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How to Choose the Right Sizes Dumpster for Your Project

Updated: May 15, 2023

Determine the Size of Your Project


When choosing the right size dumpster for your project, the first step is to determine the size of your project. It is important to accurately estimate the amount of material you plan to dispose of in order to select from the various dumpster sizes of dumpsters and Patriot Dumpster SRQ makes it easy to understand dumpster sizes! For our dumpster dimensions, click: https://www.patriotdumpstersrq.com/dumpster-sizes


Consider the type of materials you will have and their approximate volume so that you can make an informed decision.


Estimate the amount of waste


Before you decide on a dumpster size for your project, it helps to have a good idea of the amount and types of waste you will be generating. This will depend on the size of your project and the materials that you are working with.


For instance, if your project involves renovation or construction, you’ll need to take into account all of the debris such as drywall scraps, furniture, old carpeting and other items that you expect to put in the dumpster. In addition, when considering dumpster sizes, if you are doing landscaping work such as removing trees and stones, know that these items can add up quickly and should be factored in when estimating how much material will go into the dumpster.


If it’s a small project that’s limited to household junk removal or home cleanouts such as attic or garage cleanouts, then estimating may be simpler since there won’t be any large pieces like furniture involved. A 10-yard dumpster should do for most small projects.

It's important to get an accurate estimate for your particular project so you don't over or under buy for size requirements. You should contact a local waste management company like Patriot Dumpsters SRQ in Sarasota Florida to provide an accurate assessment based on types of materials being discarded from your job site. They can usually provide helpful advice about the most suitable size for the job from their variety of service offerings based on volumes calculated by yardage sizes or even number of truckloads required upon pick up after completion of your task at hand.


Consider the size of the items you’re disposing of


When selecting the right size dumpster for your project, it is important to consider the size of the items you’re disposing of. Larger projects, such as major home renovations or construction projects, may require a 20-30 yard dumpster for larger debris, such as lumber and sheetrock. Smaller projects such as landscaping may require smaller dumpsters of 10 yards or less.


Permanent waste that requires constant removal from a job site requires more frequent pickups. This means that you need to consider the total load before determining whether a temporary or permanent dumpster is right for your project. In general, larger sites and multiple material types require bigger sizes with additional trips. Additionally, if you are disposing of heavy materials such as concrete or dirt it is best to use a larger size because these materials often take up more space than other lighter materials like paper or cardboard boxes.


It is important to weigh the pros and cons associated with selecting too large versus selecting too small of a dumpster for your project. A larger size could save money in trips but could also put you at risk for exceeding volume limits if not filled properly and evenly. A smaller size may cost more in trips but can keep your disposal costs lower by not exceeding volume limits through improper packing techniques. The estimated weight of all items that will be disposed should also be taken into consideration when considering what size would best accommodate the job at hand.


Dumpster Sizes at Patriot Dumpster SRQ


Choosing the right size dumpster for your project can be a daunting task. Different dumpster sizes can be used for different types of projects. It is important to get the right size because it can minimize waste and help you save time and money.


In this blog, we will discuss the different types of dumpster sizes, so you can make the right selection for your project.


15-yard dumpsters


A 15-yard dumpster is a great size for smaller projects. This size dumpster measures at 14 feet long, 8 feet wide, and four foot tall walls with rear doors that open for easy loading. This is the perfect size if you are doing projects such as small bathroom remodeling or cleaning up the yard of debris. It also makes for an excellent choice for getting rid of furniture or appliances from your home or business.


When looking to rent a 15-yard dumpster, it is important to keep in mind that this bin holds roughly 3 tons (6,000 lbs) of solid waste. That equals out to about three to five pickup truckloads’ worth of material. This can generally accommodate all kinds of small household jobs and light cleanup projects. Additionally, with its smaller size, this dumpster can be stored in tighter areas such as narrow driveways or alleys without hindering access to other areas.


20-yard dumpsters


20-yard dumpsters are the most commonly requested size for mid-sized construction projects, large residential cleanouts, and rough demolition. A 20-yard dumpster provides a capable amount of space and is fair for smaller loads comprised mainly of dry waste and yard debris alike.


With a 20-yard dumpster you get fourteen feet in length, eight feet in width, a six-feet high solid walled container on wheels with rear doors that open for easy loading. You can fit roughly ten to twelve pickup truck loads in one 20-yard container, which can end up saving you time and money if needed to complete your project in a timely manner.


Most cities permit 20 our yarders with no permit required when placed in the front yard or driveway. However, large projects may require special instructions so speaking to local HOA or contractor is highly recommended for proper placement of your dumpster prior to having it dropped off at your designated area on site.


30-yard dumpsters


30-yard dumpsters, sometimes called construction dumpsters, are designed to hold the large amounts of trash and debris generated during renovations and construction projects. They are also a popular choice for large spring cleaning projects, estate clean outs, garage clean outs and more. As the largest type of dumpster usually available for rent in residential areas, these dumpsters can hold up to fourteen to sixteen pickup truck loads of materials. These large containers measure at an approximate 20 ft. x 8 ft. by 5 ft.


