3 Steps You Need To Consider For Dumpster Rental

-Cody Barnes, Owner Port City Containers LLC | May 2023

Renting a dumpster is an awesome way to get rid of large amounts of waste and debris from your home renovation project, landscaping job, or construction site. At the same time, it is crucial to  choose the right size dumpster to ensure that you can get rid of all the waste without having to pay for multiple pick ups. In this helpful blog article, we plan to you help through the process of choosing the right size dumpster for your next project!


Step 1: Determine The Amount Of Waste:  

The key is to choose the right size dumpster for your dumpster rental is perform an estimation on the amount of waste you need to get rid of. You can achieve this by reviewing the amount of waste you plan to generate on your project. For example, if you are fixing up a kitchen or bathroom, you will probably produce more waste than if you are doing a simple job in your backyard.  Ok, so what do I do? Measure the area you will be working on and then calculate the volume of waste you will generate. Another way is to examine the size of the waste you will be getting rid of, such as old furniture, appliances, and tree branches. Making sense?…


Step 2: Consider The Type Of Waste: 

Not all waste is treated equal. This means, the type of waste will affect the size of your dumpster rental. Some materials are heavier than others, and this can impact the amount of waste that can fit into a dumpster for your dumpster rental. Concrete, bricks, and roofing materials are heavy and take up more space than other lighter materials such as cardboard and plastic. It is crucial to keep in mind that the the type of waste you will be disposing of will drive the size dumpster you require. 


Step 3: Make A Decision on Size:

So now you’ve completed the estimation? So exciting! Now it is time to choose the right size dumpster for your project. Dumpster sizes are typically measured in cubic yards, and they range from 10 yards to 40 yards. Port City Containers based in Wilmington, NC offers dumpster rentals that are 15 and 20 yards. 

A 15 yard dumpster is a medium-sized dumpster that is used for small to medium projects. It can hold 4,000-6,000 pounds of waste. Examples of projects would be: cleaning out the garage or basement, small kitchen or bathroom renovations and small landscaping projects. A 15 yard dumpster is 16'L x 7'W x 48”H. 

A 20 yard dumpster is usually ideal for slightly bigger projects projects such as larger home renovations or landscaping jobs. It can hold up to 6,000 pounds of waste and is equivalent to about six pickup truck loads. A 20 yard dumpster measures 16'L x 7'W x 60”H. 

It is important to choose the right size dumpster that can hold all the waste you need to dispose of without overflowing or exceeding the weight limit. Overloading a dumpster can result in additional fees or penalties, and it can also be dangerous for the driver to transport an overloaded dumpster.



Choosing the right size dumpster is critical to ensuring that your project goes smoothly and that you can dispose of all your waste in one stop. By estimating the amount of waste you need to dispose of, considering the type of waste, and choosing the appropriate size dumpster, you can save time and money and avoid any potential problems. Remember to also consider the placement of the dumpster and any local regulations or permits you may need to obtain before renting a dumpster. With these tips in mind, you can choose the right size dumpster for your project and get rid of your waste safely and efficiently. 


If you have any questions you can contact Port City Containers here. If you are ready to get started, order online now!

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