What Are Standard Dumpster Sizes?

April 24, 2024

Do you have a lot of old junk lying around your house, yard or garage? There is an easy, convenient and affordable way to get rid of that old junk - a roll off dumpster rental. You may be wondering what are standard dumpster sizes. If so, this article is for you.

Dumpster rentals make it easy for anyone to dispose of just about anything. We drop off the dumpster and place it where you want it. Then you fill it up. When you are done we pick it up and haul it away.

There are a variety of dumpster sizes available to rent. Different areas have different sizes available. But, across the country there are several standard dumpster sizes that most companies offer.

What is a roll off dumpster?

red 20 yard dumpster in the street

A roll off dumpster is simply a large container, or bin, that is picked up and dropped off of a large truck. It's called a "roll off" because it "rolls off" of the back of the truck. Contractors have used these containers for disposal of remodeling and construction debris for many years. But in recent years they have become very popular for residential junk removal and cleanup jobs around the house.

What are standard dumpster sizes?

There are typically six different sizes of roll off dumpsters that are commonly available to rent across the country. Dumpsters are measured by the cubic yard, which describes how much capacity each container can hold. Below are ALL the sizes typically available:

  • 10 yard
  • 12 yard
  • 15 yard
  • 20 yard
  • 30 yard
  • 40 yard

As I mentioned above, not every area has every size. Some sizes are more common, and some sizes may not be available at all in your area. At Trash Daddy, we have a service areas page where you can easily look up the areas we service and what is available in that area.

Now let's review the most common sizes that are standard in most areas.

12 yard dumpster dimensions

12 Yard Dumpster

The 12 yard is one of the smallest sizes available. You can use this size for small clean up jobs. Or this is the size used for heavy material like brick, rock, concrete or dirt.

20 yard dumpster dimensions

20 Yard Dumpster

The 20 yard is the most common dumpster rental size. It's also the most popular size, especially for residential homeowners. The reason is because it has a large capacity to remove a lot of debris, but it's also not very tall. This makes it easier to load, being able to easily throw things in over the side.

30 yard dumpster dimensions

30 Yard Dumpster

A 30 yard is another very common size. This size is very common for construction projects. But it's also become popular for residential dumpster rental too, because at 22 feet long it still fits in most residential driveways.


If you have ever asked yourself "what are standard dumpster sizes", we hope this helps you. The standard dumpster sizes are the 12 yard, 20 yard and 30 yard dumpster. There are other sizes, but these are the sizes most commonly available for rent in most areas. For more information and pictures on all sizes, you can take a look at our SIZES page. If you have any questions, of course we would be happy to help. Thanks for reading!