You’ve got a big project coming up and you’re not quite sure of the size and scope of everything involved in it just yet. However, you know for sure there will be waste removal involved and you want it to be taken care of without delay and without having the dumpster hauled off over and over again as this can cause delays. So, what size dumpster will work best for your residential or commercial project?
First, let’s take a look at some basic things you need to know about renting a dumpster:
- Prohibited waste – if your project involves removal of tires, automotive fluids, paint, e-waste (cell phones, computers, televisions), batteries and anything considered hazardous waste – it does not belong in a dumpster.
- Don’t go over your weight allowance. Each dumpster size holds a specific amount of waste. Going over can lead to fines/penalties.
- Know how long you’ll need it on the job site.
- Know what type of debris you’ll be clearing out. Some debris can’t be mixed.
Tips for choosing the right roll-off dumpster size
An important aspect of choosing a dumpster is to remember that you can’t fill it to the point where material is overflowing. Dumpsters can only be filled, legally, to the point where they are “level-full,” meaning the material comes to the top of the dumpster walls, but not any higher. This is why it’s important to get the right size for your project. The smallest dumpster, which will hold six cubic yards of material, will come at a cheaper price, but will end up costing you terms of time, which for most developers also equals money.
Even a 15-cubic yard dumpster, which is a medium-sized dumpster in the size spectrum, will likely be too small for a large commercial or residential project. Anyone involved in a kitchen remodel or basement renovation would be smart to go with a 15 yard dumpster. Also, if you have a medium size garage that you’re clearing out or an old shed that you’re taking off your property, the 15 yard dumpster is perfect, but not for your large project.
When a homeowner replaces windows or siding, they’ll often rent a 30-yard dumpster. Commercial cleanout and remodeling projects will also commonly choose the 30-yard dumpster due to its ability to hold a large amount of material.
The next size up is a 20 yard dumpster, which holds 7,000 pounds of material and is common for jobs like roof remodels where a single layer of shingles needs to be hauled off. It looks big enough for your large project as the dumpster is 18 feet long and eight feet wide, but it’s only 4.5 feet tall, which won’t be enough for your large project.
The right fit for a large project is a 30 cubic yard dumpster. It’s among the largest built in the industry today. They are 18 feet long, eight feet wide, six feet tall and they can hold 5.5 tons (roughly 10,000 pounds) of material. You’ll find these being used with new house construction and whole house clean outs. When a homeowner replaces windows or siding, they’ll often rent a 30-yard dumpster. Commercial cleanout and remodeling projects will also commonly choose the 30-yard dumpster due to its ability to hold a large amount of material.
Find out more about exactly what size dumpster you require for you project by contacting us at A City Suburban Services, Inc., today. We have dumpsters that will fit any project, and we can offer you guidance on waste removal that will lead to a more efficiently run project.