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There are many different container sizes available, and it’s pretty important to choose the right one. If you, for example, choose a smaller container, you’ll increase your expenses. On the other hand, if you choose a bigger one, you’ll overpay the service. Before determining the size you need, you have to pay attention to a few things.

What do I need it for?

The first thing you need to do is to determine the approximate quantity of junk you’re planning to accumulate. If you manage to calculate (approximately) how much junk you’ll toss out, you won’t have a problem to pinpoint the exact size of the dumpster. Furthermore, if you have an issue with the calculations, feel free to contact us, and we’ll try to help you as much as we can.

Bear in mind, the worst choice you can make is to rent a container that’s too small. Also, don’t try to cut corners by overfilling the dumpster, it’s forbidden, and it will be rejected by the company. There are a few standards that companies need to follow, and they are determined by the law.

Typical (standard) dimensions

A 10-yard dumpster is 12 feet in length. The width is 8 feet, and the height is 3.5 feet. A 10-yard container has ten cubic yards of volume.

A 20-yard container is 22 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 4 feet in height. The maximum volume is 20 cubic yards.

 

except for the height. A 30-yard one is 6 feet high whereas a 40-yard one is 8 feet in height. The max volume of these is 30 and 40 cubic yards.

Understanding cubic yards

The first thing people get wrong is the concept of cubic yards. It’s a measure of volume, not length; a 3x3x3 feet cube has a volume of 1 cubic yard. If you have the dimensions of a dumpster, it’s pretty easy to calculate the volume using a simple formula in two steps:

– Multiply the length, width, and height in feet to get the total volume in cubic feet

– Divide the total volume in cubic feet with 27, and you’ll get the maximum volume in cubic yards.

Always remember to double-check your calculations, because if you do something wrong, it will affect the overall experience and also your budget.