How Big Is A 10 Yard Dumpster?

October 13, 2020

Roll off dumpsters typically are available in six different sizes - 10 yard, 12 yard, 15 yard, 20 yard, 30 yard and 40 yard (measured by a cubic yard). These sizes are pretty universal all across the country, no matter where you live. However, some sizes are more commonly available than others.

In this article, we will answer the question "how big is a 10 yard dumpster", and we will go over three things to consider relating to this specific size.

The dimensions of a 10 yard dumpster normally measure approximately eleven (11) feet long, eight (8) feet wide and three and a half (3.5) feet high.

Here are the four main things to consider regarding the size of a 10 yard dumpster.

1. Small can for small jobs

10 yard dumpsters are generally the smallest size roll off dumpster, and therefore they also come with the smallest weight limit. A 10 yard dumpster comes with a 1 ton weight limit, meaning the price includes up to 1 ton of weight. Most people don't realize how quickly a dumpster can fill up and just how heavy they get. Many companies, including Trash Daddy Dumpsters, have all inclusive pricing, but that only applies if you stay under the weight limit. A 10 yard dumpster should only be considered for very small jobs.

2. Holds about 4 pickup truck loads of material

10 yard dumpster capacity

The 10 yard dumpster holds approximately enough debris to fill the bed of 4 average sized pickup trucks.

3. Perfect for tight fits, even inside most garages

A 10 yard dumpster typically only being about 11 feet long will fit inside many garages, making them a popular choice for many homeowners. They are also easy to maneuver and place into small or tight spaces, such as a narrow alley or a space on a narrow street. However, smallest and/or cheapest isn't always best. As mentioned above, these dumpsters can get heavy quickly. Carefully watch the weight limit when renting your dumpster to avoid extra costs.

4. The least expensive option

If you only have a few things to discard, but they are larger items like furniture or a mattress, a 10 yard dumpster would be a good choice because it will be the least expensive option. As mentioned above though, always be careful about choosing a smaller dumpster. People are often surprised how fast they can fill them up, and how heavy they can be, and usually you can get a 20 or 30 yard for not a whole lot more money.


In order to answer the question "how big is a 10 yard dumpster", you have to consider several things: while it is the smallest size available, able to fit into tighter spaces, it's not significantly cheaper than the larger sizes, and it can fill up and get heavy quickly, which can result in more cost. A 10 yard is still a popular choice for many homeowners, but at Trash Daddy Dumpsters, we usually rent a lot more 20 yard and 30 yard dumpsters, because it is easier to stay under the weight limit, and therefore saves our customers more money.