The Long Answer:

Humans are very bad at estimating volumes, so we'll compare each common bin type with the volume of a full size pickup truck bed*. It's what people typically use to go the dump anyhow! We will also list what kind of projects that size of dumpster is typically used for.

*A full size pickup with a load filled level with the bed will hold ~2 cubic yards. A 4 cubic yard bin is worth two trips to the dump in a pickup!

4 Cubic Yard Dumpster

These small sizes are suitable for small projects or for heavy materials like dirt and gravel. Also useful for small driveways.

10 Cubic Yard Dumpster

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= 5 trips to the dump


15 Cubic Yard Dumpster

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= 7.5 trips to the dump


20 Cubic Yard Dumpster

20 cubic yard dumpsters are very versatile and a very common size among haulers. 

= 10 trips to the dump


30 Cubic Yard Dumpster

If you can't fit all your waste in your bin then you'll have to swap it out for a new one. You'll pay much more than if you had chosen a big enough bin. 

Takeaway: Make sure to rent a dumpster that is large enough to hold all your waste. Skimping out and having to rent a second one is not cheaper!

= 15 trips to the dump


40 Cubic Yard Dumpster

Haulers come in all sorts of different sizes, with different pricing structures and different products. There are a lot of factors than can change what you have to pay, and what kind of experience you have with your dumpster rental.

That's why it's important to compare different haulers using your specific needs.

If you're ready to book a bin rental, just enter your information in our form and get in touch with vetted haulers in your area! That way you can get the best deal for you.

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What Size Dumpster Do I Need?

The Short Answer: It depends on your project! 

Pick your project type and we'll give you a recommendation on what dumpster might suit you best.

Heavy Waste



Home Reno


Yard Waste