Dumpster Details

Customers always ask for suggestions on what size dumpster to rent.  Sometimes you can measure the size of the junk or debris pile but most times you have to estimate.  Using a pick-up truck with an 8’ bed as a guideline, the bed is 2 cubic yards filled level to the top. Therefore, a:

16 yard container will save you 8 trips to the landfill
20 yard container will save you 10 trips to the landfill
30 yard container will save you 15 trips to the landfill



16 yard – 16- x 7.5 x 4.5
20 yard – 20 x 8 x 4.5
30 yard – 22 x 8 x 6

Another point of reference is a standard parking space, which measures 20 long x 9 feet wide.  That is the rough area a container will occupy.  Atlas 20 yard and 30 yard dumpsters are two feet longer than a parking space but visualizing it should give you a better idea of sizing. These are estimations as not all dumpsters are made exactly the same.