Roll-Off Dumpster Size Guide

Your guide to choosing the right roll-off, open-top dumpster for the job.

See also our guides for Commercial Waste Dumpster Sizes and Trash Container Sizes.

Dumpster Sizes

Container Size Dimensions Weight Limit
10 Yard Dumpster 14 ft x 7.5 ft x 3.5 ft 4,000-6,000 lbs
15 Yard Dumpster 16 ft x 7.5 ft x 4.5 ft 4,000-6,000 lbs
20 Yard Dumpster 22 ft x 7.5 ft x 4.5 ft 4,000-6,000 lbs
30 Yard Dumpster 22 ft x 7.5 ft x 6 ft 7,000-10,000 lbs
40 Yard Dumpster 22 ft x 7.5 ft x 8 ft 10,000-12,000 lbs

What size of temporary dumpster do I need?

That all depends on the size of the job! Luckily, WastePlace haulers can provide dumpsters of all types and sizes, and we've compiled the helpful chart above and some more detail below to help you make the right choice.

10-yard Dumpster Size

Typically used by smaller offices and construction sites, 10-yard open top dumpsters are ideal for lower volume situations. Any smaller, and you're more likely looking at cart or toter service, or perhaps as-needed junk removal runs.

15-yard Dumpster Size

A 15-yarder sees similar use to a 10-yarder, giving you a little extra capacity without requiring too large of a footprint.

20-yard Dumpster Size

Slightly larger in size, the 20-yard open-top dumpster is perfect for medium-sized offices and construction projects.

30-yard Dumpster Size

This is the most common open-top dumpster size,  used for typical construction projects. 30-yarders also take a big step up in weight limit. If you have the volume, they can be an economical choice because of their abundance.

40-yard Dumpster Size

A 40-yard open top dumpster is much taller than the other sizes, and is typically used alongside a dock to throw in trash and debris.

Is a roll-off dumpster the right option for me?

Roll-off dumpsters are ideal for industrial businesses or large temporary projects like construction. Trucks can only haul one open-top dumpster at a time, and you'll want to schedule pickups accordingly.

If you are looking for a dumpster for a business requiring permanent recurring service, you'll want to check out our guide to Commercial Waste Management Dumpster Sizes, which will help you select a container more appropriate for such service.

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