Roll-Off Dumpster Sizes

Projects like spring cleanups, home renovations, or a new building construction can always guarantee one thing – to generate a lot of trash. Choosing the right dumpster size for your project, big or small can make a huge difference in efficiency and in your wallet. Learn the difference between roll-off dumpster sizes to ensure your project runs smoothly.

What size dumpster do I need?

To get the most suitable dumpster size for waste disposal it’s important to be as accurate as possible with your estimates. You’ll need to know exactly what materials are going in your roll-off container, the volume of waste you’re disposing of, and the most ideal placement for your dumpster rental. Considering these factors together will give you the best sizing options.

Roll-Off Dumpster Rental Container Sizes

If you’re a contractor or homeowner needing a temporary trash solution, read on for more details about the dumpster sizes available, what it can hold, and what it is most commonly used for disposal.

15 yard roll off dumpster

15 Cubic Yard Roll Off Dumpster

Our 15 cubic yard dumpster is well-suited for small to medium-sized projects. This size is commonly chosen for tasks such as light renovations, garage cleanouts, or landscaping projects. It provides ample space to dispose of materials like debris, old furniture, appliances, and yard waste.

Considering its dimensions, the 15 cubic yard dumpster typically measures around 20 feet in length, 8 feet wide, and 3 feet in height. Its open-top design allows for easy loading of waste materials from the side or top using a ramp or by lifting them over the edges.

When deciding if the 15 cubic yard dumpster is suitable for your project, estimating the amount of waste you'll be generating is helpful. As a general guideline, this dumpster size can hold about 4.5 pickup truck loads, equating to roughly 80-100 contractor-sized trash bags with a capacity of 33 gallons each.

20 Cubic Yard Roll-Off Dumpster

For larger home remodeling projects, construction sites, or roof tear-offs, the 20 cubic yard dumpster offers more capacity to dispose of a higher volume of waste. It typically measures about 20 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 4 feet tall, with enough room to hold about six pickup truck loads.

This size dumpster is especially useful for medium-scale projects, such as replacing siding on the house or adding a deck, which require more room than the 15 cubic yard dumpster can provide. It provides a convenient and efficient solution for managing waste on-site, minimizing the need for multiple trips to a landfill or waste disposal facility.

For this dumpster size, the weight limit ranges between 2 to 3 tons (4,000 to 6,000 pounds). Landfill facilities charge by weight, and exceeding the maximum limit can result in additional charges or logistical issues.

Rental fees usually include delivery, pickup, and disposal costs averaging $465, but prices can range from $270 to $750. Remember that the exact dumpster price depends on the type of material you are disposing of, rental duration, specified weight limit, and location.

30 Cubic Yard Roll-Off Dumpster

This dumpster size is perfect for large-scale construction projects, such as home additions, extensive cleanout projects, business remodeling, or flipping a home. It offers a significant amount of space to accommodate a wide range of waste materials, making it easy to manage large volumes of waste on-site.

This size dumpster measures about 22 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 6 feet tall, with a capacity of around 9 pickup truck loads equivalent to 170-190 trash bags of 33 gallons each. It has a weight limit of 3-5 tons, although this might depend more on the nature of your waste.

Rental fees for this size dumpster usually range from $360 to $900 and include delivery, pickup, and disposal costs. Again, exact prices depend on the material you dispose of, rental duration, specified weight limit, and location. Before you rent a dumpster, make sure to ask for the specifics on weight limits so your project stays within budget.

40 yard roll off dumpster

40 Cubic Yard Roll-Off Dumpster

Our 40 cubic yard dumpster is the largest option available, providing ample space for big projects such as a total home remodel, commercial demolition, major business cleanout, or large-scale construction project.

This size dumpster measures about 22 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 7.5 feet tall. It can hold 12 pickup truck loads or 230-250 trash bags of 33 gallons each. We allow 5-6 tons of weight for this dumpster. However, containers specifically designed for materials such as dirt or concrete usually come with a higher weight limit, as stated in your agreement.

As for rental costs, the price usually ranges from $410 to $1,140, with an average cost of $640. We have flexible rental terms allowing you to keep the dumpster for 7-10 days.

However, if you are taking a lengthy cleanup project, we can extend the rental period for a flat daily rate. Our team members can guide what size dumpster you need and the related costs based on your location and project.

How We Calculate Dumpster Sizes

The key to determining the right dumpster size lies in estimating the approximate volume of waste that you intend to dispose of. To calculate this accurately, we take into account all items that are going in the dumpster, including construction debris, furniture, appliances, and other materials. 



Mastering the calculation of waste is simple with this equation.

Volume of Cubic Yard Debris = Length (feet) x Width (feet) x Height (feet) ÷ 27


Since there are 27 cubic feet in one cubic yard, this step converts the volume to cubic yards. This number is then used to determine the dumpster size. 


Say you estimate that you will generate between 3.5 to 5 tons of debris for your project. It indicates that you require a 30-yard dumpster to accommodate your debris collection.


Determining the appropriate dumpster size involves considering both the volume and weight of the debris. While the cubic yard measurement helps determine the volume of the dumpster, the weight capacity is also a crucial factor in ensuring a safe and efficient disposal.


In addition to calculating the approximate volume of demolition debris, we also consider factors such as your location, local regulations, and other details related to your project to provide an accurate estimate. 


Get a quote, and schedule your delivery today!

At Frontier Waste Solutions, we understand that each project is unique and requires customized solutions. We are committed to helping our customers get the right dumpster sizes at affordable prices. Contact us today for more information about our dumpster rental services!