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How To Choose the Best Dumpster Size for Your Project

How To Choose the Best Dumpster Size for Your Project

Rental dumpsters are game-changers when it comes to keeping your space clean and tidy during a large project, but there’s just one problem – how do you know which dumpster to get?

There are many factors to consider when choosing the best dumpster size for your project to optimize costs and avoid renting a dumpster too large or too small.

Still, with thoughtful planning and research, you can choose the ideal rental dumpster size to keep the waste under control.

Here are 5 things you should do when considering the right dumpster size for your project:

  • Define the scope of the project.

The first thing to do when considering which type of roll-off dumpster is most suitable for your project is to assess the scope of the event that will generate waste.

Does your renovation involve clearing out one section of old cabinets, or are you tearing down walls to create an open space?

Are you limiting the project to one room of your house, or do you plan to tackle multiple areas including landscaping?

Is it a simple project, or are you moving and needing to do a massive clean-out?

Defining the scope of the project is the best first step so you can more accurately estimate your waste management needs.

  • Estimate the amount of waste.

The next step in choosing the perfect dumpster for your project is to estimate the scope of debris that will be generated.

Is the waste likely to be in small, fragmented pieces, or in large scraps and chunks?

While small pieces can be compacted into different-sized dumpsters, bulky waste may only fit in larger dumpster models, so it is important to be thoughtful when considering what you need to manage the mess of your project.

  • Learn about the different dumpster size options.

The beauty of renting a roll-off dumpster is they come in a variety of sizes, so no matter your clean-up needs, you can find a dumpster that’s not too big, not too small, but just right.

Some of the size options you can find in a rental dumpster includes:

  • 10-yard dumpsters
  • 20-yard dumpsters
  • 30-yard dumpsters
  • 40-yard dumpsters

Ideally, you would want to choose the smallest dumpster that can handle the scope of your needs, so you can save money and minimize your environmental footprint while maintaining a mess-free space.

  • Consider how much space you have.

Roll-off dumpsters can take up a lot of space, so before you place your order for a dumpster rental, it is necessary to carefully consider the size of your yard and how much room you actually have that can suitably accommodate a heavy dumpster for the duration of your project.

While the rubber wheels on rental dumpsters allow for portability, these vessels are large and heavy, so it is important to choose a drop-off location that is both large enough and has solid land.

  • Overestimate - don’t underestimate.

The last thing you’d want is to have a massive dumpster crowding the corner of your yard when your project only generated ¼ of the waste required to fill it, but what would be even worse, would be to rent a dumpster that didn’t have enough space.

When estimating the dumpster size that you need to rent, it is important to find that perfect balance between having enough space for the debris but not so much space that it’s wasteful.

Still, as a rule of thumb, it is more cost-effective and eco-friendlier to rent a slightly larger dumpster one time than to have to hire a second small dumpster because you under-estimated how much space you need, so when choosing your dumpster size, overestimate – don’t underestimate.

Dumpster rental services with Dial-A-Dumpster take the stress away and the mess away – what more could you need?

When you’re ready to rent a dumpster in the Detroit area, contact us with your questions or book online to get your project underway.