What Size Dumpster Do I Need?


What Size Dumpster Do I Need?

You already have decided that a dumpster is the best for your project but what size rental dumpster is best for your project?

Some things that you will want to consider when choosing a rental dumpster are the type of debris, amount of debris and the price.  Heavy materials such as dirt, concrete or roofing material are likely to add a lot of weight to your dumpster and will likely result in extra fees for exceeding the tonnage capacity.  One ton is equal to 2000lbs or roughly the weight of 10 washing machines.

If you have a small amount of debris then a smaller dumpster size may be best for you.  If you have a large project or heavy material that you need to get rid of then a larger dumpster may be best.  Hart & Son Inc. offers rental dumpsters in a wide range of sizes to meet your project needs. Our rental dumpster sizes range from 8-40 cubic yards.  But what really is a cubic yard?

A cubic yard is a 3 dimensional shape that measures volume.  It is a 3’ x 3’ x 3’ space that is much like the size of a washing machine.   You also can multiple the cubic yards by 27 (3x3x3) to measure the square footage.  Example 20 cubic yards x 27= 540 sq ft. So a 20 cubic yard dumpster can fit approximately 540 sq ft of debris or roughly 20 washing machines.


Dumpster Size Volume Capacity (appx)
8 Cubic Yards 8 washing machines (3’x3’x3’)
10 Cubic Yards 10 washing machines (3’x3’x3’)
15 Cubic Yards 15 washing machines (3’x3’x3’)
20 Cubic Yards 20 washing machines (3’x3’x3’)
30 Cubic Yards 30 washing machines (3’x3’x3’)
40 Cubic Yards 40 washing machines (3’x3’x3’)


Overloaded Dumpster

One other thing you may want to consider is dumpster placement. Are you going to have the rental dumpster in your driveway, tight alley way or on your street. If you are limited in space then a larger dumpster may not fit at your location. Make sure the area for the dumpster placement is flat, level and dry. See below for the dimensions of our dumpsters. Please note that the sizes can vary due to different manufacturers.


Dumpster Size Dumpster Dimensions (appx)
8 Cubic Yards 7.5’W x 12’L x 3’H
10 Cubic Yards 8’W x 12’L x 3.5’H
15 Cubic Yards 8’W x 14’L x 4’H
20 Cubic Yards 8’W x 14’L x 5.5’H
30 Cubic Yards 8’W x 22’L x 5.5’H
40 Cubic Yards 8’W x 22”L x 7’H


If you are still not sure which size rental dumpster is best fit for you, you can contact us at (610) 656-9177 or ronnie@hartandsoninc.com and one of our staff members would be glad to help.