30-yard units are ideal for larger home improvement projects including room additions or multiple remodeling projects at once such as a bathroom or kitchen “gut job” - when you need to start over with studs and drywall! If you're unsure if this size is right for your project, our team can help you assess your needs and determine the best rental. In some cases, two 20 yard dumpsters may be needed in the event you need a little more than 30 yards.


Consider Your Location


When deciding on what size dumpster to rent for your project, it is important to consider the size of your location. The size of the area where you’ll need to store and use the dumpster will affect the size you should choose.


Use a tape measure to determine the length and width of your available space for the dumpster, then compare it to the sizes of the dumpsters offered at Patriot Dumpster SRQ in Sarasota, Florida.


Check local regulations


Before renting a dumpster for your next project, it’s important to check local regulations. Different counties, cities and towns will have their own regulations and restrictions when it comes to this type of waste management. Many local governments have specific sizes and amount of weight that can be placed in a dumpster. If you do not adhere to their regulations, you may be subject to fines or other penalties. Additionally, some county or town regulations require the use of residential dumpsters for certain projects such as home remodeling.


Researching your local laws can help you prevent costly fines. Also, it’s important to contact your homeowners association if there are any regulations they may have in place concerning the use of a dumpster on your property. Knowing these rules before renting a dumpster will ensure that you are abiding by all necessary restrictions.


Consider the size of your driveway


It’s important to consider the size of your driveway when determining what size dumpster you will need. Many times, smaller driveways may restrict access for larger dumpsters, and this should be taken into account when choosing the right size for your project. The smaller the vehicle bringing in the dumpster, the better access you will have to your property.


It’s also important to note that some cities and counties in Florida may regulate where dumpsters can be placed on residential properties. For example, in Sarasota County, homeowners must obtain a permit from the county if their size of dumpster does not completely fit on their personal property without encroaching onto public sidewalks or streets. If a permit is needed for placement of the bin, this will add time to your rental process so make sure you factor that in when planning out your project timetable.


Contact a Professional


If you are planning a project that requires a dumpster, the first step is to contact a professional. Not only will they be able to advise you on the type and size of dumpster you need, but they will be able to provide you with all the additional information you need to make an informed decision.


By contacting a professional, you can ensure that you get the most suitable dumpster for your project.


Get a free quote


Choosing the right size rental dumpster that best fits your project is essential to save time, money and yourself the headache of having to replace it. Renting a dumpster is a simple process, but requires the right research to ensure you’re choosing an appropriate size and type of container that can adequately hold the debris from your project.


To best determine which size will meet your needs, it’s important to be as specific as possible about what type of items you plan on disposing in the dumpster. Here at Patriot Dumpster SRQ we offer free quotes for our Sarasota area customers. Our customer service team is here to help guide you through determining which sizes are most suitable for your project.


Ask questions about the rental process


Before comparing rental options, consider asking the following questions:

  • What terms and conditions apply to dumpster rental?

  • What is the total cost for the rental period?

  • Is there a weight limit for the materials that you will be disposing of in the dumpster?

  • Do you offer same-day delivery and/or pick up?

  • Are there any additional fees (i.e. delivery or convenience charges)?

You should also ask questions about local regulations related to renting a dumpster. If you choose to rent a larger dumpster, determine whether or not it is necessary to obtain a permit from your local jurisdiction. It’s important to note that some jurisdictions have regulations determining what size bin can be placed on each property or street. Make sure this information is communicated clearly when asking questions as well.


An experienced professional should provide invaluable insight into size recommendations and number of rentals needed to make your project go smoothly without overspending. A full understanding of all terms required prior to signing a contract will help you avoid unnecessary costs or time delay penalties during your project. Patriot Dumpster SRQ makes it easy by providing single call support with our knowledgeable staff!


Finalize Your Dumpster Rental


Choosing the right size dumpster for your project is critical for a successful rental. The size of the dumpster rental that you choose should be based on the volume of material that will be disposed of, the types of waste that need to be disposed of and the available space.


Make sure you take into consideration all of these factors before you make your final decision.


Set up delivery and pickup


Once you have carefully considered what size dumpster your project requires, you are ready to arrange for delivery and pickup. Your rental company can assist you in optimizing the timing based on their available capacity, access to your site, and any applicable regulatory requirements that may impact the process.


Delivery can take place as soon as possible if the right dumpster is available. If not, there may be a need to schedule delivery at a later point. The rental agreement should clearly state when delivery will occur so that both parties are aware of expectations. The rental company may also include specific instructions on how they need access to the site in order to complete the delivery.


When it comes time to pick up the waste bin after your project’s completion, make sure you have followed any instructions from your rental company on what needs to be done in order for them to safely remove it from your property. Many companies will check for any remaining debris or other hazards before picking it up and may require you pay an additional fee for hazardous materials handling or clean-up services if not properly addressed prior to pickup.



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