Top 3 Most Popular Dumpster Rental Sizes – And When to Use Them

One of the most important decisions you need to make before renting a dumpster is its size. How big does your dumpster need to be? How can you avoid paying for space you don’t need? How much debris can we expect from our kitchen or complete home renovation?

At Eagle Dumpster Rental, our specialists will walk you through the dumpster rental process. We’ll ask what type of construction project you’re working on, and use our experience to help you decide the perfect size for your needs.

Dumpster Sizes


We’ve seen what works for other customers, and we’re pretty good at guessing dumpster sizes.

That being said, it’s always nice to know what’s out there. Here are the top 3 most popular dumpster sizes and how they’re typically used:

15 Yard Dumpsters

A 15 cubic yard dumpster is popular for homeowners and smaller commercial contractors. It’s a “jack of all trades” type dumpster, and it can easily slot into a front yard or backyard to make sure your project goes smoothly. You can even fit this little guy inside a parking stall or a small residential driveway. We’ve even seen 15 yard dumpsters used on larger projects where a larger dumpster won’t fit – like in crowded downtown neighborhoods. On larger projects, you can just empty the dumpster more frequently to keep the project running smoothly.

Ideal For:

-Renovation debris from smaller projects

-Garbage, trash, and junk removal (like spring cleaning projects)

-Homeowner garage cleanouts

-Asphalt shingle re-roofing

-Smaller commercial construction sites

-General waste collection and disposal

-Situations or properties where you can’t fit a larger dumpster

20 Yard Dumpsters

A 20 cubic yard dumpster tends to be the sweet spot for our customers. It’s plenty big enough for most renovation projects, and it holds enough junk for even the most intense spring cleanings. It holds significantly less waste than the 30 yard containers, which are used primarily on commercial construction sites. The 20 yard dumpster can be delivered to most residential locations (it will fit on one-half of a double car driveway). It’s also a popular option with contractors for construction dumpster rentals on demolition sites.

Ideal For:

-Demolition debris

-Garbage, trash, and junk removal

-Larger house cleanouts

-Larger residential renovations

-Commercial construction sites

-General waste collection and disposal

-Flat roof tear-offs

-General trash and garbage removal

30 Yard Dumpsters

30 yard dumpsters are almost exclusively used on commercial construction sites. Unless a home is going through a multi-room renovation project, this dumpster is larger than most homeowners need. 30 cubic yard dumpsters require a tandem axle truck for delivery and pickup, and it can be difficult to place the 30 yard dumpster on some residential spaces. Nevertheless, many of our customers are surprised by how easily the dumpster fits into a lot or property – and with no lasting damage!

Ideal For:

-Permanent placement bins for industrial or commercial companies

-High volume renovation, demolition, and construction projects

-High volume junk removal jobs

-Commercial flat roofing

-Industrialized construction and civil projects

-General waste collection and disposal

-Wood and pallet recycling

Which Size Dumpster is Right for You?

Still don’t know which size is right for your project? That’s okay! Many of our customers at Eagle Dumpster Rental are first-time dumpster renters. If you’re clueless about roll-off container rentals, you’re not alone! Fortunately, friendly staff is on-hand to assist you with your decision. We’ve seen what works for other customers, and we’ll help you pick the perfect dumpster for your needs.

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