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Know Your Dumpsters: Getting the Right Size for the Job

Dumpster rentals have never been more popular than they are right now. Throughout the country, an increasing number of people have been requesting dumpsters be delivered to their homes and businesses to help make the process of waste removal that much easier. 

The desire to spruce up living spaces has never been greater. Renovations and decluttering projects have increased the need for fast, easy, and no-hassle disposal.

Considerations for choosing your dumpster

Finding the right size dumpster for your job can be confusing, especially if this is your first time renting one. There are a few things that you should consider. The size of the dumpster that you will require will depend on a few specific factors.

  • What will you be throwing away?

Before calling to request your rental, be sure to take inventory of everything you need to dispose of. There may be certain restrictions on the type of waste that can be placed in bins, and it’s important to know what these restrictions are. Hazardous materials, chemicals, batteries, paint, and cleaning solutions may require special handling, and these items might not be allowed to be thrown out in a regular rented dumpster.

  • How big are the items?

As you take stock of what you will need to dispose of, also make a note of how big the items are that will be thrown away. Large items may require a larger dumpster, or you’ll need to break them down into smaller pieces first.

  • How heavy are the items?

Most average size dumpsters can hold between 4,000 and 6,000 pounds. Some people choose to rent a dumpster because the waste they need to dispose of is too heavy for them to remove independently. Just be aware that you pay by the ton!

  • How much do you have?

Knowing how much you will need to throw away is one of the most significant factors in what size of dumpster you will need to rent. If the job is big, a larger dumpster will be required, and likewise, if you have less waste, renting a smaller dumpster will be the more economical choice.

The Two Most Popular Dumpster Sizes

Dumpsters come in different sizes to suit differing needs. You want to ensure that the dumpster you choose is big enough to handle the job you are about to tackle but small enough that you aren’t paying for space that you don’t require. How big of a project you plan on tackling and what you will be disposing of will help you to choose between these two more popular sizes: 

  • 10 Yard Dumpster

A ten-yard dumpster is the perfect size bin to fit easily into most driveways. It is versatile and compact and is ideal for most standard home waste removal needs. While the dimensions of this size dumpster can vary, most are approximately 12 feet long x 8 feet wide x 3.5 feet tall. This size dumpster can hold ten yards of waste which is equivalent to 270 cubic feet and around 4,000 pounds. If you are having difficulty trying to determine if this size dumpster is best for you, take a moment to imagine the stove in your kitchen. The standard stove is one cubic yard. A ten-yard dumpster could hold ten of these ovens worth of content. Generally speaking, this a dumpster of this size is best suited for small home clean-up jobs, disposing of waste when moving, minor home renovations, small roofing jobs, general waste disposal, and spring clean-up jobs around the house.

  • 15 Yard Dumpster

A fifteen-yard dumpster is an excellent choice for larger jobs. While it is slightly bigger than the ten-yard dumpster, it can still usually fit comfortably into most average-sized driveways. The dimensions of this dumpster may vary. Some are shorter with taller sides, while others are longer with shorter sides, making it easier to throw your waste inside. Most fifteen-yard dumpsters measure 16 feet long x 7.5 feet wide x 4.5 feet high and can usually hold up to 6,000 pounds worth of waste. To better visualize how much can fit inside one of these dumpsters, picture an average-sized bag of trash. A fifteen-yard dumpster can comfortably hold 80 – 100 of these bags. This size dumpster is best suited for more extensive renovations, larger home clean-up jobs, small construction sites, roofing jobs, and general waste removal.

Cleaning up your house, decluttering, and performing some renovations is a great way to fall back in love with your home. It can make an old space feel new again and can increase its functionality – making ample room for a home office or online learning environment. Renting a dumpster can make getting rid of your waste a much easier task and eliminates the need for special city garbage pick-ups or multiple trips to the dump. It can also be incredibly convenient, especially when fast, hassle-free delivery and pick-up is offered. They also give you the advantage of being able to walk out your front door and easily throw away your waste. 

At VaVia, we specialize in providing affordable dumpster rentals and a professional, hassle-free experience. We also offer a unique technology that allows easy order, delivery, and pick-up of your dumpster rental, and our friendly staff is always available to help. If you need help with the disposal, whether due to a recent move, a home renovation or a simple decluttering, contact us today, to learn more about how we can help you! 

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