumpster and be charged additional fees. It is recommended to select a container that is slightly larger than you think you may need.

What should you consider when you are selecting a dumpster for your project?

  • Type and Amount of Debris: Know what items you are going to discard of and how big and bulky they are. Larger items can fill up a dumpster quickly and you should plan for that.
  • Location for Dumpster: Having a dumpster delivered right to your project location is convenient; however, it may be difficult to find the right place to have your dumpster delivered. Before scheduling a dumpster rental, you should know where you are going to have the dumpster placed and measure to ensure you have enough room to not only allow for the dumpster, but for space to haul things around it.
  • Understand What the Sizes Mean: Dumpster sizes are in cubic yards, which is a measurement of their volume. There are 27 feet in one cubic yard (3′ x 3′ x 3′). For example, a 10-yard dumpster can hold 10 cubic yards of material. That’s equivalent to 270 (10 x 27) cubic feet.

Haul-Away is a local dumpster rental company in Northeast Ohio. We specialize in rentals for commercial or residential dumpsters. We assist in renting dumpsters for people looking to remove a variety of items such as: home remodeling debris, including demolition, and spring clean-outs.

Haul-Away rents various size dumpsters from 7 to 40-yards. We can accommodate special orders from customers who want multiple dumpster sizes or several dumpster deliveries.

Contact us today to get started on your dumpster rental. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the right dumpster size for your project.

Tips to Help you Prep for Your Home Dumpster Rental

Prep for your home dumpster rental

April is here and it’s a time where people start to think about spring cleaning and preparing for the warmer months ahead. That preparation usually includes taking on projects around your home that you have put off over the colder months. Renting a dumpster is a great solution for any home project that will have a lot of rubbish. A dumpster rental allows you to do a substantial amount of work quickly and efficiently, while safely disposing of debris. Home dumpster rentals should be easy and we have provided some tips to help you prep for your home dumpster rental.

Tips to Help you Prep for Your Home Dumpster Rental

  1. Choose the Right Dumpster Size: The first step of a home dumpster rental is finding a dumpster size that is right for you and the project. Dumpsters come in multiple sizes, so you should be prepared and have an idea of how much waste you will need room for. You will want to avoid running out of space, having a container that is much larger than needed, or overfilling the dumpster and facing some additional charges. It is typically best to select a larger container than you think.
  2. Clearing the Way: Know in advance where you will have your dumpster placed once it is delivered. It is best to have a central spot that you are able to easily access to dispose of items from all areas of the project. Clear the route in advance to make accessing the dumpster as easy as possible.
  3. Have a Plan: Dumpster rentals have a limited amount of space and time.  When renting a dumpster, before it is delivered, you should have a plan for how you are going to fill the dumpster and what you need to accomplish during the set rental period. Having a plan will allow you to not have to stop your project to take up time rearranging the dumpster and will help you achieve all of your goals while you have dumpster.
  4. Understand What Items are Prohibited: Dumpster rentals have a list of prohibited items that must be avoided from being disposed of in the dumpster. Be aware of the prohibited items for your dumpster rental. Common items prohibited from being disposed of in a dumpster, include hazardous materials: including paint, tires, aerosols, chemicals, and cleaners. Be sure you read your dumpster rental guidelines in advance.

Renting a dumpster for your home projects is a great solution and easy way to tackle projects you have been avoiding. Dumpster rentals should be easy and make your life simpler. Prep for your home dumpster rental to ensure a smooth experience.

Haul-Away provides 7 day dumpster rental to customers in Northeast Ohio. We offer great rates on a wide range of dumpsters. Whether used for residential or commercial purposes, our licensed haulers can deliver you a dumpster.

Haul-Away knows that every dumpster rental is different, call us to ask questions about our dumpsters or to rent a dumpster. Contact us today.