• September 10, 2021

What Size Dumpster Do I Need?

What Size Dumpster Do I Need?

What Size Dumpster Do I Need? 1024 683 LWS Dumpsters

If you have a big project on your hands, you might not think about what to do with the waste until it starts piling up on your property. That’s why you need to rent a dumpster. But before you can do that, you need to understand the different dumpster sizes.

Roll off dumpsters generally come in five different sizes — 10 yard, 15 yard, 20 yard, 30 yard and 40 yard. A “yard” means one cubic yard, which defines how much debris each dumpster holds. Each size has its own weight limit, with the larger sizes having the ability to hold more weight.

10 Yard Dumpster

This is the smallest size typically available, and used for smaller projects. It’s popular with homeowners due to its small dimensions, but the weight limit is low. It is affordable if you are careful not to overfill it, or fill it with heavy material. Often people use this size to discard small things: cleaning out a small room, a few pieces of old furniture, a mattress or two, or maybe some yard waste like bags of leaves and small tree branches.

15 Yard Dumpster

A 15 yard dumpster is also good for small jobs, but allows for more and/or larger debris. This size is not always available in the rental marketplace, but it can be a good option for homeowners — and is readily available from LWS Dumpsters. This size can take small items like a 10 yard, but also could take some larger items such as light landscaping debris and small remodel projects.

20 Yard Dumpster

The 20 yard dumpster is one of the most popular choices for dumpster rentals. It’s affordable, not as tall, and still able to fit in most spaces near residential homes. It also can carry heavier loads, making it a popular choice for landscaping and other contractors. This is a good choice for residential remodel jobs, landscaping clean up, larger tree branches and more.

30 Yard Dumpster

The 30 yard dumpster is also one of the more frequently rented dumpsters. There are typically more of this size in circulation, making them easy to rent. They are also usually a very good value, because the weight limit makes it easier to not overfill, keeping your cost down. People put just about anything in this size, from residential remodel debris, shingles and roofing debris, demolition debris and more.

40 Yard Dumpster

The 40 yard dumpster is mainly used by contractors for large jobs. This size is usually used for special circumstances like large clean up projects, demolition work or other commercial jobs.


Roll off dumpsters typically come in five different sizes (10, 15, 20, 30, 40 yard). It’s best to talk to a dumpster rental expert such as LWS Dumpsters before you rent a dumpster. Try to estimate the weight so you can be assured of getting the best possible price. Call LWS Dumpsters at (610) 708-3076 and we’ll help you get the optimal size dumpster for your specific job.

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