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Comparison of Dumpster Sizes: Which is Best?

A residential or commercial dumpster rental is a good way to keep your place organized during construction projects or home cleanouts. Factors such as the type of project, the volume and type of waste generated, and space constraints will determine the appropriate container size for your project.

Let’s take a look at the dumpster sizes CFT offers for rental and which one would be the right fit.


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How Are Dumpster Sizes Calculated?

Dumpsters sizes are calculated based on cubic yards, but most people won’t know the exact amount of room they’ll need for their project.

Take a look at the chart below to see a comparison of our various dumpster sizes compared to a standard pick-up truck (which is around 2.5 cubic yards).

Container Type Dimensions 

L x W x H (ft.)

Weight Limit Truckload Equivalent
10 Yard Dumpsters 10 x 8 x 4 4,000 – 6,000 lb 4 pick-up loads
20 Yard Dumpsters 20 x 8 x 3.5 4,000 – 6,000 lb 8 pick-up loads
30 Yard Dumpsters 22 x 8 x 5 7,000 – 10,000 lb 14 pick-up loads
40 Yard Dumpsters 23 x 8 x 7 10,000 – 12,000 lb 16 pick-up loads

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The property size is also a factor that needs to be taken into consideration. Most driveways can accommodate many residential dumpster sizes (and, depending on the size, can handle commercial dumpster sizes as well).

Your budget will also play into the decision on what size your dumpster rental will be. When it comes to dumpster rental costs in Ottawa, large dumpsters will typically cost more, but smaller sizes aren’t always more cost effective if you’ve got enough waste that you end up needing to rent multiple times.

10 Yard Dumpsters

A 10 yard dumpster size is best for areas with limited access or for those who are tackling small-scale projects, such as home or commercial cleanouts. This dumpster size has convenient low walls, which makes it easy for you to throw trash bags or other heavy debris over the side.

10 yard bin

Best Use Cases for 10 Yard Dumpsters

  • Spring cleaning: Dumpster rentals are great for when you want to clear out old furniture or appliances, or have large amounts of trash to dispose of and want to save yourself several trips to the dump.
  • Dirt, brick, and concrete disposal: This dumpster bin size is perfect for yard waste removal or landscaping projects that include large quantities of soil, brick, or concrete, as the smaller size won’t exceed the weight limit capacity.
  • Moving and downsizing: Dispose of unwanted belongings before you move into a new home, and make your move easier and lighter by letting the dumpster handle your heavy debris..
  • Small construction projects: Useful if you’re building a shed (or taking one down), doing a one-room remodel, or any other type of small-scale construction project.

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20 Yard Dumpsters

This dumpster size is great for handling a variety of remodeling and renovation projects. Use this dumpster size for home building or keeping your job site clear of construction debris.

20 yard bin

Best Use Cases for 20 Yard Dumpsters

  • Roofing repairs: A roll-off dumpster in your driveway is handy to have for throwing roofing shingles into while you’re working on roof repairs or replacements.
  • Large yard cleanups: 20 yard dumpster sizes are ideal for tackling the removal of branches, leaves, bushes, and other yard waste. Also suitable for disposing of bulky items like outdoor furniture, playground equipment, or broken garden tools.
  • Full home cleanouts: This dumpster size is big enough to handle estate clearances that involve removing large volumes of household items, furniture, appliances, as well as clearing out attics, garages, or basements, and decluttering entire living spaces.
  • Light demolition projects: For small teardown or demo projects such as wall removal or single-room renovation, this is the right size bin container.

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30 Yard Dumpsters

This is the right dumpster size for you if you’ve got a multitude of projects on the go that have a lot of debris. It’s commonly used by contractors, commercial businesses, or industrial projects.

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Best Use Cases for 30 Yard Dumpsters

  • Home additions: If you’re building an extra room, expanding a kitchen, constructing a new deck and require ample space to dispose of lumber, drywall, flooring, or roofing.
  • Multi-room cleanouts: For extensive cleanouts involving large properties or hoarding situations.
  • Demolition projects: For demolishing medium-sized structures such as sheds, garages, or small commercial buildings. These bin sizes can handle heavy materials such as bricks, metal, concrete and wood.
  • Community cleanups: If you’re organizing or participating in a community beautification project or large-scale environmental cleanup initiative, a 30 yard roll-off container is a great way to centralize and collect trash from various points around the area.

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40 Yard Dumpsters

A 40 yard container is a good fit for large scale waste disposal or projects with a high volume of debris. It’s especially useful when used for large construction or industrial projects, demolition, multi-room remodeling or other significant home renovations.

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Best Use Cases for 40 Yard Dumpsters

    • Full home remodels: For gutting multiple rooms, tearing down walls, or completely renovating the interior and exterior of a house, a 40 yard roll-off bin has enough space to handle large projects like this.
    • Commercial demolition: Dismantling or renovating large structures like warehouses, retail buildings, or industrial facilities will require a large capacity bin
    • Major decluttering jobs: This bin size can handle large estate cleanouts, big and bulky furniture or appliances, and miscellaneous clutter.
    • Office building cleanouts: If you’re disposing of large amounts of office furniture, equipment, supplies, or other materials, a 40 yard roll-off container can be delivered right to the business.

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How to Prepare for Your Dumpster

  1. Request a quote with the experts at CFT Bins. Our team will walk you through each step of the process.
  2. Select an appropriate location. It should be flat, stable, and easily accessible for the delivery truck.
  3. Clear the area of any obstacles or debris.
  4. Communicate any special instructions or considerations for the delivery of the dumpster.
  5. Ensure you stay within your dumpster’s weight limit and total volume. Exceeding this (or adding prohibited items) can incur additional fees.

Contact CFT For a Bin Rental Today!

Now that you have a good idea of what roll off dumpster sizes are available, give us a call for a free quote on your dumpster rental (or use our estimate request form).

We’ll be happy to take your order and answer any question you have about our waste & scrap metal bin rental services.

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