Selecting the Right Size Dumpster for Your Cleanup Project in Massachusetts

Selecting the Right Size Dumpster for Your Cleanup Project

When ordering a rental dumpster for your cleanup project, it’s important to size the dumpster for your cleanup project and consider the size you’ll need. They come in several sizes, so you want to estimate properly before you order your rental dumpster. Don’t pay for more than you need and don’t get caught short by renting a dumpster that is too small for your needs. Take the time to assess the scope of your project and determine what size dumpster will be the most appropriate for the job.

Some Things to Consider for Your Cleanup Project

These factors can impact your decision on what size dumpster to rent.
What are you getting rid of? Is it mostly residential cleanup or are you disposing of bricks and cement?

Both the volume and weight of the disposed of materials will come into play. Is your debris light or heavy? Will it lie flat or take up a lot of space?
Where will you be placing your rental dumpster?

The Smallest Size Dumpster May be Just What You Need – 10 Yard Dumpster

A 10-Yard dumpster is the smallest available dumpster rental size. These dumpsters are usually 14 feet long, 7.5 feet wide, and 3.5 feet high. Dimensions can vary, but the volume each dumpster can contain is 10 cubic yards.

Perfect for small cleanups, it can accommodate attic or basement clean-outs and may be used for disposing of heavier materials, such as concrete, dirt, or brick from a patio renovation project.

This affordable size rental dumpster can also be used for:

  • Decluttering the home
  • Residential junk removal
  • Small-scale home renovation projects

Typically, a 10-Yard Dumpster can house between 50 and 70, 33-gallon trash bags or three truckloads. The average weight limit is one- to two tons or 2,000 to 4,000 pounds.

Weight Matters

While the debris may fit within the volume of the container you rent, it may exceed the dumpster’s weight limit. Local landfills charge by the ton, and your rental company will give you a weight limit in your quoted price.
Another Way to Look at It.

If you are good at visualizing, think of it this way – a 10-Yard Dumpster can hold:

30-45 medium-sized boxes or 30-45 garbage cans full or 25-35 toilets or 10-15 two-door small cabinets or 2-3 queen-sized beds or 10-14 kettle type B-B-Q grills or 800-1600 bricks or 150-300 wood planks.


20 or 30 Yard Dumpsters

Also ideal for most home projects, each 20-Yard Dumpster can easily be loaded over the top or through a rear door. This size rental dumpster is ideal for medium-sized kitchen or full bath renovations; multi-room clean-outs; yard cleanup projects; a large deck or roof replacement; and concrete and heavy debris removal.

A 20-Yard Dumpster can accommodate the equivalent of what can fit into 8 pickup truck beds.

A 30-Yard Dumpster can handle most construction and demolition projects. They are great for new home construction, removal of trees and storm debris and large estate clean-outs. It can accommodate the equivalent of what can fit into 12 pickup truck beds.

Need to Go BIG? – Try our 40-Yard Dumpsters

A 40-Yard Dumpster is the largest size available and is most often rented for use at large and ongoing home projects or at construction sites. Also for:

A 40-Yard Dumpster can accommodate the equivalent of what can fit into 16 pickup truck beds.

Where is Important, Too.

Your driveway must be at least 60 feet long to fit a 10-Yard Dumpster. Your vehicles must be moved so that you have free movement around the dumpster.

To place the dumpster correctly on your property, the driver needs 23 feet of vertical clearance to raise the dumpster and position it properly. Be sure there are no low-hanging branches or wires that will interfere with the unloading and loading.

If you are thinking of renting a dumpster or have questions about what size rental you will need, call Pleasant View Waste at 978-365-3244, visit our website or email us.

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