Every year, construction and demolition projects generate around 600 million tons of waste. This includes wood, steel, drywall, plaster, tile, shingles, and concrete. Removing all this waste is a challenge for anyone undertaking home renovations, landscaping, or building projects. What’s more, many of these items are recyclable, but it’s difficult to keep these separate from non-recyclables while cleaning up your site. A roll-off dumpster takes most of the hassles out of waste disposal.

You needn’t worry about carting your waste to the dump site, and you can hire a recycling container to help streamline this important process. These are the things to consider when renting a roll-off dumpster for your renovation or construction project.

How to Choose the Right Roll-Off Dumpster

To maximize the benefits of dumpster rental, it’s important to pick the best size for your needs. There are three main aspects to consider when making this decision:

How Much Debris Will There Be?

It’s difficult to estimate how much waste your project will generate, and renting the wrong size dumpster can be an expensive error.  

You’ll end up paying huge extra costs if you try to save money by renting a dumpster that’s smaller than you need. If you’re left with excess waste, you’ll have to dispose of it yourself later.

Overestimating your waste disposal needs means you might end up renting two dumpsters when one larger one will do. It’s always cheaper to hire a larger roll-off dumpster if you’re uncertain about your waste disposal needs. 

Dumpster Height and Weight Restrictions

Dumpster haulers can’t remove your waste if you fill the container beyond its limits. For safety’s sake, they can’t legally take an overfull dumpster on the road.

In this case, you’ll need to remove the extra waste and dispose of it yourself. 

Landfills and recycling centers charge per ton for tipped waste. So, if you exceed the dumpster’s weight allowance, you’ll attract extra costs at the recycling facility or landfill site. 

Available Space On Site 

Be sure to compare the size of the dumpster you want to rent with the space you have available to place it. 

Roll-off containers are mostly 8 ft. wide, but the length increases in line with their capacity. Remember, dumpsters have doors to enable easy loading of debris.

You’ll need an extra four to eight feet of space to open these doors. You also need to make sure there’s enough space for the rental company’s trucks to deliver and pick up the roll-off dumpster.  

Make sure you check on any municipal restrictions or permitting requirements before hiring a dumpster. 

Consider Time Restraints, Too

Remember, your workers can’t do their jobs effectively without some way to get rid of the debris they generate on-site. Make sure you order your dumpster well in advance to avoid delaying your project. 

Contacting a local company is the best way to ensure timeous, affordable delivery, and personalized service. 

Common Roll-Off Dumpster Sizes

When you start to research your roll off dumpster rental options, you’ll find an overwhelming array of options available. Dumpster size calculations involve a simple formula as follows:

  • Multiply the dumpster dimensions, i.e. length x width x height
  • Divide that figure by 27

This gives you the cubic yard capacity of the dumpster. A dumpster with twice the volume doesn’t necessarily hold twice the weight. So, keep this in mind when choosing your roll-off dumpster. 

Pay attention to the number of carbon emissions and plastic waste you’ll eliminate when renting a roll-off dumpster. This is one of the major benefits of this practice.

Here’s your guide to the common sizes of roll-off dumpster rentals and the jobs they’re best suited to.

10-12 Cubic Yard Roll-Off Dumpsters

These dumpsters accommodate as much as 2 tons or 3 pick-up truckloads or 60 33-gallon trash bags of waste. They’re suited to light and heavy materials, so you can use them to dispose of things like organic landscaping debris as well as concrete waste.

A 10 cubic-yard dumpster’s dimensions are 12′ x 8′ x 4′. They’re best for maintenance cleanups and small residential projects, as most properties can accommodate this size dumpster. 

You can use them for the following projects:

  • Small renovations
  • Decluttering
  • Minor excavation projects

You should hire a dumpster of this size if you’re undertaking a driveway refurbishment, flooring removal, or single-room home renovation.  

20 Cubic Yard Roll-Off Dumpsters

The 20 cubic yard dumpster measures 22′ x 8′ x 4.5′ and can hold up to 3 tons of waste, which is the equivalent of 5 pick-up truckloads, or 120 33-gallon trash bags. It’s large enough for some commercial projects, but not too big for residential use. 

You can use these dumpsters for jobs, like:

  • Dumping furniture
  • Medium-sized excavations
  • Construction waste removal

They’re best for home cleanups, mid-size landscaping projects, and roof replacements.

30 Cubic Yard Roll-Off Dumpsters

These 21′ x 8′ x 6′ roll-off dumpsters can contain up to 5 tons of waste, equivalent to 8 pick-up truck loads. This equals 180 33-gallon trash bags. 

This makes them suited to the following projects:

  • New home construction
  • Mid-range commercial builds
  • Large landscaping projects

If you have a large home, you’ll need one of these dumpsters when you undergo roof reconstruction. They’re great for larger cleanups, estate cleanouts, and significant excavations, too.  

Rent a Roll-Off Dumpster For Your Next Project

It’s easy to get a quotation and order your roll-off dumpster online. Alternatively, you can contact one of our waste removal experts for guidance about which size roll-off dumpster to use for your project.

With over 20 years of experience on Florida’s Treasure Coast, we’re accustomed to working with tight construction schedules and managing multiple vendors on one site. 

Our comprehensive inventory, ensures you’re bound to find the size roll-off dumpster you need. Get in touch with Freedom Waste Services today to discuss your needs and order your roll-off dumpster.