What Size Dumpster Do I Need?

January 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Dumpster Rentals

Picking a dumpster size is more of an art than a science.  We often hear the question, “how much does a 20 yard dumpster hold?”  Well, the simple answer is that it holds 20 cubic yards of trash. However that answer is not very helpful. All dumpsters are listed by cubic yards.  A cubic yard is a measure of volume, or more simply put, the empty space available inside of a container.  But what is a cubic yard?  The best way to tell you is to show you.


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The person pictured above is sitting on a “cubic yard”.   If you put your trash into a pile 3 feet wide by 3 feet tall by 3 feet deep, it would take up 1 cubic yard of space (volume).  A typical pick-up truck holds about 2 cubic yards of material.   Most people order the 20 cubic yard dumpster.  It’s not to big and it’s not to small.  It’s just right (most of the time).

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The dumpster pictured above is a 20 cubic yard dumpster.  Please note – 20 cubic yards does not mean 20 feet long or 20 yards long.  The dumpster is 12 feet long, 8 feet wide, 5.5 feet tall.  It fits nicely on any driveway.

If you still need more help deciding on a dumpster size please watch our short video which will give you all the options.