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Tips For Choosing The Right Dumpster Size

Posted by on April 17, 2017
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Whether you’re planning a renovation or a major clean-up/declutter of your home you’re, make sure you include a dumpster rental in your plans. Depending on the scope of your project, you may end up with huge piles of debris and trash on your driveway, that will not exactly add to your curb appeal, or thrill your neighbours! Just as unwelcome is the drudgery of moving all the debris yourself, and the potential damage wreaked on your vehicle during the transport of all those bulky, sharp and grubby waste materials.

Selecting The Right Size Dumpster—Good For The Budget!

If you’re watching your money, it is important to choose the right size rental dumpster for your project. If the dumpster is too small, you’ll end up paying extra for another one; if too big, you’ll be paying for space you don’t need.

Rental dumpsters usually come in sizes ranging from 4 to 40 cubic yards. A 10 cubic yard dumpster will hold approximately three truck loads of debris. If you’re doing a house cleanout or even some minor interior renovations requiring dirt and concrete removal, this size should suit your purposes.

The mid-size 20 cubic yard container is the most common rental dumpster, suitable for a variety of average-scale jobs, such as roofing, deck and floor removals, bedroom remodels and landscaping projects. Its capacity is roughly equivalent to that of six trucks.

Dumpsters bigger than 20 yards are most suitable for bigger projects, and since their walls are quite high, they are great for removing large, bulky furniture. A 30 cubic yard rental dumpster will hold the equivalent of what nine trucks would carry, while a 40 cubic yard dumpster, the largest available, has the capacity of about twelve trucks. The largest one should really only be necessary for major construction or demolition projects.

Things to Consider When Choosing The Size Of Your Dumpster

It’s not only the volume of your debris that you should consider when choosing the right size dumpster rental—it’s also the weight. If you’re anticipating significantly heavy debris, it might be a good idea to go for the next size up. A consultation with your junk removal representative should provide you with a clearer picture.

The placement of the rental dumpster on your premises should also be considered. If it’s to be dropped off on a small driveway or in an alley, consider the dimensions of the hauler cab and the dumpster together. Also consider whether you’ll be loading the rental dumpster through a door, or throwing the debris over the top. The first scenario will require an additional 8 feet of space, because the swing door of a dumpster is about 8 feet wide.

Things To Be Careful Not To Do With Your Rental Dumpster

If you’re tempted to squeeze all your debris into the smallest possible dumpster to save money, it may ultimately cost you more than you expected. Keep in mind that you cannot overfill the dumpster. The debris must be level with the lip of the container, or the dumpster service will refuse to remove it. They cannot legally haul your load if it extends over the rim, because of the danger of materials falling out on the road and causing accidents.

If you pile up above the rim, the dumpster service will have to deliver another dumpster, which will which significantly add to your cost. If you opt to just level it off, the driver will probably still have to come back, in which case you’ll be charged for the second trip. In either case, you’ll be paying much more than if you had ordered the next size up in the first place.

Choosing a rental dumpster size is a process based mostly on approximation. For the best estimate, it’s a good idea to call your local dumpster rental company and describe in detail the type of project you’re doing and the kind of debris you need the dumpster for. They will be able to more precisely gauge what size is best for your purposes.