Do you need to rent a dumpster for a project? You may need a dumpster for several purposes. From holding a sporting event or a concert to moving, cleanup, demolition, and renovation, each project can be managed a lot better when a dumpster is rented and placed on the project site.

When renting a dumpster, one of the first concerns is to determine the right size of the dumpster for your project. In this blog, we take a look at the best sized dumpsters for different projects:

Business Accommodation

Dumpsters may be required by a wide range of businesses. For daily business operations, especially if you are required to dispose of larger items, choose a 10-yard dumpster. This move will also reduce the number of pickups required. For a construction project or a small-scale demolition, you will likely need to expand your budget and go for a 20-yard dumpster to manage your stuff.

Construction and Demolition

Demolition projects can be managed quite efficiently through dumpsters. A 30-yard dumpster is good enough to take care of a small project’s demolition phase and deal with heavier materials, such as roofing, siding, concrete, plaster, drywall, and sub-flooring.

A 20-yard dumpster can come in handy during the reconstruction phase. A 10-yard dumpster is reliable enough to tackle waste generated from carpenters, electricians, and painters during the finishing phase. If you intend to go ahead with a large-scale demolition, it’s important to secure more dumpster space to avoid problems that might happen later on. Usually, it takes around ten 30-yard dumpsters to perform a cleanup of a demolition project from a 1,200 square foot house.

Construction projects also take advantage of the availability of an on-site dumpster. For both commercial construction and residential jobs, 30-yard dumpsters are ideal as they can handle the volume and weight of construction debris. They are also user-friendly as they allow you to load stuff with minimal discomfort.

Residential Cleanup Projects

As a thumb of rule, keep in mind that for every year you have lived in a home, you accumulate around one cubic yard of garbage. For instance, if you have resided at a place for 20 years, your needs will be addressed by a 20-yard dumpster. Such a dumpster can carry junk, which is equivalent to the size of a larger van.

If you are only decluttering for spring cleaning, a 10-yard dumpster will suffice for holding your stuff. A 10-yard dumpster can hold yard waste, couch, mattress, many bags of clothing, and different items from the garage.

If you are involved in a full estate cleanup, on average, you will need around three 30-yard dumpsters. However, this scenario assumes that you have thrown out most items, such as furniture. If you are considering keeping some of the items, you might only need to rent a single 30-yard dumpster. Since dumpster size varies so much for residential projects, it’s recommended to discuss your needs with a professional before starting out.


Moving is a terrific time to re-arrange your items and declutter. Renting a dumpster at this stage can be quite useful. Along with your moving truck, think about placing a 10-yard or 20-yard dumpster to dispose of unneeded items.


There is a wide range of factors to consider while choosing a dumpster size for an event such as a show, concert, fair, or a festival. Single-weekend events are notorious for generating a large amount of waste from food, utensils, cups, and plates. Considerations, such as the venue location, number of attendees, food and beverages served, and the activities that are scheduled to take place in the event can help you to decide an appropriate size for your dumpster.

Here’s what you can do: assign one liter of waste to each person. This way, if you are overseeing a large-scale event, a 20 or 30-yard dumpster is a dependable option to prevent running out of the room or tackling any overflow issue. Similarly, if you have a smaller event, a 10-yard dumpster is a wiser option.

Hoarding Cleanup

Hoarding cleanup is a major task to take on and needs ample space. If you have a 1,200-square foot home with a garage and basement filled with items, it’s advised that you need more than five 30-yard dumpsters. They can manage all items, such as papers, cardboard, wood, metal, plastic, food, lamps, glassware, and clothing.

Final Thoughts

Renting the right-sized dumpster is essential for your project’s success. Cramming 15 yards of junk in a 10-yard dumpster isn’t going to work and you might have to pay significantly more due to a pick-up and re-drop for completing the project. It’s better if you overestimate the dumpster space you require as it can save you from various charges.

It is also vital to avoid overfilling your dumpster. Although you might be tempted to pile debris at the container’s top, don’t do it. Overfilling a dumpster comes under road hazard and your dumpster rental company cannot legally haul the container. Some drivers refuse to work and will not take the dumpster until you take care of the matter.

If you are looking to schedule a commercial or a residential roll-off dumpster in Michigan for any kind of cleanup effort, you don’t need to search further. Get in touch with Century Waste Management and ease away all your worries in a jiffy. Our experts will discuss your project and recommend an appropriately-sized dumpster. Our goal is to make sure that you do your job efficiently without losing money.

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